Florida Cheers "Sober Spring Break"

By Valerie Tejeda 03/08/12

Previous spring breaks at Panama City Beach have been anything but sober.

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At least 18 businesses in Panama City Beach, Florida are participating in their first annual “Sober Spring Break” program. Many people, especially students, make their way down to Panama City Beach to party hard during the traditionally booze-fueled holiday. But this year local businesses have come together to offer discounts and various fun and sporting activities to encourage vacationers to stay sober. The program was dreamed up by the Bridging the Gap Recovery Center in Florida. "Usually spring break brings about some unusual consequences such as balcony falls, getting in trouble with the law, just various things that drinking can cause," says Chris Hammonds of Bridging the Gap. "We wanted to give some options to these students coming down to see that they can have fun without alcohol." Besides the discounts at restaurants, amusements parks and many other local businesses, Shalimar Beach Resort will host numerous activities like volleyball and mud football in its athletic center, all in an effort to keep students sober. Those who are planning to visit Panama City Beach and want to participate in “Sober Spring Break” can find out more from the Bridging the Gap Recovery Center and register for the many discounts on offer. 
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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.