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Lauderdale Air Show books dates for 2016

The jinxed Lauderdale Air Show is set to fly again in 2016.
Fort
Lauderdale city commissioners Tuesday approved the show for May 7 and 8
for the skies above the beach near Sunrise Boulevard. The show will
once again coincide with Fleet Week, which is scheduled for May 2-9.
It’ll be the first show in three years.
In 2014, the air show
had to be canceled because runway construction at Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport put needed air space for
airport traffic in conflict with the performances. This year’s event was
put off because of State Road A1A reconstruction work in the heart of
the show’s viewing area.

Those weren’t the show’s only problems: the second day
of the inaugural show in 2012 was rained out and the U.S. Air Force
Thunderbirds had to bow out of the 2013 show at the last minute because
of across-the-board federal budget cuts.
Promoters are hoping for better luck in 2016. The show replaced the
highly popular annual air and sea shows that ran from 1995 to 2007.
“We’ve
just been patient about it,” air show President Bryan Lilley said.
“We’re hoping that mother nature attends the planning meetings and
we’lll just go from there.”
Organizers don’t know yet who the
headline performers will be. The Thunderbirds, U.S. Navy Blue Angels and
other military groups are expected to set their schedules in December.
The main viewing area for the 2016 show will be from Sunrise Boulevard north to Northeast 14th Court, near the current State Road A1A construction work that should be finished by January.
The show would shut down State Road A1A for a number of blocks north
of Sunrise Boulevard, but officials hope to be able to keep traffic
flowing from Sunrise south.
The show is being put on by Lauderdale
Air Show, LLC, which is receiving $100,000 from the city’s Beach
Business Improvement District and $50,000 from the Community
Redevelopment Agency to help defray show costs.

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