Greener BeeGreen HolidaysJacksonville Beach lifeguards pass out wristbands with safety contact information

by: Larry Spruill, Action News Jax
Updated: Jul 4, 2016 – 7:30 PM


Thousands of people are crowding Jacksonville Beach to celebrate Fourth of July with fireworks.

The crowds mean traffic and congestion. Police, firefighters and even lifeguards are preparing for the masses.

The crowds started rolling into the beach early Monday morning.

“It’s so many people here,” said Taylor Radcliffe.

People are celebrating our nation’s independence in the sun and sand, but as people arrived, security was already there.

“We have increased man power, for the holiday season and the hours of operation for today,” said Max Ervanian, a lifeguard at Jacksonville Beach.

Ervanian said they’re expecting at least 7,000 people. Police have set up a command post in a central location to watch over and control the crowd and traffic.

“We’re expecting probably double, if not triple, the amount of normal people that would come to the beach on a weekend. It’s all in one area, to better not just the response, but all the activities that’s going on,”’ said Ervanian.

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With so many people in one place, it’s easy for kids to wander off or get lost. Law Enforcement is handing out green wrist bands with your child’s name and the parent/guardian phone number. It’s vital information just in case your child gets lost.

The green wrist bands may not look like much, but they’re a big deal at Jax Beach.

“We’ll have the child’s name, and then either the parent or adult that child came to the beach with phone number,” said Max Ervanian.

Ervanian said the green band and the contact information on it can help emergency responders reunite lost kids with their parents.

“If we were to find this child, we can help better unite the child and the parent when they’re lost, at a quicker rate.”

It’s a safety procedure, used during big holidays and huge crowds. Lifeguards pass around the band to families with small children.

“I think it’s a fantastic idea,” said Rory Venson.

Venson lives in Jacksonville, but his family is from Indiana. They came down to have a little fun in the sun and celebrate his grandson’s birthday. Venson said this is the first time he’s seen the wrist bands, but with thousands of people hitting the beach, they’re a good idea.

“It can happen very easily. The beaches are pretty crowded, everybody is having fun, but there are a lot of kids out here,” said Venson.

You can get a wrist band at the Lifeguard Station.

The Navy Band will start playing on the stage at 7 p.m. the fireworks will start at 9 p.m.

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