It's official. "America's Original Beach Party" is taking some time off. After three consecutive years of DeLuna Fest, the music show will not go on in 2013.
"Supporters of the festival are hard at work with planning and organizing the next event, and are looking forward to making an announcement in the near future about DeLuna Fest 2014," it stated in a press release Wednesday afternoon.
Pensacola natives Amanda Romero and Dessirah Knight were disappointed to hear the news, especially after the recent announcement that the Blue Angels would be grounded this year.
"It was awesome just being in your hometown and being able to go to a huge concert," said Amanda Romero. "That was probably the first concert I've ever been to."
"What's going on? what's the world coming to? is it that bad right now?" said Dessirah Knight.
Rumors of the cancellation had been circulating after organizers failed to turn in the proper paperwork before the deadline.
Buck Lee with the Santa Rosa Island Authority says the music festival will be missed. "The great thing about DeLuna Fest was that it was in the off-season, sort of the September area, when they're not full. So that would help fill up the hotels."
Hotels like Margaritaville in Pensacola were booked solid for previous DeLuna Fests.
"The first year we were sold out, last year we were sold out," said Kari Randle, Guest Service Manager with Margaritaville Hotel. "It's still going to be another pretty weekend on Pensacola Beach. So we're disappointed, but it's going to be fun as usual."
Organizers did not state a clear reason for the cancellation, but say they may look to move the dates to a different time of year to make it more appealing to concert-goers.