When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Jacksonville, FL. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.
Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Jacksonville's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.
If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!
There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.
Mediterranean countries include:
Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.
This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.
We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Jacksonville, FL.
Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.
If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.
Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.
So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?
It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!
Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:
Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.
In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.
First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.
Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.
Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.
Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.
They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.
Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.
Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.
Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.Free Estimate
The FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union, will kick off the 23/24 Broadway in Jacksonville season with its Annual Open House at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts at 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Doors will open to the public at 5 p.m. on Monday, October 2, 2023. All are welcome to this event.The FSCJ Artist Series Kick Off event will be a perfect evening for families and theater lovers in Jacksonville. The first 200 to arrive will receive a FROZEN gift bag. Local food trucks will be onsite ser...
The FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union, will kick off the 23/24 Broadway in Jacksonville season with its Annual Open House at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts at 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Doors will open to the public at 5 p.m. on Monday, October 2, 2023. All are welcome to this event.
The FSCJ Artist Series Kick Off event will be a perfect evening for families and theater lovers in Jacksonville. The first 200 to arrive will receive a FROZEN gift bag. Local food trucks will be onsite serving up delicious eats and treats. A cash bar will also be provided by Savor.
The event will be hosted by WJXT News4Jax' Bruce Hamilton. Live music from Bold City Classic will round out the evening. In addition, attendees will get a sneak peek at the upcoming season with a performance by a special alumni guest from Disney's FROZEN.
The theater will also be open to the public to allow attendees to sit in their seats or find additional seats available for subscription for the upcoming season. The FSCJ Artist Series' staff will be on hand to answer any questions about a purchase of a season subscription and all the other shows scheduled in the 23/24 season. Current Broadway season subscribers will be able to pick up their season tickets, exchange their tickets, buy single tickets for family and friends, and try out their seats during the event.
December 1-3, 2023
THE BOOK OF MORMON - SEASON OPTION
February 6-11, 2024
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TINA – THE Tina Turner MUSICAL
April 2-7, 2024
SIX, The Musical
April 24-May 4, 2024
Five-show subscription packages are available to purchase as well as four-show packages with THE BOOK OF MORMON as a season option. These may be purchased at the Kick-off Event, ordered online at Click Here, or over the phone by calling (904) 632-5000.
All performances of the FSCJ Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville Season, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union, will be at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St, Jacksonville, FL.
Performances for the FSCJ Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville Season are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Disney's Frozen will open Wednesday, April 24 and run through Saturday, May 4, 2024 and will include a Friday 1pm matinee performance on May 3.
By becoming a subscriber, you can order your season tickets and reserve your seats for all five shows before single tickets are available to the public. Subscriptions may be ordered online at Click Here, or over the phone by calling (904) 632-5000 or (888) 860-BWAY, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Subscriber benefits include: guaranteed package pricing, access to the best seats in the house, priority access to purchase additional tickets for friends and family, seat locations, exchange privileges, free lost ticket replacement, and access to other FSCJ Artist Series events, many at a discount. Subscriber ticket exchanges and ticket replacement may be restricted. Subscribers are limited to purchasing eight total subscription seats, subject to availability.
VIP Seating is available to contributors to the FSCJ Artist Series at seven levels: Advocate, Champion, Angel, Producer, Benefactor, Patron and Donor. Contributions start for as little as $250. Call (904) 632-5000 or visit Click Here to learn more about the additional benefits available through the VIP Theater Club.
Groups of 10 or more are eligible to a discount on tickets to most shows. To get more information about groups, you can email [email protected] or call (904) 632-5050.
VyStar Credit Union is proud to sponsor the FSCJ Artist Series for the 23/24 Broadway in Jacksonville season and demonstrate their commitment to the arts. Performing arts bring people together, enrich communities, promote cultural diversity and make Northeast Florida a more vibrant and desirable place to live, work and play.
VyStar members receive a 10% discount on most FSCJ Artist Series shows. Members can also sign up for exclusive pre-sale opportunities and receive a $1 discount off concession items by using their VyStar Visa credit or debit card and showing their Artist Series show tickets at purchase.
For those interested in individual show tickets, we recommend joining the E-Club to be notified when shows go on sale, get special offers and more!
ReactionsLike28NEW ORLEANS -- After a lot of speculation on playing status, quarterback Trevor Lawrence led the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 31-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday at Caesars Super...
Lawrence, who came into Week 7 dealing with a sprained knee he suffered Sunday, threw a game-winning, 44-yard touchdown to Christian Kirk with 3:08 remaining, as Kirk took the short crossing route to the end zone. Lawrence led the Jags on a 10-play touchdown drive to open the game before Travis Etienne Jr. punctuated things with a 2-yard score, his first of two.
