President Trump will spend Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago. Roads were roadblocked with checkpoints by 8:30 am on Tuesday, November 21.
The closure will be in effect until Sunday, November 26. Protests started around 11:15 Tuesday morning with protestors walking across the Southern Blvd. bridge, only to be turned back by police on Bingham Island. The protestors cooperated.
The President is expected to arrive roughly around 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21 and leave around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 26th, according to the VIP Movement Notification that was issued by the FAA.
The notices are typically issued ahead of planned visits by the president to give other pilots advanced warning of possible restrictions in a particular area.
Kirk Blouin, director of public safety, said Wednesday the town was discussing when its traffic plan would go into effect. He said the plan would be the same as at the end of last season.
Image: Ocean Blvd (A1A) is expected to be blocked off before, during, and shortly after the visit.
A big difference is now there is construction fencing all along both sides of the Southern Blvd. approach to Mar-a-Lago because of the bridge construction. Heavy equipment, construction materials, and worker parking are behind those fenses.
"Southern Blvd. Bridge construction is continuing as planned," said Angel Gardner, public information officer for FDOT. "There are no changes to the schedule. The contractor is planning to work their normal hours Monday through Wednesday. All FDOT construction projects will be shut down for the holiday weekend from Thursday through Sunday."
Protests are planned but they will not be allowed to cross Southern Blvd. from West Palm Beach onto Bingham Island.
The president has travelled to his own properties since taking office in January. Early on, he frequented Mar-a-Lago, but eventually began travelling to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. after Mar-a-Lago closed for the summer.
President Trump has spent 25 days of his presidency at Mar-a-Lago, where he has hosted world leaders, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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The Coast Guard also set up security zones in certain areas of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean around Mar-a-Lago. They'll be in place Tuesday afternoon until Sunday night:
• Center Zone: This zone is always in effect. This zone consists of waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon 700 yards north of the Southern Boulevard Bridge ending at the north tip of Fisherman Island and 200 yards to the south of the Southern Boulevard Bridge ending at Flagler Promenade S Road. No vessel or person will be permitted to enter the center zone without obtaining permission from the Coast Guard or a designated representative.
• West Zone: This zone is always in effect. This zone consists of waters of Lake Worth Lagoon 700 yards north of the Southern Boulevard Bridge ending at daybeacon "20" and 200 yards to the south of the Southern Boulevard Bridge ending at Flagler Promenade S Road. All vessels transiting the west zone shall maintain a steady speed and shall not slow or stop in the zone.
• East Zone: This zone is always in effect. This zone consists of waters of the Atlantic Ocean from Banyan Road in the north to Ocean View Road in the south and from shore to approximately 1000 yards east. All vessels transiting the east zone shall maintain a steady speed and shall not slow or stop in the zone.