The city of Miami Beach on Saturday declared a state of emergency over spring break crowds that have descended on the popular South Florida destination.
During an afternoon news conference, Mayor Dan Gelber announced an 8 p.m. curfew for the South Beach entertainment district.
Both measures will be in effect for at least 72 hours, the mayor said, while extending the emergency is debated by officials.
"As we hit the peak of the peak of spring break, we are quite simply overwhelmed," City Manager Raul Aguila said.
Amid this backdrop, authorities have had to grapple with throngs of college students and young people who have flocked to the warm shores of Miami Beach.
Citing the crowds, the Clevelander South Beach hotel said it was temporarily shutting down its bar and restaurant services.
Police Chief Rick Clements said his officers responded to multiple fights on South Beach on Friday night. »