FILE – In this March 14, 2020, file photo, Amaya Herron, a student at the University of Memphis on spring break, left, talks with a Miami Beach police officer in Miami Beach, Fla. Colleges around the U.S. are scaling back spring break or canceling it entirely to discourage beachfront partying that could raise infection rates back on campus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
“Last weekend there was a stampede very close to us and people spilled onto our property, running inside, into the restaurant, into our kitchen, into our lobby,” said Jessica Francos, vice president of operations for Jesta Hotels. “We’ve seen the situation getting out of control and then yesterday it happened again.”
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said he doesn’t “blame them for wanting to close,” already making tough decisions to try and crack down on the chaos over the past week. He had described that it felt “like this city is under a level of siege” due to the number of people in the area.
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“We have made this area into an anything-goes area, it’s sort of a come here play, play, play area instead of a work-play live area,” Gelber said, according to CBS 4 Miami. “So for me, I want to diversify there, so it’s not just 105 bars opened till 5 a.m.”
Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said: “In the past [five and a half] weeks, we’ve seen over 900 arrests here in our city. We issued more than 5,000 traffic citations. Last night alone, close to two dozen arrests were made just in our entertainment district.”
The city has called on reinforcements from Miami-Dade police to increase officer presence on the streets following a fatal shooting on Monday.
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“It’s a dangerous situation for our community. It’s a dangerous situation for officers and that’s why it’s important that we act quickly and utilize tactics like pepper balls to disperse crowds,” Rodriguez added.
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