Miami Beach cracks down on spring break lawlessness with new rules

Spring break is still a month out, but with a surge of crime and chaos that marred last year’s celebrations, city officials in Miami Beach, Florida are cracking down early this year, implementing some of their toughest safety measures yet.

At a meeting on Wednesday, the Miami Beach City Commission announced it would impose new rules, including the power to mandate curfews if needed and close beaches.

“We’re shutting the door on spring break once and for all,” Commissioner Alex Fernandez said at the meeting. “Lawlessness will not be tolerated in Miami Beach.”

The peak spring break season, which occurs over two weekends in mid-March, will see increased police presence, with officers working 12-hour shifts, as well as vigorous enforcement of open container and noise laws, and newly implemented curfews. Commissioners also voted to allow the city to suspend sidewalk cafes on famed Ocean Drive, if judged necessary, as well as shut down parking garages and parking lots. Towing fees will double to $516 throughout the month.