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Beer, Beads and Bawdy Spring Break on Way Out in Daytona

April 2, 2006 - Posted at 1:12 p.m. CST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fl. (AP) _ Spring break in Daytona Beach,

Florida, isn't what it used to be. In fact, so few students go

there that officials don't keep count.

In its heyday, as many as 400-thousand students flocked to

Daytona Beach for spring break. But the city stopped marketing

itself as a destination for students three years ago after the

partying started getting out of hand.

Not even M-T-V goes there anymore.

Daytona inherited the party mantle in the 1980s from Fort

Lauderdale, which got tired of the trashed hotels, fights and fatal

balcony accidents. The mayor went on national television to tell

students they were no longer welcome.

Soon, Daytona Beach was overwhelmed by raucous crowds and

started to crack down on heavy partying in the 1990s. Bad behavior

peaked again in 2002, with complaints of heavy drinking and

vandalism. Scores of high school girls were handcuffed and arrested

for showing their breasts. Others drank until they passed out in

the street.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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