Locals offer advice to spring breakers

Spring Break

Girls sit on shoulders during a party on the beach at Spinnaker Beach Club in Panama City Beach, Fla. on Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Andrew P Johnson | The News Herald
Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 04:00 PM.

As the snowbirds fly back north, that must mean it's time for the youngsters to invade our piece of paradise — otherwise known as spring break.

With the onslaught of co-eds on area beaches, some locals leave town or lock themselves indoors. Others brave the crowded stores, restaurants, and roads.

Locals watch the crowds come and go year after year, so we at The Sun asked the wise parent figures among us the following question: "With the largest week of spring break coming up, what is your advice to spring breakers in South Walton?"

As a teacher at Seaside Neighborhood School , Billie Gaffrey sees lots of bikes. Her advice to distracted spring breakers would be, "Watch out for cars when riding your bikes!"

30A resident Annie Lockamy has also witnessed some absent mindedness in her encounters with visitors. "My advice is for them to PLEASE remember that 30A is road, which cars actually are traveling on, so don't just cross it without looking!" she said.

Along those same lines, Seagrove's Barbara Olschner advises: "Enjoy, but remember, the laws of physics are not suspended while on vacation. Exercise the same care for safety and well being you would in crossing the street at home."

Blue Mountain 's Buz Livingston offers a bit of driving instructions: Yield to the right at four way stops.

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