President Trump names former West Palm attorney to OSHA post

President Donald Trump has named former West Palm Beach attorney Heather MacDougall to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the White House said in a news release.

Heather MacDougall (file photo)

MacDougall, who worked for Akerman LLP in West Palm, has been with OSHA’s Review Commission since she was nominated for the position in 2014 by President Barack Obama. MacDougall has been acting chair of the Review Commission since January, the White House said. She was unanimously confirmed by the Senate at that time, and is one of two members serving on the commission. One seat on the commission is vacant.

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Here is the full statement released by the White House on MacDougall’s nomination:

“(The president intends to nominate) Heather L. MacDougall of Florida to be a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Ms. MacDougall was designated acting Chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission in January 2017. In 2014, she was nominated to the Commission by then-President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate. Before this, Ms. MacDougall had 20 years of experience representing employers throughout the United States in matters involving labor, employment, and occupational safety and health law, most recently with Akerman LLP in West Palm Beach, Florida. In addition, she served as Chief Counsel to OSHRC Chairman W. Scott Railton. Earlier in her career, she was Associate General Counsel to the HR Policy Association, a public policy organization that advocates for the human resource officers of major employers, where she represented the association as amicus curiae in U.S. Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court cases. Chairman MacDougall received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from Marquette University Law School.”

NEW: Frankel, Democratic women to wear white during Trump speech

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel will join a group of Democratic congresswomen in wearing white — a show of support for women’s rights — to President Donald Trump’s first address before a joint session of Congress.

The move by the House Democratic Women’s Working Group, for which Frankel serves as chair, mirrors a similar demonstration from Trump’s inaugural, when Frankel and several other Democrats wore pink. White was chosen because it was the official color of the suffragette movement, the group said in a news release.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, left, is joined by other Democratic House members in wearing pink as a peaceful protest of President Donald Trump's inauguration. (Provided)
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, left, is joined by other Democratic House members in wearing pink as a peaceful protest of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Provided)

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“We wear white to unite against any attempts by the Trump Administration to roll back the incredible progress women have made in the last century, and we will continue to support the advancement of all women. We will not go back,” said Frankel, whose District 21 is composed of much of central and southern Palm Beach County, including Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.

Frankel’s guest for the address tonight is Treasure Coast resident Sherry Riggs, who credits the Affordable Care Act with saving her life. Lawmakers typically receive one guest ticket each to presidential speeches.

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Protest moved to this afternoon as Trump leaves early

UPDATE: Protest organizers now say they will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the Publix parking lot off Southern Boulevard just east of I-95 and spread out from there.

EARLIER STORY: As President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plan to leave Palm Beach today, protesters say they will line Southern Boulevard as the president heads to Palm Beach International Airport.

Protesters rally on Donald Ross Road near the entrance to the Trump National Jupiter Golf Club waiting for the motorcade before President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe play a morning round of golf, on February 11, 2016.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Protesters rally on Donald Ross Road near the entrance to the Trump National Jupiter Golf Club waiting for the motorcade before President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe play a morning round of golf, on February 11, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

The protest was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. but was moved up to start at 1:30 p.m. after organizers heard that Trump changed plans and would head to PBIA from Mar-a-Lago in the afternoon.

Michelle Kendall with the group Indivisible – The Resistance told the Post earlier this week that protesters want to call Trump’s attention to several pipeline projects in the works in the United States, including the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, and the Sabal Trail pipeline in Florida.

“We are determined to be heard,” Kendall said Saturday night in an email to The Post. “We will not be avoided! This is too important for us to walk away because of a time change.”

Read more about the planned protest and the Sabal Trail pipeline

UPDATES: President Trump arrives in Palm Beach with Japan’s prime minister

FINAL UPDATE: Traffic continues to clear from the area between Palm Beach International Airport and President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, after the presidential motorcade passed through during rush hour, backing up Interstate 95, Dixie Highway and Australian Avenue for about an hour.

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Trump is spending the weekend in Palm Beach with first lady Melania Trump, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and first lady Akie Abe.

