April 18, 2024

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South Pointe Park Miami Beach is closed after nearly 8,000 damaged face masks and distance regulations

People gather for sunset in South Pointe Park on April 29, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida.

The Miami Beach Police Department announced Monday that the park was closed until further notice after they issued 7,329 verbal faceplate warnings and more than 470 warnings for failing to maintain social distance between Friday and Sunday. Most violations occurred in South Pointe Park, according to the MBPD.

South Pointe is one of them several parks and recreational facilities in Miami Beach which reopened April 29 under the city’s coronavirus restrictions.

Visitors are welcomed as long as they wear face coverings at all times, keep their groups of less than 10 people, six feet apart from other groups and not participate in organized activities, sports, or classes.

But City Manager Jimmy Morales said the efforts of the city government to enforce the rules were met with hostility, and while officials tried to reduce the crowd by closing the park’s parking lot on Sunday, it did not help.

“We are trying in good faith to open our park to help people get out and get in safely. In almost every park in the city, this trial has been successful. South Pointe Park is the most terrible exception,” Morales said in a statement to CNN. “We have city staff in the park to encourage people to obey, but they are welcomed with hostility and disobedience.”

“There is no way to effectively enforce social distance when hundreds of people refuse to do so. The best way to protect our population and first responders is to keep it closed until further notice,” Morales added.

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