PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — Seventy years ago, the first Blue Angels team took flight, but some are questioning when they will return to the sky. The team canceled appearances in New York and Ohio following the death of opposing solo pilot, Capt. Jeff Kuss.
The clock is ticking for those planning events around the Blue Angels. The much anticipated beach show is almost 30 days away.
Restaurants, hotels, and first responders are all still preparing for the show. But could it be canceled?
“If the Blue Angels chose not to fly, we have decided that we will cancel the airshow as a whole,” said Robbie Schrock, Director of Administration for the Santa Rosa Island Authority. “We’ve been working since [the] last air show, to get this airshow up off the ground.”
That’s exactly what local restaurants and hotels are doing as well, but they know a cancellation could happen.
“The main thing will be parking; our parking and employee parking coming out. It is July, so it will still be busy but it will affect us in a negative way,” said Jim Amberson, Owner of Sidelines Bar and Grill.
Businesses on the beach hope the show will go on, but understand if that cannot happen.
“We would still hope the people coming in from out of town would still come and enjoy a beautiful July weekend on Pensacola Beach. It’s gonna be beautiful, it always is,” Schrock said.
The next Blue Angels performance is scheduled for next weekend in Vero Beach, Fla. It’s not clear, at this time, if that performance will go on.