Breaking in the bitter cold: Co-eds trade bathing suits for sweatshirts, ‘alcohol blankets’

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 04:57 PM.

"I just want to say to those girls in bikinis, 'I know you're cold,'" said Lindey Kitchens from University of Alabama . "It's funny, because when they walk by, you can see their chill bumps."

Staying warm on the beach means keeping spirits high and in plentiful supply.

"We use an alcohol blanket to stay warm — it's that warm feeling you get from drinking," explained Aly Lehmann.

Piling out of their car parked in front of Whale's Tail, Lindey and friends were all clad in long sleeves. If the beach gets too cold, they already have a plan B ready.

"We'll have a darty — a party during the day," said Lehmann.

"And boys — boys always keep me warm," added Kitchens.

The beaches in front of Pompano Joes and Whale's Tail were far less crowded compared to previous weeks. There were less tents and flags, but the Walton County Sheriff's Office has not wavered their stance on patrolling. A handcuffed breaker in a tank top was being escorted from the beach as two young men walked the opposite way hauling a 70-quart cooler to the sand.

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