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Spring Break

Spring Break
Spring Break is the common term for the mid-semester break for college students, who often vacation in sunny beach locations. Spring Break has no exact date, since universities schedule their break at different times, though Canadian Spring Break usually runs during February, while American colleges take their break in March.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. reigned as the top Spring Break destination for many years, but Daytona Beach, Fla. took over that crown in the 1980s, when Fort Lauderdale officials decided to shut out the Spring Break scene. Daytona's Spring Break peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but Daytona Beach also shut down the event after the crowds grew to nearly 500,000...
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Spring Break is the common term for the mid-semester break for college students, who often vacation in sunny beach locations. Spring Break has no exact date, since universities schedule their break at different times, though Canadian Spring Break usually runs during February, while American colleges take their break in March.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. reigned as the top Spring Break destination for many years, but Daytona Beach, Fla. took over that crown in the 1980s, when Fort Lauderdale officials decided to shut out the Spring Break scene. Daytona's Spring Break peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but Daytona Beach also shut down the event after the crowds grew to nearly 500,000 and the drinking and partying became too excessive.

Panama City Beach in Florida, South Padre Island in Texas, and Cancun, Mexico have since become other popular Spring Break destinations. Spring Break in Daytona Beach persists as a small, quieter event.
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  • 'Tis the Season

    'Tis the Season
    Summer Pros: “The weather!” says Christina Friedrichsen, author of “Intimate Weddings: Planning a Small Wedding that Fits Your Budget and Style” (North Light Books, 2004). “If you’ve got your heart set on an outdoor...
  • Harbor Beach Marriott Resort celebrates 30 years

    Harbor Beach Marriott Resort celebrates 30 years
    The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month by throwing a party to thank its 650 employees. When the 650-room beachfront resort opened on Oct. 22, 1984, it was the newest hotel...
  • Why don't theme parks build more year-round haunted houses?

    Why don't theme parks build more year-round haunted houses?
    The bloodcurdling screams and spine-tingling shrieks emanating from haunted mazes and scare zones during Halloween season mark the busiest time of the year for the nation’s theme parks outside the traditional summer months. Which raises the...
  • 'Mantervention' film helps men survive relations

    What happens when a guy gets dumped by his girl and goes into the emotional tank? His best friend has the answer in the form of some unorthodox therapy called "mantervention" to help him get through the rough times. The mantra is "there's nothing better...
  • S. Florida has its own versions of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame

    S. Florida has its own versions of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame
    Did you know South Florida has its own versions of the Hollywood Walk of Fame? We decided to explore the area's honorary pathways to see who and what is there. Come and follow us on these short walks. — Johnny Diaz Fort Lauderdale Walk of Fame...
  • Omarr's daily astrological forecast, For release 08/08/14 for 08/08/14

    BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Ken Baumann was born in Urbana, Ill., today in 1989. This birthday guy portrayed Ben Boykewich on "The Secret Life of The American Teenager" from 2008-2013. He played the recurring role of Ashley on "Castle" and has appeared on "Eli...
  • Man dies after falling from 12th floor of Panama City Beach hotel

    Man dies after falling from 12th floor of Panama City Beach hotel
    A 62-year-old Texas man who was chaperoning his 18-year-old daughter on Spring Break died Wednesday after falling from a 12th floor balcony at a Panama City Beach hotel. Thomas H. Saunders, 62, of Southlake, Texas, was chaperoning his daughter and a...
  • Classic Spring Break: Spring Break in Central Florida through the years

    Classic Spring Break: Spring Break in Central Florida through the years
    The fashions have certainly changed. You won't be seeing big hair, jean shorts and puka shell necklaces on Daytona Beach this spring, but college students from around the country still flock to Central Florida this time of year for the annual party that...
  • NCAA Tournament, MegaCon highlight busy event weekend

    NCAA Tournament, MegaCon highlight busy event weekend
    This weekend will be a busy one when it comes to events.  In addition to Spring Break visitors, downtown Orlando and the metro area will play host to several big events, most notably MegaCon 2014 and the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament.  ...
  • Coupon: $10 off at JC Penney

    Coupon: $10 off at JC Penney
    Save $10 on a $25 purchase at JC Penney with a coupon through Father's Day. The coupon is good on select apparel, shoes, accessories and home purchases. Click here for the deal. Like Doreen's Deals on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@...
  • Darren Criss, Lea Michele perform at Taste for a Cure fundraiser

    Darren Criss, Lea Michele perform at Taste for a Cure fundraiser
    The event: Taste for a Cure, a fundraiser for UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation honoring Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television, featured a stand-up routine by comedian Tom Papa, two songs by Darren Criss and a surprise duet by...