'More condensed' spring break comes to an end

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Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 09:25 AM.


Lawmen patrolling area beaches took a deep breath Monday morning as the last of the college students went back to school, clearing crowds that had taken over five weeks ago.

“We’re looking forward to a lull before the summer,” said Capt. Michael Howell with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office special operations division. “We seemed to have much more people in a shorter period of time.”

Walton County beaches were inundated with spring breakers, who congregated in large groups to party.

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Howell said the shores usually patrolled by one division were assisted by multiple divisions of the Sheriff’s Office as well as other law enforcement agencies, putting about 30 officials at a time on spring break duty.

Since the first weekend of March, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office has made 1,084 arrests in relation to spring breakers and issued 1,035 citations to students for underage drinking.

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