Tens of thousands of people are expected to pack sugar white sands of Pensacola Beach to watch the Navy’s Blue Angels in the Pensacola Beach Air Show.
The full dress rehearsal for the Pensacola Beach Air Show begins Friday, July 13 at Noon. The Blue Angels are expected to fly at 2 pm. The official Pensacola Beach Air Show is Saturday, July 14 at Noon. On Saturday, the Blues will also fly at 2 pm.
Spectators won’t just get to enjoy the Navy’s Blue Angels and Fat Albert. Several civilian acts are scheduled to wow crowds during the full dress rehearsal and Pensacola Beach Air Show.
TROLLEY AND BUS SERVICE
The Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) is increasing public transportation hours along the island to help deal with traffic congestion for the Pensacola Beach Air Show.
Free trolley and bus service will be offered by SRIA and Escambia County Area Transit. Drop-offs and pick-ups will only occur at the SRIA’s designated trolley stops.
On Friday, 3 trolleys will operate along the regular route from 8 am until midnight.
Saturday, 3 trolleys and 10 additional buses will begin operating at 7 am from Park West to Park East. The trolleys and buses will transport people to Casino Beach and continue operating until midnight Saturday night. After the air show ends, riders may wait as long as 90 minutes for trolleys and buses to pick them up because of traffic congestion.
On Saturday, special transportation to Park East will end at 6 pm. Beach trolleys will then resume their regular route until midnight.
For more information, click www.visitpensacolabeach.com/trolley-information.
PENSACOLA BAY CRUISES
You can also take the ferry to see the Blues fly this weekend. Pensacola Bay Cruises is offering a special schedule for the Pensacola Beach Air Show. Roundtrip tickets will be offered on July 13 and 14 for just $15 (adults, seniors and military), $10 children (ages 3-15) and Free for under 2.
You can see the schedule for this weekend by clicking http://pensacolabaycruises.com/blueangel
In an effort to protect spectator vessels during and immediately following the Air Shows, the Coast Guard will establish temporary safety zones in the Gulf of Mexico and the Santa Rosa Sound on Friday and Saturday, from 6 am to 4 pm.
In the Gulf of Mexico, the safety zone includes all waters 1.75 nautical miles east and 1.5 nautical miles west of position 30̊ 19′ 36″ N, 087̊ 08′ 23″ W. This is near the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier and extends 1,000 yards south of Pensacola Beach. No person or vessel will be allowed in the safety zone unless authorized by the USCG patrol commander or official patrol vessels. Mariners can reach official patrol vessels enforcing the safety zone on marine radio VHF-FM channel 16.
In Santa Rosa Sound, the safety zone includes all waters from Deer Point to Sharp Point. All waters inside Little Sabine Bay are also included. If a vessel wants to enter Little Sabine Bay in the two hours immediately following the air shows, boaters must contact the on-scene captain via VHF channel 16 for permission. All vessels in the safety zone must proceed at a minimum safe speed.
A 200-yard no wake-zone will be enforced around the Highway 399 Bob Sikes Bridge during the rehearsal and air show.
Any boater not cooperating can be expelled from the zone.
During the established safety zone hours, mariners can contact the Coast Guard on VHF-FM channel 16, the patrol commander in Station Pensacola at 850-453-8282 or Coast Guard Sector Mobile captain of the port at 251-441-5976.