DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. – No one will be allowed to access at least 15 condo complexes in Daytona Beach Shores until an inspector deems them safe to enter, according to police.
The announcement came Friday after the buildings were evacuated Wednesday and Thursday due to the threat of collapse in the rain, wind and rough surf of Hurricane Nicole.
According to a notice for Daytona Beach Shores residents, any building deemed unsafe by the city’s chief building official will need to be inspected by a structural engineer retained by the condo association or owner. Until the engineer determines a given building is safe, the only people allowed inside would be those associated with the engineer’s assessment, police said.
Nicole made landfall early Thursday in North Hutchinson Island as a Category 1 hurricane, eroding beaches along Florida’s east coast and dropping some Daytona Beach Shores homes into the sea.
Volusia County leaders said Thursday that the storm caused unprecedented damage to the coast, prompting the extension of a curfew east of the Intracoastal Waterway into Friday morning to leave room for damage assessments.
Bridges to the beachside were closed until after 9 a.m. Friday, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
UPDATE: All bridges to the beachside are reopened. However, areas of Atlantic Avenue in Wilbur-by-the-Sea and Daytona Beach Shores are blocked to the general public at this time due to ongoing heavy damage assessment and recovery. Residents can access with proof of residency. pic.twitter.com/U34b77mPeJ— Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) November 11, 2022
Throughout the county, officials had deemed at least 49 beachfront buildings unsafe and at risk for collapse because of Nicole, including 24 hotels and condos.
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