County Council To Consider Shrinking No Surfing Zone Around Local Piers

By on December 6, 2016 in WNDB News


DeLand, FL-When Volusia County Council meets Thursday an issue near and dear to the heart of Councilman Josh Wagner will be considered and that’s the current ordinance that keeps surfers 300 feet from piers in the county. That ordinance dates back to the 1980’s and Wagner, an avid lifelong surfer, thinks it’s outdated and too restrictive. The proposed ordinance change would shrink that to 25 feet and county staff is recommending adoption of the change to the ordinance.

The manager of the Sunglow Pier has pushed back on the proposed change and is expected to be at the Thursday meeting. Wagner points out that the distance a surfer must stay away from the Cocoa Beach Pier is zero feet and says unlike that pier, locally it feels like an “us against them mentality” according to Wagner.

Wagner wonders what the 300 feet limit was originally based on, who were the “experts” recommending that limit and based on what evidence. Wagner was a guest on Daytonas Morning News on WNDB. Volusia County Council meets Thursday morning in DeLand. Wagner is term limited and finishes out his final term this year.


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