Analysis: Why Nevada deserves special federal aid Ric Anderson, Las Vegas Sun · April 18, 2020 at 2:55 pm On Florida’s Pompano Beach, just north of Fort Lauderdale, two young women laugh as they’re photographed having a chicken fight, surrounded by dozens of swimsuit-clad spring breakers who have crowded around them to watch. The date: March 17, the same day Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered the closure of nonessential businesses in Nevada and shut down gaming in the state. While Nevadans solemnly began preparing for an unprecedented time of job losses, self-isolation and uncertainty, scenes like the one captured by a news photographer on Pompano Beach were happening in other coastal cities in Florida. For weeks, tens of thousands of spring breakers had been cramming themselves into hotels four and five to a room, mobbing beaches by day and packing dance floors at night. It was a setting perfectly suited for the spread of the coronavirus — a petri dish of sunscreen, alcohol-lowered inhibitions and the close physical contact that allows the deadly pathogen to pass from one person to others.