Body of Florida man caught in rip current off Daytona Beach recovered
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The body of a 27-year-old Ocala man who disappeared when he was caught in a rip current Saturday afternoon off Daytona Beach has been recovered, officials said. Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue said Elijah Rashad Thomas disappeared in the surf near 1024 N. Atlantic Ave. by the Hampton Inn. His body was found Sunday night, about 9 miles north of where he vanished, according to Tammy Malphurs, of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue. Malphurs said Thomas was swimming with his family in an unguarded area off Daytona Beach when they got caught in a rip current. Then-Hurricane Epsilon, although far from Florida, created high surf and strong rip currents along the Florida coast.
Volusia opens new off-beach parking lot
After a little bit of a wait, Volusia County's newest off-beach parking lot is now open to cars. The lot, located at 650 S. Atlantic Avenue in Ormond Beach, features 124 parking spaces. The county purchased the property in 2015 for $1.8 million as part of a land-buying spree intended to provide more off-beach parking for residents from Ormond-by-the-Sea to New Smyrna Beach. [Read: No date for opening of Volusia newest off-beach lot in Ormond]The lot has been paved and lined since July 11, but couldn't open until some minor site work was completed by the contractor. Overnight parking between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. is not permitted.news-journalonline.com