a shooting incident on ocean drive This year changed the atmosphere of a relatively peaceful spring break and rattled South Beach on a Friday night. Miami Beach Police said it was an isolated incident, city officials said. chose not to impose a curfew as they have done so far.
The plan was to stick to the Spring Break crackdown and programming approach on Ocean Drive. This includes the Carnival Miami event, which continues to drive down the strip of hotels and bars this weekend.
On Saturday, Spring Break seemed determined to keep the party going, and crowds once again flocked to the sandy beaches and Ocean Drive.
Ronnie, 22, from Pittsburgh, said he was a few feet away when gunshots rang on Friday. She said she was worried that her friend had been beaten.
“Nobody tries to dodge bullets on vacation,” she said. “Everyone is trying to recreate ‘Scarface’ here.”
She returned Saturday night to Seventh Street and Ocean Drive, near where the shooting took place.
“Regardless, I always have fun, but you guys need to relax on that shoot,” she said.
Over 100 people gathered on a nearby beach. Some of Spring’s breakers were holding boomboxes overhead and playing Afro-his beats, Billboard hits, reggaeton, and more.
Beer and liqueur bottles littered the sand as people twisted and danced.
Peter Sint, 23, from Miami-Dade, said he came to the beach with friends and was amazed at the size of the crowd.
“I haven’t been to South Beach for a while,” he said. “We play it by ear and see how drunk [the crowd gets]”
Shinto said he fears the possibility of another violent incident.
“There’s a lot of people here who just think that something is going to happen at some point,” he said.
Here’s what the South Beach scene looks like: