Seems like Miami is getting a bit crazy.
It’s spring break in Miami, plus another big week of the year – Miami Music Week that culminates with Ultra Music Festival.
During this time, college kids and EDM fans flock to Florida and buckle in for a week of shoes, clubs, bars, dancing, and more.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began two (long) years ago, this week has not quite been the same. Ultra was canceled and even if shows happened, it wasn’t its normal glory.
This year, things are as normal as they could be, considering.
And everyone must be trying to make up for it. Several violent outbreaks have occurred this week, leading to an established curfew zone between 23rd Street and Dade Boulevard to the north to Government Cut to the south. The curfew will run from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m., Thursday through Monday morning.
Miami Beach is in a state of emergency due to violence, multiple people shot, innocent random victims, more arrests, officers injured, and guns seized. All businesses in that area must close before midnight, giving patrons time to go home or to their hotels. Alcohol sales have also been banned after 6pm.
Officials ordered that “the sale or distribution of any alcoholic beverage(s) for off-premises consumption, with or without payment or consideration, therefore, shall be prohibited in the curfew area after 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2022, after 6 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022; and after 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2022.”
Traffic will also be rerouted for those who live in the area.
City garages will be closed Thursday through Sunday at 11 p.m. Drivers will not be able to enter garages but will be allowed to leave after 11 p.m.
Hotels are allowed to operate after 11 p.m. but only for hotel guests.
People visiting Miami are rightly upset. Many business owners are upset about the loss but agree that public safety comes first. They recognize that if this goes for more than a weekend, it could really hurt their business.
This is the second year that Miami has had restrictions placed around spring break time due to the chaos. All we can say is to stock up on alcohol and avoid any brawls. Hopefully, the spring breakers do better next year.