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Jax Beach brawl security concerns go before city council tonight

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Updated: 6/03/2013 10:35 pm
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- It's been one week since a big beach brawl erupted in Jacksonville Beach. And it has the ocean community feeling frustrated.

Many say not enough security measures are being taken to keep crowds under control. Now, people are making those concerns known.

"It's made YouTube and it's made the media, and it's drawn a lot of attention to Jacksonville Beach," said Jax Beach City Councilman Phil Vogelsang about the massive Memorial Day beach brawl.

He said it is drawing the opposite kind of attention of what they'd like to see. Facebook pages have popped up. T-shirts are being sold.

Dozens of concerned beach citizens plan to attend Monday night's City Council meeting to talk about it.

Vogelsang said just a few weeks ago, council made a decision to step up police presence on the weekends. He said this incident forced them to enact their new plan faster than expected. But he said many don't realize what the city's been working on -- or even how well police handled this incident.

"Hopefully it's more of an informative session for them, rather than a council meeting where they just want to tell us how horrible everything is," Vogelsang said.

He's also interested to hear what other ideas folks who call this beach home have to make it even safer moving forward.

"We have to do a better job of taking care of their concerns because that's where they live; that's where they have to be. Even on the weekends, when everybody comes and hangs out kind of by their houses," Vogelsang said.


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