Hazardous beach conditions could hinder crowds

Beachgoers take a chance on Easter weekend

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – "We're just here enjoying the sun," said Ryan Larose.

But it's all up in the air once the sun is replaced by clouds and a possibility of heavy rain.

"We expect to fly the red flag throughout the weekend, which is hazardous rip current conditions," said Capt. Tammy Marris, of the Daytona Beach Safety Patrol.

And that could put a damper on Easter weekend.

"We'll have late morning high tides, so either get here early or after high tide. We'll have issues with parking, so some approaches will be closed intermittently for parking because we'll be at capacity," said Capt. Marris.

But some beachgoers said they'll take that risk.

"I heard it was going to be kind of stormy this weekend but it's spring break, so we might as well enjoy it while we still can," said Gabriel Wesenberg.

Others had a backup plan.

"If it starts to rain, we'll head to the bowling alley," said Ryan Larose.

Either way, Beach Safety Patrol said, rain or shine, they'll be fully staffed and prepared for crowds, as they are every holiday weekend.

"We're going to have a lot of patrol out here. All eyes are going to be on the water and on the sand," said Capt. Marris.

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