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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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  • Central Florida Spring Break Slam All-Tournament Team

    Here is the All-Tournament team from last week's Central Florida Spring Break Slam baseball tournament. MVP: Spencer Stockton – Wellington Catcher: Dan Autiello – Dr. Phillips   Infield: Gunner Bradshaw – West Orange Michael...
  • Fort Lauderdale baseball team rallies around its coach

    It's been an emotional few weeks for the Fort Lauderdale baseball team. While the Flying L's put together a six-game win streak, players had to watch as their longtime coach, Terry Portice, dealt with an incredibly tough situation at home. Portice has...
  • Inside the PD: On tap for PD baseball and softball

    Spring Break is over, and warm weather has arrived! To quote U2, "It's a beautiful day/Don't let it get away." (Kids, ask your parents). So here’s what’s on tap for Tuesday in Peninsula District baseball and softball. BASEBALL GAME OF THE...
  • Woman busted for having sex with teens -- while other teens watched, deputies say

    Woman busted for having sex with teens -- while other teens watched, deputies say
    Detectives arrested Jeanine Shimandle, 40, after learning that she allegedly had sex with 13-and 17-year-old boys last month at a Sarasota apartment where she had been house-sitting during Spring Break, according to a news release from the Sarasota County...
  • Mil millas de aventura

    Mil millas de aventura
    El estado del Sol ofrece las mejores playas para pescar, caminar, aprender sobre el pasado y descansar. Se acerca el verano y nada más obvio en Florida que ir a la playa. Sin embargo, las costas de la península albergan mucho más que arena y mar: sus 1,...
  • Ryan Stout: Hecklers beware

    Ryan Stout: Hecklers beware
    After a decade performing standup, comedian Ryan Stout has met his fair share of drunken fools and hecklers. But nothing could prepare him for the "weirdest" woman he met years ago at a comedy club in Columbus, Ohio. Stout, who is performing through...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The 1930s: Tourists arrive and the population doubles, despite hardships

    The busted land boom gave Fort Lauderdale an early taste of the Great Depression years before the rest of the country experienced it. But the city's main draw, its waterways, proved an economic lifeline. While not yet a regular port of call for passenger...
  • The 1960s: Swinging Sixties bring Spring Breakers and broken barriers

    The beach loomed strong in the '60s on two very different fronts: desegration and debauchery. But Fort Lauderdale continued to build and expand. It also felt the pull of history and the sting of civic unrest. One unusual, and controversial,...