Police Break Up 600-Person Block Party in Florida

Over the weekend, authorities responded to a massive block party in Palm Beach County, Florida, where attendees reportedly did not wear masks or engage in social distancing.

Per The Palm Beach Post on Tuesday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reported that a large crowd gathered Saturday in Pahokee along Lake Okeechobee. The outlet says the event drew around 600 people.

“Vehicles were illegally parked, large crowds with no social distancing and no masks,” Sgt. James A. Benedict, a supervisor for the Pahokee area, wrote in an email on Sunday.

Benedict’s email said authorities were dispatched to the 400 block of Rardin Avenue for disturbances and noise. However, because of the crowd’s size, Benedict said officials were forced to employ several patrol cars, dog units, and a helicopter to address the issue.

Eventually, partygoers dispersed “without incident.” Though several people were issued parking citations, no arrests were made.

A spokeswoman for the PBSO also confirmed the story to People on Wednesday but said a report has not yet been completed.

On Monday, Palm Beach County’s chief administrator, Verdenia Baker, told The Palm Beach Post that she is considering a curfew for the Glades cities and towns — Pahokee, Belle Glade, and South Bay — to prevent large groups from assembling.

“I don’t foresee having to implement a curfew, but I will if I have to,” Baker warned.

The outlet reports that while the state of Florida has limited gatherings to 50 people, Palm Beach County has limited crowds to just 10.

On Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET, The New York Times reports there have been a total of 379,611 COVID-19 cases and 5,344 coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Florida.

At 12:26 p.m. local time, The Palm Beach Post reports that Palm Beach County saw eight new COVID-19-related fatalities, bringing its total to 724.


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