WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Palm Beach Post) — The City of West Palm Beach will be enforcing a downtown teen curfew on Christmas night.
Starting 9 p.m. Wednesday, teens under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or someone legally responsible for them to stay in the downtown West Palm Beach area.
“It just makes it a lot easier to make sure there are no problems,” said Capt. David Bernhardt, of the West Palm Beach Police Department. It’s more of a preventative method instead of a reactionary one, he said.
This will be the city’s second year enforcing a Christmas night curfew for teens.
West Palm Beach has a regular teen curfew, which has been in effect for the past five to six years, according to Bernhardt. The regular teen curfew begins at 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
In recent years, the city has made an effort to extend the curfew hours during special events like SunFest or MoonFest.
“Everyone has always been very cooperative with it,” said Bernhardt. “The businesses also appreciate the curfew.”