Hurricane Irma Update 70


Beach reopened to driving; officials fly red flag 

Beach officials are flying the single red flag, which means hazardous water conditions such as rip currents are expected at the beach this weekend. High surf (four to five feet) and strong rip currents have the potential to be dangerous. Beach goers should always swim near a staffed lifeguard tower. Parents should accompany minor children in the water even if they know how to swim. When entering the ocean, make sure to stay in waist-deep water where your feet touch the bottom securely at all times.

With a high tide of 9:39 a.m., beach officials are hoping to have vehicle access ramps open by early afternoon for beach driving. Low tide is at 3:52 p.m. Conservation poles continue to be replaced in areas along the beach. The conservation poles have to be in place as part of the county’s Habitat Conservation Plan.

Areas of the beach that will be opening for driving once the tide permits are:

  • Granada Avenue to Milsap
  • Zelda to Seabreeze Boulevard
  • International Speedway Boulevard to Silver Beach
  • Florida Shores Boulevard to Amelia Avenue
  • Beach Street to the jetty
  • In New Smyrna Beach, Beachway to the jetty

For beach maps, iPhone users can download the beach navigator app. Android users can visit, and click on Beach Ramps (Out of Season).

Beach goers are encouraged to consider off-beach parking, which is available at designated locations from Ormond-by-the-Sea to Bethune Beach.

According to beach officials, debris that has washed ashore includes lumber, pallets, appliances, driftwood, mangrove root systems, and a large amount of plastics. In addition, there are piles of seaweed that are two to three feet high consistently across our coastline located at or near the base of the dune or seawalls.

People walking on the beach should use caution, and as possible, help with picking up litter that has also settled on the beach. Litter should be placed in trash cans

Beach goers who find sea turtles on the beach should not put them back into the water. These young turtles should be taken to the closest lifeguard tower or station on a damp towel.

Categories News & Announcements | Tags: | Posted on October 9, 2017

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