Diehard Miami Beach spring breakers kept the party raging — despite a newly imposed curfew to try to stifle the boozy annual rite.
Cops along Ocean Drive began announcing the start of Thursday’s 8 p.m. curfew following the city’s crackdown on out-of-control partiers that has resulted in more than 1,000 arrests since February and the seizure of at least 102 guns, the Miami Herald reported.
But some revelers still wandered along parts of South Beach post-curfew on the first Thursday since the new regulations went into effect, the newspaper reports.
“We’re trying to have fun,” said Brad Kopp, 21, of Pittsburgh, who learned about the new rules just a few days earlier.
“We had no choice,” said Kopp’s friend, 24-year-old Owen Blank. “The money was already spent.”
Other tourists kept trekking along Ocean Drive as the curfew took effect, according to the report. But a Miami Beach police spokesman told The Post early Friday that no arrests were reported, although he needed to check department records to confirm.
“We had much smaller crowds,” Officer Ernesto Rodriguez wrote in an email.
City Manager Raul Aguila said more than half of those busted have been from out of state, many of whom were intent “to engage in lawlessness and an ‘anything goes’ party attitude.”
But the party “raged on” along Ocean Drive as several cops told partiers of the looming curfew, the Herald reported, with a strong smell of marijuana in the air.
Destinee Anderson, 24, of Nashville, said three officers in a golf cart cut her off as she walked along Collins Avenue.
“It makes it seem like they’re tough and that we don’t matter,” Anderson said.
Another throng of spring breakers were assembled in front of the Versace Mansion just before the curfew was enacted.
“We here to turn up!” said a 28-year-old New Yorker who identified herself only as Ya. “Everybody else out here turning up. Why can’t we?”
CBS Miami, meanwhile, reported a much calmer atmosphere Thursday night along South Beach.
The city’s former commissioner, meanwhile, is calling for an end to the annual partying and has organized a weekend protest that will also honor Christine Englehardt, a Pennsylvania woman allegedly drugged and raped by two North Carolina men before being found dead in her Miami Beach hotel last week.
“This protest is coming from a place of tough love,” former Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen-Gonzalez told the station.
She continued: “And I would love every single mother out there to think of this young woman, Christine Englehardt, this young girl who was drugged and left in her room to die.”