Police across Florida are seeing an increase in wild behavior this spring break — especially on Miami Beach.
The outnumbered officers are trying to contain tens of thousands of partiers along Ocean Drive on South Beach, among other locations. One of Florida’s favorite sun spots, Ocean Drive is also known for its nightlife hot spots frequented by club-goers — young and old alike.
This spring break season has been a little more rowdy than usual, police report, as out-of-control crowds are pouring into the streets of South Beach, and where just this past week, seven partiers were arrested.
It’s like “a mosh pit that stretches at least eight blocks,” CBS reported. Fewer than 400 officers are trying to keep a lid on the wild revelers and it hasn’t been easy. Cops say typically when they tell a crowd of people to leave, they listen. This year, the partiers are challenging them.
The worry is that things can easily spiral out of control in these situations. As we’ve witnessed in the past– drinking and massive crowds partying in the streets or on the beach often leads to very serious crimes or tragedies.
Last year, in Florida’s Panhandle, a video captured the alleged gang rape of an unconscious woman on a crowded beach. This year, on Panama City Beach, an Indiana man on spring break died after falling off a parking garage. He’d apparently been drinking all day.
Drinking in public is banned on Miami Beach, but it’s widely ignored, police admit, because they have so many other issues to deal with.
The peak spring break season goes on through the end of March.
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