What to know about beach season in Volusia

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While Volusia County beach officials want visitors to have an enjoyable experience, they also want visitors to have a safe experience and offer some important reminders:

•Alcohol and disposable cups are prohibited on the beach.
•Always swim in front of a staffed lifeguard tower.
•Parents should accompany minor children in the water even if they know how to swim.
•Beach drivers must have one front window down and headlights on at all times.
•Texting while driving is prohibited, and cell phone use is discouraged.
•When driving on the beach, observe the 10 mph speed limit and watch for pedestrians and wildlife.

Beach litter
Beachgoers should leave only footprints and remove all items, especially trash, they bring to the beach. Items left on the beach can create obstacles and hazards for emergency workers, pedestrians and wildlife.

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.

Access to beach
When using primary thoroughfares to access the beach such as Granada Boulevard, International Speedway Boulevard, Dunlawton Avenue or Third Avenue, beachgoers are encouraged to travel north or south of these locations for alternative beach ramps, which may not be as congested.

Less busy ramps allow for easier access and parking.

•For beach maps, iPhone users can download the beach navigator app. Android users can visit www.volusia.org/beach.
•Beachgoers should anticipate intermittent or lengthy closures of vehicle access ramps at times (possibly one to two hours during high tide, although some may be able to remain open). To help offset this, beachgoers should plan to be at the beach early.
•They are encouraged to consider off-beach parking, which is available at designated locations from Ormond-by-the-Sea to Bethune Beach.

Beach passes
Vehicle access is $20 daily beach entry per vehicle (one free re-entry/day/same vehicle).

Annual beach passes can be bought and renewed online at www.volusiabeachpass.com or at a staffed access ramp.
Passes are designed to last several years, can be mounted on the exterior of the windshield making it tint friendly, and are easier to renew annually.

Annual passes are available at the same rates for 2017. Annual beach passes are $25 for Volusia County residents and $100 for non-residents.

County inlet parks passes are available for $20 for residents and visitors. Annual beach and county inlet park combo passes are available for $45 for residents and $120 for visitors.

The renewable annual combo pass for the beach and county parks is available for free for people who have a permanent handicapped or disabled veteran’s plate. The passes are non-transferable between vehicles.

Wheelchairs on beach
For persons needing assistance, beach wheelchairs are available for use from any of the four lifeguard stations. There is a limited supply, and they are available first come, first served at no charge.

People can check them out from a lifeguard station and use them for a couple of hours, depending on the waiting list. The beach wheelchairs are available at the following lifeguard stations:

•Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
•Dunlawton Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores
•Beach Headquarters, Daytona Beach
•Cardinal Avenue, Daytona Beach
Parking and driving
•Visitors should arrive early as parking fills early.
•All vehicles must drive and park on the east side of conservation poles.
•Due to soft sand, the area south of Granada Boulevard has an area limited to four-wheel drive only.
•Vehicles should only take one spot.
•No belongings, tents or other items should be between vehicles in the parking area.
•Beachgoers should never sit, lie or camp between vehicles in the parking areas.
•Parents should always hold children’s hands when crossing the traffic lane.
•Parents with small children may want to opt for one of the county’s off-beach parking lots in a traffic-free beach area.
Rip currents and water safety
•Rip current conditions in the open water are always a possibility.
•Check with the lifeguard and the back of the lifeguard tower for
important information about rip current activity and the rip threat level.
• In case of a jellyfish sting, go to the nearest staffed lifeguard tower or flag down a Beach Safety vehicle for assistance.

For more information about beach safety, contact Beach Safety headquarters at 386-239-6414 or visit www.volusia.org/beach.

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