Daytona Beach Spring Break Crowds Cause Worry for Businesses

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Daytona Beach was a spring break haven for hundreds of thousands of college students for years, peaking in the 1980s and injecting an estimated $120 million into the local economy.

Jeffrey Hentz, president and chief executive officer of the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the spring break market has "high risk and limited reward".

But the owner of Maui Nix Surf Shop, George Karamitos, says the city has turned its back on a high economic generator and hasn't replaced it with anything.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that tourism officials estimate 250,000 spring breakers will head to Panama City while only 15,000 will visit Daytona.

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