Stay with The Palm Beach Post throughout the weekend for more updates on Trump’s visit.

President Donald Trump arrives at Palm Beach International Airport on Air Force One Friday, February 10, 2016 accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and the Prime Minister's wife Akie Abe. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
President Donald Trump arrives at Palm Beach International Airport on Air Force One Friday, February 10, 2016 accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and the Prime Minister’s wife Akie Abe. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

6:43 p.m. UPDATE: While Tri-Rail says a pair of its northbound trains are behind schedule because of President Donald Trump’s motorcade, vehicle traffic in the area is clearing out. Motorists can expect the usual Friday evening traffic through the area, with slowdown along Belvedere Road and on Interstate 95 near Southern Boulevard.

6:37 p.m. UPDATE: Tri-Rail just sent alerts reporting a northbound train is stopped at the Lake Worth station and running about 20 minutes late because of President Trump’s motorcade, and another northbound train is stopped at the Boynton Beach station and running about 10 minutes late getting to Lake Worth.

6:26 p.m. UPDATE: Shortly after arriving at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, President Donald Trump tweeted a photo showing him seated on Marine One with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as the pair left the White House for Joint Base Andrews to board Air Force One.

6:20 p.m. UPDATE: With President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Southern Boulevard and adjoining north-south roads have reopened. Traffic remains slow through the area, with backups on Interstate 95, Dixie Highway and Australian Avenue.

Alternate routes: Use Belvedere Road or Forest Hill Boulevard to travel east or west, and Military Trail for north-south travel. Instead of Interstate 95, you may want to take Florida’s Turnpike.

6:13 p.m. UPDATE: President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her family arrived aboard Air Force One with the president and first lady to spend some time in Palm Beach.

6:10 p.m. UPDATE: President Trump’s motorcade has made its way down Southern Boulevard to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Roads are slowly beginning to open. Interstate 95 near Southern should open soon.

5:56 p.m. UPDATE: President Trump’s motorcade is on the move from Palm Beach International Airport to Mar-a-Lago, and roads in the area are closed.

Alternate routes: Use Belvedere Road or Forest Hill Boulevard to travel east or west, and Military Trail for north-south travel. Instead of Interstate 95, you may want to take Florida’s Turnpike.

Here’s a look at the scene along the motorcade route:

5:42 p.m. UPDATE: President Donald Trump has landed at Palm Beach International Airport aboard Air Force One for a weekend stay at his Mar-a-Lago Club with first lady Melania Trump, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and first lady Akie Abe.

Southern Boulevard and adjoining north-south roads are closed for the presidential motorcade.

5:30 p.m. UPDATE: Drivers along Southern Boulevard are reporting slowdowns ahead of President Donald Trump’s arrival at Palm Beach International Airport. Both Google Maps and Waze are showing delays along Southern, Australian and Interstate 95.

5:10 p.m. UPDATE: Law enforcement officers are getting into position along the route President Donald Trump’s motorcade will take from Palm Beach International Airport to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.

The presidential motorcade typically drives down Southern Boulevard to the estate, with the Secret Service ordering adjacent north-south roads closed until all vehicles in the motorcade have passed. That means Dixie Highway, Interstate 95 and Australian Avenue will be blocked for anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.

People await the arrival of President Donald Trump at Palm Beach International Airport on Air Force One Friday, February 10, 2016. He will be accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and the Prime Minister's wife Akie Abe. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
People await the arrival of President Donald Trump at Palm Beach International Airport on Air Force One Friday, February 10, 2016. He will be accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and the Prime Minister’s wife Akie Abe. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Trump is slated to arrive with the next 30 to 45 minutes.

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Alternate routes: Use Belvedere Road or Forest Hill Boulevard to travel east or west, and Military Trail for north-south travel. Instead of Interstate 95, you may want to take Florida’s Turnpike.

5 p.m. UPDATE: Supporters of President Donald Trump are set up on Bingham Island next to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club to greet the president as he arrives for a weekend visit.

