Effective today, Monday, October 31, 2016 at 8:00 a.m., the City has re-opened additional portions of our beach to the public.
The beach will be open between 23rd Street North and 9th Street South. We have opened some access points south of the road construction, but use extreme caution. We will be scheduling a “Beach Cleanup” on Saturday, November 5, 2016, for the Southside from 22nd Street south to the Volusia County line.
Lifeguards are not scheduled for duty. Swimming and surfing is allowed. By City Ordinance, surfers are not allowed within 150 feet of either side of the Pier. The Pier will remain closed until further notice. The City will be procuring Engineers to determine the best approach for opening some of the Pier as quickly as possible.
The Pier Bait/Gift Shop and bathrooms will be open. Trashcans will be in place; please remember to use them.
Access to the beach can be accomplished at the following Access Points/Dune Crossover locations:
|North of SR100||South of SR100|
|North 21st Street||South ADA Access|
|North 17th Street||South 2nd Street – outdoor shower works|
|North 16th Street||South 3rd Street – outdoor shower works|
|North 15th Street||South 4th Street|
|North 14th Street||South 5th Street|
|North 9th Street||South 6th Street|
|North 8th Street||South 7th Street|
|North 7h Street||South 9th Street|
|North 6th Street||South 22nd Street|
|South 28th Street|
|South City Limit – Volusia County Line|
While the beach north of the Pier will be open completely, some Access Points/Dune Crossovers are “not accessible”.
- Please use Access Points/Dune Crossovers but use “Caution” due to “Temporary Repairs” for citizens to access the beaches.
- Please use Access Points/Dune Crossovers and not the “Open Dunes” to prevent further erosion of the Dune system. City Ordinance 6-9 prohibits the destruction, harm, molestation, cutting, harvesting, removal or eradication or cause of destruction of any plant life on the Dune areas within the City, east of Highway A1A.
- Please use “Caution” based on the event called “Hurricane Matthew” that repairs are “Temporary” and access is provided until permanent construction to meet the State Building Codes can be implemented. This will require for the City to apply for Public Assistance (PA) for repairs.
- The City will be getting required estimates to make temporary repairs to all Access Points/Dune Crossovers listed as “Major Damages” to meet FEMA requirements to ensure reimbursements even for “Temporary” repairs to begin.
- “Permanent” repairs will be a longer process to address “Temporary” repairs on Beach Access Points/Dune Crossovers and Access Points identified by the City as “Total Loss”.
City Manager Larry Newsom stated “We’ve conducted two (2) major beach cleanups after Hurricane Matthew with City Staff and an energetic group of Volunteers from the community. These efforts have removed an amazing amount of debris and the results have led to us opening an additional portion of our beautiful beach”.
We’d like to welcome people back to those portions of our beaches that have been re-opened and respectfully request adherence to the warning to avoid the closed portions. When the remaining portions of our beach have been deemed safe, a Public Service Announcement will be issued.