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New Smyrna Beach, FL

3 mayors oppose any effort to stop beach driving

Sorry if I offended you but 10 miles an hour is pretty slow, it's hard to go much slower and not get caught in the sand at high tide. You're right I don't like beach driving but as I've said before if people want it so badly then drive North of Flagler where there is little opportunity to create parking and make another no drive beach from Flagler to 8th where the city has approved the building of 7 story commercial buildings with business on the beach side. Mandate that new construction to include public beach parking. More beach parking, the city doesn't pay for it and there are safer beaches in the heart of the town. i don't see why you would be so opposed...sounds like compromise to me.  (Aug 9, 2010 | post #16)

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Hospital board shirked duty to inform public

Florida hospital is a big organization with lots of funds. I hope that means that Bert Fish will be brought up to date on many of it's services. I know that as of last year they didn't even have digital mammography. That's state of the art imaging for the breast and it's been around for about 10 years but not at Bert Fish. We all deserve better in our community hospital.  (Aug 8, 2010 | post #1)

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Child, 5, accidentally shot in foot in Edgewater

Scary that a cop doesn't have a gun safe or that he at least takes the gun apart and store the pieces separately. My father in law was a cop. He was working the night shift and sleeping in the evening before work. In his sleep he got up, picked up his weapon and fired! Luckily the family was on the front porch and no one was injured. After that the gun was dismantled and put in 2 different places. I'm so glad the child was not more seriously injured.  (Aug 8, 2010 | post #2)

New Smyrna Beach, FL

3 mayors oppose any effort to stop beach driving

Lowering the 10MPH speed limit is not going to do anything to alleviate the dangerous conditions. I go to the beach often and though I have seen people doing stupid things while driving I would say that 95% of them are abiding by the laws. There are just too many people. This morning we finally got some much needed rain and it kept a lot of people away from the beaches. I went down there at about 1:30 for a walk and it was great. There were hardly any cars, most of the people on the beach had walked there and it was just beautiful. For all those of you who want to drive, I challenge you to go to the beach early in the morning when there are no cars driving through. The beaches are so beautiful at that time of day. I think it's a site many of you have never seen.  (Aug 8, 2010 | post #13)

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Beach Driving

Hi, I'm lucky enough to live beach side in NSB and I walk to the beach, in fact I just came home about an hour ago. The beach today is packed. Here are my concerns about beach driving. 1. There are more and more people on the beach. When beach driving was instituted I don't think they could have imagined it would get to this point. It's just not safe. I'm so sad to see these comments about people not watching their children. As I've said in the past, show me a parent who says they've never lost site of their child for a moment and I'll show you a liar. And that still does not take into account the other 9 people that were hit this year, not all children. 2. Also people seem not to talk about the environmental impact of beach driving. Today I observed cars stuck in the sand, sending out billows of smoke trying to get their vehicle out. I saw people cruising up and down to see and be seen, the same cars just driving back and forth. They are leaving behind gas fumes, oil and compacted sand. After the Gulf oil spill and the devastation to their wetlands you'd think we'd take some steps to preserve the beauty of our beaches. 3. Also NSB has approved a plan to allow the building of 7 story building with commercial areas fronting the beach from Flagler to 8th Ave. Even more people being added to the mix in that area. Here's what I think we should do. 1. Raise the beach driving fees and start looking for land to purchase with the proceeds. A study was done about 10 years ago to look at available parking on the island, start with that work and update it to see what's still out there. 2. Take down those foolish signs in the beach access areas not allowing parking. Just because someone doesn't want a stranger to park on their street does not make it right, in many cases there is room for 2-4 cars. That would take care of the parking for the handicapped. 3. Any new building on the island must contain a certain percentage of public parking spots for the beach. The proposed buildings from Flagler to 8th Ave would get instant foot traffic for their beachfront businesses, a win/win. 4. Stop the cruising. Post NO CRUISING signs at beach access points. Have one patrol car stationary to observe offenders and ticket them. We should create an area in the heart of our town that's family friendly. Close more of our beaches to driving, find some more parking. It doesn't all have to be closed if that's what people want but more of it should be closed to make a safe family friendly environment.  (Aug 1, 2010 | post #4)

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Volusia County resists urge to raise taxes for off-beach ...