Read more about the scene at Bingham Island.

4:30 p.m. UPDATE: President Donald Trump is expected to arrive aboard Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport within the next hour or so.  Trump is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago Club with first lady Melania Trump, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and first lady Akie Abe.

 

In the town of Palm Beach, the Secret Service and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office already have blocked off South Ocean Boulevard next to Mar-a-Lago. The security zone, which stretches from South County Road in the north to Southern Boulevard, is closed to all vehicles except those residents who live in that area and are carrying valid ID.

Already, commuters may see traffic tie-ups at the Royal Park and Flagler Memorial bridges between West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, as many drivers are choosing to avoid the Southern Boulevard bridge next to Mar-a-Lago.

3:40 p.m. UPDATE: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have left Joint Base Andrews in Washington, D.C., aboard Air Force One with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and first lady Akie Abe. They’re scheduled to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport sometime after 5:15 p.m.

The temperature in Washington, D.C.: 36 degrees. The temperature in West Palm Beach: 72 degrees.

EARLIER STORY: As President Donald Trump arrives in Palm Beach County for a weekend visit with Japan’s prime minister, commuters through central Palm Beach County can expect some pretty significant traffic slowdowns.

Air Force One is slated to touch down at Palm Beach International Airport sometime close to 5:15 p.m., according to a Federal Aviation Administration advisory. That puts the president’s motorcade on the road to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club during rush hour.

President Donald J. Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 3, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
President Donald J. Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 3, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Check back for more traffic updates throughout the afternoon.

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President Trump to arrive in Palm Beach County during rush hour Friday

President Donald Trump‘s arrival in Palm Beach County once more coincides with Friday rush hour.

According to a temporary flight restriction issued Wednesday afternoon by the Federal Aviation Administration, Trump will fly into PBIA sometime close to 5:15 p.m. Friday. The restrictions expire at 10 p.m. Sunday, indicating a late return to Washington, D.C.

President Donald Trump's motorcade leaves Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach after an unscheduled round of golf Saturday in West Palm Beach. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
President Donald Trump’s motorcade leaves Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach after an unscheduled round of golf Saturday in West Palm Beach. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

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The White House confirmed Tuesday that Trump is traveling to his Mar-a-Lago Club this weekend — his second weekend visit in a row — as he hosts Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

When Trump arrived aboard Air Force One last Friday, his motorcade tied up traffic during rush hour as it made its way down Southern Boulevard. Unlike the motorcades when Trump was president-elect, Interstate 95 to the north and south of Southern now must be shut down until Trump passes. Other north-south roads, including Australian Avenue and Dixie Highway, also are temporarily closed.

In addition to roads, trains also feel the effects of a presidential motorcade, with Tri-Rail reporting two trains — one northbound and one southbound — were halted for about 25 minutes Friday afternoon.

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LIVE BLOG: Trump protesters, supporters gather in West Palm as president visits

FINAL UPDATE: Chanting “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Donald Trump has got to go,’’ 3,000 protesters marched down Flagler Drive on Saturday in a loud but mostly orderly display of discontent that shattered the usual calm of the city’s south end neighborhoods.

Several hundred protesters marched east over the Southern Boulevard bridge just after 7 p.m. and made it to within 25 yards of Mar-a-Lago, where Trump was attending a Red Cross charity ball.

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Protesters chant and wave signs outside Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach as President Donald Trump and his wife Melania attend the 60th annual Red Cross Ball there on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (Michael Ares / The Palm Beach Post)
Protesters chant and wave signs outside Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach as President Donald Trump and his wife Melania attend the 60th annual Red Cross Ball there on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (Michael Ares / The Palm Beach Post)

At 8 p.m., a fireworks display for the charity lighted the sky above, casting a glow on the 300 protesters who gathered across the street from an armored security vehicle parked at Mar-a-Lago’s south service entrance.

About 9 p.m., the crowds began to disperse. With the protest winding down, check palmbeachpost.com for further updates on the protest and Red Cross Ball.

