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Breakers restaurant on the beach

Pictures of Breakers and New Smyrna Beach After Hurricane

Breakers restaurant on the beach
Breakers, still standing

I was in New Smyrna for a closing on my new house, and my son and I took a look at the beach. It was four days after Hurricane Matthew and we wanted to see how badly the beaches were hit. Happily I found that Breakers Restaurant, right on the beach, was still standing, and open for business!
If you’ve ever visited the area, you will know it’s the pink building at the end of Flagler Ave., with that awesome view of the ocean. If you are lucky enough to get a seat at the front, you can eat at the bar and watch the waves roll in.

ocean after hurricane
Breakers Restaurant on the Beach, 4 days after Hurricane Matthew – It was open!

The parking lot across the street from Breakers is no longer free to park (that stinks), so we drove in just long enough to get a few pictures. It was raining, so my photos aren’t that great, but I wanted to share the better ones I took. I would have liked to get out and walk around, but the weather did not allow for it.

ocean after hurricane
Rough Seas in New Smyrna, October 11, 2016

The ocean was churning up sand and the tide was high – at least the water was high – I don’t’ know what the tide schedule was. The beach entrance was blocked off to drivers (you can drive on the beach here), mainly because there was no beach. Below is a bad photo of the sign at the beach entrance.

Sign at Flagler Ave.
Sign at Flagler Ave. entering and exiting the beach

One thing we noticed as we drove around the area was that the coast had been hit with more wind than we were inland. Everywhere we saw debris piled up along the roads ready for removal. Power trucks were everywhere, which meant that a lot of people were still without electricity. Buildings had shingles missing, and trees were down in some areas. Some places had tarps on the roof.

debris lining the road
Debris from Hurricane Matthew Piled for Pickup Along Flagler Ave.

Luckily, the damage was a lot less than what was predicted. Many people along the coast evacuated, and had to sit for days wondering what shape their homes were in.

stop light Flagler and Peninsula ave.
Leaving the Beach, heading for the north causeway

We headed south at Peninsula Ave. and took the south causeway home. The north causeway has a drawbridge for tall boats, mainly sailboats I would assume, but the south causeway bridge does not open. We headed home feeling very lucky that, at our rental house inland, we did not even lose power during the hurricane.

south causeway road
South Causeway, New Smyrna

The Surf Shop Story

Quiet Flight surf shop
The Surf Shop on Flagler Ave.

My trip to Florida was a good one. I had a chance to visit with my son and go out on his boat, but the weather was not the greatest.  Although my son had warned me that there had been a lot of rainy days, I expected more sun than rain.  It’s the sunshine state!  I lived there for 27 years and got sick of the sun because there was so much of it! Continue reading The Surf Shop Story

Lunch at Breakers on Flagler Ave.

New Smyrna Beach
Our view from the window bar seat at Breakers at Flagler Ave.

Lucky me, I had the chance this summer to visit my old stomping grounds in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. I met up with a friend who wanted to head out to Flagler Ave. and have some lunch and see the sights.

It was the week before the July 4th holiday and I think people had begun vacation early because the area was quite packed for a middle of the day week-day. We drove into Breaker’s tiny parking lot and miraculously got a spot right outside the back door.

We found our seats at the wooden bar with perfect views of the beach and ocean. Before we ordered our food, a storm moved in and the beach patrol was getting everyone out of the water. It didn’t amount to much and we ended up driving onto the beach, after our meal, and headed down to the jetty at Ponce Inlet.

Breakers Restaurant is a favorite with the locals and tourists alike.  It nearly washed into the sea during the hurricanes of 2004, but thankfully it was refurbished and is as good as new.  The pink building with the best view on any beach still serves up a mean (and delicious) fish sandwich.

You can see more of my pictures on my page Plan a Florida Beach Vacation.