Miami Beach

MacArthur Causeway to South Beach reopened on Saturday night after an hour closed

View from downtown Miami of the MacArthur Causeway’s Saturday night eastbound traffic about to be turned around.
View from downtown Miami of the MacArthur Causeway’s Saturday night eastbound traffic about to be turned around.

The crowds from a Saturday night St. Patrick’s Day and Spring Break caused Miami Beach police to shut off access to the city via the MacArthur Causeway for just over an hour.

Police reopened the eastbound MacArthur just after 10 p.m.

While the MacArthur was closed, residents were being asked to come onto the Beach via the Venetian Causeway toll road.

Miami Beach police said it took this rare step “due to large crowds and for safety.”

It’s unknown if any one incident or series of incidents triggered the decision. At 9:37 p.m., Miami Beach police public information officer Ernesto Rodriguez said there hadn’t been a shooting, as was rumored throughout social media.

NBC6 reported decades old Ocean Drive staples The Clevelander and Mango’s closed their sidewalk cafes because of crowds and stampedes.

Mayor Dan Gelber told the Miami Herald the city had “a very severe capacity issue.”

“There is way too much stress on our public safety assets,” he said. “We’re going to have to seriously assess Spring Break.”

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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