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Beachside bonfires warm up cooler Daytona area nights

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Did you know that bonfires are permitted from November 1 to April 30 when turtles are not making nests? All it takes is a permit, some dry wood and starter kindling. And don’t forget a good lighter. In some locations, there are even beach fire pits you can use.

As the weather begins to cool here in sunny Florida why not take advantage of our beautiful beaches with a warm cozy seaside bonfire? The colder months are a perfect way to experience Daytona area beaches in a more relaxed setting.

Invite some friends for a clambake, let the kids roast hot dogs and make s'mores, have an impromptu live music session or just sit back, relax and enjoy the natural beauty.

You may even choose to set up your bonfire not too far from some of our fantastic area oceanfront restaurants so you can have the best of both worlds. Live music is offered most nights at both of these local favorites: Ocean Deck and Racing's North Turn .

If setting up your own bonfire makes you cringe a bit, you can still have a similar experience on the Joe's Crab Shack Roof Top at the newly renovated Daytona Beach Pier. The roof top bar has an amazing view, offers bonfire pit seating areas and has live music every Thursday and Friday night.

It is suggested that you arrive early for premium seating and don't be surprised if food delivery times take longer than normal. The service is friendly and the menu boasts coastal area seafood and local produce. They don't have s'mores but you can't have it all.

Checklist for making your own bonfire:

  • Check out your site beforehand.
  • Bring lanterns or flashlights, chairs or large blankets.
  • Dry wood, a lighter, and a bucket for water to extinguish your coals.
  • Cooler of food and drinks (alcohol is not permitted on the beach)
  • A wagon might come in handy for carrying everything down.

Before you leave remember that smoldering embers covered with sand can unknowingly cause burns to people walking the beach after you've left. You must contain your fire and are responsible for cleaning up your site afterwards.

Bonfire reservations can be made by email: kshulzinsky@volusia.org or phone 386-239-6414.

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