All beach access ramps open for Memorial Day weekend and park at a post
Source: Volusia County
Effective Wednesday, May 20, all in-season vehicular beach access ramps will open to vehicles for beach parking. Vehicles must park at a blue post or conservation post, which are placed at 25 foot intervals. Beachgoers must also continue to comply with social distancing measures, which include limiting groups to six or less and maintaining at least 10 feet of distance from all other groups.
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The Memorial Day weekend will see morning high tides and potentially rough surf. Beach Safety will fly the red flag and have lifeguard towers fully-staffed. The county always emphasizes that people swim in front of a staffed lifeguard tower. However, with the potential for rip currents this weekend, swimming in front of a lifeguard is more important than ever!
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In anticipation of the busy weekend, beachgoers are encouraged to access the beach in a less-populated area. Suggested vehicle access ramps to hit the sand sooner and easily maintain distancing are Milsap Road and Harvard Drive in Ormond Beach; Williams Avenue and Hartford Avenue in Daytona Beach; and Botefuhr Avenue, Minerva Road, Florida Shores Boulevard, Van Avenue and El Portal Street in Daytona Beach Shores. A full list of vehicle access ramps is available at volusia.org/beachdriving.
Due to soft sand, the section of beach from Granada Boulevard to Cardinal Drive is four-wheel drive only. High tides may delay the opening of some vehicle access ramps. Beachgoers should consider using an off-beach parking lot, which are open at full capacity from Ormond-by-the-Sea to New Smyrna Beach.
Weekend vehicular access ramp openings and closures are also shared on social media. Beachgoers are encouraged to follow Volusia County Beaches on Facebook and Twitter. Vehicle ramps will open no earlier than 8 a.m., and all vehicles must exit the beach before 7 p.m.
With the beginning of turtle season on May 1, beachgoers are asked to flatten sandcastles, fill in holes, and take chairs and equipment with them at the end of their visit, as these are obstacles for nesting sea turtles. Always stay clear of marked sea turtle nests and do not leave trash on the beach as it attracts predators.
Trash and recycle cans are placed at regular intervals along the beach, and roving carts will be canvassing the beach to assist with the collection of garbage.
For more information, follow Volusia County Beaches on Facebook and Twitter, visit www.volusia.org/beach, download the Volusia Beaches mobile app on the Google Play or App Store, or call 386-239-6414.
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