DeLuna Fest 2011: Day 2 coverage
6:11 PM, Oct. 15, 2011
Events at DeLuna Fest have been smooth sailing so far this weekend, and the sunny weather is the festival’s cherry on top.
“We’ve had no major incidents — we had a few growing pains, but that’s expected,” said festival organizer Scott Mitchell. “In my 45 years, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more beautiful Pensacola Beach weekend.”
Traffic hasn’t been an issue this weekend either.
Lt. Rodney Eddins of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said traffic’s been smooth all day.
“I’m sure it’s going to pick up here in a little while though,” Eddins said. “Last night we had a pretty good crowd for Weezer, and we have Jane’s Addiction tonight, so I’m expecting a really good crowd for that.”
The festival kicked off Friday with few problems for music fans.
Law enforcement wasn’t pleased Friday night when the lead singer of Weezer, Rivers Cuomo, strayed into the sand dunes while performing.The sand dunes are home to protected sea oats, a species of grass that is part of the beach’s natural beauty.
When Cuomo went on the dunes and several fans followed, the sea oats were getting trampled.
Police did not arrest Cuomo, but Eddins said authorities put a spotlight on him and told him to leave the area.
“He worked his way down the dunes down the barricade and went back into the crowd,” Eddins said.
He said there were at least five arrests Friday night but that there were no serious issues.
Arrest charges included battery, assaulting an officer and resisting with violence and disorderly intoxication.