On Sunday, the Mayor of Miami Beach, Dan Gelber, imposed a curfew after two fatal shootings on Ocean Drive.
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Miami Beach has been a popular spring break destination among college students for a long time.
But this time, curfew hindered an influx of out-of-city visitors and spring breakers from enjoying their weekend in Miami Beach. Mayor Dan Gelber announced a curfew after two fatal shootings near Ocean Drive.
On Sunday, the Mayor gave a video message saying we don’t ask for spring break in our city; it’s too crowded, brings too much disorder, and it will become difficult for police to impose the curfew.
Mayor added many people come here to enjoy the amenities of Miami Beach, but this time few of them come here with bad intentions in the presence of guns, which creates an intolerable situation.
Two Fatal Shootings
On Friday night at about 10:40 pm, the first shooting took place, where two people were wounded. After the incident, police made an announcement that one of the two wounded people died in the hospital.
Another one was still in critical condition.
On Sunday morning at about 3:29 am, the second shooting occurred, where one man was shot and died at the hospital. Another person was wounded. Miami Beach police confirmed the news and said it was a targeted and isolated incident.
Shooting Investigation: On Sunday, March 19 at 3:29 a.m. Miami Beach Police officers heard gunshots near 11 Street and Ocean Drive and found one male with gunshot wounds along the 1000 block of Ocean Drive.
— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) March 19, 2023
Mayor Gelber made a statement that both shootings were between visitors to Miami Beach and did not include any residents. Both times, the police were seconds away from the incident. Also, police arrested the culprits within minutes.
Mayor added it was clear that the presence of police also couldn’t prevent those incidents from occurring.
On Sunday, the curfew will start at 11:59 pm and will last until 6 am on Monday. According to a press release, an additional curfew will be imposed from Thursday to next Monday, 27 March.
City of Miami Beach Issues State of Emergency and Curfew
– Curfew to be in effect on Sunday, March 19 from 11:59 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2023 with separate emergency measures to be issued from Thursday, March 23 through Sunday, March 27, 2023 – pic.twitter.com/qYqwxLHxFA
— City of Miami Beach (@MiamiBeachNews) March 19, 2023
An unruly and huge crowd is the reason behind implementing these curfews. During curfew time, businesses will be closed by midnight. On the other hand, hotels can remain open until guests are only staying there.
According to the press release, the curfew will not apply to people travelling back to their homes from work.