Daytona Beach, FL – With the forecast calling for temperatures above 90 and no rain in sight, Volusia County Beach Safety expects to be pretty busy this weekend. Captain Tammy Malphurs said the forecast is also calling for hazardous rip currents. She stresses that the most important thing at the beach is to swim in front of a staffed lifeguard tower.
Malphurs suggests getting to the beach early for easy access and easy parking on the beach. She reminds beachgoers that high tide is expected around mid-day and some access ramps may be closed at that time but says they shouldn’t be closed for long. You can get information on ramp access and other things going on at the beach by following Volusia County Beach Safety on Facebook and Twitter.
Some suggestion from Malphurs if you’re bringing children to the beach, especially young ones. When crossing thebeach traffic lane, always hold their hand just as if you were crossing a street. Also, if you can, set up your belongings, blankets, tents, coolers and such on the water side of the traffic lane to keep kids from having to cross.
At the end of your day at the beach, Malphurs asks that you leave behind only footprints, flatten sand sculptures, fill in holes and take everything with you. If you’ve forgotten trash bags, environmentally trash bags are available by request at toll booths and from the beach litter team.
Since it is turtle nesting season, Malphurs reminds beachgoers that nests are marked and should be stayed away from. Beach driving access hours are from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Turtle nest spotters travel the beach looking for new nests and marking them off before parking is allowed.