JAMES CITY COUNTY — Randolph Gardner slung a beach towel around his neck and headed toward a sandy area at College Creek on Thursday with his brother, niece and nephew, undeterred by a nearby sign warning them of the riptide.
"Right now it's low tide so we can go out a long way," Gardner said. "At high tide you might have an undercurrent that flows out. You have to be careful of that."
College Creek is a low cost, albeit dangerous, alternative to the crowded water parks and public pools that dot the Historic Triangle.
The beach is less than a mile from an area where a 27-year-old man drowned just a week ago.
Edwin Tejada-Delgado was last...