ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. – Final 12 months, most Northeast Florida seashores closed due to the pandemic however opened simply in time for Memorial Day weekend with restrictions. With coronavirus infections dropping across the nation and greater than 50% of adults absolutely vaccinated, there are NO restrictions in place on the seashores this Memorial Day weekend.
Whereas there’s solely a average danger for rip currents this vacation weekend, it is very important stay calm when you get caught in a single. Then swim parallel with the shoreline till you pull out of the present.
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Bear in mind, even when you’re a powerful swimmer, go into the water with a buddy. Those that are usually not robust swimmers are usually not really useful to transcend knee stage within the water.
Marine rescue says you possibly can simply spot a rip present by its foamy and uneven floor. The water in a rip present could be soiled brown, from the sand being turned up, and strikes quickly out to sea.
Rip currents are probably the most lethal weather-related occasion in Florida, claiming over 25 lives annually. We noticed two drownings in Northeast Florida alone final week.
Melaina Clouse from Gainesville will not be taking her eyes off her two boys who have been boogie boarding.
“We all the time have a chat with them on the way in which to the seaside. I believe folks simply want to concentrate to the flags take note of the warnings,” mentioned Clouse.
Clouse was right here this time final 12 months as properly.
“It does really feel slightly bit extra relaxed this 12 months than final 12 months,” she mentioned.
The surfers, shell pickers, and sunbathers packed St. Augustine seaside on Saturday. That’s why having St. Johns County could have additional lifeguards, deputies and officers to verify everyone seems to be staying protected.
“We’ve got positively seen much more folks and much more safety round in order that’s good to see,” mentioned Amanda Greco, visiting from the Keys.
Lifeguards will likely be out on St. Johns County seashores from 10 a.m. to six p.m. Marine rescue may even be out patrolling.
“Keep simply to remain protected on our seashores,” mentioned Sgt. Joshua Underwood, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Workplace Air & Marine Operations. “All of our boat crews are out this weekend, together with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Fee and our plane are within the air to help patrol guys or seaside deputies or marine deputies if wanted.”
Sgt. Underwood asks beachgoers to concentrate to the warning flags.
Yellow flags point out a medium hazard stage that might embrace robust currents and surf.
Purple flags point out a excessive hazard with stronger currents and extra harmful surf circumstances.
Purple flags point out harmful marine life within the space.
The absence of a flag doesn’t imply there isn’t any hazard,
JaxReady simply issued a yellow flag alert for our seashores at the moment. We count on massive crowds so please heed the warnings. Situations are dangerous with attainable rip currents. Please be protected and luxuriate in your vacation weekend. pic.twitter.com/kd20soTAJE
— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) May 29, 2021
St. Johns County says seaside driving is allowed from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Passes are required. Passes could be bought with money solely at any seaside entry ramp. For details about seaside passes, go to www.sjcfl.us/Beaches/Passes. St. Johns County lists the next guidelines for seaside driving:
Vehicular visitors should stay within the designated driving lanes as recognized by cones.
Parking is allowed on the west facet of the driving lane between the cones and the dune.
Parking on Vilano Seaside is parallel parking solely on the east facet of the driving lane.
The utmost vehicular pace allowed on the seaside is 10 mph.
Autos might not enter the seaside on the Fort Matanzas Ramp.
All autos are required to cease in any respect seaside ramps and yield to all pedestrians.
Tender sand circumstances might exist and solely 4×4 autos could also be allowed on some seashores.
Seaside driving circumstances are anticipated to alter all through the day at every entry ramp. For probably the most up-to-date data on seaside entry and driving circumstances, obtain the Attain the Seaside cellular app, or observe St. Johns County Seashores on Fb or Twitter (@SJCBeaches).
The county is providing a free shuttle to Mickler’s Touchdown and the Pier from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday by Monday. It’ll run each 20 minutes, climate allowing. The Mickler’s Touchdown Beachfront Park shuttle runs from Cornerstone Park at 1046 A1A North to Mickler’s Touchdown Beachfront Park, which gives direct entry to the seaside. The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier shuttle runs from St. Augustine Seaside Metropolis Corridor at 2200 A1A South and the Pier car parking zone, which gives direct entry to Pier facilities and the seaside.
And also you’ll want that sunscreen when you’re heading out right here — it’s a scorching one!
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