Hurricane Updates

Visitor Center Dock after Irma
Damage to the Visitor Center dock from Hurricane Irma

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The ferry service has resumed. The ocean side beach boardwalk is still closed for repairs.

Updated: May 27, 2018

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In 2017 Hurricane Irma caused significant damage to the visitor center ferry dock making it unsafe for visitors. Repairs to the dock took some time. Both ferry boats also received some damage. Repairs were completed and tours to Fort Matanzas resumed in May 2018.

 
Ocean Side Boardwalk
Pictured here is the ocean side boardwalk.  Days before the arrival of Hurricane Irma work crews were repairing damage caused from Hurricane Matthew less than a year earlier.  Irma washed away all the progress and much more.

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Scroll down to find maps showing alternate beach access while park staff work to repair the damaged boardwalks.

Having made significant progress recovering from Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Irma caused more damage throughout the National Monument. The dune system has been drastically re-shaped once again, and both beach boardwalks were damaged. The ocean beach boardwalk remains closed. The ramp on the riverside boardwalk is damaged, however the staircase is still safe to use. The riverside parking lot sand trail is also open for access to the beach.

Even with the boardwalks and dock damaged, the park visitor center and surrounding grounds are still open. Walk the nature trail, relax at the beach, view our exhibits, meet with a park ranger, or watch the park movie.

Be on the look out for special events with park staff and re-enactors by clicking here for our calendar of events.
 
Alternate Beach Access
The red line shows alternate access to the beach while the boardwalk is closed

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East Oceanside Parking lot

This image shows how to access the sand trail to the beach when using the Oceanside parking lot.

Remember: Watch for oncoming traffic when crossing the road.

 
Riverside Boardwalk
The new riverside boardwalk

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West Riverside Parking Lot

Both Hurricanes Matthew & Irma caused serious damage to the park's beach boardwalk access. Repairs have been completed on the park's riverside.
 
Before-After Hurricane Damage
Top: Area around the Visitor Center before the storm
Bottom: Area around the Visitor Center after the Storm

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These two images show just how much the park has changed as a result of recent hurricanes. Matthew in 2016 & Irma in 2017. Not only did the storms damage the ferry dock, boats, and beach boardwalks. We lost many trees due to the strong winds.
 

Last updated: May 27, 2018

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