Clearwater Jazz Holiday Still A Hit

Even with a ticket fee, the four-day music festival entertained thousands at Coachman Park.

An entrance fee did not seem to deter most music fans who came to Coachman Park for four days during the Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

About 30,000 people came to the waterfront park throughout the weekend to catch musicians including Mindi Abair, Bonnie Raitt and the Avett Brothers, according to an unofficial estimate from Clearwater Police.

This was the first time in 33 years fans were charged to take in the music. Tickets cost $10 each day. 

The crowds, which typically do not cause much trouble for Clearwater Police, kept up the streak.

“There were no arrests and six ejections,” said Elizabeth Watts, police spokeswoman.

There also were several minor medical incidents including blood pressure checks and band aids given out, but no patients were transported to the hospital, Watts said.

And even before the festivities, the boat docks downtown were full.

Bill Morris, Clearwater's harbormaster, said there were 126 boats in slips, 16 more on side ties and about 14 other spots for the public to pull up and tie off.

Related coverage:

  • Photo Gallery: 33rd Annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday
  • Clearwater Jazz Holiday Will No Longer Be Free
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