Plan to limit beach driving for 5-star resort moves forward - FOX 35 News Orlando

Plan to limit beach driving for 5-star resort moves forward

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - The Volusia County Council is considering a new ordinance which would limit beach driving between University and Jessamine boulevards on Daytona Beach.

An existing hotel, the Desert Inn, is old, rundown and considered an eyesore by many locals, but the new owners have plans to turn the building into a 5-star Weston Resort.  They say, in order to do that, they say they need beach driving to go away. 

Council members at their regular meeting had some parking and safety concerns.  The new owners of the Desert Inn say they have a plan to build a parking lot directly across A1A with 45 to 55 parking spots. There was also some discussion about putting in a pedestrian walkway to help beach goers get across some heavy traffic. 

Some council members are asking for a traffic safety study.  A big supporter of the plan is the Daytona Beach International Speedway.

"I think it's huge for our race fans who are always looking for quality hotels and quality things to do here in the area," said Lesa France Kennedy, chief executive officer of International Speedway Corporation.  "So it's going to be a terrific improvement for us and very well received from our fans."

Most beach goers we talked to were ok with a little less driving, but they hope this doesn't turn into something a majority of hotels want to start doing.

On Thursday, the council voted to go ahead with the plan, but they still need to change a county ordinance to make it official.  They are expected to meet on July 3, to sign an ordinance limiting that beach driving.

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