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Blue Angels' beach airshow preparations

    When you drive into Pensacola Beach you'll notice yellow ropes blocking off the sidewalks and medians, letting people know they can't park here.
    The Santa Rosa Island Authority is asking people to use the designated parking areas, or else run the risk of getting towed.
    The moment we've all been waiting for is finally here.
    The Blue Angels are back and will be soaring through the sky this weekend in front of thousands.

"I'm expecting to see them go through the air really fast and race each other and do tricks," said Blake Wenger. 

    The SRIA is working round the clock to make sure everything is ready for the show.
    The biggest issue is parking. The Casino Beach parking lot has 1250 spaces and it usually fills up by eight in the morning on Saturday,
    But there are other options.

"The good news is you can go down to park east or park west and we have free trolleys from 7 in the morning until 6 at night, that will go down and pick you up and bring you back," said Buck Lee with SRIA. 

    There will be about 100 law enforcement officers patrolling the area.
    About 50 lifeguards will be working Friday and Saturday starting at 7 in the morning, two and a half hours earlier than when they usually start.
    Many are planning to spend the entire day on the beach.

"We're getting here at 7 because I hear the parking lot fills up quick and we plan on camping all day," said Stephanie Wenger.

    But there's no stopping the traffic getting in and out of the beach.
    With record numbers expected this weekend, the SRIA recommends arriving early.
    And if you do arrive early, bring some essentials, like extra sunscreen and water to avoid heat exhaustion.    
"There are lots of medical calls. We have a lot of people who are drinking and it's going to be hot. So we have to watch out for people getting dehydrated or passing out," said Alex Dingle, Senior Lifeguard at Pensacola Beach. 

    The SRIA says the most important thing you can bring is your patience. You'll be dealing with large crowds and plenty of traffic.