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Miami no longer wants spring breakers

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Miami, Florida – This month, Miami Beach announced a clear message to spring break visitors with a bold statement: “We’re breaking up with you.” The city unveiled a new advertising campaign on Friday, highlighting stricter regulations for tourists. This move comes after Miami Beach had to declare a state of emergency last year due to two deadly shootings during the spring break festivities. This marked the third consecutive year the city had to take such extreme measures to manage unruly crowds.

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The advertisement features several individuals, presumably residents, symbolically ending their relationship with spring break tourists. The ad criticizes those who come to the city to engage in public drunkenness and lawlessness instead of appreciating its cultural offerings. It also includes footage of last year’s chaotic scenes, describing them as a turning point.

City officials have laid out several measures to tighten control, including curfews, bag inspections, limited beach access, DUI checkpoints, and higher parking fees. They also plan to boost police presence. These initiatives were first mentioned in a press release in February and will be enforced from Thursday to Sunday throughout March.

Additional restrictions will be in place on the weekends of March 7 and March 14, such as shutting down parking garages and imposing $100 parking charges, details found on the Miami Beach official website. However, these parking restrictions will not affect Miami Beach residents, access card holders, permit holders, or local employees.

Despite these efforts, reports from local news indicated that crowds were still gathering in Miami Beach on Friday, the day the campaign was launched. Online commenters were skeptical that these new rules would deter college students from visiting. Miami Beach Police Chief Wayne A. Jones remarked that the police force is on extended duty hours during the spring break period and will utilize drone technology to help enforce the new policies.

“You come here, you have a good time, you behave, we will invite you back,” Jones said. “You come here and break the law, we’re likely gonna arrest you.”

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Miami Beach has long been a popular destination for spring break. Yet, in recent years, the city has struggled to handle disruptive tourists effectively. Last year, the situation escalated when a city commissioner described the police as being “outnumbered by a lawless crowd that just can’t be controlled,” as reported by various media outlets. During that spring break, authorities made hundreds of arrests and seized dozens of firearms.

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