Sunday, March 04, 2007

Spring break starts now!

Whether you're a school kid, a parent or a slightly crazed college student, Spring Break is an annual reminder that the year is hurtling past.

In Florida, it's also part of our cultural history. From railroad pioneer Henry Flagler to Connie Francis and the gang from the 1960 movie Where the Boys Are, Northerners have long escaped winter harshness for Florida's lulling sunshine. And though local public schools don't take time out until early April, a spin onto any traffic artery is proof that for many people Spring Break is now in full swing. (If you're the parent of a college-age kid, just look in your spare bedroom. It's likely full of school pals.)

We're going to check out the scene. No, we aren't coming to your guest room (count your blessings.) But we are heading around the state to check out fave spots for Spring Break vacations for all ages.

For the next six days, I'll be driving from the Florida Keys to the West Coast, on to the theme parks and Daytona Beach, and finally to Panama City Beach, where the traditional insanity of college Spring Break still draws close to 300,000 young adults (we use that term loosely). You can cheer me on, offer suggestions -- or cautions -- and post your own memories online here!

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