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Miami: Al Carajo con Spring Break

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Miami tour guide Carolina Florez discusses the city’s measures to “break up” with Spring Breakers.
Show transcript
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So Jess, what do you think of when you think of
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spring break? Oh girl,
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I think of like the early two thousands when you know,
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MTV would have that show and it was literally like,
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what spring breakers or like you would go to spring break in
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Miami and like have a show and like everything I always wanted
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to go, but I never went,
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I went, yeah,
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I went but not for spring break.
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We actually went to Miami during spring break for my
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Prima's Bachelorette. It was like,
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why there's so many wild people here and it turns out it
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was spring break dude.
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I can imagine that crazy dude.
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Like it was crazy.
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This, this guy literally like punched another dude and he knocked
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he just lights out on the floor.
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I I witnessed it.
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I was like, oh my God,
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what just happened? I don't know what happened,
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but that's spring break in Miami for you.
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So Miami is based doing everything to stop spring break,
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it's getting so intense that they're closing parking lots,
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having bag checks and they even released a cringy ass commercial
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against it. Not a commercial,
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a commercial. It's getting so bad and I believe it because
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I was there, I witnessed it so to talk about this
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mayhem and what's going on in Miami.
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We have Miami Resident tour guide and content creator,
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Carolina Flores with us today.
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Hi, Carolina. Hi,
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guys. Welcome. We know what's going on over there.
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And as a Miami resident,
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what do you think about the city?
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Like breaking up with spring breakers,
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like with like rules like curfews,
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early and $100 parking.
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Do you agree with the measures?
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If I'm gonna be completely honest,
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as a Miami resident as a tour guide,
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as a promoter of arts and culture?
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Yes, because it's really gotten very hectic to the point where
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we question, what are we gaining from all of this sort
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of publicity or exposure of awareness?
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You know, how are we being seen and perceived throughout the
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world when the media has only this kind of things to
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show? So it's a little crazy,
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you could say, but I think the measures have been working
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But historically, the third weekend of March is the weekend
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that is the craziest and that's the one coming up.
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So I feel like we're gonna have to really wait and see
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up until the end of March really to see if these rules
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are actually working. But as far as I'm concerned,
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I think it's yeah,
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I, I agree.
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Do you think the,
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the rules are really preventing spring breakers from visiting or do you
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think they will still come?
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So, do you think that,
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that, that video is gonna really,
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like, prevent this from happening?
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Absolutely. I mean,
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who wants to come to a place where there's gonna be a
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curfew and where you're gonna have to pay a $100 parking fine
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And when you're a tourist,
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you almost always most likely have to rent a car.
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So you will be paying that parking fine.
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You're gonna have to account for that.
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that's definitely gonna deter a lot of people from coming
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here and from adjusting their travel plans to come here at a
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different time, maybe to come here for different things.
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So, you know.
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Yeah, I think that is going to deter people from coming
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here. Absolutely. $100.
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I, I came here to South Beach on my
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bike and I live in Little Havana.
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I'm not even trying to drive here.
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Yes. Oh, my gosh.
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Do you personally like it when you have spring breakers in Miami
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You know, in tourism.
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Who is my market?
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My market is people who are interested in arts,
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culture and history. So,
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you know, if we don't have the spring breakers causing ruckus
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and, and destroying private property,
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I think, I think we would be better off.
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Honestly, we have a lot of arts and culture here and
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residents for many decades have been working very,
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very hard to try to promote this arts and culture.
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So it's maybe a little crazy to people because we've had a
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lot of new residents come here.
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but I think that the people that have lived here
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for at least 10 years to us,
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it's not something so outlandish since we've been working towards this for
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a really long time.
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Oh, well, I hope the city has a chance to
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truly shine now beyond the,
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the beaches. And so in your experience,
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like how crazy has like spring break been?
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Like the, what's the craziest thing you've seen?
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The craziest thing that I've seen is while working as a tour
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guide just being around all of these crowds and being close to
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one of these shootings,
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not directly seeing it,
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but being in that vicinity,
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you know, and,
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and people seeing, not seeing people,
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but seeing people literally die for a parking spot.
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That happened to me that happened one time.
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while I was while I was here in South Beach
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two people got into an argument,
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they pulled out their guns and they shot each other for a
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parking spot and it's just like,
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that was insane to think about and like insane to,
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to be around that energy.
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So it's definitely they can definitely get really crazy,
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you know, and it's all about attracting the right market to
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come here. So we wanna,
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we wanna attract the people who are actually interested about,
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interested about learning. Miami's history.
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Miami has surprisingly for being such a young city has an immense
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amount of depth in history.
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We've gone through so many different phases,
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overcome every single one of those phases.
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We have one of the largest collections of beautiful art deco architecture
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Like we just have so many things to see and do
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here that is other than just partying,
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you know, being reckless.
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Yeah, for sure.
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Not to be like someone who doesn't enjoy like a night out
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but you don't need to shoot 1000%.
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Sure. Oh my God.
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Yeah, that's insane.
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Thank you for sharing that with us.
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So for anyone who wants to visit Miami and learn about the
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arts and the culture and the history and the architecture.
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Give my girl Carolina a call.
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Where can people find you?
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They can find me on Instagram at Caro,
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the tour guide. Ok.
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Sounds good. Thank you so much for joining us Carolina.
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Thank you guys so much.
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Hope you have a great rest of your day.
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You too. Thank you and good luck next weekend.