Spring Break Crowds Take Over Miami Beach

Ocean Drive in Miami Beach was shut down for hours Friday as spring break crowds filled the sand and streets.

Aerial footage showed hundreds of college students frolicking on the sand.

Miami Beach Police closed Ocean Drive from 7th Street to 11th Street as officers transitioned beachgoers from the sand to the road for cleanup crews.

This is expected to be the busiest weekend for Spring Break as many schools in Florida and Georgia are on break and students flock to South Florida shores.

The City does a lot of planning fo Spring Break season. March 3 through April 16th is designated as a high-impact period. 

"The challenge is making sure we have it staffed properly and have the right people in the right place at the right time," said Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco.

Friday night alone, there were at least 65 police officers on bicycles, ATVs and on foot. The cost was a little more than $35,000.

"We want everybody to have a good time out here safely, responsibly and the police are out here to make sure everybody's safe and following the rules," said Grieco. 

Police said there have been a handful of arrests for minor offenses in the last seven days.

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