Photos: Spring Breakers Crowd Florida Beaches Despite Coronavirus Pandemic

World | Associated Press | March 18, 2020, 2:16 pm
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 This group of young men from a high school in Cincinnati play Spike Ball in Miramar Beach near Destin, Florida. (Image: AP)
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This group of young men from a high school in Cincinnati play Spike Ball in Miramar Beach near Destin, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 Two spring break revelers hug while partying in a large crowd on the beach, in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Two spring break revelers hug while partying in a large crowd on the beach, in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 Two men wrestle each other as spring break revelers look on during a contest on the beach, in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Two men wrestle each other as spring break revelers look on during a contest on the beach, in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 A group of college spring breakers affiliated with the campus Christian organization Cru film a video on the beach in Destin, Florida. (Image: AP)
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A group of college spring breakers affiliated with the campus Christian organization Cru film a video on the beach in Destin, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 Cece Guida, 19, top, of New York City, pushes on Sam Reddick, 20, of Evansville, Ind., as spring break revelers look on during a game of chicken fight on the beach, in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Cece Guida, 19, top, of New York City, pushes on Sam Reddick, 20, of Evansville, Ind., as spring break revelers look on during a game of chicken fight on the beach, in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 People gather at Clearwater Beach in Florida. Amid coronavirus concerns, the governor has left it to local communities to decide if they would restrict access to beaches. (Image: AP)
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People gather at Clearwater Beach in Florida. Amid coronavirus concerns, the governor has left it to local communities to decide if they would restrict access to beaches. (Image: AP)

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 Visitors sit on the North Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Beachgoers are keeping a safe distance to avoid the spread of the coronavirus as they enjoy the Florida weather. (Image: AP)
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Visitors sit on the North Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Beachgoers are keeping a safe distance to avoid the spread of the coronavirus as they enjoy the Florida weather. (Image: AP)

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 Kurtis Cruzada and Elisury Cuevas, both of Orlando embrace as they enjoy a beach day at the Jupiter Inlet, in Jupiter, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Kurtis Cruzada and Elisury Cuevas, both of Orlando embrace as they enjoy a beach day at the Jupiter Inlet, in Jupiter, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 Julie Stallbaumer, does some upside-down push-ups with the help of fellow college spring breakers on the beach in Destin, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Julie Stallbaumer, does some upside-down push-ups with the help of fellow college spring breakers on the beach in Destin, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 Barricades block spring breakers from all public beach access in Seaside, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Barricades block spring breakers from all public beach access in Seaside, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 Students Erin West and Jessie Wilcox talk as they sit on North Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Students Erin West and Jessie Wilcox talk as they sit on North Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 Laura Haverty and Haley Halse hug at McSorley's Beach Pub in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Laura Haverty and Haley Halse hug at McSorley's Beach Pub in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 A reveler from Pompano Beach squirts hand sanitizer on the hands of bartenders at the Briny Irish Pub in Pompano Beach. (Image: AP)
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A reveler from Pompano Beach squirts hand sanitizer on the hands of bartenders at the Briny Irish Pub in Pompano Beach. (Image: AP)

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 Susan Miller and Diane Bigelow chat under an umbrella on the North Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Susan Miller and Diane Bigelow chat under an umbrella on the North Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 Students from Clemson University lie on the beach during spring break near Pompano Joe's Restaurant in Miramar Beach near Destin, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Students from Clemson University lie on the beach during spring break near Pompano Joe's Restaurant in Miramar Beach near Destin, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 Visitors sit on the North Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Visitors sit on the North Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 A park ranger with the City of Miami Beach stands by as spring breakers leave the beach in Miami Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)
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A park ranger with the City of Miami Beach stands by as spring breakers leave the beach in Miami Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 John Jordan and his wife Sarah, of Tennessee, along with their three children put out seats on the North Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)
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John Jordan and his wife Sarah, of Tennessee, along with their three children put out seats on the North Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 People feed gulls on the beach during spring break in Miami Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)
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People feed gulls on the beach during spring break in Miami Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 Miami Beach police officers talk to beachgoers on spring break in Miami Beach, Florida. Portions of South Beach were closed late Saturday to avoid large group gatherings that could spread the coronavirus. South Beach is a popular party spot for college students and others from around the world. (Image: AP)
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Miami Beach police officers talk to beachgoers on spring break in Miami Beach, Florida. Portions of South Beach were closed late Saturday to avoid large group gatherings that could spread the coronavirus. South Beach is a popular party spot for college students and others from around the world. (Image: AP)

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 Empty beach chairs are shown on North Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Empty beach chairs are shown on North Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 Cruise ships are docked at PortMiami in Miami Beach, Florida. All major cruise ship lines have suspended operations to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. (Image: AP)
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Cruise ships are docked at PortMiami in Miami Beach, Florida. All major cruise ship lines have suspended operations to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. (Image: AP)

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 Amaya Herron, a student at the University of Memphis on spring break, talks with a Miami Beach police officer in Miami Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Amaya Herron, a student at the University of Memphis on spring break, talks with a Miami Beach police officer in Miami Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 Spring break revelers party on the beach in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Spring break revelers party on the beach in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 A man, right, strolls by a large crowd of spring break revelers gathered on the beach, in Pompano Beach. (Image: AP)
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A man, right, strolls by a large crowd of spring break revelers gathered on the beach, in Pompano Beach. (Image: AP)

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 Tabatha Hannah, a student at St. Clair Community College, talks with Miami Beach police officers in Miami Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Tabatha Hannah, a student at St. Clair Community College, talks with Miami Beach police officers in Miami Beach, Florida. (Image: AP)

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 Spring breakers sit out on a deck after being told to leave at McSorley's Beach Pub in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Image: AP)
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Spring breakers sit out on a deck after being told to leave at McSorley's Beach Pub in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Image: AP)

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