Today, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 1595 (Law Enforcement Operations), which requires the Sheriff’s Office to assume exclusive law enforcement authority on Volusia beaches.
Deputies and Beach Safety officers have already been working together closely in anticipation of the law taking effect. With the governor’s signature today, the full transition becomes official.
Sheriff Mike Chitwood commended Volusia County Manager George Recktenwald, his administration and staff, the Volusia County Council, and the many professional members of the Sheriff’s Office and Beach Safety for planning a smooth, effective transition in such a short period of time.
Beach Safety will continue to manage the beach and provide lifeguard and emergency medical services to beachgoers while VSO deputies perform the law enforcement function.