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MIAMI- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody told Fox News the state was safe after a state of emergency was declared in Miami Beach, but spring breakers said their parents were still ‘worried’ and “concerned”.
“We are doing everything we can to ensure that law enforcement in our state is well funded and supported,” Moody said. “I know the City of Miami Beach is committed to increasing the police presence.”
The city of Miami Beach declared a state of emergency in March for the second straight year after two shootings in 48 hours. Mayor Dan Gelber said the city launched a “massive deployment of police resources” and imposed a curfew that has since been lifted.
“These extra officers need to know if they’re taking the action … that there will be a follow-up, and that needs to be targeted” with “bad actor-specific approaches,” Moody told Fox News.
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Despite the violence, college students still flock to Miami Beach.
“My parents are a little worried about us being here,” a University of Delaware student told Fox News.
Another student said her “parents were a little worried.”
“It actually makes me more excited,” another University of Delaware student told Fox News in response to the state of emergency. “I live for danger.”
A Wisconsin student had heard of a shooting the week before but “didn’t care.”
Emily, who was from the UK, told Fox News: “It feels very safe to me.”
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Nigel, who was with her, added: “There is a lot of police presence.”
The first student from Delaware said the student said, “If you go to an area looking for trouble, you’ll find it.”
He said he and his friends “tend to like staying in places like that” and that they “came here to have a fun vacation.”