2018 Volusia beach driving: daily sales way down, revenue way up

The county raked in $1 million more in revenue than last year, when the county sold 200,000 more passes overall.

It was a tough year for a Volusia County tradition that dates back to the horse and buggy.

Bad weather, high tides and soft sand caused beach driving toll booths to close far more often than usual. Through August this year, Volusia beach ramps were open a combined 21,818 hours — which is 28 percent less than the 30,330 hours they were open over the same time frame two years ago.

All those closed beach ramps — and the steeper prices for daily passes — contributed to a nearly 50 percent decline in the number of daily passes sold this year.

But don’t write off the 2018 beach season as a failure.

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