More Beach Areas Reopening Following Ivan

Two Pensacola area beaches are ready to once again welcome visitors to their shores, nearly four months after Hurricane Ivan plowed into them.

Escambia County officials say Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key are scheduled to reopen to non-residents Sunday evening.

Ivan slammed into eastern Alabama and the Panhandle on September 16 with 130 mile-per-hour winds and a storm surge of up to 15 feet, damaging homes, businesses and bridges and eroding shorelines.

Security checkpoints established outside residential areas of Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key will be discontinued Sunday.

Deputies will continue to operate additional security patrols through the hardest-hit areas.

Historic Fort Pickens on the western tip of Santa Rosa Island remains closed to visitors because of extensive damage.