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The Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) is re-implementing a beachside access procedure to assist Daytona Beach residents and workers in crossing over the Halifax River during special events.
Starting today (June 3, 2021), DBPD is re-issuing the “Pink P” passes to anyone who needs prompt access to the beachside during special events. Those passes are available for pickup anytime at DBPD Headquarters (129 Valor Boulevard) or from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Beachside Precinct (510 Harvey Avenue), according to Police Chief Jakari Young.
“We hope this will ease the concerns of those who live and work on the beachside,” Young added. “We understand that last weekend’s temporary eastbound closures caused a huge inconvenience for beachside residents, employees and vendors. This plan will ensure that those people are able to get to their homes or places of employment in the future.”
The “Pink P” is designed to give 24/7 access to the Main Street drawbridge to anyone who has it displayed on the dashboard of their vehicle during special events, even if the other bridges connecting the beachside to the mainland are closed for safety reasons.
During special events, officers will be stationed on the west side of the Main Street drawbridge to check all vehicles attempting to head eastbound over the bridge for the “Pink P”.
Those who do not have it will be turned away and directed towards the high-rise bridges at International Speedway Boulevard, Oakridge/Seabreeze Boulevard or Orange/Silver Beach Avenue to get to beachside.
Emergency vehicles (such as ambulances or law enforcement) will still be able to use the Main Street drawbridge as needed.
This plan will take effect starting with the 2021 Daytona Truck Meet which is scheduled for next weekend (June 11 – June 13, 2021).
Moving forward, it will be implemented for special events which are expected to cause major traffic issues on beachside.
Those who wish to obtain a “Pink P” must provide proper identification to DBPD that they live or work on beachside in order to get it.
For more information on how to obtain one, please call the DBPD Front Desk at (386) 671-5100.