New Smyrna Beach is my favorite beach. And since I’m an Orlando native – I suppose we can officially call it the local favorite. However, ALL the east coast beaches are simply wonderful. New Smyrna just happens to be the closest to our house, and the fact that my daughter-in-love is from NSB helps too. 🙂 We timed it last night, and we had our feet in the sand in less than an hour.
The occasion? Our son’s 29th birthday dinner – he chose for all of us to reserve a Firering on the beach, pack our dinner and enjoy the sunset/full moon rising from the shore. It was a memory worth all the effort.
After all the shopping, cooking, packing, loading, driving and then, unloading of food, chairs, tables, firewood, blankets, bottles, and sand toys – we had the best night!
As we gathered around the fire hand in hand thanking God for the gift of the beach, our family and the opportunity to all be together, I realized once again, how blessed we are. With all the changes about to take place with our daughter moving to Georgia in less than two weeks, this was simply an evening to reflect on the goodness of God and His amazing blessings in our lives. It doesn’t matter how many miles separate us – God has knit our hearts together for a lifetime, and one day there will be no more sorrows, no more goodbyes.
If you love to snuggle up by the fire – you may want to reserve your own evening by the ocean. Volusia County offers seven fire pits along the beach which are free to use, but restrictions apply:
Bonfire Ring Rules & Reservations
1. You must be 18 year’s old to reserve a fire ring. A copy of a driver’s license is required.
2. All debris (trash, unburned wood, etc) must be removed at the conclusion of the event. Officers will inspect the sights each night and violators will be contacted required to return to the site to remove debris. The Beach Patrol reserves the right to deny future permits to persons who do not comply.
3. All fires must be extinguished with water no later than 11PM.
4. No plastic or foam may be used as fuel.
5. No more than one weekend reservation date at the same fire ring per month will be permitted.
6. Beach Patrol can be contacted after hours by calling the dispatch (386) 248-1777, then press (1).
7. Bonfire reservations can be made by email or phone (386)-239-6414.