Volusia County

24 Volusia beachfront condos must be assessed by an engineer before residents can move back in

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES , Fla. — Two dozen condos and hotels along the coast in Daytona Beach Shores have been deemed unsafe.


Hurricane Ian compromised this area, and Nicole caused further damage.

Hundreds of people are now displaced, and the damage to these buildings varies in Daytona Beach Shores.

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Hawaiian Inn resident Larry Martinson said that most of the damage was on the north side.

He is trying to check on the two condos he owns here at the Hawaiian Inn, which has been closed since Hurricane Ian hit six weeks ago.

“There’s nothing wrong with any of the units,” he said. “Maybe a little wind-driven rain, but it doesn’t take long for tides to work away at it.”

There are about two dozen condos, hotels and motels east of A1A in Daytona Beach Shores that the city’s chief building official has declared unsafe.

Read: Daytona Beach Shores City Manager Kurt Swartzlander said this is a case-by-case scenario.

On Wednesday, officers went from door to door and asked people to evacuate Pirates Cove.

Hundreds of people will now have to seek shelter elsewhere.

Daytona Beach Shores City Manager Kurt Swartzlander said this is a case-by-case scenario.

Each of these properties will have to hire its own structural engineer to do an assessment before people can come back in.

Swartzlander said an engineering firm has inspected 20 different properties.

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The city manager said he thinks some of these may be cleared to reopen as soon as Friday evening.

The recovery process has just begun.

The evacuation numbers could have been much higher but the city manager said that many people left ahead of the storm and the “snowbirds” who own and rent these properties have not moved back yet.

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