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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • The 1980s: Rowdy students chased away, but well-heeled visitors welcomed

    Spring Break helped define Fort Lauderdale, bringing it national attention as well as profit. But by mid-decade it had overstayed its welcome. It had to be crushed. In 1985, Spring Break's peak year, more than 300,000 students mobbed the beach and what...
  • The story of Fort Lauderdale

    The story of Fort Lauderdale
    In the beginning, it was sanitation, or the lack of it, that inspired pioneers to found the city of Fort Lauderdale. The approximately 400 residents of the mosquito-ridden outpost at the swamp's edge craved basic services, particularly clean streets and...
  • Adventure Bay Spring Break & Summer Camp

    Adventure Bay Spring Break & Summer Camp
  • Party Places

    ADOLPH & ROSE LEVIS JCC PARTIES 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton Laurah@levisjcc.org or    561-852-3225 a latte fun10120 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington¿www.alattefun.com    561-793-0280 baby stars 3565 NE 207th St., Suite A9, Aventurawww.baby-stars....
  • Volunteers clear Everglades trails

    Volunteers clear Everglades trails
    Fourteen volunteers braved the hardships of the southern Everglades last Saturday to clear overgrown trails at Everglades National Park, reports Cerisa Swanberg, the park’s assistant volunteer coordinator. “Undaunted by the heat and mosquitos...