I'm glad they didn't raise any taxes for the general public for purchasing land for parking at the beach. I like the idea of raising the beach fees to raise money for land purchase.  (Jul 30, 2010 | post #1)

New Smyrna Beach, FL

3 mayors oppose any effort to stop beach driving

Interesting, the jist of the article in the Observer is not that the mayors are all opposed to a ban on beach driving but rather opposed to a consultant. They want to raise beach driving fees in order to purchase land on the island for parking. And I'll say it again, there are more people and more cars on the beaches now. I don't know when you raised your children here but even the last 10 years have had a huge increase in the numbers and it's no longer a safe thing to do. I agree that we need more no-drive beaches. Just keep the driving beaches north of Flagler where there are more surfers and fisherman and less parking. What's wrong with that?  (Jul 29, 2010 | post #3)

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Recent tragedy spurs talks to ban beach driving

By the way boys...I was born below the Mason Dixon line...does that somehow make my opinion more valid? I thought New England residents were stuck in their ways, you all take the cake.  (Jul 28, 2010 | post #13)

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Recent tragedy spurs talks to ban beach driving

Real nice.  (Jul 26, 2010 | post #11)

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Gay Marriage - New Smyrna Beach, FL

I lived in Massachusetts for years. We have legalized marriages there and it was great to see so many people in 20, 30 year relationships finally being able to take the step to matrimony.  (Jul 26, 2010 | post #1)

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Recent tragedy spurs talks to ban beach driving

Hey get in line Clem. Either you've never had children or you just forget. Show me a parent who claims they've never lost site of their child for a minute and I'll show you a liar. Little kids on the beach will always run with glee towards the water, they'll always race back to their parents to show them how tall they built their sand castle. They shouldn't have to play in the middle of a roadway. Shame on us for not having a family friendly environment for these children.  (Jul 26, 2010 | post #9)

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Parents Seek Beach Driving Compromise

I don't think we'd have to provide shuttles for all beach goers. 1. There is parking available at many of the access points and I think that would take care of the handicapped. The city just needs to take down some of the signs that are only there because of residential preference. Believe me it always helps to know someone in City Hall if you don't want someone to park in front of your house. Lots of that on North beach. 2. We are going to have to make concessions of some kind for the surfers and commercial fisherman. They mainly use the North Beach area up towards the jetty and I think we could either have travel times for them or just keep that part of the beach north of Flagler available to that traffic only. 3. There are places south Flagler where there are failed condos and open lots on S.Atlantic that are for sale. Some parking garages could be added there and the developer of said lot would also be mandated to add a traffic light for people crossing the street. this would make S. Atlantic safer for all pedestrians. 4. With the new ordinance allowing 7 story buildings to be erected from Flagler Ave south to 8th Ave we could mandate some public parking in any new construction along this stretch. The building owner could collect fees for parking and there would be instant foot traffic for the proposed commercial areas along the beach in that stretch. The greatly reduced amount of vehicles allowed to drive on North beach would make it a safer place. Families would have a safer alternative for a day at the beach and our precious beaches would be improved by not allowing the traffic and the resulting oil and sand compaction. I'm not convinced that business would be impacted in a negative way and it may even be a way to funnel visitors to the new commercial area.  (Jul 25, 2010 | post #5)

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Wine/Art Walk

Wine and Art walk on Flagler today from 1-6PM. It's always fun if you've never been.  (Jul 24, 2010 | post #1)

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Recent tragedy spurs talks to ban beach driving

Yeah and would you ever build a road right through the middle of a playground? If you suggested such a thing you'd be sent away to the funny farm. We no longer build our homes with lead pipes, we no longer use asbestos to cover our houses, we use computers instead of slide rules. Get over it, beach driving is a thing of the past. There are too many cars and too many people on the beach for it to safely work any more.  (Jul 24, 2010 | post #4)