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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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  • Panhandle Sheriffs are on a roll: No break for Spring Breakers

    Panhandle Sheriffs are on a roll: No break for Spring Breakers
    These Panhandle Sheriffs sure mean business. Sheriffs from Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay Counties held a joint news conference on Wednesday to lay down the law to druggies and Spring Breakers: “We don’t want college students coming in from...
  • Spring-break community service now the norm on Central Florida campuses

     Spring-break community service now the norm on Central Florida campuses
    Welcome to what college students once called Alternative Spring Break — which, these days, is not so alternative and really isn't much of a break. Though there may be no shortage of vacationing young people at Daytona Beach or Panama City this...
  • Family-friendly house party

    Family-friendly house party
    Join us Friday at the Central Florida Home + Garden Show for Family Day, a celebration of all things home and family. In the midst of spring and Spring Break, now's the time to bring the kid out in all of us. Join in special activities and stage...
  • Legoland Florida: Water park doubles up on bricks

    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...
  • Cops: Man punched police horse for no apparent reason

    Cops: Man punched police horse for no apparent reason
    Key West cops working a mounted patrol Spring Break detail said Yeorgo Carl Brooklyn Kapiris, 28, interrupted an investigation into underage drinking and allegedly punched a police horse named 'Smoke' for no apparent reason, reports Keysnet.com in the...
  • College Roundup: Aikhonbare wins shot put at Spring Break Invitational

    WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD Spring Break Invitational IRVINE — Itos Aikhonbare won the shot put with the second best mark in UC Irvine history to lead the Anteaters on the second day of the invite at Anteater Stadium Saturday. Aikhonbare won 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...
  • 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...
  • Small Wonders: Checking off 'catching up' from the list

    I hate people sometimes. This year it was the Berrys from Seattle. A dear, lifelong friend, her husband and their two sickeningly adorable, wide-eyed, precocious sons. Theirs was the first Christmas card we received this year: snapshots of a day at the...
  • Spring Break Shootout: Woman mad at boyfriend fired 18 shots in hotel room, cops say

    Spring Break Shootout: Woman mad at boyfriend fired 18 shots in hotel room, cops say
    More Spring Break fun. Apparently this gal packed more than a bathing suit, suntan lotion and flip-flops for her Spring Break vacation -- she also packed heat. On Wednesday afternoon cops were dispatched to the Sun and Surf Motel after getting a...
  • Heading to the beach for Spring Break? Please don't take Fido

    Heading to the beach for Spring Break? Please don't take Fido
    Traveling to Florida for Spring Break? Then please leave your pets at home. A Clearwater cop had been working an an off-duty job near Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach when someone flagged him down to report that a dog was locked inside a car parked nearby,...