By ALISON GOEBEL
As we all know, it is now the season for spring breakers to travel south and enjoy the nice, warm, blaring sunshine that we have.
But, it is also the time of the year where cops have to be in full force and bars, clubs and beaches all have to be prepared for the massive crowds that fill their territories.
Last year in Miami, there were several arrests due to fights breaking out and crowds in the thousands created chaos on Ocean Drive on South Beach.
The police ended up having to step in the middle of these giant crowds, making the scene take quite a bit to get under control.
This year, there were a lot of efforts that went into cracking down on alcohol, litter, loud music, and the safety of all of the people participating in spring break on South Beach.
This new ban includes no coolers, tents or inflatable devices on the beach.
Although all of these efforts were made in order to keep the peace, the police were still forced to shut down ocean drive this year for spring breakers too due to the crowds filling the sand and streets.
In Fort Lauderdale, it still is a great place for spring breakers, but it doesn’t seem as “ratchet” or too out of hand.
They have tents that are specifically stationed in the popular areas and four policemen on horses at each station.
There are also dozens of trash bags and bins all across the beach to try and keep the littering to a minimal.
Fort Lauderdale seems to have it a lot more under control than Miami, although Miami probably has a lot more people participating in such activities.
As far as the news coverage goes, I’d say that they do a very good job of informing people about issues such as these on a local level.
All of the news companies from Orlando to Daytona Beach to Miami have done a very good job covering all aspects of the “spring breakers” story, the only thing that I thought maybe was lacking was on the national level.
The national level, I think, does still apply to these types of stories because you have people coming from all over the country to Florida to be a part of drinking and partying on the beach.