See what the South Beach spring break scene looked like one night after a fatal shooting
A deadly shooting on Ocean Drive rocked South Beach Friday night, changing the mood for what had been a relatively peaceful spring break this year. Miami Beach police said it was an isolated incident and city officials chose not to impose a curfew as they have done in previous years.
The plan was to stick with their policing approaches and spring break programming on Ocean Drive, including a Carnival Miami event that keeps the strip of hotels and bars closed to cars this weekend.
On Saturday, spring breakers seemed determined to keep the party going as huge crowds once again gathered on the sands and Ocean Drive.
Ronny, a 22-year-old from Pittsburgh, said she was a few feet away when the shots rang out Friday. She said she was worried her friend had been hit.
“Nobody tries to dodge bullets on vacation,” she said. “You’re all here trying to recreate ‘Scarface’.”
She was back at Seventh Street and Ocean Drive Saturday night, near the scene of the shooting.
“I’m still having fun regardless, but y’all need to relax with this shooting thing,” she said.
A crowd of more than 100 people had gathered on the nearby beach. Some spring breakers held boomboxes above their heads, playing an assortment of Afro Beats, Billboard hits and Reggaeton.
Bottles of beer and liquor were strewn across the sand as people twerked and danced.
Peter Sint, a 23-year-old from Miami-Dade, said he came to the beach with friends and was stunned by the size of the crowd.
“I haven’t been to South Beach in a while,” he said. “We’ll play it by ear and see how drunk [the crowd gets].”
Sint said he feared the possibility of another violent incident.
“There are a lot of people here, and I just think something is going to happen at some point,” he said.
Here’s what the scene looked like in South Beach: