Miami Beach Commission Holds Meeting on Spring Break

 

One member of the Miami Beach City Commission is calling for a change of leadership in the police department.

Commissioner Michael Gongora has not been a fan of Chief Dan Oates, but it came to a head after this weekend's rowdy Spring Break.

Residents complained about causeway closures and gridlock throughout South Beach.

Police made 97 arrests during what is traditionally the busiest weekend of Spring Break, but only 11 of the suspects are actually college students. A third of the suspects are from the tri-county area and went to the beach to party.

Chief Oates says more officers will be deployed this weekend with a special emphasis on breaking up crowds on the beach near 8th Street and arresting more people who are drinking alcohol on the shore.

Some residents said they make the same complaints every year and the city promises action, but it always falls short.

Spring break will get even more complicated for police this weekend when high school students in Broward and Miami-Dade counties are in the mix too.

The chief says Spring Break will come to an end with the Ultra Music Festival on Virginia Key at the end of the month.

The chief is under contract through June and the city manager said he would talk to commissioners about the chief's future, but only outside today's emergency session about Spring Break.

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