When you say Daytona Beach, anyone with the internet will immediately think of crazy spring break trips and fun in the sun. While there is hardly anything that can change this memory that we have for the place, local officials are hoping to create a more positive way of viewing Daytona. In recent years, local officials and residents alike have begun to focus on maintaining if not improving their coastal line. This is in regards to both protecting their aquatic ecosystem and surrounding beach cover.
Often times when people think of ways to maintain coastlines such as Daytona they simply look at water quality and how our actions impact families of fish and other sea creatures. However, that is just half the battle. The forgotten part of the equation is the management of the nearby landscape. Not flowers and gardens landscape, but the trees and shrubs that help protect the coastline. Arguably the most influential piece helping maintain the pristine beaches are trees. It is proven that trees along oceans and seas are able to collect 5 times the amount of carbon when compared to an average tree. This means that trees are able to partially mitigate the greenhouse gas that comes from your car when you run to do some errands. Collecting carbon sequestration is not the only crucial service that trees provide. They can also be used as a natural buffer to protect against storms. They are the first line of defense when hurricane season comes around, as well as their roots help reduce surface runoff, flooding, and even soil erosion. This unsung hero gets very little recognition yet it plays a huge role in allowing the local beaches and coastal land to remain the way that they are.
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The other part of coastline cleanup is monitoring and protecting local aquatic species. While it is expected that you treat the beaches and ocean with the utmost respect, we know that this is not always the case. Point and case the month of March tends to be the worst month in terms of garbage and debris that is left on the beach and thrown into the ocean, due to spring breakers. We encourage everyone to chip in where they can, regardless of if that is doing a school service project or picking up after someone while enjoying a sunny weekend afternoon. Volusia County is also trying to push for local homeowners and residents such as yourselves to become more informed as to when scheduled beach cleanup are taking place. To find more information about how to get involved or to learn more about what the county does to maintain its beaches, click this link.
While saving our coastline is vital to both the culture and aesthetics of the community, we realize that this might not be everyone’s favorite issue to address. Fortunately for us, the city of Daytona Beach is in full support of thinking of innovative ways to improve the community. Daytona Beach similar to Volusia County is interested in not only learning about how to become more sustainable to to also provide resources and opportunities to younger generations to learn the necessary skills that are required to become environmentally conscious. Sustainability is built around the idea of not only considering what are the right decisions for the present but what repercussions that our decisions have for the future. Today we are facing issuing and challenges that were caused by yesterday’s actions. While Daytona is actively looking to combat these problems in the short term. It is also taking to necessary steps to become more forward thinking so that its decisions will not have to be as reactive. We are certainly on the right track to becoming more aware of what challenges may lie ahead of us and how we can tackle them.