Miami Beach ended its third year of restrictions on spring breaks with the end of Monday’s alcohol rollback and curfew. The city’s heavy-handed policies have caused local businesses to lose revenue and they are now wondering if it will penalize them again next year.
Miami Beach is a popular destination for spring breakers due to its luxurious resorts and restaurants. There is often a lot of chaos and disorder when hundreds of students and tourists crowd a handful of blocks of the beach. The local government has responded to spring break disorder in the same way for the past three years: restrict traffic and impose curfews.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber reacted to the “excessively large and disorderly spring break crowds” by implementing a Situation of EmergencyOn March 23, a curfew was imposed on Thursday, March 24, through Monday, March 28, between 11:59 pm and 6 am. Businesses within the 10-block Ocean Drive or Art Deco District were not allowed to provide pickup and takeout services. However, delivery was possible. Traffic restrictions and garage usage were imposed. Alcohol sales were also restricted after 6 PM.
These measures are meant to reduce dangerous and illegal behavior, but they have a significant impact on local businesses, restaurants and nightclubs. Gelber’s COVID-19 Shutdowns). While these businesses depend on tourists for their revenue, most tourists simply flock to one place. outside the curfew regionTo get their daily dose of nightlife. According to one wine bank owner, he estimated that he would PerishOver $10,000 per day is due to curfews and alcohol rollbacks, and high-end restaurants Papi Steak & Treehouse nightclub are subject to the same restrictions. FilledThe city is facing lawsuits. Some local businesses argue that the measures are shutting down businesses that are not near—or provoking—any disorderly conduct while letting other businesses stay open.
Jorge Zubigaray, owner of Gulf Liquors says that Collins and Ocean Drive are the main issues. Submitted Miami’s WPLG. The business is on the west end of the island. Although it is not near the spring break hotspots, the curfew is still in effect. There is no disorder in front of my shop. Ocean Drive has the rowdiness and can stay open till midnight. I have to close at 6 pm.
Companies aren’t the only ones who get the short end. Tourists are barred from experiencing Miami Beach’s famous nightlife—whether they want to go to a club, restaurant, café, or lounge. Residents who know the area can’t order alcohol at dinner or drive along certain streets during the night. On February 18, 2006, the Miami Beach Police Department started spring break enforcement. 636 people were arrested. 508 are residents.
State Rep. Michael Grieco (D–Miami Beach) tweeted:
An embarrassing overreach by the government is Miami Beach’s “Spring Break” midnight curfew. These kinds of measures should only be used in the event of natural disasters. Residents and businesses that follow the law are unfairly being punished.
— Michael Grieco (@Mike_Grieco) March 22, 2022
An earlier circuit judge appeared in court this month. BlockadeThe city was unable to enforce its spring break rollback plan. This would have prohibited alcohol sales after two o’clock in the morning. Last spring, the city attempted to implement the same plan. The same circuit judge rejected it. The same applies to the other.Gelber ruled that the rollback of the zoning regulations was illegal and unlawful. Gelber declared plans to appeal the ruling in 2021. rezoneThe entertainment district was transformed into a “cultural area” in order to keep the city from becoming “a beachfront Bourbon Street.” The idea of replacing the “play,,, play, playground area” with “live,, work, area” raised concerns about businesses being closed down or relocated. SomeMany locals think that rezoning is more effective than setting curfews.
The city will not be applying a curfew until after a few quiet days. Gelber apologizedBusiness owners that lost their revenue because of the emergency orders received by state-of -emergency said they didn’t have any other choice but to continue to do so.
The likelihood of crime and disorder will be high when there are thousands of tourists, college students, and locals crowded onto a tiny island. Many big cities have similar problems and don’t declare local emergencies. Gelber’s over-pandemic Lockdown of Miami Beach—which devastated local businesses and tourism—made the local government too comfortable with closing off the island whenever there is a problem.