Crowded Volusia County beaches for vacation busy businesses and beach safety

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. – New Smyrna Beach closed ramps to the beach Monday shortly before noon amid large crowds.

Daytona Beach also had constant crowds, keeping businesses, law enforcement, and beach security busy.

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Denise Stevenson said it was a perfect day to spend time with friends and family.

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“So far so good, we’re loving it. It’s very beautiful, the weather is perfect,” Stevenson said.

For Samantha Santiago, a trip to Daytona with her family for Memorial Day was the perfect way to start their summer vacation.

“We’re going to go shellfishing soon,” Santiago said. “It’s been very busy, but it’s been nice so far.”

Bartender Jess Quineous of nearby Cruisin Cafe Bar and Grill said she welcomes the business, especially after a few slower years due to COVID-19.

“We have been very busy. We appreciate the crowd,” Quineous said.

Police said they were all on deck this holiday weekend, especially after a scheduled “Orlando Invades Daytona” event. Investigators say the 2020 event resulted in fights, blockage of traffic and a shooting that injured two people.

They also erected barricades along sidewalks near Main Street to ensure pedestrians were safe.

“This is the first year that we have integrated the whole agency. So we ended up canceling all the days off,” said chef Jakari Young.

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Volusia County Beach Safety said it has rescued dozens of people along the coast so far.

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