JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL. – Visitors are returning to Jacksonville Beach this holiday weekend after several events were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Jacksonville Beach attracts a lot of vacation weekend crowds, regulars and new beach goers.
Charity Williams just moved to Jacksonville from South Carolina and spoke to News4Jax about her plans for July 4th.
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âI love the atmosphere,â Williams said. âI was just looking to get away from a big city and be somewhere where I can relax and have fun.â
The Guch family also told News4Jax that their look was different from last year.
âIt seemed like a nice weekend to go to the beach with the holidays and everything,â said Matt Guch. âWe haven’t been out for over a year.
The pandemic has ended many events at Jax Beach over the past year, but that’s a different take on the July 4, 2021 weekend.
âIt’s just nice to be here and see people again,â Guch said. âIt’s nice to get out on the other side of the pandemic and see what the world is like again. “
The return of crowds is also good for business. Kiersten Dietrich, a beach attendant who sets up chairs and umbrellas along the beach, told News4Jax she was ready to get to work.
“It’s good because we can see faces again, but we still play by the rules,” said Dietrich. âSo we stand back, we try to disinfect everything we can. If people are uncomfortable and want us to wear a mask, we put one on.
The big crowds this weekend give Beach Manager Cameron Langley and his team a lot of work to do.
âWe just made everyone happy,â Langley said. âWe just installed everyone. Everyone left on a high note. If the weather is nice and beautiful like this [Saturday], there are tons of people at the beach and we’re pretty crowded and sometimes we sell full, âDietrich said.
It’s good for business and good for beach goers, who can relax and have fun.
âNow since COVID-19 happened everyone was so much more excited to come down because it’s open air,â Langley said. âIt’s the return to a normal life. ”
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