In anticipation of the Pensacola Beach Airshow featuring the Blue Angels traffic and safety concerns, Visit Pensacola covered the tolls from Thursday, July 11 – Sunday, July 14.
“The Pensacola Beach Airshow featuring the Blue Angels is one of our top signature events, President of Visit Pensacola, Steve Hayes said. By covering the tolls, our hope was to invite guests, both local and out of town, to have the best experience possible during this event and to realize the resource Visit Pensacola is to our community.”
As the destination organization, Visit Pensacola works to improve the quality of place for residents and visitors alike. Visitors to the airshow come from multiple areas of the county, so this was an opportunity for the organization to work with Escambia County and provide a more positive visitation experience. This decision also allows for guests and residents alike to continue sharing the Pensacola experience throughout the year.
“As we look into long-term solutions for the toll plaza, we are thankful to the Visit Pensacola board for covering the toll fees during one of the biggest and most exciting weekends on Pensacola Beach," Commissioner Robert Bender said. "The goal is to provide a positive experience to our guests and residents, and that started with quicker access onto the beach to see the performance of our hometown Blue Angels.”
Following the decision, Visit Pensacola received an overwhelmingly positive response from the community. Here’s a look:
Throughout the week, Visit Pensacola was on the ground covering the Blue Angel practices and airshow. Despite the threat of Hurricane Barry, the Blue Angels flew Wednesday – Saturday, awing thousands. Here’s a look at the week:
For more information on the U.S. Navy Blue Angel performances and practices, click here.