Break Out

51bgj05xa5l_sl500_aa240_1Remember, about 20 years ago, Ft Lauderdale decided it had enough of rowdy spring breakers pissing and hurling on the shrubbery and drunkenly plummeting off hotel balconies?  And that the city would re-orient tool itself for “upscale European cultural tourists” instead?

That was before the local economy went into the toilet along with the Breakers’ upchucked entrails.  Now hear this:

“Stimulus 101: South Florida businesses welcome spring breakers,” says the front page headline, and the story recounts happy bartenders, restaurateurs, and hotel management.  As if anybody ever doubted it, it’s all about the money, and always was.  Of course, it will be again.  Too bad Broward’s own government is so out of synch with its own economic engine:

This year, Broward wants to tamp down any notion that a weak travel market has made breakers welcome. The county’s tourism bureau three weeks ago issued a statement declaring: ‘Bad Economy or Not, Greater Fort Lauderdale Steadfastly Says ‘No Thanks’ to Spring Break.”

But as hotels throughout the region cut prices to fill beds, spring breakers find it easier to land a cheap room. At South Beach’s Cavalier Hotel, rates are down 40 percent from February to about $99 a night. ”We’re sold out,” said owner Ralph Abravaya.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, an enterprising local has lived the life of his “Will Kill For Beer” tee shirt:

A fight over beer led a man to beat his 46-year-old girlfriend to death in downtown Fort Lauderdale, according to an arrest report released Thursday.

Robert Conde, 41, was arrested about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, shortly after Ruth Ann Trueblood’s bloody body was found in the 600 block of Southwest First Avenue.  According to the report, Conde told detectives in a recorded interview that he and Trueblood had been drinking beer behind a law office when she told him he could not have any more.

That made Conde angry, and he attacked her as she lay on her back. According to the report, Conde admitted to punching her “several times in the face.”

After he realized Trueblood was dead, Conde said he pulled off her pants and tried unsuccessfully to have sex with her.  He then covered her with a blanket and lay down next to her.  That’s where Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue found him when they arrived at the scene about 8:30 a.m.  Miami Hurled

Go with the Gusto, Robert.  For the locals, every day is Spring Break.

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11 Responses to Break Out

  1. NME says:

    I can’t believe you’d do a post about spring break and not include a beaver graphic. I’m not talking about a furry dam-builder, either.

    NME: See below. You’re right, so I added one in. — Squathole

  2. Travis T says:

    Ugh. Say — where can I get me a Will Kill For Beer tee? I bet that would really improve my pick-up percentage. Better quality dates, too.

  3. Ms Calabaza says:

    Ft. Lauderdale really blew it when they kicked the kids away … that was just plain stupid.

    Although unsuccesful, was that Conde’s “last hurrah”?

  4. Dawgbowl says:

    Don’t worry Ms Cal — he’ll be getting plenty of nookie where he’s going.

    I’m with NME — where’s the pic?

  5. Squathole says:

    OK, I found a decent graphic and added it in. I just couldn’t do it while still at the office. Sorry to deprive all of you of your daily drool quotient.

  6. Ms Calabaza says:

    OK, I’ll say it first this time … men are such pigs.

  7. Mister E says:

    Oink!

  8. MadamI says:

    OMG the stories I could tell from the trenches of Ft. Lauderdale. Why back in the day … well let’s just say the residents of Ft. Lauderdale were the ones who actually started the upheaval and eventual downfall of good ole Ft.Lickerdale once the commissioners got their filthy little hands in it. Shortly thereafter the Parrot got quiet, filled only with diehard locals and the parking on the beach slowly but surely dissapeared. It will never be the same … the boys of summer are gone forever.

  9. MadamI says:

    PS: Everyone knows, never deny a Bob a beer.

  10. Anna says:

    I would like to thank those of you that have morals. My family has been suffering enough with this tragedy. For those of you that feel that you need to get off on someone else’s pain… Imagine yourself at work and having a police officer coming and telling you that your mother had been murdered. Hopefully of you will never have to have your family dragged through the mud and have to relive a very sad event such as my nieces and nephews have had to by the rude and no regard to human life of the comments made about how RuthAnn died..
    Therefore, for those of you with a heart The RuthAnn Trueblood Memorial Fund has been established at Bank of America. My sister was a wonderful mother of 4 that tragically chose the wrong man to love. This fund will help pay for her to be laid to rest with her beautiful daughter that died in January 2008 at the young age of 21 – due to an epileptic seizure. Any additional funds will be donated to the Hollywood Police athletic League to help fund teen programs. Instead of making disgusting remarks about how she was murdered – allow her family to have some peace. Thank you and God Bless.

  11. Squathole says:

    Anna: I couldn’t find that fund on BofA’s website, nor does it come up on a general search. If you like, provide the link in a comment here.

    On the subject of morals, I posted that story for much the same reason the Sun-Sentinel carried it in its “Weird Florida” section, without, as you properly note, any regard whatsoever for the victim’s loved ones. The savagery human beings exercise toward one another never fails to cause my head to wag my purpose in pointing it out is to keep the species (including my own sorry ass) humble. Just look at us. Look how far we haven’t come. I don’t mean to belittle the victims of this behavior, who bear the brunt of the horror.

    Thanks for your comment.

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