The Saints struggled to get their offense going, as they fell to under .500 for the first time this season, but they were able to knot the game at 24-24 after trailing by 15. After getting a stop, New Orleans had a chance to tie or take the lead with a 2-point conversion, but the Saints were stopped on fourth down on the Jacksonville 6-yard line with 21 seconds remaining.
The Jaguars' offense was supposed to be the team's strength this season. It was the second season in coach Doug Pederson's offense and the team added receiver Calvin Ridley to a unit that ranked 10th in points scored and yards per game last season.
Things just haven't clicked consistently, however, and what happened against the Saints was what's been happening pretty much all season: Early success followed by stagnation. And it has almost cost them the last three weeks.
The Jaguars put up 17 points and 226 yards in the first half but managed just 14 yards on three plays in the third quarter. The defense had to be on the field for almost 13 minutes in the third, and the Saints were able to erase the deficit in the fourth.
When the Jaguars did get something going in the final quarter, the short-yardage woes showed up again, highlighted by Etienne being stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1 on the New Orleans 47-yard line. At one point the Jaguars either punted or turned the ball over on downs on six of seven possessions.
The offense made one play in the fourth quarter, and it turned out to be what saved the victory.
The defense has played lights out the past month and entered the game with an NFL-high 15 forced turnovers and added one more against the Saints, but the offense's inability to find any kind of rhythm was the reason they almost completely blew the lead.
Pivotal play: Coach Doug Pederson's decision to try a fake punt paid off with a late first-half field goal that gave the Jaguars a 17-6 lead late in the first half. Punter Logan Cooke threw a 13-yard pass to receiver Tim Jones on fourth-and-2 from the New Orleans 46-yard line, giving Jones just his fourth catch of the season, his first since Sept. 24. It was the first fake punt the Jaguars have run since Andrew Wingard carried the ball for 4 yards on fourth-and-2 against the New York Jets on Dec. 26, 2021. Cooke is a perfect 4 for 4 passing in his career. This was his first pass since 2019, and it gave the Jaguars some much-needed momentum after their previous two drives had been three-and-outs.
Buy/sell: Buy on linebacker Foyesade Oluokun. The sixth-year linebacker led the NFL in tackles the last two seasons, but one thing he said last offseason was he wanted to make more big plays. He came into the game with two fumbles recoveries (he had two all last season) and added an interception return for a touchdown Thursday off a tipped pass. That was the first touchdown of Oluokun's career.
Troubling trend: After having their first turnover-free game of the season against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 1, the Jaguars have turned the ball over five times in their last three games, including two fumbles against the Saints. Both came in the first quarter: Receiver Christian Kirk fumbled while being tackled and cornerback Tevaughn Campbell, promoted from the practice squad earlier in the day, was blocked into punt returner Jamal Agnew and the ball bounced off Campbell. The defense held the Saints to just three points off those turnovers, but eventually that kind of sloppy ball security catches up to teams.
Next game: at Pittsburgh Steelers (1 p.m. ET, Oct. 29)
The Saints found themselves at their opponent's goal line with a chance to tie the game for the second time in less than a week. Once again they failed to capitalize.
The Saints looked lifeless on offense until the fourth quarter, when they were able to score two touchdowns -- once on a 1-yard run by quarterback Taysom Hill and then on a pass from Derek Carr to Michael Thomas to tie it up after a successful 2-point conversion.
But the Saints found scoring just as difficult in the fourth quarter as it was in the first, with four straight passes falling incomplete, similar to their loss at the Houston Texans last Sunday.
The Saints were thoroughly booed throughout the game by a home fan base frustrated with the offensive woes that have plagued them all season.
Key play: The Saints were able to drive down the field on their final possession, but their best chance to tie up the game fell flat. Carr targeted tight end Foster Moreau in the corner of the end zone on third-and-6 with 30 seconds left, and Moreau would've had an easy score with no defender around, but the ball went off his hands. Carr's pass to Chris Olave fell incomplete on the next play.
Troubling trend: The Saints softened some of their red zone woes with a scoring spree in the fourth quarter, but they spent most of three quarters unable to move the ball much at all. That inconsistency on offense has lost them games and will continue to do so if they can't fix it. The Saints were just 3-of-18 on third down against Jacksonville.
QB breakdown: Carr completed 33-of-55 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown but was mostly ineffective for the first three quarters. Carr, who had 353 passing yards last week, also threw a pick-six.
Eye popping stat: Until the 14:21 mark of the fourth quarter, the Saints' offense had just one touchdown at home, the same amount as opposing defenses -- which was Carr's interception that was returned for the score. Before Thursday, the Saints' offense hadn't scored a touchdown at home since Week 1.
Next game: at Indianapolis Colts (1 p.m. ET, Oct. 29)
ReactionsLike202Fire2Wow2Interesting2Celebrate1Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Pederson told ESPN's Ed Werder he expects quarterback Trevor Lawrence to start Thursday night against the ...
