Large crowds, rip currents expected for Easter weekend

Easter weekend

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES

With warm weather and mostly clear skies, Volusia County’s Beach Safety Division is expecting big crowds for the upcoming Easter weekend.

With hazardous rip currents and morning high tides expected as well, beachgoers are encouraged to arrive early and swim in front of a staffed lifeguard tower.

“Volusia County lifeguards have been busy lately, making multiple rescues daily,” said Capt. Tamra Malphurs. “The best way to stay safe in the water is to swim in front of an open lifeguard tower. If beachgoers see someone in need of assistance, they should call 9-1-1. We discourage anyone who is not a trained ocean lifeguard from entering the water in an attempt to help, as they may become a victim as well.”

Vehicle access ramps

In anticipation of the busy weekend, the beach approaches at Seminole Avenue, Rockefeller Drive, River Beach Drive, Boylston Avenue, Seaview Avenue and Zelda Boulevard will be open for vehicles.

  • Beach annual pass holders are encouraged to use one of the two Pass Holders Express ramps. The ramps are at El Portal Street in Daytona Beach Shores, just north of the Dunlawton Boulevard ramp and Crawford Road in New Smyrna Beach, just north of the Flagler Avenue ramp.
  • For beach maps, visit www.volusia.org/beachdriving

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.

Parking, driving on beach

  • Visitors should be patient, as morning high tides may delay ramp openings.
  • All vehicles must drive and park on the east side of the conservation poles.
  • Vehicles should only take one spot.
  • Beachgoers should never sit, lie or camp in between vehicles in the parking areas.
  • Parents with small children may want to opt for one of the county’s traffic-free zones.

Beach litter

Beachgoers should leave only footprints and remove all items they bring to the beach. Items left on the beach 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.

Environmentally friendly bags are available upon request at toll booths and from the beach litter team.

For more information, follow Volusia County Beaches on Facebook and Twitter, visit www.volusia.org/beach or call 386-239-6414.

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