Category Archives: Beach Driving

Beachgoers beware: Drivers pose potentially deadly danger on the sand

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Driving on beaches is aesthetically displeasing and dangerous for beach strollers as well as damaging to the ecosystem. There is increasing evidence that large-scale prohibition of driving brings back the beach fauna and flora in a dramatic way. In 2001 South Africa prohibited all beach driving and recovery of birds was immediate and dramatic. Captions and Photograph: © SAF – PSDS

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Beachgoers are being urged to stay vigilant this summer amid an alarming number of injuries — and even deaths — caused by drivers on the beach.

At least 12 states allow you to drive on at least some beaches…

Read Full Article; CBS News (06-05-2019)

Who ‘Owns’ The Beach? (!) In Daytona, Cars, Turtles And Hotels Duke It Out

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Driving on beaches is aesthetically displeasing and dangerous for beach strollers as well as damaging to the ecosystem. There is increasing evidence that large-scale prohibition of driving brings back the beach fauna and flora in a dramatic way. In 2001 South Africa prohibited all beach driving and recovery of birds was immediate and dramatic. Captions: © SAF — Coastal Care / PSDS. Photo source: ©© Fabio Bruna

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Driving is not permitted on most beaches in Florida. But in Daytona Beach and other communities in Volusia County, it’s a tradition so ingrained that nobody would even talk about banning vehicles on the beach. It was a taboo subject. The thing that brought it up was protecting sea turtles.

After a lawsuit in 1996, 9 miles of beach were closed to driving to protect endangered sea turtles. Since then, county officials have closed other sections…

Read Full Article, NPR

Report: Soft Sand will Eventually End Beach Driving in Volusia County, Florida, News13 (04-19-2015)
Soft sand shifting south will eventually mean cars will no longer be able to drive along the beaches in Volusia County. According to the study, ocean levels are rising every year, which means Mother Nature may eventually decide if cars should remain on the beach regardless of what the sand does. The report also states cities with limited beach driving have higher real estate values…

A Challenge to Florida Beach-Driving Tradition, The New York Times (06-04-2010)
Debates over the practice of beach driving are nothing new. Over the decades, several lawsuits have been filed, either by environmentalists looking to protect sea turtles or by waterfront homeowners complaining about property rights.

Report: Soft Sand will Eventually End Beach Driving in Volusia County, Florida

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Driving on beaches is aesthetically displeasing and dangerous for beach strollers as well as damaging to the ecosystem. There is increasing evidence that large-scale prohibition of driving brings back the beach fauna and flora in a dramatic way. In 2001 South Africa prohibited all beach driving and recovery of birds was immediate and dramatic. Captions and Photograph: © SAF – PSDS

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Soft sand shifting south will eventually mean cars will no longer be able to drive along the beaches in Volusia County, according to a new report.

According to the study, ocean levels are rising every year, which means Mother Nature may eventually decide if cars should remain on the beach regardless of what the sand does.

The report also states cities with limited beach driving have higher real estate values…

Read Full Article, News13

Congress Takes Step to Allow Driving on Outer Banks Beaches, NC

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Driving on beaches is aesthetically displeasing and dangerous for beach strollers as well as damaging to the ecosystem. There is increasing evidence that large-scale prohibition of driving brings back the beach fauna and flora in a dramatic way. In 2001 South Africa prohibited all beach driving and recovery of birds was immediate and dramatic. Captions:Coastal Care. Photo source: ©© MandaRose

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Congress took another step toward making it possible for people to do more driving on the beaches of the Outer Banks.

The National Park Service would be required to minimize buffers on protected areas and build roads and vehicle access points as quickly as possible if the measure becomes law…

Read Full Article, News Observer

A Short Hop From The City And A Shorter Hop Away From Disaster: Beach Driving

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Photo source: ©© MandaRose

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The car rolls along the beach, dirty white sandy and hard, smoother than most Calcutta roads. Here the beach is the road and the road the beach, end to end across the 14km expanse. Calcuttans descending here on shotgun vacations vroom through to whoops of joy, such freedom they have rarely smelled as they do in the breezy air that sluices into their nostrils…

Read Full Article, The Telegraph, Calcutta

A Challenge to Florida Beach-Driving Tradition

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Daytona Beach, FL. Photo source: ©© Steven Martin

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Questions linger after a 4-year-old girl from the United Kingdom was hit and killed by a car on the sand along Daytona Beach.

Debates over the practice of beach driving are nothing new. Over the decades, several lawsuits have been filed, either by environmentalists looking to protect sea turtles or by waterfront homeowners complaining about property rights…

Read Full Article, The New York Times

Beach Driving, Surfriders Foundation
Driving on the beach is a long-standing tradition in many areas of the United States, including Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts, portions of the New Jersey shore, North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Georgia’s islands, certain areas in Florida, North and South Padre Islands and other areas in Texas, and several areas in Oregon and Washington, including the Long Beach Peninsula shoreline.
It is widely recognized that beach driving can cause serious ecological impacts by potentially destroying nesting areas for sea turtles and birds such as the piping plover and damaging or destroying vegetation and dunes. Shore erosion can be accelerated by careless beach driving and vehicles on the beach can be a safety hazard to beach goers.
In recognition of the potential impacts of beach driving, most areas that allow this practice regulate it in some way, including:requiring licenses or passes, limiting the number of vehicles on the beach, limiting beach, driving to certain types of vehicles (e.g. 4WD), enforcing speed limits, specifying beach access ramps and the, allowed driving zone along the beach, prohibiting driving on dunes an in other ecologically sensitive areas, prohibiting driving during certain times of the year, such as during seabird or sea turtle nesting seasons or when beach pedestrian traffic is so high that vehicles on the beach would represent a safety hazard.
Volusia County in Florida is home of Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach, where there is a tradition of beach driving dating back to the early days of the automobile.