When I informed my beautiful wife, Joni, that I prepared to write about seashore driving this week, she recommended I move my truck from the entrance of our house to the again.
She was joking. Or maybe not. Beach front driving is actually a 3rd-rail difficulty in Volusia County.
But heated concern or not, seaside driving is probably destined to become a debated issue in the county in 2021.
New County Chair Jeff Brower is a longtime beach driving advocate who recently told News-Journal reporter Mary Helen Moore that he strategies to get the job done to improve the volume of beach on which cars and trucks can be driven. Brower is carefully affiliated with the team Sons of the Beach, the beach front driving advocacy group whose users strongly supported his campaign for county chair. It will be surprising if seaside driving would not increase as an situation prior to the County Council.
So, I think now is a very good time to talk to visitors to share their views about seaside driving with The News-Journal.
1st, some disclosure of my have sights on beach driving.
I am practically completely neutral on the topic. I never brain individuals driving on the seashore. I’m also Alright with persons not driving on the seaside. I can see how it may possibly support the regional overall economy, and I can see how it might harm the financial state.
When I moved to Daytona Beach front virtually 11 yrs ago, 1 of the first points I did was just take my truck down to the seaside for a minimal drive. I drove on to the seaside at the Harvard Avenue technique, and then drove south all the way to the seashore exit by the Plaza Hotel, a length of about 2 1/2 miles.
I’d by no means driven on a seashore right up until then. My recollection is that the travel was fun, but by the end of it the novelty had worn off. I feel that because then, I’ve driven on the seaside a person other time, for about 30 yards right before parking.
I do go to the beach, and fairly typically this time of yr. When it’s small tide, and the wind is down, there is no much better place to go for a run or a stroll than on the difficult-packed sandy shorelines of Volusia County. I just you should not push on to the seashore to do that. That’s not a political assertion it truly is simply a particular choice.
But plainly a good deal of folks like to push on the 16 of 47 miles of county beach front the place driving is authorized or doable. Most of that driving is to discover a location to park, but plainly that is vital to numerous county people, and also to many website visitors from Orlando and other parts of the Florida. Lots of seashore goers adore the benefit of parking on the beach, which will make it a lot easier for them to haul chairs and beach front toys and coolers.
Seaside driving is — for numerous individuals — also a make a difference of cultural heritage. Volusia County’s seaside is the place entire world pace data were being set in the early 20th century. The seashore is exactly where Massive Invoice France competed in and later structured automobile races that he formulated into something identified as NASCAR. The beach front is in which people drove and parked for many years, day and evening. It’s a part of the area’s intimate past.
However, all the things evolves.
Most of the limits on seashore driving are a final result of a federal edict to defend the ecosystem. For case in point, sea turtles also use the beach to lay their eggs, and transferring vehicles usually are not always good for turtles. The present federal regulations under which seashore driving is authorized will be reexamined in 2030, and no one particular understands what will materialize then.
There also is the economic discussion. Some argue that Daytona Beach’s main beach front side location went down the tubes when seashore driving was curtailed. Others argue that continuing beach driving is 1 of the principal reasons why our beachfront is arguably the minimum-formulated on the East Coastline.
All of which leads to the problem I would like visitors to answer: What do you feel about seashore driving?
A few loud voices are inclined to dominate discussion about beach front driving. I hope to listen to from people persons, but I also want to hear from a cross section of other individuals who have suggestions worth sharing.
Think about that query, and then deliver me an e-mail with your views. It would be especially beneficial if you handle the difficulties of cultural heritage and economics. Also, contain your title and a telephone quantity. My electronic mail is [email protected]
We are going to use your responses as grist for upcoming stories and columns analyzing the difficulty of beach driving. Thanks in advance for your support!