Spring Break revellers rush to buy alcohol to beat booze ban amid curfew

Spring Break partygoers rushed to get their final drinks in before the alcohol ban came into effect in Miami.

The annual college students’ party draws as many as 600,000 young people to Florida from all over the US, but this year the partying looks a little different.

Liquor stores and supermarkets in the area were banned from selling alcohol from 6pm to 6am between Thursday, March 24 and tomorrow (Monday, March 28) in a last-ditch attempt to bring an end to the chaos that has blighted the holiday.

In addition to the curfew, police were also spotted out in full force to watch over the revelry last night (Saturday), with a group of officers telling some supposed influencers to stop filming videos on Ocean Drive and 8th Street in Miami Beach.

An increased amount of officers could be seen making arrests and searching cars along South Beach throughout the day.

Reports have said that the festivities seem to be under control as a result of the measures taken.

Photos were taken at the beach show students waiting in long queues outside of Park Central Hotel on Ocean Drive to order their final drinks of the night.

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The news comes after last weekend's reports of two shootings in the area but there are still three weekends of the holiday left to go.

The shootings took place in two separate incidents and resulted in five people being taken to hospital.

According to NBC Miami, two women suffered gunshot wounds on Ocean Drive in one of the incidents.

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Speaking to the same news outlet, witness Lo Mills said: “We heard the shots, they ran across the street, and see them fall and I pulled out my gun to see what was going on.”

Officials said about 100 guns had been seized over the past four weeks with 37 in just the last three days, according to Sky News.

In recent years a 32-bed mobile hospital has been set up near the beach to treat revellers who have overdone it with the festivities and the Spring Break traditions of drinking, drug abuse and fighting.

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One local described the atmosphere in the city as “like a zoo on steroids”.

“Our city is past its endpoint,” said the mayor of Miami Beach, Dan Gelber, at a press conference.

“We can’t endure this anymore, we simply can’t. This isn’t your father’s, your mother’s spring break.

"This is something totally different. We don’t ask for spring break. We don’t promote it, we don’t encourage it, we just endure it, and frankly, it’s not something we want to endure."

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