South Beach's scorching party scene is set to undergo a massive increase in police presence and tougher crackdowns on loud crowds and crime, weeks after a tourist dining with his family was fatally shot in a Miami Beach restaurant, officials say.
"The many years of troubling incidents in this neighborhood can no longer be tolerated," City Manager Alina Hudak said in a note Friday revealing her intention to " create the highest level of regular police presence ever in this region. "
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber has ordered police, fire departments, parking, d sanitation and other services to design a unified strategy for dealing with crowds. The police department reassigned an average of 40 officers to patrol the streets of South Beach, in an effort to increaselie "visibility" not only at night and on weekends, but throughout the day, the memo says.
In this archive photo from March 21, crowds gather defiantly gather on the street as a speaker plays music an hour after curfew in Miami Beach, Fla. (Daniel A. Varela / Miami Herald via AP, File)
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Ten county officers are added every week -ends in South Beach for the rest of the year, Gelber said in a video message Friday. . The city has decreed a strict 20 hours. curfew in March after unruly spring break, crowds gathered in the streets by the thousands, breaking out into brawls, destroyedizing the properties of the restaurant and refusing to wear masks. More than 1,000 people were arrested and many came from out of town, police said.
"It is no longer enough to treat what have historically been defined as' high impact periods "like anomalies when each weekend brings large crowds and challenges," said Hudak.
Additional code officers and park rangers will be tasked with enforcing ordinance violations in order to create a "visible and constant deterrent" against overpopulation and other problems. Hudak pointed out in the memo that the parties have created a "three-to-year public safety visitor who has shown a blatant disregard for human life, public property and the well-being of our many residents. and law-abiding guests. "
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"Every few d Yes, I call a police officer who was injured in the line of duty", said the mayor. “Few cities face these challenges or ask the police so much.”
The crackdown comes less than two weeks after a deadly tourist attack, when police say a gunman shot a 21-year-old father eating dinner with his family as the man protected his 1-year-old son.
Twenty-two-year-old Tamarius Davis told investigators he shot Dustin Wakefield last month because he was addicted to mushrooms, which made him feel rin custody, "according to an arrest report.
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“We can't, we can't accept this as our normal,” Gelber said.
He warned that the new enhanced police presence was not sustainable, and said the party district should be rezoned with fewer bars and clubs and more residential and office buildings.
Gelber also wants an earlier curfew on alcohol sales.
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