- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials in Daytona Beach are debating whether to end driving on a stretch of beach that is synonymous with cars and sand.

The Volusia County Council on Thursday agreed to consider an end to driving on a stretch of Daytona Beach. Staff will draft an ordinance, which will return in five weeks.

Councilman Josh Wagner, a longtime beach driving advocate, made the motion for the measure to be considered, saying Volusia was in danger of losing the Hard Rock Hotel & Cafe and the Desert Inn being redeveloped into a Westin resort.

“I do not want to be seen as the person who killed two of the largest projects on the beachside,” he said.

A resolution on the matter was rejected Wednesday by Daytona Beach’s city council. The Daytona Beach News-Journal (https://goo.gl/hX2mOF ) reports that hundreds attended that meeting to urge councilmembers to vote down the new rules.

Developers interested in the stretch of beach from Silver Beach to University Boulevard have promised to build a parking garage in exchange for the curb on beach driving.

Decades ago, driving was permitted on 47 miles of Volusia County beaches, but that driving zone has contracted to 17 miles.


Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, https://www.news-journalonline.com

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