Major Florida cities enact measures to deter bad actors during Spring Break

Spring Break is a popular time of the year and several cities in Florida are preparing to keep misbehavior to a minimum.

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Spring Break 2024 is set to be a major travel time for young adults. There are so many different destinations worth hitting and ready to take in the revenue from travelers. However, Florida is set to enact changes that may make the area less of an attractive spot to visit for spring breakers this year.

Several cities throughout Florida are taking strong steps to deter bad actors heading to the state this season. That includes such things as closing beaches, enacting curfews, using more drones for surveillance, and adding more police to monitor behavior. This comes after the 2023 Spring Break season saw an uptick in crime and bad activity that spread throughout major areas.

Miami Beach is perhaps going the furthest to let spring breakers know they are not welcome any longer. The city released a video titled “Miami Beach is Breaking Up with Spring Break,” listing the new measures put in place and the consequences for those who visit the city and still try to act out of turn.

“The challenges we’ve faced are the number of people that come in during a short period of time and a very small area on Ocean Drive,” said Miami Beach Mayor Steven Meiner. “Unfortunately, a small percentage of people have created some serious problems for our city.”

Even Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is getting in on the act. He committed support from state law enforcement members during the popular party time.

“Florida’s a very welcome state, we welcome people to come and have a good time,” DeSantis said in a news release. “What we don’t welcome is criminal activity. What we don’t welcome is mayhem and people who want to wreak havoc on our communities. Make no mistake about it; if you’re coming here in order to enjoy Florida and have a good time, fine. If you’re coming for these other reasons, if you're committing crimes, causing havoc, you are going to pay the price.”

If you’re planning to travel to Florida, be on your best behavior because the most popular cities in the state are ready to hold anyone accountable. Take some time to review the new rules and regulations before finalizing your travel plans.

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