Dune restoration closes Varn Park for several months

File photo of Flagler Beach
File photo of Flagler Beach

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Varn Park will be closed for several months to accommodate dune restoration efforts, Flagler County officials announced Tuesday. 

Beginning Feb. 13, the park will be closed “for the duration,” as heavy truck traffic is expected seven days a week. Heavy equipment will be provided access to the beach both at Varn Park and from Jungle Hut Road.

“This is inconvenient for bathers, but is good news for our communities,” County Administrator Craig Coffey said. “Residents and visitors should plan to use the beach access north of Jungle Hut, or south of Varn Park.

The Department of Environmental Protection issued a permit to the Hammock Dunes Owners Association to assist with its restoration efforts. The permit is in effect until May 1.

Additional project approvals are expected in the near future, which may further limit beach access.