DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Poles blocking off a stretch of Daytona Beach are once again causing controversy.
They are lined up behind the Hard Rock Hotel off of State Road A1A, installed after the county passed an ordinance that allowed resorts to block off stretches of beach as long as certain criteria were met.
Volusia County Chair Jeff Brower plans to meet with the owner of the hotel on Thursday to have a conversation about the poles.
He argues the poles have a chemical that is harmful. He also argues that blocking off a portion of the beach has created traffic concerns, forcing people to do U-turns.
Another big worry Brower said is the concern that limiting beach driving is impacting tourism.
"I know business owners on A1A on east ISB on Main Street that are no longer in business. They attribute it to closing down the beach to driving," he said.
Some agree with Brower and want the poles gone.
"I think that these poles are unsightly and they’re not necessary," said Marcia Tuggle.
But others think they should stay.
"I would be concerned with my young kids on the beach with people driving so I think they should limit it here," said Debra Cluley.
Hard Rock Hotel on Thursday gave FOX 35 the following statement on the poles:
Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach has been an engaged corporate citizen in our beachfront community since we opened in early 2018. Hard Rock’s beach driving policy was granted by Volusia County prior to our opening and it helps provide the safest and best guest experience for guests of our hotel, as well as an area for locals who prefer a drive-free zone. The poles used were installed by Volusia County and our understanding is that they adhere to all environmental standards set forth by the State of Florida. We continue to support public beach access and have worked closely with the County through many initiatives.
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