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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...
  • 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...
  • Chan Lowe: A1A destruction and reconstruction

    Chan Lowe: A1A destruction and reconstruction
    There are a couple of ways to think about the issue of rebuilding the storied Florida State Road A1A, which suffered near-obliteration in some places thanks to the ravages of Hurricane Sandy.   First, that without A1A, South Florida is nothing....
  • Free wireless speaker from Victoria's Secret PINK

    Free wireless speaker from Victoria's Secret PINK
    Get a free wireless mini heart speaker with any purchase from Victoria's Secret PINK. PINK Nation had a Spring Break bash on Miami Beach and now is giving away a free speaker with a coupon when you make any purchase. You also can score the dance party...
  • Taking the Kids: Where to go for spring break

    Taking the Kids: Where to go for spring break
    Let's not kid ourselves. None of us want to wait until summer for some fun in the sun. We all could use some rest and relaxation right about now, whether your family's idea of vacation heaven is a bluebird sunny day on a ski slope, a blue-sky sunny day...
  • 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,...
  • Last minute travel

    Most of us do make holiday travel plans ahead of time. There's vacation time to schedule at work, care for pets to arrange, and money to budget. There's also the reality that last minute travel, especially for airfare, is expensive. "Flights can...
  • 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...
  • Nicole by OPI creates Carrie Underwood-inspired nail lacquers

    Nicole by OPI creates Carrie Underwood-inspired nail lacquers
    Nicole by OPI on Monday announced a partnership with six-time Grammy winner and country music star Carrie Underwood that will bring 14 shades of limited-edition Underwood-inspired nail lacquers to market in January. Described as "a colorful mosaic of...
  • 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-...
  • 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...