DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. – More than a dozen buildings in Volusia County are still rated unsafe a week after Hurricane Nicole hit.
The storm tore through the dunes on the coast, bringing water to the foot of many buildings. With the holiday season now almost upon us, businesses are gearing up to hit beach tourism.
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On Friday, county leaders said 17 buildings along the coast were still too dangerous for people to enter. Some of them are condominiums and some are hotels. They still have to have repairs done or the structural engineers still have to inspect them.
“We’re very concerned about brick and mortar, that’s OK, but what about the thousands of employees who are no longer employed,” said Bob Davis, president of Volusia’s Lodging and Hospitality Association.
With the beach being one of the county’s main tourism outlets, Davis is also concerned about its access for visitors.
“He’s keeping the Ocean Center open, he’s keeping the advertising doors open, the sales tax with the city and county’s share on that,” he said.
The majority of the county’s 141 beach boardwalks and 30 parking ramps are closed and likely won’t reopen for some time.
“A lot of cleaning, still a lot of debris so it’s very difficult. We had these extremely high tides due to beach erosion so it was very difficult to get out there and try to work – we are really limited,” said Deputy Chief Tammy Malphurs of Volusia Beach. Safety.
The county said it has the funds to repair them and hopes to be reimbursed by FEMA. Malphurs said in the meantime, while people could find other openings to get to the beach, there were still dangers to watch out for.
“There is still a lot of debris along the beach, along the coast and many damaged seawalls that have collapsed, so we want people to be extremely careful when going outside,” she said. .
The county said it would be able to open four beach ramps for driving this weekend: three in New Smyrna and one in Ponce Inlet.
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