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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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  • Senior Week at beach creates havoc — and business

    Senior Week at beach creates havoc — and business
    — Brent Ashley may have aged into the enforcer role at a certain point, but he still remembers when he was the miscreant. "I was halfway up the stairs and felt the hand on my shoulder," Ashley said of the night about 40 years ago when he got kicked...
  • Luke Bryan enters Jay Z territory with 'Crash My Party'

    Luke Bryan enters Jay Z territory with 'Crash My Party'
    Luke Bryan made the invite, and fans responded. The country star's "Crash My Party" landed at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts this week and caused quite the celebration in doing so.  "Crash My Party" sold 528,000 copies for the week ending Aug. 18,...
  • Review: "Ghost Shark, Swindle"

    Oh sure, we could have ignored two TV movies being trotted out in late August -- "Ghost Shark," on Syfy; and "Swindle," from Nickelodeon -- but in terms of content, the Web is as hungry as a made-for-TV, poorly animated shark. And since both involve...
  • Be sure to pack these Spring Break essentials

    Winter is fast receding and for many young people, Spring Break is here! I only wish I still had Spring Break to look forward to, but with my kids "almost" grown, it's no longer on my agenda. For those of you lucky enough to be traveling to warm climes,...
  • Take the Points: College Football Week 7 Picks

    Take the Points: College Football Week 7 Picks
    This past weekend, I attended my 10 year college reunion, and I realized a few things.  First off, everyone is pregnant, even the guys.  Secondly, nobody wants to grow up.  You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a bunch of 32-year old pregnant...
  • Taking the Kids -- to the Boston Tea Party

    Taking the Kids -- to the Boston Tea Party
    HUZZAH! There may be 21st-century LED holiday lights all over Boston, but we've time-traveled back to 1773 -- Dec. 16, 1773 to be exact -- the night that literally changed the course of American history. Welcome to the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea...
  • Donald L. Symington, Broadway actor

    Donald L. Symington, Broadway actor
    Donald L. Symington, a career feature actor whose classic patrician good looks earned him roles on Broadway and in movies, television, soap operas and regional theaters, died Wednesday of Parkinson's disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The...
  • Il Volo at the Fillmore: Can you feel the love, Christmas cheer?

    Il Volo at the Fillmore: Can you feel the love, Christmas cheer?
    As one-third of the dashing young Italian pop-opera trio Il Volo,  Piero Barone has seen his share of unusual clothing items thrown his way onstage. But he expects South Florida fans to be more modest Wednesday night, being such a chilly winter evening...
  • Cuba travel crack earns rebuke from Cuban-American senator

     
    By William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee didn't ask a single question of Secretary of State-nominee John Kerry about his views on Cuba policy at his confirmation hearing this week. But a meant-to-...
  • Two-week holiday break part of Orange 2013-14 calendar proposal

     
    The Orange County School Board is slated to adopt a calendar tonight for the 2013-14 school year that includes a Winter Break that is two weeks long, a school start date two weeks before Labor Day and a last day of school of June 4. The proposal would...
  • Those temporary tattoos may not be

     
    From the better-late-than-never crew at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration comes a warning about temporary tattoos. As a warning to college and high school students given to experimenting over Spring Break, it's a great idea. It would have been more...