As locals are returning home and visitors are arriving to their vacation spot, the New Smyrna Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is happy to report that the area received minimal damage from the weather impacts of Hurricane Matthew.
Apart from tree limb debris, minimal boardwalk damage and power outages, the New Smyrna Beach area walked away with minor scratches and is open for business with tons of adventures still available to explore!
Visitor safety is our top priority, and we wanted to ensure the comfort of our visitors by communicating with county officials and providing local area accommodations with up-to-date information to relay back to their guests. We are glad to hear that our visitors were safe from harm’s way during the storm. Yesterday, the CVB conducted a hotel assessment, and based on the report, accommodations are 98 percent up-and-running along with most of the power restored to beachside areas and the mainland.
We want to commemorate our local first responders and out-of-state workers who helped address emergency calls and restore power throughout the state and Southeast Volusia County. Their hard work and effort consistently showed as they worked various overnight shifts to ensure our local residents and area hotels were safe and had power for all individuals to comfortably enjoy again.
For ten consecutive years, readers of the Orlando Sentinel have voted New Smyrna Beach as “Best Beach” in the Orlando Sentinel’s Best Bets competition. In 2016, New Smyrna Beach continues to be the beach favorite for Orlando area residents and nation-wide visitors alike for a variety of reasons. According to the Orlando Sentinel, readers enjoy the beautiful ocean view and the variety of activities available on the beach such as surfing, fishing, sand castle building and more. To address concerns for the beach, it is still accessible and was able to avoid masses of seaside erosion. Beach vehicular traffic is suspended until further notice, however, the shoreline is open for visitors to enjoy!
We are fortunate that the area was able to avoid a large amount of damage and the New Smyrna Beach Area CVB is excited to welcome visitors back to the area. Travelers looking for that unique beach destination in a quaint, seaside community should turn their heads to New Smyrna Beach. The area is open for business and stronger than ever!