Hurricane Floyd has caused significant damage at Canaveral National Seashore. The Seashore will be closed until park management is assured it is safe for the visitor to come to the park. Most structures, roads and facilities were affected by the storm and are undergoing a thorough safety inspection by park staff.
Playalinda Beach near Titusville, sustained major damage to all of its boardwalks. Apollo Beach, near New Smyrna Beach, was affected to a lesser degree. There has been some damage to the restrooms the entrance stations, comfort stations, ranger stations, docks, and roadways in both areas.
The Playalinda Beach Access road was flooded. A two and a half mile section of the road is impassible because it is covered with debris that remained after the water level lowered. In some areas, erosion of the road shoulder has occurred. There has been a dune washout, where the ocean broke through the dune all the way to the lagoon between Parking Area #8 and #9 at Playalinda Beach. Eddy Creek dock is tilted and unsafe.
At Playalinda Beach only three boardwalks remain intact. Boardwalks 1, 2, and 5 appear to be the only ones that remain in good condition at the initial inspection. At Apollo Beach Boardwalks 1B, 2, and 3 are intact. All other boardwalks sustained considerable damage. Both Administrative Boardwalks at Playalinda and Apollo have sustained damage. The newest boardwalk at Eddy Creek has sustained serious damage on the beach side. All handicapped accessible boardwalks in the park have been damaged. All beaches are littered with debris. After the park reopens access to the beach will be limited until repairs can be made to the damaged boardwalks.
Turtle Mound, Seminole Rest and Eldora; three of the park's historical areas have sustained some minor damage. At Turtle Mound a tree is down obstructing access and debris needs to be cleared. At the initial inspection there appears to be no damage to the newly renovated Eldora State House, however, debris litters the area. At Seminole Rest, in Oak Hill, some trees were damaged.
The park is working as quickly as possible to see that the park is reopened in a timely manner. It is anticipated that the park will open as soon as debris has been removed from the roadways, and it is determined which boardwalks are safe for the park visitor. It is anticipated the south end of the park, Playalinda Beach, will be open within the next week, with limited access expected.
The north end of the park, New Smyrna Beach, will be open Saturday, September 18, 1999, with limited access. Both ends of the park will be closed on Monday, September 20, 1999.
The park's participation in the Center for the Marine Conservation Coastal Cleanup has been postponed until further notice. Contact other local beach areas for information about the Coastal Cleanup outside the park. Other programs may be affected by the storm. Call Canaveral National Seashore Headquarters at 321-267-1110 for further information.
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