Movement of Spring Break Attendees from Florida Beach

| March 29, 2020

Playing a game of chicken during spring break. (Gulf News/Associated Press)

Earlier this month, many college students decided to participate in spring break activities on a Florida beach. Then, some tested positive for the coronavirus. Some of these students argued that they made plans and that these plans needed to be carried out. Cheap flights added to the incentive to fly to areas with beaches. Many weren’t going to let the virus ruin their plans.

TecTonix GEO posted a video to Twitter showing people at a Florida beach. They had their phones with them. Showing just the phones that were at the beach, the video tracks where these phones moved after the attendees left the beach. A wide area of the US ended up being covered.

Fox News has additional information here.

Category: "Teh Stoopid", "Truth or fiction?"

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  1. Comm Center Rat says:

    “Youth is the most precious thing in life; it is too bad it has to be wasted on young folks.”

    ~ George Bernard Shaw

    • 2banana says:

      The beach is probably the safest place to keep a virus at bay.

      All that UV virus killing light and ocean breezes.

      The NYC subway, never shut down, probably the worst place.

      • rgr1480 says:

        The beach is probably the safest place to keep a virus at bay.

        Was that pun on porpoise?

      • Hondo says:

        That is true – in the absence of close personal contact and crowded conditions. Add the latter, and the situation changes drastically.

        Rubbing various body parts together, breathing in each other’s face, and engaging in all sorts of other activities involving getting close to or touching others allows the spread of viruses under even cleanroom conditions. And I’m guessing that plenty of all of the above was going on during this year’s spring break.

        • 2banana says:

          Yep. All that happens in the subway. With lots of homeless.

          • Hondo says:

            True, and all of it happens on a crowded city street too.

            Just making the point that human behavior trumps sunlight and sea air when it comes to spreading a viral disease. And if the human behavior in question is foolish enough, the environmental conditions are irrelevant.

            • gitarcarver says:

              I live in a beach community and county.

              There has been a huge debate on whether to close the beaches here or not. Cities have closed their beaches as has the state. County beaches remain open although you can’t park on county beach lots.

              We have a county “Working Policy” group that makes recommendations to the County Commission in times of crisis. They recommended closing the County beaches, but the Commission decided not to accept the recommendation.

              Time will tell whether that was a wise decision or not.

              For the most part people that go to the beach are staying 10+ feet apart, even in the water so the whole “social distancing” thing comes into play as well.

  2. Combat Historian says:

    ”Youth offers the promise of happiness, but life offers the realities of grief…”

    – Nicholas Sparks

  3. USAF_Pride says:

    Visualization is from 2019 according to @xmodesocial

    • thebesig says:

      Psychology and logistics are the same. The pattern repeats itself not just during spring break every year, but throughout the year when the beach is open.

      • USAF_Pride says:

        Not denying that, but this is being held out there as this is data that represents the 2020 spring break. Just read all the replies to the original tweet.

        While indicative, it is not representative to the actual virus.

        • thebesig says:

          It doesn’t matter if it represents the data from the recent spring break… Or one of the previous years’ data.

          The video captures activity, and subsequent movement, that has taken place for years. Students from all over the country go to that beach, as well as other beaches, then they take the air and land routes back to their colleges/universities. Airports and highways have remained constant for the most part, so pattern of travel will remain constant.

          This means that patterns of human interaction will remain constant; hence, relevance to today’s virus.

          Whatever they catch on the beach, that’s viral, will impact those they meet at the airports or stop points on the ground.

          So, one could taken that data and see how previous post spring break movements have unfolded, then they could take that same time lapse and project that this is how things would occur in the next few years.

          The data shown in the video represents a repeating, predictable, pattern. Thus, the relevance to this year and current virus, and future years when future epidemic/pandemics hit. As fast as air travel, and ground travel occur, and as frequent as they occur, the above video shows how fast people in one part of the country could spread across the country.

          What the above video shows is similar to modeling that scientists use to predict certain outcomes when they’re dealing with predictable patterns.

  4. 26Limabeans says:

    “Only the good die young”

    -Billy Joel

    • The Stranger says:

      Then these clowns will live forever.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Pappy! I see you managed to crawl out of that Engineer sized cold beer glass over on the Boomer Thread. You gonna run us a pipeline from there to the hooch? Good deal! You da man.

        Bad enough these teh stoopid mofos want to risk infecting themselves. What about those that don’t want to be infected by a ChiCom Originated Viral Infectious Disease from ’19? Not only do they need to STAY OFF MY LAWN, they need to quit exhaling into my air.

        Never had a Spring Break Trip. Unka Sugar was trying to send me to The Viet of the Nam for a Senior Trip. Thank God and Dick Nixon that plane got turned around and went the other way.

  5. 26Limabeans says:

    “Tectonix GEO”

    Am I the only one that keeps seeing

    “Tektronix CEO” ?

  6. Hondo says:

    When you’re young, you think you’re immortal, omniscient, and invulnerable. Life later teaches you that you’re not.

    Well, except for some who attended UCal-Berkeley. Then some of those youthful delusions may well remain long after they should have learned otherwise. (smile)

  7. OWB says:

    Who’s paying for these clowns? Oh, sure, some of them paid for it from their essential jobs as baristas or whatever, but would guess that most are expecting others to pay for their fun times. Risk of death seems an bit too much to demand from others to pay for your fun, kiddies.

    • Poetrooper says:

      Have you ever wondered what percentage of all those huge student loans gets spent on Spring Break?

      • OWB says:

        Why yes, yes I have as a matter of fact.

        Back in the day, I knew people who went to Ft. Lauderdale for spring break. Couldn’t afford it myself and sure didn’t want to waste $$ on such foolishness instead of saving to pay college expenses. But then, the folks I knew who played on spring break didn’t have to work at all.

      • timactual says:

        Also mandatory student activity fees. It is essential to the future well-being of students to have adequate recreational opportunities while attending school. And those speaking fees for guest speakers aren’t cheap, either.

  8. A Proud Infidel®™ says:


    “DUDE, what do you mean I got the virus, It’s gotta be Trump’s fault because my Professors say so!!!”

  9. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    The only time they care is when it affects them, then the regret set in… some of them:

    There’s a reason some of them have been called Coronaidiots…

  10. SFC D says:

    Darwin and karma always get their way. It’s just a matter of which one arrives first.

  11. Roh-Dog says:

    My brother was one of these people.
    He was one of the ‘it’s just the flu’ bros, right up until they shutdown the beaches, schools, the military got put on travel restrictions and saw the flights from FL to CT getting canceled.
    He’s home now. Lucky him he’d packed n95s or else that plane ride back probably would have gotten him. Said there were many coughing on the aircraft.
    Gotta be smarter than the enemy…

  12. Green Thumb says:


  13. Poetrooper says:

    One of the California toilet seat lickers who later tested positive for COVID-19 goes by the name of:

    Wait for it…


    • Tony180A says:

      Fucking toilet seat licker! He got what he asked for. I see anyone licking or coughing on products or food I’m kicking their ass!

      • Duane says:

        If it’s a member of the Male species, I’m thinking that I’ll put the first kick someplace else in hopes of stopping his (or it’s) ability to procreate.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I’m sure that he’s sitting somewhere saying “DUDE, it’s Trump’s fault…”

  14. Devtun says:

    Little off topic, Mexicans appear to be just going about their day as normal. The mindset is lets fuck off today, and worry about tomorrow when it gets here. Heck, the Mexican Pres doesn’t appear worried.

  15. JTB says:

    Kids will be kids…