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SARASOTA COUNTY -- It was spring break on Siesta Public Beach, and these college students were living it up.
Shirts were off. Bikinis and sunglasses were on. Lounging on their towels after a long game of Frisbee, a few of them reached into their cooler for some nice, cold peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, apples and carrots.
"It's my last one," said Steve Christner, 21, a senior on spring break from Eastern Mennonite University. "So I'm really trying to soak it up."
Sarasota gets a small share of Florida's spring breakers, and many are Mennonite students looking for a good time in a not-so-typical way.
The attractions are the same as for other spring breakers: the sun, the beach, the parties. But these students are particularly drawn here because of ties to the Mennonite community.
Most stay with family. And their nighttime carousing usually consists of board games and backyard barbecues where their pastor is likely to be there to bless …