It’s that time of year on Pensacola Beach, the much-anticipated Blue Angels weekend. The Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) is expecting record crowds again, and as always parking will be in high demand. In anticipation, the SRIA is stepping up its free shuttle system on Friday and Saturday
On Friday, three trolleys will be in service from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will travel their normal route from the Portofino Resort to Park West. After 6 p.m., two trolleys will remain operational until midnight.
On Saturday, the SRIA is providing additional bus and trolley services from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to shuttle beachgoers from outlying parking areas to Casino Beach. Three trolleys will service the west side of the island, and four buses will service the east side of the island, extending service to Park East.
After Saturday’s air show, buses and trolleys will depart Casino Beach when they reach capacity. Please note that after 6 p.m., bus transportation to Park East will end and two trolleys will remain in operation resuming their normal route from the Portofino Island Resort to Park West until midnight.
While the goal is to have hourly pickups at Casino Beach, it is important to remember that all buses and trolleys will be caught in traffic, particularly following the end of the air show, so please be patient and allow those with special needs, the elderly, or expectant mothers to board the first shuttles. If a bus or trolley passes a stop without picking anyone up, it’s because the bus is filled to capacity.
Pensacola Beach Air Show expanded shuttle service schedule:
Friday, July 10:
Three trolleys operational from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Two trolleys operational 6 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, July 11:
Three trolleys operational from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (traveling to Park West)
Four buses operational from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (traveling to Park East)
Two trolleys operational from 6 p.m. to midnight (normal route resumed)
To make this week a safe and enjoyable experience for all, here are a few friendly-reminders for those heading out to Pensacola Beach:
Drones, kites and all flying objects are strictly prohibited at any altitude during the air show. No exceptions.
Open flames are never allowed on Pensacola Beach. This includes bonfires, campfires, floating luminaries, candles, fireworks, etc.
And please remember the beach motto: “Leave only your footprints behind.” Trash and abandoned beach gear is harmful to area wildlife. All beachgoers are expected to pick up after themselves and collect all items from the beach when they depart.