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Brawl shuts down parts of Jacksonville Beach

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A Memorial Day brawl forced police to shut down parts of Jacksonville Beach.

First Coast News has obtained video of the incident from a Facebook post.

Several streets near North First Street were closed, according to our news partner The Florida Times-Union. Fighting in the area prompted one restaurant to close early on both Sunday and Monday.

"I just wanted to take a moment to apologize to our most loyal customers for The Pier Cantina and Sandbar having to close early both Sunday and Monday evenings," restaurant owner Benjamin Porter wrote on the restaurant's Facebook. "This decision was made due to the unsafe environment that was present in the downtown and boardwalk area of Jacksonville Beach."

Several small fights combined into a larger brawl and police from surrounding Beaches communities helped the Jacksonville Beach Police Department contain the fights.

"The crowds were very large and there were several fights that broke out
about the same time," said Sgt. Thomas Crumley of the JBPD told the T-U. "... Numerous officers responded to actively
patrol the area."

According to Jacksonville Beach Police Chief Patrick Dooley, the investigation is still open and they plan on arresting people they can identify in the video.

No one called 911 to report the fights, Dooley told First Coast News.

Sixteen officers were on duty at the time the fights broke out. The first report of fighting came in at 7:30 p.m. and everything was totally cleared by 9 p.m.


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