JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - Jacksonville Beach Police Chief Pat Dooley has promised to put more officers on the street following a series of fights that took place on Memorial Day.
Police say at least five brawls took place over a 43-minute period, starting in the dunes near The Jacksonville Beach Pier, and ending at the SeaWalk Pavilion.
Three men claim to be victims of the attack by six still-unidentified suspects.
The mother of Anthony Jones, 20, says her son now suffers from a dislocated shoulder.
The second victim, Cassius Long, 19, sustained a minor cut behind his ear and complained of headaches. Injuries to the third alleged victim, Gregory Anderson, 21, have not been released.
Cell phone video evidence shows Jones being kicked in the head, but does not show the alleged attacks to Long or Anderson.
The fights left many in the Jacksonville Beach community concerned about security at the Moonlight Movies event in Jacksonville Beach on Friday night. The event was discussed at a meeting organized by concerned neighbors and busienss owners Thursday. At the meeting, Police Chief Pat Dooley promised to have more officers on the street every weekend, starting with the film screening.
Their presence was obvious early on.
"I see a couple police officers on every corner," said Kevin Briscoe, who drove from the Westside for the screening. "I'm definitely thinking about what happened here, but I'm not scared. I'm still going to come, but I'm going to be more cautious about it."
So are Thomas and Marsha Lucas, two tourists that are a huge part of the Beaches economy.
"Bad things happen everywhere," she said, "People do stupid stuff and it's just a shame. But we'll continue to visit. It's a beautiful place, and it's a safe place for families."
Ronny Ford, who attended the meeting Thursday, says he feels positive about the developing plan to improve safety in the community. He hopes people coming to visit here, will take notice when the cross the bridge.
"We want them here. Come out. Respect the beach, but respect others around you."
There are 61 officers on the Jacksonville Beach police force. Dooley says more are always needed, but he believes he does have the staff to sustain increased patrols on the weekends throughout the coming months, especially at major events. On July 4, he will request assistance from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office as he has in the past.