Miami Beach is cracking down on spring break as unprecedented crowds overwhelm the sunny seaside party-time paradise.
The city imposed an 8 p.m. curfew and declared a state of emergency in its busy entertainment district to combat mounting chaos, according to reports.
“I think the volume is clearly more than it’s been in previous years and that, I think, is in part due to the fact that there are very few places open elsewhere in the country,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told Reuters.
The curfew will be in effect for at least 72 hours, according to Miami Beach officials. Highways in and out of the city will also shut down overnight.
The crowds are so bad, “you couldn’t see pavement and you couldn’t see grass,” Interim City Manager Raul Aguila said.
On Saturday, Aguila declared a state of emergency. He wants the emergency measures in place through April 12, according to the Miami Herald.