The New Smyrna Beach City Commission approved an 11 p.m. youth curfew in response to disruptive spring break crowds.
A 60-day curfew for unaccompanied youth under the age of 18 is now in effect east of Riverside Drive and for groups of 30 or more elsewhere within city limits from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and legal holidays.
Penalties include a written warning for the first violation and $50 to $100 fine or community service applied at the hourly minimum wage rate for each subsequent violation. City commissioners enacted the measure as part of emergency ordinance approved during a special meeting convened Wednesday, March 16 to address public safety concerns related to recent large, disruptive spring break gatherings along Flagler Avenue and other beachside areas.
Exceptions apply to youth who are accompanied by a parent, guardian or verified supervising adult; married; homeless; traveling with parental consent, while engaged in lawful employment, or to exercise 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 where the youth resides.
Would you like to know more? Watch video replay of the special meeting here, read the full text of the 9-page ordinance here, and contact the City Clerk’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (386) 410-2630.