‘Disruptive spring break crowds’ lead to 11 p.m. youth curfew in New Smyrna Beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — A 60-day curfew for unaccompanied minors is in effect in parts of New Smyrna Beach in response to “disruptive spring break crowds,” city officials said Wednesday.

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The curfew is in effect for people under 18 east of Riverside Drive and for groups 30 or more elsewhere in the city limits from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday, Saturday and legal holidays, city officials said.

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City commissioners enacted the measure during a special meeting Wednesday as part of an approved emergency ordinance. The meeting was held to address public safety related to recent large, disruptive spring break gatherings in beachside areas including Flagler Avenue.

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Exceptions will be made to children accompanied by a parent, guardian or verified supervising adult, or children who are married, homeless, traveling with parental consent, engaged in lawful employment, exercising protected first amendment rights, by exception during special events, responding to an emergency that requires the youth’s immediate attention or on a swale or sidewalk abutting the place the youth lives, the city said.

Watch the full special meeting here.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.