Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

EARPLUGS, SUNCREEN & SAND GET READY, HER COME THE; BLUE ANGELS the Air Show Is Back at the Beach This Year, So Plan Ahead So You Can Sit Back and Enjoy

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

EARPLUGS, SUNCREEN & SAND GET READY, HER COME THE; BLUE ANGELS the Air Show Is Back at the Beach This Year, So Plan Ahead So You Can Sit Back and Enjoy

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Byline: Tom Szaroleta

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 itself.

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. 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 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. …

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