8 p.m. curfew imposed, state of emergency declared in South Beach

City leaders say the restrictions are necessary to stop crime and violence that some spring breakers have brought to the entertainment district, along with fears of a spread of the coronavirus.

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- An 8:00 PM curfew going into effect last night in Miami Beach, but not before confrontations between police and hundreds of young people on spring break.

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Police firing pepper balls into the crowds on South Beach after multiple attempts for them to leave. City leaders say these restrictions are necessary now to stop crime and violence that some spring breakers have brought to the entertainment district, along with [? feet. ?]

DAN GELBER: At night, there is no question that it becomes a place that feels a little bit out of control or a lot out of control.

RICHARD CLEMENTS: Quite frankly, I'm concerned that the behavior is getting-- it's getting a little bit more for us to be able to handle.

- The mayor of Miami Beach also declaring a state of emergency. According to police, at least a dozen people were arrested.