Cdr. Tom Frosch announces cancellation of Blue Angels 2013 season
NAS PENSACOLA, Florida -
The Navy has announced the cancellation of the 2013 Blue Angel season."
What had been speculation for weeks, is now official. "We held off the decision as long as possible hoping to salvage some part of the season," says commander Tom Frosch. "Unfortunately we reached a point where it was no longer possible."
The cancellation includes the show on Pensacola Beach. "We like to come out every year and see them," says Dawn Vickery sharing a mother/daughter day at the beach. "They're from here so it's kind of like a home thing and it makes it feel like they do it for us."
Kevin White from Gulf Breeze says he thought it would come to this. "We complain about government spending too much money and some things have to get cut and that's where it gets ugly. We don't like it but it's understandable."
One beaches loss maybe another beaches gain. Trading a precision, high flying airshow for a jet fueled excitement on the water.
"First of all it makes me angry because they are playing political games with something dear to us," says Orange Beach mayor Tony Kennon. His town will host the powerboat races, "Thunder on the Gulf" for the tenth time this June.
"This event hopefully fills a void. Pensacola folks will hopefully come down because there is a place to be on the boat and watch the event, you can be on the beach and watch a race, you can be in a condo."
For the first time since the Korean War, the Blue Angels will sit this season out. "We never thought it would ever happen in this area," says business owner Mike Pinzone. "We thought they would cut back maybe in other states but we had no idea they would pull the show and it really means a lot to this community."
The focus for the Blue Angels now is the 2014 season. Practice for that show begins at the end of this budget year in October and November.