One of Florida's great country music festivals was cancelled just days before the event would take place amid "public safety" concerns.
For what would have been the 27th year running, Jacksonville Beach residents were getting riled up and ready for one of their favorite festivals when it was suddenly called off just two days before the event.
The 2016 Great Atlantic Country Music Fest was called off by the company who puts on the annual festival, Jax Beach Festivals. The company's founder and executive director, Sam Neal, stated the reasons in a press release.
"We are disappointed by the decision to cancel," Neal writes in the release. "But, public safety is our highest priority and we would rather be safe than sorry when it comes to making tough decisions on these matters."
The festival was featuring many country music acts like Cort Carpenter, Red Roots, J. Collins, and J.B. Crockett. The event is free annually, and sees a huge number of patrons each year "enjoying music, seafood, and sun in the Jax Beach sunshine!"
As The Florida Times-Union reports, the concert was cancelled due to severe thunderstorms forecast for this weekend and says that there is a 90 percent chance of rain.
It's truly unfortunate that this awesome free country festival was cancelled, but we are glad that everyone will be home safe during the stormy weather!
For more information on the cancellation please visit the festival's website.