This weekend's Tortuga Music Festival at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park is bringing in large crowds and heavy traffic.
The two-day event, which kicked off Saturday at 11 a.m., features several country and rock acts including headliners Kenny Chesney and Eric Church as well as The Avett Brothers, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Jake Owen and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Daily attendance is expected to top 20,000 for the event, though about six miles of the beach will remain open to the public, police said.
A high volume of traffic and long delays may be expected on all barrier island roadways, especially A1A and Seabreeze Boulevard. Delays may also be expected on the 17th Street Causeway and Las Olas Boulevard.
The only road closure for the event is Southeast 5th Street between the Aquatic Complex and A1A. The road will be closed during both days of the event between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Police officers will be stationed throughout the event site to guide motorists and pedestrians.
Parking on the barrier island will be limited and concert goers are urged to use shuttle buses and water taxis as well as downtown parking venues.
Downtown parking venues include:
- City Park Garage, 155 SE 2nd Street
- Sun-Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Boulevard
- Bank of America, 212 SE 2nd Avenue
- One River Plaza, 305 South Andrews Avenue
- 200 Brickell Centre, 200 Brickell Avenue
- Las Olas Centre, 350 E. Las Olas Boulevard
- Las Olas Centre, 450 E. Las Olas Boulevard
- Broward County Garage, 151 SW 2nd Street
- County Lot II, 6 SW 1st Street
Valet parking and water taxi service is also available at Galleria Mall, 2414 E. Sunrise Boulevard.
For more information visit www.tortugamusicfestival.com