The lessons of Fort Lauderdale |

The lessons of Fort Lauderdale

As a former resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., I bemoan the loss of spring breakers. I remember with nostalgia the wet T-shirt contests, the all-you-can-drink beer binges, the kids urinating on people’s lawns, the trash on the beach, the drunken kids falling from 15th story balconies of the Holiday Inn while trying to climb from one balcony to another and the money we used to make from their visit.

Oh the money!

After the drug business dried up, the money was to be made from the party animals who would descend upon our resort community each spring.

Yes, those were the good old days. After Fort Lauderdale discouraged the revelers from coming, the locals thought “where the boys are” would not be economically viable. Surprise.

Families discovered Ft. Lauderdale was a place they could bring their children and not have them exposed to the “rites of spring,” college style.

Daytona, seizing on an opportunity, invited the kids to its beach. That lasted a couple of years when the adage, “Be careful what you wish for, you might get it,” had the city realizing the error of its thinking. But we don’t have to worry about that.

We don’t have a beach.

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