Gelber on Thursday informed CNN’s Boris Sanchez that the town is now higher ready to deal with the revelers.
“We have introduced in an unlimited contingent of police. We have now a curfew. We’re closing the causeways at 10 p.m. to scale back the variety of individuals right here. So we’re hopeful,” Gelber stated. “However in fact, hope is not sufficient. You have to have a plan, and I believe now we have a plan.”
Some individuals ‘simply wish to trigger havoc’
Miami Seaside all the time attracts massive crowds of spring breakers, however after a yr of coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions, the stir-crazy appear to be desirous to celebration additional laborious.
“I do not suppose there’s any query that Covid and folks being cooped up and unable to go anyplace has created a strain that is being relieved in our metropolis,” Gelber stated.
Gov. Ron DeSantis might not have helped, beforehand bragging that the state is an “oasis of freedom” in the course of the pandemic.
Gelber famous the governor’s phrases, however stopped in need of criticizing him.
“Nicely, it clearly did not assist with the governor declaring this an ‘oasis of freedom’. However, you already know, now we have to cope with the problems as they arrive to us. So I do not actually I have to level fingers,” he stated.
The mayor stated many of the revelers have been properly behaved, however amongst them are “a quantity that simply wish to trigger havoc, wish to convey a weapon or wish to brawl.”
All collectively, greater than 1,000 individuals have been arrested in Miami Seaside since February 3, metropolis supervisor Raul Aguila stated at an emergency fee assembly on Sunday.
Come to Miami, however do not be a ‘jerk’
Miami-Dade’s Group Relations Board is urging guests to do not forget that Miami is greater than a trip vacation spot, it is also a group.
“Miami is a superb place and that is why numerous us reside right here, however guests have to recollect individuals reside right here and so they should be respectful of our legal guidelines and rules, and perceive it may very well be totally different than the foundations the place they arrive from,” board chairman John Fast informed CNN.
Guests are being requested to respect sure Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines about the place they will and can’t drink alcohol.
Mayor Gelber stated he simply desires individuals to have good time and be respectful of each other.
“Should you’re coming right here, simply come right here to benefit from the issues that now we have: our seashores, our eating places, our venues, realizing that there is a pandemic so be protected,” he stated.
“Come right here to have a accountable enjoyable trip. Do not come right here to be a jerk.”
CNN’s Melissa Alonso and Ralph Ellis contributed to this report.