‘This is not a place where anything goes’: Miami Beach starts crackdown on rowdy spring break

Miami Beach is taking a more aggressive strategy to manage this year’s large Spring Break crowds on the island city.

Calling its new operation “Alpha Bravo”, the city is adding 80 more officers from its police department and another 70 from other jurisdictions this weekend. In all, there will be 371 officers this weekend, according to the city. Some of the officers will be outfitted in riot gear.

On Thursday, officers riding ATVs were confiscating alcohol on the beach.

The changes come after city officials held three emergency meetings Tuesday to discuss new approaches to handling the large crowds. Last weekend, brawls broke out on the beach where witnesses captured the chaos on their smart phones and shared them on social media, catching the attention of national and international media.