Lawrence has reported improvement to his sprained left knee and has expressed a strong determination to play, even if he has to wear a knee brace.
For the Saints, meanwhile, Andrus Peat will get the start at left tackle with James Hurst ruled out with an ankle injury, a source told Werder. Cameron Erving will be elevated from the practice squad to play right tackle with Ryan Ramczyk ruled out because of a concussion. 2022 first-round pick Trevor Penning, benched Sunday after four starts at left tackle, is not viewed as a potential solution at this point, a source told Werder.
Lawrence officially is listed as questionable. On Tuesday, he expressed optimism that he'd play against the Saints, saying he was "going to do everything I can to be out there on Thursday."
C.J. Beathard took the majority of the Jaguars' first-team reps at practice this week and would start for Jacksonville if Lawrence doesn't play. Beathard is in his third season with the Jaguars after spending his first three years with the 49ers. He has a 2-10 career record as a starter.
Lawrence has not missed a game in his two-plus seasons with the Jaguars since being selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft. He wore a brace on his left knee at practice this week, saying it was an adjustment and that he wasn't sure whether he would wear it if he plays Thursday.
After their road game against the Saints, the Jaguars (4-2) visit the Steelers on Oct. 29 before their Week 9 bye. They return the following week for a home game against the Niners.
Lawrence, who has completed 67.1% of his passes for 1,439 yards and seven touchdowns with three interceptions this season, missed only two games in his college career at Clemson, both in 2020, because of a neck injury and COVID-19.
ESPN's Michael DiRocco contributed to this report.
ReactionsLike10Week 7 gets started as the New Orleans Saints (-1, 40) host the Jacksonville Jaguars on "Thursday Night Football."So what can we expect from a betting standpoint for Thursday night's game?Betting analysts Tyler Fulghum, Eric Moody, ...
So what can we expect from a betting standpoint for Thursday night's game?
Betting analysts Tyler Fulghum, Eric Moody, Seth Walder, Al Zeidenfeld and Aaron Schatz are here to provide their thoughts.
Note: Lines from Caesars Sportsbook unless otherwise indicated.
Schatz: I think these teams are evenly matched, but I like the OVER 40 in this game. Jacksonville is 13th in offensive DVOA and New Orleans is 20th. Both teams are above-average in pace. I think 40 is a pretty low number for a game that should have very average scoring -- and is taking place indoors.
Fulghum: I'm going to play the UNDER 40. I think Schatz makes some compelling points. It is very scary given such a low total and some legitimate firepower on each offense. However, 12(!) straight Saints games have gone under the total dating back to last season. New Orleans' offensive line is banged up, which upgrades the matchup for an already stout Jags defense. Trevor Lawrence is dealing with a knee injury that could compromise his ability or keep him out of the game all together. I'm going to keep riding this trend in Saints games until the party stops, especially given the circumstances we have in this matchup.
Moody: With a spread this narrow, I recommend backing the Saints on the money line and picking Jaguars to score under 20.5 points. Lawrence is nursing an injury, so the Jaguars face even steeper odds on a short week on the road. Will he be at full strength? There are also injuries on the offensive line for the Jaguars. The Saints have their own injury concerns, too. With that said New Orleans' defense could be the difference maker in this matchup. In five of their six games, the Saints have allowed fewer than 20 points and aren't allowing opponents to accumulate a lot of yardage. There is the potential for this matchup to be a snoozefest.
Schatz: Both the ESPN FPI simulation and my simulation based on DVOA have the Jaguars with an average of 10.3 wins, so I would bet over 9.5 on the Jaguars at this point. The division doesn't look as it easy as it once did -- both Houston and Indianapolis have been a little frisky -- but the Jaguars are currently eighth in overall DVOA and Trevor Lawrence still isn't playing up to his potential.
Zeidenfeld: The Jaguars are an ascending team that is just now beginning to find its stride. The offense is strong and in my opinion will continue to get more efficient as the year goes on. I feel like if they get there it's going to be with 10 wins and not 11 with games still remaining against the 49ers, Bengals and Ravens and road matchups with the Browns, Texans and Buccaneers. It's certainly not an easy schedule, and with the recent injury that Lawrence is dealing with this week it can really put the over in peril. Even though I like the team, and even though I believe they finish the year with 10 wins, the UNDER is the sharper play for the Jaguars at this juncture.
Fulghum: I would play the Saints UNDER 9.5. How impressive is their 3-3 start to the season? They beat the Titans by a single point in Week 1, defeated the Panthers by 3 points in Week 2 and then had the 34-0 shutout against the inept Patriots offense. Meanwhile, division rival Tampa Bay handled them fairly easily in Week 4 winning by 15 points, plus losses to Green Bay and Houston. They do have a rather easy schedule, but it's been pretty easy to this point. This is a .500 team, so getting to 10 wins to cash the over seems far-fetched for me. I really like the under.
