New Pensacola Beach Air Show to Fly this Summer

New Pensacola Beach Air Show to Fly this Summer

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PENSACOLA, Florida -

A welcome announcement for Pensacola Beach Wednesday afternoon; an air show will go on this summer after all, featuring dozens of planes, war jets, and even a kid-friendly helicopter.

"Aerobatics, formations, and fight pilots fighting each other," said Buck Lee with the Santa Rosa Island Authority. "It's going to be exciting."

After the recent cancellations of the Blue Angels show and DeLuna Fest in Pensacola, the Santa Rosa Island Authority decided to create a new event to thank locals for staying tough during hard economic times.

"We know when the tourists all leave it takes the locals and the surrounding communities to keep us all going," said Buck Lee. "So it's our way of giving back."

The civilian acts have always been part of the Blue Angels show, but this year, they're going to be the main event - just bigger and better.

People on Pensacola Beach reacted with excitement to the news, including the Zamzow family, who says any sort of public event is good for the local economy.

"Sounds like a good time," said Lori Zamzow. "Anything that brings people down to the beach and helps the businesses out, that's a good thing."

"I think it will be positive, everybody is looking for a little more influx," said Richard Zamzow. "Bringing people down here will be a good thing."

The new, civilian air show will be held the same weekend the Blue Angels would have performed (July 12 and 13). The event will cost the Santa Rosa Island Authority about $125-$150 thousand dollars.

Local businesses are offering free incentives to bring some good news back to Pensacola.

"It's amazing," said Buck Lee. "Enterprise Rent-a-Car, we've got all these pilots coming in, and they said, 'Buck don't worry about it, we're going to give them all free vehicles'. Then I had Pensacola Aviation, they said, 'Buck I'd normally charge you hangar space, not going to do it.'...Everyone's coming together. It's amazing. We're all pulling for Pensacola Beach, and we hope to have the Blues back next year."

Surprisingly, officials say a lot of guests who booked hotel rooms for the Blue Angels weekend did not cancel their reservations. Organizers are looking forward to letting those tourists know there will be an air show after all.

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