Spring Break weekend over after largest crowd in recent years

Spring Break weekend over after largest crowd in recent years
Biloxi Police say things went smoothly, and very few arrests were made. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Biloxi Police say things went smoothly, and very few arrests were made. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Traffic seemed to be the biggest concern, according to Biloxi police. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Traffic seemed to be the biggest concern, according to Biloxi police. (Image Source: WLOX News)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The crowded Biloxi beaches have cleared out, as spring break weekend has officially ended. Even with more than 30,000 estimated attendees, those in charge are saying it went smoothly. It was a weekend jam packed with just as much fun as there were people.

This year's spring break festivities may have boasted one of the largest crowds in recent years, and new coast resident Annette McWilliams took it in stride.

"I didn't have a problem with the people cruisin'. They just wanted to enjoy their spring break like everybody else," said Biloxi resident Annette McWilliams.

McWilliams who lives just off the beach in Biloxi says she was warned not to take Highway 90, but she learned the hard way.

"If they had not put all the stop lights to yellow and left them red and green to kind of give traffic a little bit of a break in there it would have been a whole lot better then what it was, but all in all it wasn't all that bad," said McWilliams.

It wasn't all that bad for law enforcement either according to Police Chief John Miller.

"We made very few arrests surprisingly with the large group we had. I think we made 10 DUI arrests. We made a couple of arrests for drugs, one disorderly arrest, and there were a couple of others. I think one possessing firearm after a felony conviction," said Miller.

One of the biggest problems Chief Miller says he and his team will look into was all the people crossing the road between the heavy traffic which didn't help with delays.

"We may look at trying to figure out a way to have mass crossings at particular spots," said Miller.

The spring breakers weren't just here to enjoy the beach. Some big name rap artists put on a Saturday night concert that Coliseum Executive Director Matt McDonnell says had a huge impact on revenue.

"It was the largest grossing hip hop show we've ever held at the facility over 39 years," said McDonnell.

McDonnell says he realizes the economic impact of spring break and welcomes it with open arms.

"Overall for us the event was a positive event and we look forward to be back again next year," said McDonnell.

The clubs in downtown Biloxi also got a good amount of business, so much that Chief Miller says they had to monitor capacity for safety reasons.

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