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What to know for Jacksonville air show

Where do I park? 

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.

Road closures will be in effect over the weekend. Several blocks,
from Beach Boulevard (State Road A1A) to Fifth Avenue North and west to
Third Street, as well as Pablo Avenue, will be inaccessible to drivers.
The Latham Plaza and pier parking lots will also be closed along with
the pier itself.

The city has set up a park-and-ride lot at Florida State College’s
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. Sunday.

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 its 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 free-fall 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 has been inducted into the
International Aerospace Hall of Fame for her aerobatic achievements.

■ 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?

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
beach.

What can I bring with me?

You can bring lawn chairs, beach chairs, strollers, purses or fanny
packs no larger than 8 ½-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 ¾
miles south of the pier and ½ 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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