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Miami Beach Spring Break Crackdowns Ruined Tourism?

A school of thought says the recent crackdowns on crime in Miami Beach may have ruined tourism. Miami Beach is not much different than many other beach towns as far as the local economy depends heavily on tourism. So, when it was announced that there would be a heavy police presence to deter rowdy out-of-towners, it was met with cautious praise. Of course, it is good to rid a place of hooliganism and outright violent crime. Such actions are typically predictable during the Spring Break season. The flipside of deterring crime and violence is that law-abiding tourists are also discouraged. Parking garages with a $100 flat rate fee, barricades in front of restaurants to block street parking, and a slow-moving one-lane entrance to South Beach will prevent good and bad people from coming to visit.

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Spring break crackdown in Miami Beach hits businesses – YouTube

Miami Beach’s “spring breakup” leads to smaller party crowds – Axios Miami

Miami Beach imposes curfews, police crackdowns in ‘spring break-up’ – UPI.com

Florida spring breakers brawl, drink despite crackdown

Miami starts spring break crackdown – CBS News

Miami Beach spring break: Breaking up is hard to do | CNN

Crackdown on rowdy spring breakers appears to be working

Florida floods spring break hot spots with state troopers in ‘unprecedented’ crackdown | Fox News

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