Walder: I'll go Saints UNDER 9.5, too. FPI puts the number at 8.9, and I think they struggle controlling the line of scrimmage in the pass game on both sides of the ball. The Saints rank 27th and 32nd in pass block and pass rush win rate, respectively, and it's hard to get behind a team with such a weakness in the trenches.
Zeidenfeld: Yes! The Saints defense has allowed less than 95 yards rushing in one game this season and four times have allowed opponents to gain over 100 on the ground. The Jags have piled a ton of opportunity onto Etienne this season and he has shined in the last month as a result. I'll take this over.
Moody: Etienne's chances of surpassing that number are good even against a Saints defensive front that ranks eighth in run stop win rate. He's averaged a robust 18.8 rushing attempts and 75.2 rushing yards per game behind a Jaguars offensive line that ranks 30th in run block win rate. Etienne's athleticism and playmaking ability allowed him to rise above poor offensive line play (Jaguars rank 30th in run block win rate), which is a testament to his skills. Since Etienne hails from Jennings, Louisiana, he'll have added motivation to perform well in his home state in front of his family and friends.
Schatz: The Jacksonville defense has tended to prevent pass attempts to the No. 2 wide receiver, allowing just 24.5 yards per game, so I'll take Michael Thomas UNDER 52.5 yards (-115).
Fulghum: Alvin Kamara UNDER 52.5 rush yds (-135). The Jags bring one of the most imposing run defenses to New Orleans for this Thursday night matchup. Jacksonville is allowing just 3.6 yards per rush this season and sports the fourth-best success rate defending the run in the entire league. Kamara's workload has been fantastic since his return from suspension, but he is averaging just 3.8 YPC this season and the Saints offensive line could be missing as many as three starters. That elite workload could also take a bit of a hit on Thursday with the return of Jamaal Williams expected after he was activated off IR on Tuesday.
Walder: Cameron Jordan OVER 0.25 sacks (+165 at DraftKings). I feel like I'm usually fading Jordan as his pass rush win rate has generally been pretty weak these later years of his career (it's just 10% this year). But with only one sack this season, this line has gone too far against him: Jordan has a history as a sack-artist and still plays a lot: he's been on the field for 82% of defensive snaps, 14th-most among players with at least 50 pass rushes this year. That matters.
Moody: Chris Olave OVER 60.5 receiving yards. Only the Chargers' defense (289.0) allows more passing yards per game than the Jaguars (270.3). Tyson Campbell suffered a hamstring injury last week against the Colts, this negatively impacts Jacksonville's secondary. Olave has averaged 8.8 targets per game. This season, only one wide receiver has more air yards than Olave (814): A.J. Brown.(819).
Moody: Chris Olave Alt Receiving Yards 100-plus yards (+400). Olave should feast on a struggling Jaguars secondary. Jacksonville's defense has given up 100 or more receiving yards to Michael Pittman Jr. (109), Stefon Diggs (121), Tank Dell (145) and Bijan Robinson (105) in four straight games.
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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – The Blue Angels are back in town and ready to wow thousands of people with some high-flying action at the Sea and Sky Air Show in Jacksonville Beach this weekend.
The squadron has been practicing this week at the beaches, and it is incredible to watch.
But watching the precision flying, it might be easy to forget the amount of preparation that goes in to just getting the six jets in the air.
Lt. Cmdr. Chris Kapuchansky, the No. 2 Right Wing for the Blue Angels, said he could not perform at his best without people like crew chief Chelsie Roberson.
“Every single day there is a lot of trust and a lot of professionalism that goes into exactly what we do,” Kapuchansky said. “We have 147 people on this team. We have 16 officers, and the rest are maintainers. What people do not see is the behind-the-scenes and those maintainers that take care of these airplanes, like Chelsie.”
The crews put in countless hours of maintenance and intense planning to give people an incredible experience. That preparation starts early each day.
Roberson said before a show, she goes through a rigorous 20-minute process before Kapuchansky or another pilot jumps in the seat.
“I’ll make sure that I strap [the] gear in pretty well,” Roberson said. “I test the systems. I run everything up. We test GPS, radar, all of the things that they are going to need for the flight demonstration. We walk the jets and make sure that they are structurally sound and are good to go.”
Roberson, who is from Jacksonville, said she and other crew members are always thinking of what to do to make the show flawless and at the same time ensure they keep the pilots safe.
“The last thing I want is to cause any trouble or anything to happen to [the pilot],” Roberson said. “I make sure that I literally dot my i’s and cross my t’s to make sure everything is good to go before [they] get in that jet.”
The free shows will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Jacksonville Beach.
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