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Everything you need to know about this weekend’s Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular air show

The beach might get a little loud this weekend.

The Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular, the annual air show that
alternates between Jacksonville NAS and the beach, is at the beach this
year. And with the Blue Angels involved, you can count on a few windows
getting rattled.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re going:

Where do I park?

Don’t count on driving up at the last minute and finding a parking spot anywhere close.

Several streets in the area — First Avenue North from Third Street
North to First Street North, First Street North from Beach Boulevard to
Second Avenue North, Second Street North from First Avenue North to
Beach Boulevard, First Street North from Second Avenue North to Fifth
Avenue North and Pablo Avenue — are closed until midnight Sunday. The
Latham Plaza and pier parking lots are also closed, as is the pier

The city has set up a park-and-ride lot at the FSCJ South Campus,
11901 Beach Blvd. Air show attendees are encouraged to park in the
campus’ East Parking Lot. Shuttles will run from the lot to the air show
every 15 minutes. Parking is $10 per car and the shuttle ride is free.
Shuttles will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

How much are tickets?

There are no tickets. The event is free.

Who’s performing?

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are the headliners, and their show is
scheduled for 3:30 p.m. each day. Other performances start at 11:30 a.m.
Performers include:

■ The U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team, performing freefall parachute demonstrations.

■ Geico Skytypers, a squadron of six vintage World War II aircraft
performing with Miss Geico, one of the fastest speedboats in the world.

■ Patty Wagstaff of St. Augustine, who is a member of the
International Aerospace, International Aerobatic Club, National
Aviation, Women of Aviation and Air Show halls of fame.

■ Lt. Col. John Klatt of the U.S. Air National Guard.

■ Scott “Scooter” Yoak in his P-51D Mustang.

■ Rob Holland in his F4U-4 Corsair, the “Korean War Hero.”

Can I fly with the Blue Angels?

No, but ear protection is a good idea. Those F/A-18 Hornets can be loud.

Where do I sit?

Times-Union file-The Blue Angels ground crew wave to
their airborne counterparts as the aviators pass over the Jacksonville
Beach Pier in the final formation of their performance Saturday at the
Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular air show Saturday, November 7,
2009. The aerial acts continue today at Jacksonville Beach from 9 am to
3:30 pm.
Times-Union-The Blue Angels will thunder up and down
the Beaches on Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Sea
and Sky Spectacular air show.

Anywhere you like. The main hub of the event will be in Jacksonville
Beach along First Street, from the SeaWalk Pavilion to the Jacksonville
Beach Pier, but you’ll be able to see the show from anywhere on the

What can I bring with me?

You can bring lawn chairs, beach chairs, strollers, purses or fanny
packs no larger than 8 1/2 by 11 inches, sunscreen, cameras, binoculars,
towels, flags, umbrellas and ponchos. You cannot bring coolers, picnic
baskets, backpacks, food or beverages, pets, rollerblades, skates or
bicycles, although bike racks will be available at the entrances.

Other than the aircraft, what is going on?

There will be a military recruitment zone, with static displays and
simulators from all branches of the military, plus the Air National
Guard, the Beaches Fire Department and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s
Office. There will also be an “autograph alley,” where you can meet the
performers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; a kids zone with an inflatable
obstacle course, airbrush tattoos and a mechanical surfboard that is
open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and food and beverage vendors.

Can I watch from my boat?

Only from a distance. The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy will establish a
Naval Vessel Protection zone extending a mile north of the pier, 1 3/4
miles south of the pier and 1/2 mile east of the pier.

What about my surfboard?

You’ll have to leave it at home, dude. Swimming and surfing will be
prohibited from Seagate Avenue to 13th Avenue South during the show.

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