Spring Break Stimulates Florida Economy

04/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Douglas Hanks McClatchy Washington Bureau

As beachgoers clogged traffic on a futile hunt for parking along State Road A1A, Jay Olivera looked out at the deck of his Fort Lauderdale restaurant and gave special thanks for Spring Break '09.

"This time last week we'd have three tables," said Olivera, manager of Sangrias, where you can buy one jumbo margarita and get a second one free. "Now we've got 20."

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