I read an article recently where the city of Palm Springs, CA is making Wagnerian overtures to try to reclaim the throngs (and thongs) of spring breakers once again. For years the residents griped about/dreaded the annual influx of rowdy and lewd college students and at one point went so far as to pass an ‘anti-thong’ ordinance (thank the late mayor, Sonny Bono). Fast forward 18 years and the bad economy has them longing for those awful good ol’ days.
I guess ambivalence over spring break touri$m isn’t unique to Palm Springs as other spring break destinations (Ft. Lauderdale, Steamboat Springs, Daytona Beach, etc.) seem to exude similar attitudes (spend your money, now get the hell out quick); most of them have a love-hate relationship with s.b.’ers. The recent rash of violence in Mexico may deter many students from travelling to Cancun or Cabo San Lucas, and many of the these communities are hoping to reclaim some of that lost revenue.
I have some fond and not so fond memories of spring break. One year I did the traditional thing and went to Daytona and engaged in all the traditional spring break activities. Another year I went to Alaska (thanks Uncle Sam) and tried something a bit more out of the ordinary. How about you? Did you ever ‘do’ the spring break bacchanal thang? Any interesting or unusual destinations or alternative spring break activities?