Bringing back a thriving community because of NAS JAX Airshow

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Owners of a small strip of businesses across the street from NAS JAX hopes this weekend's airshow brings them back to a time when things were a lot busier.

"Yukon used to be a thriving town, but now a lot of people don't even know we're here," said Melissa Barnum, she's been a waitress at Trent's Seafood for 10 years.

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Decades ago, that part of Jacksonville was thriving. The town has since shut down, but Barnum, and other people that live and work nearby say this weekend's airshow could be a big step forward.

"A lot of newer customers around this area find us through the air show," said Barnum.

That's why many shops that would normally be closed plan on opening their doors, with the hopes of this weekend being their busiest time of year.

"We call it our Superbowl," said Cathi Taylor, with Murray's Tavern. "When the air show is here it helps people from all over Yukon and get us established a little more, let people know there are businesses here," she said.

The NAS JAX Air Show starts Friday with a practice day, and continues all weekend.


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