Florida floods spring break with state troopers in ‘unprecedented’ crackdown 'on mayhem'

Florida floods spring break with state troopers in ‘unprecedented’ crackdown 'on mayhem'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that he’s sending more state troopers to Miami Beach and other locations to help crack down on spring break chaos in the state.

“We don’t welcome mayhem,” DeSantis said, NBC News reported. “The state has a lot going on, it’s a fun place to be at and we want to see people do that, but we also are going to insist that people respect the law.”

DeSantis was joined at the announcement by Miami Beach Mayor Steven Meiner, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Mark Glass, and Dave Kerner, the executive director of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

The state plans to put 60 state troopers in South Florida and place another 24 on standby as part of a quick response team. Other law enforcement will be sent to the beaches in Daytona and Panama City.

Meiner said he asked for reinforcements and hopes to put “an end to spring break” in Miami Beach.

“We are going to see 45 Florida troopers out on our streets,” said Meiner. “But really, law and order don’t happen only in the month of March. … It’s sending a message every single day that we are going to enforce the laws here.”

The measures will also include high prices for parking in Miami Beach, charging $100 for people to park on March 7-10 and March 14-17 in city surface lots and parking garages in the Entertainment District.

The garages and lots will also have restricted entries from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly in the Entertainment District, except for residents, authorized employees, and access cardholders.

Further, the nonresident rate for towing will be doubled from the normal rate of $515, the city said.

It will also be harder to find a meal, as sidewalk cafes on Ocean Drive will be closed March 8-10 and March 15-17.

Revelers will also be subject to a DUI security checkpoint in Miami Beach, starting along the 400 block of 5 Street at 5 p.m. on March 8-9 and March 15-16, and package liquor stores in the Entertainment District will be ordered to adhere to their 8 p.m. regular closing time.

The measures follow the violence in Miami Beach during the 2023 spring break season when there were two shooting deaths and 488 arrests, including more than 230 felony offenses, city police said. In addition, more than 100 firearms were seized. The chaos on Ocean Drive made national news.