GTM Research Reserve Reopens Beach Access Parking Lots

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CONTACT: Patrician Price, 904.823.4506,

GTM Research Reserve Reopens
Beach Access Parking Lots

~Following repairs to damaged boardwalks, beach access parking lots available for use~


Beach access boardwalk along A1A. 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) Research Reserve has officially reopened the South Beach Access Parking Lot, with the Middle Beach Access Parking Lot reopening on June 10. Both the Middle Beach and South Beach boardwalks were damaged during Hurricane Matthew resulting in closures of the parking lots.

"Two beach access parking lots have been closed since last October, leaving only the smallest lot of 68 parking spaces available to the public," said Joe Burgess, resource management coordinator at GTM Research Reserve. "We are excited that the repairs to the damaged boardwalks have been completed, ensuring visitor safety and making these parking lots accessible once again."  

The reserve manages the beach adjacent to the North Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach access parking lots along A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach. The beach access parking lots are open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to sunset with a parking fee of $3 per vehicle. The reopening of the two parking lots will reinstate 78 regular parking spaces and two RV spaces in the Middle Beach Access Parking Lot, with 94 regular parking spaces and six handicap parking spots available in the South Beach Access Parking Lot.

As a safety precaution, GTM Research Reserve recently closed the North Beach Access Parking Lot until further notice, in order to retrofit the North Beach boardwalk for future storm preparedness. For more information, please call Joe Burgess at (904) 823-4500.