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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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  • Baseball Super Six: April 7

    Baseball Super Six: April 7
    1. First Academy: Royals win USA Baseball National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C. 2. Olympia: Titans win four straight to take Florida League High School Invitational title. 3. Spruce Creek: Hawks beat Apopka 8-6 in 13 innings for Spring Break...
  • S. Florida has its own versions of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame

    S. Florida has its own versions of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame
    Did you know South Florida has its own versions of the Hollywood Walk of Fame? In fact, the Fort Lauderdale Walk of Fame has been in the spotlight lately because of a Facebook campaign to get Gregg Newell — aka "the Father of Spring Break" —...
  • Gary Stein: Having a truly life-altering experience

    Being that I do not believe in overstatement or hyperbole, I will try to express myself in a simple and understated fashion: Last week, I had the absolute greatest moment in my life other than my bar mitzvah and the birth of my son. Okay, a little...
  • Weekend preview: Beer, peeps and chicken wings!

    Weekend preview: Beer, peeps and chicken wings!
    At last year’s New River Raft Race, the entry from students at the AIAS FAU School of Architecture won the fastest-raft category in a romp. But the one guy hoping for a closer race this weekend is their own admiral, Anthony Abbate, associate provost...
  • Riverside Market says: Relax, just drink it

    Riverside Market says: Relax, just drink it
    If all goes according to plan at Fort Lauderdale's Riverside Market and Café on Saturday, owner Julian Siegel expects the craft-beer-quaffing public to don vintage Spring Break beachwear: swimming trunks, 1980s hairstyles and, he hopes, not a single...
  • Friday's Bulletin Board

    Friday American Czech and Slovak Friends in South Florida Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. at Collins Community Center, 3900 NE Third Ave., Oakland Park. Free. Call 954-564-5571. Broadwalk Friday Fest: Dillard High School Band, 7:30 p.m. at Beach Theatre, 100...
  • Thursday's Bulletin Board

    Thursday AARP Tax Assistance, 10 to 11:45 a.m. at Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines. Free. Call 954-357-6580. Diabetic Support Group, 2 p.m. at Broward Health North, 201 Sample Road, Deerfield. Free. Call 561-731-4321....
  • Spring vehicle travel is on the upswing in Hampton Roads

    Spring vehicle travel is on the upswing in Hampton Roads
    Tidewater AAA on Tuesday released the results of its Spring Break Travel Poll. AAA spokeswoman and analyst Georjeane Blumling said travel has picked up in the Hampton Roads region and, almost two-thirds of residents surveyed said they were taking at least...
  • Time for Fort Lauderdale to honor late 'Father of Spring Break'

    You might not recognize his name, but surely you know Gregg Newell's legacy. Newell was known as the Father of Spring Break, a propeller-beanie-wearing entrepreneur whose bars, nightclubs and exuberance led to Fort Lauderdale becoming the hot spot for...
  • Varsity scores: March 28

    Varsity scores: March 28
    Baseball   Trinity Prep 9, Bishop Moore 5 Buzz: Patrick Trevisani went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and Kyle Altomare had a triple and 1 RBI for Trinity Prep (15-2). Dylan Anseaume hit a 2-run homer for Bishop Moore (10-7).     Oviedo 12, Hagerty 5...
  • Varsity scores: March 27

    Varsity scores: March 27
    Baseball   Lake Brantley 6, Hagerty 2 Buzz: Chase Haecker went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs for Lake Brantley (12-5). Harrison Ray added 2 hits including a double. Bryce Tucker pitched 5 innings with 4 strikeouts. Ryan Mountcastle went 2-for-4 for Hagerty...
  • Meeting First Lady in China 'very special' for Arlington Heights students

    Meeting First Lady in China 'very special' for Arlington Heights students
    It was a spring break to remember for Amélie Smithson. Smithson and 16 other students were on the Arlington Heights School District 25 Spring Break China Trip when they met Michelle Obama on March 22. The First Lady's staff told the world about the...