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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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  • Spring Break 2010 March Madness Tally: 1092 underage drinkers arrested

     
    Agents with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco arrested 1,092 people for underage drinking during statewide spring break enforcement efforts, reports reports WMBB ABC News-13. The March Spring Break hot spots includie Panama City,...
  • Spring Break for Seminole schools

     
    It's Spring Break for Seminole County public schools. The kids are off today and all next week. Teachers are having a work day today and then will be off next week, too. And in an energy saving measure, the county office and ancillary services will be...
  • High Five: Spring Break and fastbreaks on the same day?

     
    I never thought I'd be in Spring Break and high school basketball mode at the same time, but our Friday edition of Varsity High Five this week is dominated with hoops thoughts after watching local powers Montverde Academy and Winter Park go a...
  • Top iPhone apps for travelers

     
    Last week, my husband, son and I spent part of Spring Break in the Keys. It was a fabulous trip and a great way to unwind. It was also my first vacation with my iPhone. I was giddy when I discovered all the great iPhone apps out there for travelers! My...
  • Paying to skip the line: bad example or good business?

     
    The day was hot, the rides jammed. But the promise of the Treasure Falls flume was enough to keep my young nephews waiting patiently for an hour in line on their Spring Break trip to Legoland. They were vibrating with......
  • Weekend outlook – calm waves, good weather

     
    Lifeguards in Volusia and Brevard counties are expecting good beach weather — and good-sized crowds out to the enjoy the weekend. The ocean is relatively flat (1 to 2 foot) so lifeguards in both counties aren't expecting too many troublesome rip...
  • A year of blogging about the beach

     
    It seems hard to believe but we've just passed the 1-year mark for this Beach Beat blog. It's been a year of chronicling shark attacks, surfing contests, the beach crowds, the Spring Break mayhem, the whales, fish and sea turtles. When we started the...
  • Turteltaub on the National Treasure movie he WANTED to make

     
    Every interview with a famous filmmaker always finishes with a little pitch — “When are you going to make a movie here?” Or in the case of Ron Howard (Parenthood) or Jon Turteltaub (Instinct), “make ANOTHER movie here.” But...
  • Legoland Florida: Water park doubles up on bricks

     
    When the Legoland Florida water park reopens for the season on Saturday, guests will see even more figures and scenes constructed of Lego bricks. Two million bricks have been added since the Winter Haven water park opened last year, bringing its total...
  • Orange sets school calendars for next two years

     
    The Orange County School Board last night set calendars for the next two school years. The super-organized may now beginning planning Spring Break 2013. The calendars for the next two years basically follow the one in place this year, though the winter...
  • Universal Studios: Mardi Gras concert lineup includes B-52s, Pitbull, Neon Trees

     
    UPDATE: Universal Studios tells us that Thirty Seconds to Mars will now be performing on April 23, and the headlining band on March 19 will be announced at a later date. The schedule has been updated to reflect that change. Universal Studios has...