A beautiful holiday weekend will mean big crowds on the beaches of Volusia
With predominantly sunny sky forecast Throughout the holiday weekend and temperatures are expected to reach the mid-70s on Christmas Day, Volusia County beach officials are bracing for large crowds and will open additional ramps to accommodate the influx.
Nine more ramps will be open, including three that typically only operate on weekends outside of statutory holidays, said Captain Tamra Malphurs of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.
The additional approaches to the beach will open on Thursday and remain open until January 2, Malphurs said.
Additional toll plazas will be placed at the approach to International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach, the approach to Dunlawton Boulevard in Daytona Beach Shores and the approaches to Flagler and Third Avenues in New Smyrna Beach, Malphurs said.
Beach access tolls charged all year round
The approach to 27th Avenue in New Smyrna Beach is closed for improvements, Malphurs said.
Beach access tolls are in effect year-round, Volusia County spokesperson Kate Sark said. Prior to 2016, tolls were waived for residents during the winter months and Christmas holidays, but not anymore, she added.
The cost is $ 20 per vehicle per day. Annual beach passes cost $ 25 for residents of Volusia County and $ 100 for non-residents, according to Sark.
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This is not the first time that authorities have opened additional approaches to the beach for the holidays as was done last year, Malphurs said.
“We are doing this as long as there is no weather event and so far it looks like it will be a big Christmas day,” said Malphurs.
Be on the lookout for reverse currents
Sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-1970s are expected through Monday, according to Melbourne’s National Weather Service.
Beach officials said they expect visitors and locals to take advantage of the spring weather, but warned them to only swim in areas where lifeguards are present.
And despite the favorable forecast, beachgoers should still be aware of the threat of reverse currents, Malphurs said, including this weekend.
“There is a potential for dangerous rip current conditions over the next few days,” she added.
This article originally appeared in the Daytona Beach News-Journal: Additional beach ramps will be open for vacations in Volusia