Nelson says NAS made right move to cancel air show; city unlikely to foot bill
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says NAS Jax made the right choice in canceling this year's air show.
Budget cuts known as sequestration forced the service to scrap the two-day air show slated for October.
Last year's show drew nearly 250,000 people to Jacksonville Beach, which provided a major economic boost to local restaurants and hotels.
The Navy recently announced the cancellation of the 33 remaining shows for the Blue Angels. The Navy expects to save an estimated $28 million with the move.
Sen. Nelson says the savings outweigh the event.
"If the Navy has a choice between keeping the Blue Angels in an air show or getting that kind of resource to the war, there's no question," said Sen. Nelson.
The City of Jacksonville says it's not likely it can shoulder the costs of such a large scale event with limited time before it takes place.
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