Miami Sets a Spring Break Curfew After Two Fatal Shootings
Updated: Sep 22
By Carson Devitt
For the third year in a row, the city of Miami Beach, Florida announced a curfew through their news release last Sunday. The curfew was enacted last Sunday, March 19th beginning at 11:59 until 6 am Monday. The curfew mainly affects South Beach, a popular party location for spring breakers.
This was a state of emergency response after two fatal shootings and excessively large crowds. The first shooting occurred Friday where one person was killed, one person hurt, and many were left scrambling for safety from the gunfire. One person was detained at the scene of the shooting however, identities have not yet been released.
The second shooting identified Dontavious Leonard Polk as responsible for the shooting on Ocean Drive Sunday at 3:00 a.m. Surveillance showed Polk shooting into a crowd of spring breakers and continuing to shoot at a victim even after falling on the ground. Polk has been charged with 3rd-degree murder.
Following these shootings, the mayor of Miami Beach, Dan Gelber, said that “while most may come here to enjoy the amenities of Miami Beach, the overwhelming volume of visitors, the few that come with bad intentions, and the presence of guns, creates a wholly intolerable situation.”
More curfew restrictions are planned for Thursday, March 23rd, through Monday the 26th as spring break continues.