Volusia County reports 49 beachfront buildings have been deemed unsafe

The majority of the buildings are located in Daytona Beach Shores. No Ormond Beach buildings are on the list.


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  • | 5:50 p.m. November 10, 2022
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by: Pat Kuehn

Volusia County Community Information

Hurricane Nicole impacted Volusia County as a tropical storm with strong, sustained winds and gusts of 70 mph in some areas. Even though the storm has left the area, the danger remains. Many roads are flooded, powerlines are down, and many oceanfront properties are at risk for collapse.

“The structural damage along our coastline is unprecedented,” County Manager George Recktenwald said. “We have never experienced anything like this before, so we ask for your patience as we make our assessments. As always, the safety of our residents and visitors is our top priority. This is going to be a long road to recovery.”

Coastal buildings declared unsafe

County and municipal building inspectors have declared 24 hotels and condos to be unsafe and have ordered their evacuation:

  • Sanibel Condo, 3799 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (11 stories)
  • Flamingo Inn, 2011 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (three stories)
  • Castaways Beach Resort, 2043 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (seven stories)
  • OPUS Condo, 2071 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (11 stories)
  • Towers Grande, 2055 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (15 stories)
  • Hawaiian Inn, 2301 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (five stories)
  • Ocean Court, 2315 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (two stories)
  • Sand and Surf, 2535 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (two stories)
  • Sherwin Condo, 2555 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (19 stories)
  • St. Kitts Condominium, 2855 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (six stories)
  • Tropic Shores Resort, 3111 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (11 stories)
  • South Shore Motel, 3225 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (three stories)
  • Holiday Inn Express, 3301 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (11 stories)
  • Twin Towers North, 3311 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (18 stories)
  • Twin Towers South, 3315 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (18 stories)
  • Grande Coquina Condo, 3333 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (22 stories)
  • Marabella Condo, 3343 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (seven stories)
  • Pirate’s Cove, 3501 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (seven stories)
  • White Surf Condo, 3555 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (seven stories)
  • Curran Shores North, 3615 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (two stories)
  • Sunglow Resort, 3647 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (10 stories)
  • Dimucci Tower 14, 3797 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores (seven stories)
  • Sea Coast Gardens II Condominiums, 4151 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach (five stories)
  • The two easterly oceanfront buildings of Las Brisas Condominiums, 3001 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach (three stories)

Additionally, at least 25 single-family homes in Wilbur-by-the-Sea were evacuated after being declared structurally unsafe.

Beach safety

Residents are visitors are urged to stay away from the beach because of debris and the damage to homes, condos, hotels, beach walkways and piers.

“If you go anywhere near the beach, you are putting your life in jeopardy,” Beach Safety Deputy Director Tammy Malphurs said. “The current state of the ocean is unforgiving. You might not make it out if you step foot into the water. We are flying double red flags because there are massive amounts of debris in the water and on the beach, 10- to 12-foot breaking waves, and strong rip currents.”

She added that the water isn’t the only danger present along the coast.

“We have not yet had the opportunity to assess coastal structures such as piers and walkways. Even during low tide, these structures may collapse without notice. At this time the beach is the most dangerous place to be in our county. We will work as hard as we possibly can to make it safe and accessible once again, but it’s going to take time.”

Airport

The Daytona Beach International Airport did not sustain significant damage. The terminal will reopen at 4 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, and the airfield will open at 6 a.m. Travelers are advised to contact their airline for flight updates.

Volusia County Fair

The Volusia County Fair and Youth Show will reopen at 4 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 11. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.volusiacountyfair.com.

 

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