READ the complete report here. 

9:15 p.m. UPDATE: Protesters are clearing out of the area along Southern Boulevard near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, where the president and first lady are spending the weekend and attending the 60th annual Red Cross Ball tonight. Palm Beach police officials have told everyone, including Trump supporters, that they must leave Bingham Island. The Palm Beach Police Department tweeted that “so far, everyone has been peaceful.”

8:25 p.m. UPDATE: Anti-Trump protesters are being allowed to continue their rally near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, as more police in riot gear are being brought into the area. A group of pro-Trump demonstrators also is in the area near the club, positioned on Bingham Island, which sits in the Intracoastal along Southern Boulevard between West Palm Beach and the estate.

While both demonstrations have been mostly peaceful, there have been a few tense moments as the two sides engage.

All of those gathered are being cautioned that the tender soon will raise the bridge for a passing boat.

8 p.m. UPDATE: Protesters continue to rally just south of a Secret Service roadblock next to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, as guests arrive at the estate for the 60th annual Red Cross Ball being held there tonight.

While some of the anti-Trump protesters crossed the Southern Boulevard bridge to demonstrate near the president’s Mar-a-Lago Club, many turned back to return to Trump Plaza, where the march originated.

The Secret Service shut down South Ocean Boulevard near Mar-a-Lago for the weekend. Palm Beach police and Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies are the scene and have set up a temporary barricade between the protesters and the club.

Trump supporters in passing vehicles honked their horns, with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” playing from one car. Protesters carrying signs and chanting slogans lined both sides of the bridge as cars passed.

7:15 p.m. UPDATE: Residents who live along the route of an anti-Trump march in West Palm Beach are popping out of their homes to watch protesters pass. One person told The Post she decided to host a “protester watch party.”

Some of Trump’s supporters also are demonstrating along the route, while others gathered on Bingham Island next to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.

6:30 p.m. UPDATE: About 4,000 protesters are marching from downtown West Palm Beach to a park across the Intracoastal from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, according to a West Palm Beach police officer at the scene.

Other onlookers estimate a smaller crowd, perhaps closer to 3,000. Carey O’Donnell, owner of local public relations firm The O’Donnell Agency, posted a bird’s-eye-view photo of the crowd to Facebook that shows a Coast Guard boat sitting in the water just at the head of the crowd.

Protesters push a casket representing the "Death of Democracy" down Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach as President Donald Trump and his wife Melania attend the 60th annual Red Cross Ball at the Mar-a-Lago on Saturday Feb. 4, 2017. (Michael Ares / The Palm Beach Post)
Protesters push a casket representing the “Death of Democracy” down Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach as President Donald Trump and his wife Melania attend the 60th annual Red Cross Ball at the Mar-a-Lago on Saturday Feb. 4, 2017. (Michael Ares / The Palm Beach Post)

Meanwhile, hundreds of pro-Trump demonstrators are stationed on Bingham Island, just south of the destination of the anti-Trump march.

People wave flags and cheer for President Donald Trump on Palm Beach, February 4, 2017. (Greg Lovett / Daily News)
People wave flags and cheer for President Donald Trump on Palm Beach, February 4, 2017. (Greg Lovett / Daily News)

6:15 p.m. UPDATE: As the sun sets in West Palm Beach, two sets of demonstrators appear to be headed for a meeting near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.

A pro-Trump group has been gathered on Bingham Island along Southern Boulevard near Mar-a-Lago since this afternoon, and an anti-Trump group is marching south from Trump Plaza in downtown West Palm Beach. The anti-Trump march, dubbed “The March to Mar-a-Lago,” will end just north of Bingham Island at a small, public park across the Intracoastal from Mar-a-Lago, where Trump is spending the weekend.

As the two groups gather near Southern Boulevard, several hundreds guests will begin funneling into the area for the 60th annual Red Cross Ball tonight at Mar-a-Lago.

6 p.m. UPDATE: Spotted at the March to Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach: Democratic U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, whose district includes central and southern Palm Beach County.

