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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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  • 'Frozen' Soundtrack Back at No. 1 on Album Charts

    The "Frozen" soundtrack, 2014's seemingly tireless sales champ, retook the No. 1 position on the U.S. album chart last week. Dipping scarcely 1%, the animated hit's companion album shifted 99,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week...
  • 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...
  • Florida travel calendar for March

    Florida travel calendar for March
    Check out festivals and events in March across the state. This list is organized by region. Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County) Feb. 1 -March 9: Bands Brew and BBQ...
  • 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.  ...
  • Upcoming high school spring break baseball tournaments

    Upcoming high school spring break baseball tournaments
    Upcoming high school spring break tournaments include: Central Florida Spring Break Slam March 24-27 At Dr. Phillips, West Orange and Apopka Stuart Martin County vs. Wekiva, 10 a.m., at Dr. Phillips; Jacksonville Bolles vs. Panama City Beach Arnold,...
  • College Roundup: OCC sweeps Golden West

    MEN'S VOLLEYBALL Orange Coast def. Golden West Ty Hutchins led the Pirates with 17 kills and seven digs during the Pirates' 25-23, 25-15, 29-27 sweep in Pacific Coast Conference action Friday. Jim Webb had 15 kills and Brendan Duff had 45 assists for...
  • College Roundup: Surrey shines in UCI shutout

    BASEBALL UC Irvine 4, Grand Canyon 0 Sophomore left-hander Elliott Surrey threw a four-hit shutout to give the host Anteaters their second complete game in as many days in the nonconference game Saturday. Surrey struck out six and did not walk a batter...
  • Break gives Broward teams a chance to spring into action

    Break gives Broward teams a chance to spring into action
    Ah yes. Tournament time is here. No. Not the tournament where you lost that "billion dollars" you had no shot at. No. Not the state tournament. But that will be here soon enough. Spring break in Broward County means tournaments for several area...
  • College students spend alternative spring break in Baltimore

    College students spend alternative spring break in Baltimore
    After a busy first semester last year at Boston University, Hayley Spivey was eager to head home to Florida for spring break. Yet while the theater arts major enjoyed the sun and fun, she also found herself slightly bored. "It was nice seeing my...
  • Diaco: Huskies Had No Trouble Shaking Off Spring Break Rust

    STORRS – Bob Diaco wanted his team to be off but not really "off" during spring break last week. Everything in moderation, he said. The Huskies had three football practices under their energetic and enthusiastic coach before they broke away....
  • Varsity scores: March 24

    Varsity scores: March 24
    Baseball   Lake Mary 4, Seminole 2 Buzz: Harrison Johnson had 3 hits and an RBI for Lake Mary (7-8). Braden Rollins pitched a complete game. Seminole is 2-10.     Winter Park 8, Bradenton Bayshore 1 Buzz: Connor Hogue pitched a complete game...