HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — The curfew at North Beach on Fort Monroe is being lifted.
A spokesperson from Fort Monroe Authority tells 10 On Your Side’s Brett Hall that the hours at the North Beach area will return to normal beginning this weekend, July 9.
However, the capacity turnaround area will remain through the summer. This means that if capacity is reached at the businesses in the North Beach area before 9 p.m., guests will be redirected to other areas for parking. The park closure notice has been removed from the Fort Monroe website.
The National Park Service issued the curfew earlier in June due to ongoing “safety concerns” for visitors following recent incidents, including a shooting that injured a woman in the parking area adjacent to the beach.
Ever since the curfew, businesses in the area have been affected.
“Our numbers were down significantly for the month of June. You know the hardest thing is not only the business has lost money, but the employees have lost money,” the owner of Paradise Ocean Club, Baxter Simmons.
He and his employees have just two months to make up that loss of revenue as the ocean club closes after Labor Day.
“We are just looking forward to getting back to our normal hours and our normal routine,” Simmons said. “We hope we can get back to where we were by the end of this summer, but it may not be until when we open next year.”
Now, he can open his business to normal levels. He said around 800 to 1,000 people pack Paradise Ocean Club on a Saturday.
You can enjoy yourself at Paradise Ocean Club until 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Simmons has packed the summer with live entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.