Air Show Without Blue Angels Isn’t The Same

Air Show Without Blue Angels Isn’t The Same

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At this year's big Pensacola Beach air show it's not about what you will see it's about what you won't see.  There were a lot of people here but it wasn't jam packed.  Even though things are busy, not bustling, people are trying to stay optimistic economically. 

"Yeah you can obviously tell the mood, I can tell the people are down a little bit," says the owner of Funny Cars BJ Johnson.  Pensacola Beach is crowded but not crammed and that means many restaurants aren't as packed as they usually are for what's normally a big event.

"For us personally I would say it's in the 50% range, it's quite big in terms of the drop," says the owner of Wild Roots Lynn Foster.  Hotels like the Holiday Inn and the Hilton on the beach have decent booking rates but they're not full.

"Business is definitely down, traffic is down, we're not as busy, we're not full, we do have rooms to sell tonight," says Hilton Sales Manager Susan Jones-Curry.  This is a good turnout for an average summer Saturday, but the atmosphere isn't as electric as it should be.  The air show is missing a key ingredient. 

"Like it's still a good thing, but it loses some of its ‘umph' you would say," says the general manager of Flounders Chase Colt.  Most people hope that "umph" is back next year.

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