Prepping for a busy beach weekend after the storm

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- What a difference a day makes.

St. Johns County beaches basked in the sun Tuesday, a day after rain and wind pounded the beaches due to a nor'easter and Cristobal in the Atlantic.

Jody Cole and his family are visiting the area from Tennessee.

"There's not hardly anyone on the beach today so we have free reign of the beach," he smiled.

There were certainly fewer people on the beach than a typical summer day.

The only snag he ran into was the beaches in southern St. Johns County remained closed for a second day to vehicle traffic, so he and others couldn't drive on the beach.

Billy Zeits with St. Johns County's Parks and Recreation Department said, "They're closed because of the high tide and extreme surf associated with nor'easter and tropical storm Cristobal."

After the stormy Monday, county crews are preparing to clean up and prep for the busy Labor Day weekend. They will survey all beach access points such as walkovers and ramps, "making sure there are no loose boards, loose nails, or any marine debris that washed up from the storm. That way everybody has a clean safe beach for Labor Day Weekend," Zeits said.

As for Cole and his family, the stormy day in the middle of their beach vacation didn't get them down.

"Yesterday was a welcome relief for us because we got sunburned Sunday," Cole laughed. "We had an excuse to stay indoors to recover. Today has made up for it!"


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