30K country music fans party at Tortuga festival

Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival 2016 continues Saturday

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Despite the wicked Friday night weather, the Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival 2016 continued Saturday for the fourth year.

This year the festival was working with the Rock the Ocean Foundation to protect the environment.

Country music fans on their way to their biggest beach party had free parking at the Galleria Mall, where Park-N-Ride shuttles or nearby Fort Lauderdale's water taxis were ready to take them to the ocean-front area. The Billboard's Country's Next Queen, Kelsea Ballerini, will be performing at 3:30 p.m.

The shuttle service started at 11 a.m., and was set to run until 11 p.m. The service required either a $30 day pass or a $60 three-day pass. Children 10 years old or younger were riding for free.  The water taxis were leaving from the Las Olas Marina. Uber and Lyft were also an option. 

Boat anchoring offshore is prohibited. Meteorologist Jennifer Correa's latest Local 10 News' Weather Authority Foorecast warned of a few late afternoon and evening storms. 


Bicycles, skateboards, and scooters were some of the items that festival organizers were not allowing in the festival area. Baby strollers and small wagons for children were allowed. Organizers were also asking concertgoers to leave their drones and laser pointers behind. 

Tickets are $115 Saturday and regular access three-day passes were $199 and VIP-three-day passes were $899. Children 10 years old or younger did not require a ticket. 


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