Thu. Dec 5th, 2019

MANY DRIVERS RIGHT NOW. CLAIRE VOLUSIA COUNTY’S HARD : PACKED SAND ALONG THIS COAST LURED RACE CAR DRIVERS BACK IN THE DAY RACING HERE THE EMBRYO OF NASCAR, BUT IN RECENT YEARS, RED SAND DRIFTING SOUTH FROM GEORGIA HAS CHANGED SOME OF THIS LANDSCAP YOU EXPECT A SAND TRAP ON THE GOLF COURSE, NOT ON THE BEACH WHERE DRIVING IS ALLOWED BUT DURING THE SUMMER BEACH DRIVIN CAN OFTEN BE A BEACH BUST. >> USUALLY IT IS IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST WHERE WE GET OUR MAJOR SOFT SAND ISSUES WE DON’T GET THOSE HIGH TIDES AND IF WE DON’T GET A LOT OF RAI CLAIRE AND DOWN HERE, WE HAVEN’T : SEEN ENOUGH RAIN TO PACK THE SAND DOWN NORTH IN THE ORMOND BEACH AREA IS AMONG THE WORST SOFT SAND SPOTS WE WERE BUMPING AND ROLLING ALONG EVEN IN A 4 WHEEL DRIVE AND WE WATCHED AS EVEN A COUNTY EMPLOYEE IN A TRACTOR WORKING TO GRADE THE SAND HAD TO WORK TO GET SOME TRACTION SEVERAL BEACH GOERS IN RECENT DAYS AND WEEKS HAVE SPENT SOME OF THEIR TIME, SPINNI THEIR WHEELS, BEACH SAFETY HAS MOVED TRAFFIC LANES FARTHER EAST TO THE HARDER PACKED SAND, BUT THAT TOO COMES WITH PROBLEMS >> WHEN WE DO THAT WE DO HAVE TO CLOSE THE BEACH APPROACHES SOONER TO DRIVING BECAUSE WHEN THAT TIDE COMES UP IT HITS THOSE TRAFFIC LANES WHEN THEY ARE DOWN LOW. CLAIRE TROPICAL SYSTEMS CAN : RESOLVE THE PROBLEM WITH LOTS OF RAIN AND HIGH TIDES BUT IT’S NOT A RESOLUTION MAN WOULD — MANY WOULD WELCOME. >> WE NEED SOMETHING LITTLE, A LITTLE STORM TO GO THROUGH FLATTEN OUT THE BEACH A LITTLE BIT. CLAIRE: BEACH SAFETY WILL OFTEN TOW STUCK DRIVERS OUT IF THEY ARE IN AN AREA WITH NO WARNING SIGNS ABOUT SOFT SAND BUT IF SOMEONE VENTURES IN AFTER BEING WARNED, THEY’RE STUCK CALLING A TOW TRUCK. IN VOLUS

Soft sand warnings issued on Volusia County beaches

Volusia County is one of the few places in the entire country where people can drive on certain areas of the beach, and many people love doing it.Right now, it’s not an option for many drivers.Volusia County’s hard-packed sand along the coast lured race car drivers years ago, as racing in Central Florida is the embryo of NASCAR, but in recent years, red sand drifting south from Georgia has changed some of the landscape.Officials say it is usually during the month of August when soft sand issues arise.There has not been enough rain to pack down the sand. The area north, in Ormond Beach, is among the worst spots for soft sand problems currently. Several beachgoers in recent days and weeks have spent some of their time spinning their wheels, and beach safety officials have moved traffic lanes to the east, to the harder-packed sand, but that, too, comes with problems.Tropical systems can resolve the problem with lots of rain and high tides, but it’s not a resolution that many people would welcome.Beach safety officials will often tow drivers who have become stuck, only if they are in an area with no warning signs about soft sand. If someone ventures into the sand after being warned, they’re stuck calling a tow truck. Not only are there signs and barricades warning people about soft sand areas, but toll takers are also warning drivers that stretches of the beach are only accessible by vehicles with 4-wheel drive.

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. —

Volusia County is one of the few places in the entire country where people can drive on certain areas of the beach, and many people love doing it.

Right now, it’s not an option for many drivers.

Volusia County’s hard-packed sand along the coast lured race car drivers years ago, as racing in Central Florida is the embryo of NASCAR, but in recent years, red sand drifting south from Georgia has changed some of the landscape.

Officials say it is usually during the month of August when soft sand issues arise.

There has not been enough rain to pack down the sand. The area north, in Ormond Beach, is among the worst spots for soft sand problems currently. Several beachgoers in recent days and weeks have spent some of their time spinning their wheels, and beach safety officials have moved traffic lanes to the east, to the harder-packed sand, but that, too, comes with problems.

Tropical systems can resolve the problem with lots of rain and high tides, but it’s not a resolution that many people would welcome.

Beach safety officials will often tow drivers who have become stuck, only if they are in an area with no warning signs about soft sand. If someone ve

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