Spring break is quickly approaching and local authorities are preparing for the vacationers with a word of warning. Hotels and resorts say the season is longer this year, about eight weeks in total. Crackdowns in traditional destinations for college-age kids have the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) on alert. After Bay County/Panama City Beach passed several laws that starting March 1st, you cannot drink alcohol on the sandy beach or in commercial parking lots in March, ending alcohol sales at 2 a.m. and preventing overnight scooter rentals, many college-aged kids moved west to Walton and Okaloosa County to enjoy their spring break. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has already sent letters to several colleges and high school campuses warning them to follow the rules.
Age minimums to rent a condo or hotel keep most of the kids out. To rent a condo, you have to be 25 and for a hotel room you must be 21 in Okaloosa County. Bay County will have a ban on alcohol on the beach starting March 1st. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has already sent letters to schools and colleges warning them about their underage drinking policies. According to the OCSO, the height of the spring break season this year will be the second and third weeks of March.