Thousands pack Jacksonville Beach music festival

By Ashley Harding, General assignment reporter, aharding@wjxt.com
Published On: Jun 15 2013 10:17:59 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 16 2013 08:33:25 AM EDT

VIDEO: Thousands of people packed Jacksonville Beach for the Community First Seawalk Music Festival.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -

Thousands of people packed Jacksonville Beach on Saturday for the Community First Seawalk Music Festival.

The music festival is the first big event since the Memorial Day brawl at the beach, and security high.

The sound of music filled the air at Jacksonville Beach for the first annual Community First Seawalk Music Festival, where people from all over come out for a night of great music, great food and a great time.

"The people, the crowd, the music, the vibe, it's great," said one attendee.

"I like to see how many people are here. That's pretty cool," said another. "There's a lot of people out here. Parking was nice and I like the food trucks. The food trucks are huge."

This event comes on the heels of Memorial Day weekend when multiple fights broke out, prompting a push for more police patrolling the area.

Amy Galbreath produced the event. She said safety was something she kept in mind while putting everything together.

"The incident that happened on Memorial Day was also on a non-planned event, so there were no police officers here that day, the park was open to the public that day," said Galbreath. "When we have a festival situation, we have ropes, we have fencing, we have police."

Galbreath said not only are officers stationed at every fence, some are working undercover as well to give that little extra piece of mind.

"This festival is the best one ever," said one attendee.

Channel 4's Ashley Harding has learned that this music festival will become an annual event.

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