Sanibel residents meet Vice President Mike Pence

Posted at 6:58 PM, Apr 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 07:17:49-04

SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla-- Vice President Mike Pence and his wife are enjoying a week-long vacation on Sanibel Island. Pence first arrived over the weekend but he briefly left for DC on Monday to watch Neil Gorsuch be sworn into the Supreme Court. 

On Sunday night, the couple was seen eating at The Timber. The owner, Matt Asen said Pence has been stopping in his restaurant for years. 

Bob Averill and Georgina Emery were dining at the restaurant when the Pence's showed up.  “I got frisked a couple of times.  They took my Swiss Army knife, which I always carry with me.  It was no big deal.  I had to run back down to the car a couple times,” said Averill

That's when Averill decided to use the experience as an opportunity.  “I ran down to my car and got our little flier for the secret service gentlemen to give him,” said Averill.

Averill and Emery own Islander Trading Post, an antique shop just a few blocks from where the Pence's are staying. The couple said giving him a private tour would be a dream come true.
They aren't the only ones hoping to meet the Vice President.  “I’d shake his hand and tell him keep up the good work,” said a visitor.
Vacationers said word has spread that Pence is in town. Secret Service has blocked off the street where the family is staying. Coast Guard is keeping watch from the water. Other than a church service and a dinner on Sunday night, visitors and residents said they haven't seen much of him or his wife.
Air restrictions are in place until the 16th. However, several reports have him leaving Saturday to head overseas for work.