Soft sand strands dozens of cars on Volusia County beaches



VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - People heading to Volusia beaches this weekend will need to watch out for a couple of hazards.

A rising number of people continue to get their cars stuck in the loose sand.

Officials said they had to pull out dozens of vehicles throughout the week, and they've even closed off entire sections of beach to vehicles.

The closed areas span from Ormond Beach to New Smyrna Beach. In all, about 2 miles of beach has been closed.

Volusia County students don't go back to school until next week, so the beaches have had a steady flow of vacationers and day-trippers this week and officials expect more through the weekend.

Officials said they've pulled out a total of 319 cars in the last month. They said the soft sand is caused by lack of rain and lower-than-normal tide, leaving the sand dry.

One woman watched three cars get stuck in one section of Daytona Beach Shores.

"The first car got stuck and she pulled them out and within 20 minutes yet another car pulled out and the last one was a big SUV. I was really shocked they got stuck," said the woman.

Beach safety officials said if drivers see soft sand and have to go through it, just get stuck. Don't try to speed to get through it.

Officials said they will come and pull out stuck drivers free of charge.