The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting student survivor-led movement called #NeverAgain has endorsed boycotts of the National Rifle Association and now, one of the loudest voices of that movement is calling for a Florida spring break boycott.
David Hogg, one of the student activists and the subject of a bizarre conspiracy theory, Saturday morning posted a suggestion for spring-breakers to choose another destination than Florida as a symbolic protest that could, if it gains traction, perhaps sting the tourist economy of the Sunshine State, its bread and butter.
What you need to know:
1. Student Activist Calls For Students to Ditch Spring Break Plans in Florida
Commenters on the David Hogg post from late Saturday morning, which already had nearly 40,000 likes and tens of thousands of re-tweets by early afternoon, agreed that the suggestion was perhaps even a safe one.
Hogg may not have been the first to suggest the measure.
2.Millions of People Enjoy Spring Break In Florida
In the first nine months of 2017, a record-breaking 88 million people visited Florida. Visit Florida says Spring Break vacation times vary from school to school. Some start as early as late February; however, March through April are the months when most Spring Breaks occur. Students on Spring Break visit destinations all over the state, but the areas with the most Spring Break activities are Daytona Beach, Key West, Miami, and Panama City Beach.
3.Here Are Some Favorite Florida Spring Break Locations
It used to be Daytona, but the Florida Peninsula is hot, think Pensacola and Panama City, and the southwest coastline cities are also popular spots including St. Petersburg, Naples and Siesta Key in Sarasota. Siesta was the 2017 best beach in the US and the fifth most beautiful in the world and now popularized by the MTV reality show of the same name . Clearwater Beach, also on the Gulf coast is now number one.
4.Here Are Some Spring Break Locations That Are Not In Florida
Commenters quickly began suggesting other warm clime destinations like Puerto Rico, an island that cold use a boost.
5.Florida Would Sink Without the Billions & Billions of Dollars Tourists Spend Every Year
A Visit Florida analysis found that in 2016, “out-of-state visitor spending at Florida-based businesses reached $112 billion, growing by 2.7%. Of this $112 billion in visitor spending, $45 billion of value was created in Florida directly.”
Lots of numbers ahead:
“This visitor spending directly supported 875,722 jobs in 2016 that earned Florida jobholders $27.9 billion in corresponding wages. The number of jobs supported by out-of-state visitor spending for Florida workers has grown by over 140,000 since 2011 – growth of nearly 20%. The total impact of out-of-state visitor spending, including indirect and induced effects of the $112 billion, spending by out-of-state visitors to Florida sustained $88 billion in GDP, 1,435,341 jobs, and nearly $53 billion in corresponding wages. Putting these numbers in comparison to the overall Florida economy, tourism generated 9.5% of Florida’s GDP and 17.1% of total employment in 2016.”
A boycott of Florida for spring break vacations would likely not break the bank, but it could have an impact, at least perceptually, if the movement takes off.