The crowd of American tourists, who are driven by the small city of Florida, the “end of the epidemic”, is so uncontrollable that local authorities imposed curfew on Saturday (20).
During the next 72 hours, visitors will have to leave the streets and restaurants will have to close their doors in the main tourist areas of South Beach at 8pm, Miami Beach’s entertainment center, officials announced.
In addition, three bridges connecting the island to the mainland will be closed to traffic after 10 pm. Only residents, workers and hotel guests will have access.
The decision comes after a week-long intense celebration in Miami Beach, used to uncontrollable crowds of tourists: Every year, in March, this tiny island receives thousands of students from across the country who go on vacation. Have been.
But this year “the mayor is clearly higher than in previous years,” said Mayor Dan Gelber. “I think this is partly due to the fact that some places are open in the rest of the country, they are either too cold, or they are closed and too cold.”
According to local media reports, over the past two days, pictures of the restaurant’s fights have gone viral, causing serious damage, as well as customers having to flee without paying expensive bills.
Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements said he was concerned that the situation would get out of hand.
“On Thursday, hundreds of people ran to a point and threw tables and chairs like weapons,” he said. “We expected it to be an isolated incident, but last night there were three such situations and a young woman was injured.”
Gelber said on Monday that the island of only 92,000 residents attracts 200,000 visitors and workers every day.