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Law enforcement quite present as tourists, partygoers flock to South Beach for Memorial Day weekend

Vacation and party crowds growing in Miami Beach during Memorial Day weekend
Vacation and party crowds growing in Miami Beach during Memorial Day weekend

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Memorial Day weekend is hitting its stride in South Florida.

With COVID-19 cases down and vaccines more widespread, more Americans are feeling confident to leave their homes this holiday, making for a very busy travel weekend.

AAA is estimating that more than 2.5 million people will take to the skies nationwide.

Many of those travelers are heading to South Florida to enjoy the warm weather and beautiful beaches.

Authorities have been preparing for the influx in bodies and law enforcement is out in full force to keep things safe for everyone.

In Miami Beach, after a year of lockdown and restrictions, South Beach is in party mode.

Events like the Hyundai Air and Sea Show are back in full swing, and it’s bringing in large crowds along Ocean Drive.

City leaders are working to enforce the rules and manage crowds. Loud music is prohibited, license plate readers will be on the causeways and those heading to Miami Beach should expect to see officers out in full force, patrolling the streets, along with with help from other jurisdictions.

“We have a solid public safety plan, and we are ready should there be any issues,” said Miami Beach Police Ofc. Ernesto Rodriguez. “We have enough officers on the street to address those issues.”

Officers will be cracking down on people smoking pot and drinking out in the open.

“If they want to act out, if they think this is the place to go to let loose, they are going to be sadly disappointed,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said earlier this week on Good Morning America. “We have an enormous contingency of police.”

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Joseph Ojo joined Local 10 in April 2021. Born and raised in New York City, he previously worked in Buffalo, North Dakota, Fort Myers and Baltimore.