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Beach Facts

 

Welcome from all of us in Volusia County

We're proud of our beautiful beaches and we work to keep them attractive for the enjoyment of all who visit these alluring sandy shores.

To assure you have the safest, most enjoyable trip to the seashore you possibly can, we offer the following tips on safety at the beach.

 






WATER SAFETY

Please help make your day at the beach safe and fun. It is recommended you swim with a friend. Always swim near a red, portable lifeguard tower. If you experience strong currents, called rip currents, wave your arms back and forth over your head to gain the attention of a lifeguard and swim parallel to the shore to free yourself from the current''s strong pull. Jellyfish are "transparent blobs" floating in the ocean. Swim away from them. They can inflict a painful sting. If you get stung by a jellyfish, see a Beach Patrol Officer.

BEACH SAFETY

Beach Patrol Officers are responsible for public safety, environmental conservation and law enforcement. Traffic regulation, retrieving keys locked in cars and answering questions about the beach environment, assisting lost children and lifesaving first aid all are in a day''s work. The following measures are enforced for your safety.

  • Please adhere to 10 mph speed limit on the beach.

  • Parking is allowed only in designated areas on the east side of the marked dune line, unless otherwise directed. Do not disturb the vegetation or sand dunes. Double parking is not permitted. Improperly parked vehicles will be towed.

  • Please do not sit or lie in a traffic lane. Sunbathing is permitted only directly to the west of parked vehicles or to the east of the driving lanes.

  • Please do no throw Frisbees, balls or other objects across the line of traffic.

  • Driving on the beach at night is not permitted. Please check with a Beach Patrol Officer for directions to off-beach parking.

  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the beach or access ways.

  • Animals are not allowed on the beach.

  • Barbecue grills are allowed, but open fires of any type are prohibited.

  • Please dispose of litter or trash in receptacles provided.

  • Overnight camping is not permitted.

  • Glass containers are prohibited on the beach.

  • Always swim directly in front of a lifeguard.

  • Check with lifeguards for approval of flotation devices.

  • Surfing and jet skiing are permitted only in designated areas.

  • Please keep noise level of audio devices to an acceptable volume.

  • Removing of beach sand is not permitted.

  • Consult any Beach Patrol Officer for safety information or first aid treatment.

Emergency phone: 911

Non-emergency phone: (Daytona Beach Area) 239-SURF

(New Smyrna Beach Area) 423-3330

(DeLand Area) 822-5000

DIVERSITY OF BEACH USES

  • The Natural Beach Areas generally correspond to the areas where off-beach development is less intense. The dune habitats within this area largely are intact. These areas also have the highest concentration of turtle nests on Volusia beaches. Public driving and parking is not allowed in the Natural Beach Areas.

  • The Transitional Beach Areas are those areas which have a mixture of natural dunes and some beach seawalls. The concentration of people in these areas generally is less intense most of the year. Sea turtle nesting in these areas is moderate. Public driving and parking is allowed in the Transitional Beach Areas 30 feet seaward of the dunes or seawall.

  • The Urban Beach Areas are those areas where off-beach development includes hotels, high-rise condominiums and seawalls. The concentration of people is the most intense most of the year. Sea turtle nesting in these areas is minimal. Public driving and parking is allowed in the Urban Beach Areas 15 feet seaward of the dunes or seawall.

    Information provided by
    Volusia County

 

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