The “spring break” celebrations in Florida are escalating. There are sprawling street parties, vandalism, brawls – and several deaths!
Two men (21, 24) from North Carolina were arrested in Miami Beach. As the police announced on Tuesday, they are said to have drugged a woman (24), raped the unconscious and stole her credit cards – in order to continue partying with the money.
The woman died in her hotel room. Whether through the drugs the men gave her has yet to be clarified.
▶ ︎ Two men were killed in Panama City on the Gulf of Mexico. A 31-year-old jumped parachute from the 23rd floor of a hotel. The parachute did not open.
A 14-year-old was also shot dead while his family was on spring break in Panama City. His stepbrother, also 14, was injured. Police arrested the suspected shooter, a 37-year-old from Kentucky. The authorities have not yet commented on the background to the bloody act.
State of emergency extended, 1000 arrests
Meanwhile, the Miami Beach authorities have extended the current state of emergency. A curfew remains in place in areas like South Beach’s famous Ocean Drive party mile until at least March 30th, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The reason is the constant rush of celebrating visitors in the midst of the corona pandemic.
The police said that there have been more than 1,000 arrests since the beginning of the semester break, known as “spring break”, at the beginning of February. Around 80 firearms had been seized.
Mayor Dan Gelber to CNN: “It feels like our city is a powder keg right now.”
It’s not just about party seekers not wearing masks despite Corona and disregarding the distance rules. “Some people come with bad intentions too, so there have been fights and even shootings.”
Many of them are not students, said Gelber, according to the newspaper “The Miami Herald”.
If the situation does not calm down, the emergency that was imposed last weekend could apply until the end of the “Spring Break”: The city council decided to extend the measures until April 13 if necessary.