Spring Breakers Descend on Florida; Gun Scare Causes Stampede in South Beach (VIDEO)
photo credit: Daily Mail
More than 500,000 college co-eds descended on Florida beaches for Spring Break this week.
The Daily Mail reported:
Spring Breakers were seen enjoying wet t-shirt contests, twerking and public smooching sessions as the annual party surged back bigger than ever following a two year covid lull – even as the mayor of Miami Beach beefed up beachside police numbers and said the city is ‘under siege’ from raucous revelers.
Hotels were booked solid in both Miami Beach and South Padre Island, Texas swelling the population of both vacation towns with young men and women looking to cut loose for a few days of partying on the beach.
An estimated 570,000 students will flock to Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Port Aranas, a town on the barrier island just north of South Padre, is also expected to go from a population of 3,000 to 350,000, according to the local chamber of commerce.
‘It has felt at times like the city is under siege simply from the volume of people who are coming,’ Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told local station WPLG this week.
The crowds were fired up for their first opportunity to throw down post-pandemic lockdowns – telling reporters repeatedly that they were just happy to finally let loose after two years of sitting at home in their dorm rooms and apartments.
‘It looks like the state is opening back up… Looks like people are wanting to get out. The kids, they’ve been locked up in their dorm rooms. We’re hoping spring break gets back to a normal system,’ bar owner Clayton Brashear told KIII 3News.
The girls were twerking on the beach in thong bikinis at South Padre Island.
Police presence was beefed up after a gun scare caused a stampede on Ocean Drive Thursday night.
We were told that we must bring back cars to #OceanDrive. That the only way to prevent people from “congregating” and “partying” was to erase our dream of a world class pedestrian promenade and have cars replace people.
Last night, St Patty’s day, the thesis was tested. pic.twitter.com/dI0kU7zhoX
— Better Streets Miami Beach (@BikeWalkMB) March 18, 2022
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