ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Those who wanted to catch the sunrise on the beach near Mickler’s Landing got the perfect parking spot Saturday for the first time in months.
A good portion of the lot has been closed off, and some parts would be open on weekends, as crews have been working for months to restore the dunes damaged by Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma.
Now the lot at Mickler’s Landing Beachfront Park is open to the public and will remain open during regular hours throughout the summer, which will be a relief for some.
People would have to park along the side of the road, and in lots sometimes more than a mile away, just to get to the park, as the FEMA dune enhancement project worked to add sand between Mickler’s Landing and Guana State Park.
The project was supposed to be finished in the spring, but contractors say part of the delay was due to a nationwide truck driver shortage.
Parking lot improvements are slated to happen after the summer season.