DeSantis Sends Troopers to Miami Beach to Stop Spring Break Chaos

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has deployed additional law enforcement officers to Miami Beach and other popular spring break spots across the state to maintain order.

DeSantis revealed the news during a press briefing on Tuesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center, accompanied by Miami Beach Mayor Steven Meiner, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Mark Glass, and Dave Kerner, Executive Director of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

DeSantis announced that the state will deploy approximately 60 Florida State troopers to South Florida, along with an extra 24 troopers as part of a rapid response team.

Additional law enforcement resources are being deployed to popular spring break destinations such as Daytona Beach and Panama City Beach, according to DeSantis.

The governor emphasized the importance of maintaining law and order throughout the state and expressed his intention to take action before a state of emergency was officially declared this year.

This year, strict new measures are being implemented in response to the chaotic scenes, disorderly conduct, and series of violent incidents witnessed during recent spring break seasons.

The latest measures involve a $100 parking fee for March 7–10 and March 14–17 at city parking garages and surface lots in the Entertainment District.

Access to the city parking garages and surface lots in the Entertainment District will be limited between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. Residents, access cardholders, and authorized employees will not be affected by the parking garage closures.

The rate for towing non-residents will be twice the standard fee of $516.

Ocean Drive sidewalk cafés will be closed from March 8 to 10 and March 15 to 17.

A DUI sobriety checkpoint is scheduled to take place on the 400 block of 5 Street from 5 p.m. on March 8-9 and March 15-16. Stores selling packaged liquor in the Entertainment District will adhere strictly to the regular 8 p.m. closing time.

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