Miami Beach Mayor, Dan Gelber, has complained about maskless revelers dancing in the street, jammed into cars turned into ad hoc nightclubs, and crowding shoulder-to-shoulder, with drinks in both hands, in the outdoor seating areas of restaurants.
While expressing his displeasure at the reckless acts on Tuesday July 14, 2020, Gelber reacted that it’s a tale of two cities.
He stated that the residents are pretty compliant, but the visitors have been spotty and there are areas of the city where “it feels like the only people there are those who don’t think there’s a virus.”
Florida is fast becoming the epicenter of a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
The Florida Department of Health confirmed over 9,000 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to over 290,000. An additional 133 deaths pushed the statewide total past 4,500.
In populous South Florida, hospital officials have reported emergency rooms and intensive care units nearing capacity.
On Sunday, Florida reported more than 15,000 cases – a new state daily record that surpassed New York’s April peak.
But a group of mask-and-bikini-clad vacationers from New York City said that was not enough to discourage them.