JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jazz fans will be singing the blues Sunday. The threat of severe weather has forced the city of Jacksonville to cancel all outdoor activities for Sunday's Jazz Festival. The Jazz Brunch at the Omni Hotel will go on as planned.
"Oh, that's sad," said Fahmiah Goggins. "We were already planning to come."
It looks like blue skies will give way to storms when Beryl bears down on Jacksonville late Sunday night. So for safety's sake, the stages and tents must come down. The outdoor shows will NOT be rescheduled.
"It would have been nice if they could have postponed it to another day," said James Tew.
"It's very important that we be proactive on this," said Mayor Alvin Brown. That proactivity includes trimming trees away from power lines and closing area beaches and waterways.
Mayor Brown says he wants to make sure the city's first responders are in a rhythm, ready to act at a moment's notice.
"The bottom line is to treat Sunday as a day to prepare," he said. "Make sure your homes are secure and that a family plan is in order."