Is the SRIA serious?

April 19, 2005

I can’t believe the Santa Rosa Island Authority still plans to have the July 4th weekend Blue Angel Airshow.

Pensacola Beach is a wasteland that will take years to be rebuilt.

The road to Navarre Beach is closed and will not be opened for the show. The 100,000 fans who want to see the Blues will be funneled through Gulf Breeze across the Bob Sikes Bridge and past the toll gates.

When they get on the beach, where will they park? The only places open are the Boardwalk and Casino Beach parking lots – which are crowded on normal weekends.

In the past, locals rented condos and hotel rooms and spent the Friday night on the beach. Friends had places to gather all up and down the beach. This year there are few rooms available.

This has disaster written all over it.

I love the Blues, but the SRIA has got to come to its senses before someone gets hurt trying to watch the air show.

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