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President Trump to visit Lake Okeechobee on Friday

Posted: 5:40 PM, Mar 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-29 11:45:57Z
Flight restrictions indicate President Trump may visit Lake Okeechobee on Friday

President Trump is visiting Lake Okeechobee on Friday, to talk about the work on the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake O .

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The FAA issued two flight restriction alerts for 'VIP Movement.'

The first goes from Thursday, March 28 through Sunday, March 31 for the Palm Beach area. This type of alert is issued anytime President Trump flies into Palm Beach International Airport and stays at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Palm Beach.

The second 'VIP Movement' alert is for Friday, March 29 for Canal Point, a community on the southeastern edge of Lake Okeechobee.

2020 budget proposal is seeking $63 million for Everglades restoration.

Environmentalists and high-profile Republican supporters of President Trump say the budget doesn't include enough money for protecting Florida's wildlife.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, and U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney released this statement earlier this month:

"For the third year in a row, the administration’s budget request underfunds critical projects in South Florida. It is incredibly short-sighted to continue to underfund a series of projects that are absolutely necessary to ensure the environmental sustainability and economic vitality of one of the most dynamic regions of our nation. Everglades restoration is critically important to the State of Florida and enjoys broad bipartisan support in Congress. Failing to meet the basic federal funding commitments to restore the Everglades is contrary to the administration’s goal of improving project partnerships and cost-sharing with states. Successive Florida Governors have remained committed to this goal, pushing state funding of this 50/50 federal-state partnership to historic highs. Congress and the Army Corps of Engineers envisioned a $200 million per year federal commitment when the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was first authorized nearly 20 years ago, and it is time for the administration to meet that commitment."

Last October, the President signed America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 into law, which created a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to filter out toxins that contribute to harmful algae blooms.

In addition to the flight restrictions, Palm Beach police said road closures and checkpoints will be in effect around Mar-a-Lago no later than 5 a.m. on Thursday.

During the closure period, all forms of travel, including pedestrian travel, are prohibited on S. Ocean Blvd. from S. County Rd. to Southern Blvd. The travel restrictions will also extend eastward to the ocean.

President Trump most recently traveled to South Florida last weekend to meet with leaders from five Caribbean nations.