Spring Break — 'I feel like my grandmother is watching us,' says Ohio State University student Stacey Taylor, center, as she dances to the booming music with friends. 'They're probably looking at us like we're a bunch of hoochies, but they don't realize how stressful our life is, how competitive it is.' The physical therapy major had come to Fort Myers Beach for spring break — to relax with friends and fellow students Danielle Kaufman, left, and Natalie Burnside, right. The students are among the thousands of college students that spend a week in the sun at Fort Myers Beach this time of year. 'It's absolutely beautiful here,' she adds. 'It's a nice place to take our minds off of school and work and stress.' Her dancing partner on this day was Fort Myers Beach firefighter Dan Miller, who had been invited to a beach house that's rented every year by firefighters from Cincinnati. This is Miller's first spring break in Fort Myers Beach. He escaped the snow and cold of Chicago, and says he like the Florida climate a lot better. 'You don't have to shovel the rain down here,' Miller says with a smile. After a week of partying, Taylor and her friends will be heading back north to Ohio. 'Back to snow, back to stress, back to being a hermit,' says Taylor. But she will have memories of fun in the sun to help her get through the spring semester. Published March 25, 2006

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Spring Break — "I feel like my grandmother is watching us," says Ohio State University student Stacey Taylor, center, as she dances to the booming music with friends. "They're probably looking at us like we're a bunch of hoochies, but they don't realize how stressful our life is, how competitive it is." The physical therapy major had come to Fort Myers Beach for spring break — to relax with friends and fellow students Danielle Kaufman, left, and Natalie Burnside, right. The students are among the thousands of college students that spend a week in the sun at Fort Myers Beach this time of year. "It's absolutely beautiful here," she adds. "It's a nice place to take our minds off of school and work and stress." Her dancing partner on this day was Fort Myers Beach firefighter Dan Miller, who had been invited to a beach house that's rented every year by firefighters from Cincinnati. This is Miller's first spring break in Fort Myers Beach. He escaped the snow and cold of Chicago, and says he like the Florida climate a lot better. "You don't have to shovel the rain down here," Miller says with a smile. After a week of partying, Taylor and her friends will be heading back north to Ohio. "Back to snow, back to stress, back to being a hermit," says Taylor. But she will have memories of fun in the sun to help her get through the spring semester. Published March 25, 2006

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