Party goes on for breakers (PHOTOS)

2013 spring break
Kathy Harrison | The Log
Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 03:28 PM.

The Walton County Sheriff's Office has been trying to send a strong message to spring breakers by proactively cracking down on underage drinking, but that hasn't stopped the party.

The beach in front of Whale's Tail was crowded with loud, sun-burnt college students Wednesday afternoon. Some breakers were oblivious to the officers, who were just about 50 feet away arresting young men and women, and some were defiant — snapping posed photos in front of the patrol trucks and hiding drinks in mugs and Starbucks cups. For a 360 degree view of the pile of people, click here.

"Nobody cares," said Ole Miss senior,  Brian Tucker, of the police presence. "Everybody will just find a new place to drink."

But those avenues are closing as the Sheriff’s Office launches a full frontal assault on lawbreaking co-eds.

A lot of breakers The Sun spoke with were unaware of the party bust March 11 that sent 32 men and women to the Walton County jail for underage drinking, but even after hearing the news, they were determined that the party would go on.

"I'm not underage, but I guess it's kind of scary, because I'm drunk in public," said Danielle Colson from Texas . "Isn't public intoxication a big thing?"

Sheridan Barrow from the University of Texas at Arlington , said she had just heard about the Monday night bust. Barrow, 22, wasn't worried about getting busted, but said the stepped-up beach patrols were nerve racking, because many of her friends were all minors.

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