Volusia County, FL- According to the National Weather Center in Melbourne, rain chances are pretty high for the Memorial Day weekend. If the sun does peek out or
beachgoers don’t mind the rain and visit the beach during the weekend, here are some important tips to remember:
● Morning high tides are expected to delay vehicle access ramp openings. Beachgoers can stay informed of ramp openings and closures by following Volusia County Beaches on Facebook and Twitter.
● Beach annual pass holders are encouraged to use one of the four Pass Holders Express ramps. The ramps are at River Beach Drive in Ormond Beach, Zelda Boulevard in Daytona Beach, El Portal Street in Daytona Beach Shores, and Crawford Road in New Smyrna Beach.
● Beachgoers should travel north or south of the primary thoroughfares to access the beach on alternative beach ramps, which may not be as congested.
● If parking on the beach, make sure you take only one spot. Also, never sit, lie or camp between vehicles in the parking areas.
● Beachgoers should leave only footprints and remove all items, especially trash, that they bring to the beach. Trash and recycle cans are placed at regular intervals along the beach.
● Consider off-beach parking, which is available at designated locations from Ormond-by-the-Sea to Bethune Beach.
● Parents with small children may want to opt for one of the county’s traffic-free zones. If in a traffic zone, parents should always hold children’s hands when crossing the traffic lane.
● Always swim in front of a staffed lifeguard tower. Parents should accompany minor children in the water even if they know how to swim. There is a moderate threat of rip currents, which are always a possibility in the open water.
● Alcohol and the beach don’t mix. Make sure you stay hydrated and remember that plastic cups are prohibited.
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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