Eventful week downtown means increase in traffic, security
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- The city is getting ready for a big week downtown, but it means heavy traffic and security changes.
Kristin Keen is getting ready for a big week ahead. As a local business owner, she's setting up a big display to promote her business Rethreaded. "We are building a 20 foot structure covered in t-shirts," said Keen.
You'll have to stop by to find out why and that's what she and city leaders are counting on. They've put tens of thousands of dollars into One Spark. It's a 5-day event for Jacksonville to showcase ideas. It's not the only thing going on this week. With a 5K, a concert and a baseball game, downtown will be packed. "Traffic is going to be tough so come early," said Sheriff John Rutherford.
Rutherford says there are some road closures and that makes parking even more limited. That's not the only concern. After the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the sheriff says they're making changes you'll notice. "We have beefed up security at the gate," said the sheriff about the concert and baseball game. "We want people to come join us and have fun. You don't need to be afraid, but be vigilant."
One business owner just hopes the tragedy in Boston doesn't keep people from coming downtown this week. "I'm hoping it's huge. You can feel the excitement around the city. People are talking about it and I'm hoping it puts us on the map," said Keen.
The sheriff's office says it did make changes to security, but wouldn't discuss those changes. As for the road closures, you see all of them on the document on the side of this page. JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- The city is getting ready for a big week downtown, but it means heavy traffic and security changes.
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