In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper reflects on Blue Angels weekend on Pensacola Beach. ‘Red, White and Blues Week’ follows the Fourth of July holiday weekend, which provides a critical boost to the local tourism industry over a stretch of about a week-and-a-half.
In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the importance of the month of July to Northwest Florida’s tourism industry.
“In our climate zone, July is far and away the biggest month. It’s the month in which hoteliers and restaurateurs are able to charge top dollar, keep the place full. That’s when they pack away the profits they’ll need to make their lease or mortgage payments throughout the rest of the year,” says Harper, who adds that there are indications that it’s a good July this year.
Final preparations are being made on Santa Rosa Island, for next weekend’s Blue Angels air show, the first since 2012.
For Buck Lee, Executive Director of the Santa Rosa Island Authority, what a difference a year makes. He says the cancelation of most of the flight demonstration team’s 2013 season now has many of their fans viewing them in a new light.
People are crowding onto Santa Rosa Island for the Memorial Day weekend. Many are looking forward to the beach parties that mark the annual mostly LGBT gathering at Park East.
About 150,000 people attended the LGBT-related events last Memorial Day. And organizer Johnny Chism is expecting higher numbers this time around. A number of events are on tap at Emerald City on Wright Street – the downtown Pensacola bar owned by Chism and considered the headquarters for the LGBT weekend.
That large, slow-moving storm system that’s been pummeling the Midwest and Southeast is making its presence felt along the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama.
At least 31 deaths are blamed on the system, including three in Alabama. And Don Shepherd at the National Weather Service in Mobile says the areas that were hit Monday night, likely will get more of the same today.