County officials expect a busy Independence Day weekend at the beach.
Written by Kristen Schmutz
Belden Communications News
Volusia County Beach Safety is anticipating the Fourth of July weekend to be busy and has a few tips for beachgoers to have a safe and happy holiday weekend.
According to a release, the weather forecast for the upcoming Independence Day weekend will include a mix of sun, storms, moderate surf, and afternoon high tides. Unpredictable afternoon thunderstorms are always a threat during the Summer. As a reminder, any rumbles of thunder mean it’s time to seek shelter indoors.
Moderate surf conditions can also make rip currents an ongoing threat, the safest way to enjoy the water is always in front of a staffed lifeguard tower.
To help facilitate the increased holiday demand, the 27th Avenue beach ramp in New Smyrna Beach will re-open Saturday, July 2, to vehicles. Some punch list items remain in the ramp restoration project, and the ramp should only have temporary weekday closures from here on out. All twenty-three beach ramps will open no earlier than 8 a.m., and vehicles must exit the beach before 7 p.m.
Vehicles must remain in designated driving areas and observe the speed limit. Parking will also be available in the County’s many off-beach parking lots.
Sea turtle nesting season is in full swing here in Volusia County, and beachgoers should 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. Visitors are reminded that alcohol, glass containers, and pets are prohibited while on the beach.
Fireworks are prohibited on the beach, in beachfront parks, or at access points (including ramps and walkovers), as they pose a significant safety hazard and can deter nesting sea turtles from using the beach. They create an enormous amount of trash that is extremely difficult to remove and is often ingested by sea life.
For more information, follow Volusia County Beaches on Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.volusia.org/beach.
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