5:45 p.m. UPDATE: Palm Beach Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin said he expected some pro-Trump demonstrators at Bingham Island on Saturday, but he didn’t know how many. He said they’d be allowed to stay along Southern Boulevard.

“As long as they don’t get in the roadway,” Blouin said. “It’s going to be a constant battle, just reminding people who keep wanting to move further in the roadway.”

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In a few hours, anti-Trump protesters were expected to descend on the island after marching south along Flagler Drive from Trump Plaza.

“We’re not going to keep them off the island,” Blouin said. “They’re more than welcome to come over here.”

Protest organizers have said they plan to gather at a small, public park across the Intracoastal from Mar-a-Lago, where President Trump is spending the weekend and is expected to attend the 60th annual Red Cross Ball tonight.

Read more from Palm Beach Daily News reporter Eleanor Roy.

5:25 p.m. UPDATE: While protesters march down South Flagler Drive for the March to Mar-a-Lago, a group of President Donald Trump’s supporters gathered on Bingham Island sharing their love of the president.

“I appreciate everything he has done for this country,” said Jennifer Eady, a German immigrant who said she has lived in the U.S. for 20 years. “I’m a small business owner and I’m just grateful that he’s here.”

The group of about two dozen people stood along the north side of Southern Boulevard near the bridge closest to Mar-a-Lago, where in a few hours several hundred people are expected to arrive for the 60th annual Red Cross Ball.

Cars driving by honked their horns in support, with the occasional exception.

Tony Ganz and his wife Susan Ganz held signs and waved to passersby shortly before 4:30 p.m. The West Palm Beach couple came “just to show support for the president,” Tony Ganz said.

Their neighbor Gloria Poorvin also tagged along.

“I’m supporting Trump for several reasons,” Poorvin said. “We want to be positive. We don’t want to be negative.”

Read more from Palm Beach Daily News reporter Eleanor Roy.

5:15 p.m. UPDATE: Protesters opposed to President Donald Trump’s policies have begun a march south along Flagler Drive from Trump Plaza in downtown West Palm Beach.

Their destination: a small, public park about 2.5 miles away, just across the Intracoastal from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.

West Palm Beach police officers worked to keep the growing crowd off of Flagler Drive to make way for passing vehicles.

A West Palm Beach police officer clears protesters out of the road to allow cars to pass along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach. (Joe Capozzi / The Palm Beach Post)
A West Palm Beach police officer clears protesters out of the road to allow cars to pass along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach. (Joe Capozzi / The Palm Beach Post)

Post reporter Joe Capozzi said the protest has been “loud but peaceful” as onlookers have seen an increase in police presence in the area. Increased security is par for the course this weekend, as Trump plans to stay at Mar-a-Lago through Monday morning. It’s his first visit to the area since his Jan. 20 inauguration. He and First Lady Melania Trump are expected to attend the 60th annual Red Cross Ball at Mar-a-Lago tonight. Earlier today, Trump slipped away from his estate for a quick round of golf at his West Palm Beach golf course.

 

4:30 p.m. UPDATE: Protesters opposed to President Donald Trump’s policies are sharing their photos and videos on social media as they prepare to march from Trump Plaza in downtown West Palm Beach to a small, public park just across the Intracoastal from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.

Protest organizers on Facebook asked attendees to “bring signs, glowing or light up attire, flags, etc.” Several people posted in the Facebook event with videos of flashing signs. One, posted by co-organizer South Florida Activism, said, “Proud to live in a nation of immigrants.” The sign is bordered by blinking white lights.

Tony Plakas, executive director of Compass, based in Lake Worth, posted a photo on Instagram of his dog wearing a rainbow top hat and with glow sticks attached to its collar.

Marchers were parking in a lot at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, just south of Trump Plaza.

4:10 p.m. UPDATE: A crowd grew on Bingham Island near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, as his supporters gathered to wave signs. One woman said she drove up from Miami to attend the demonstration.

To the north, a crowd also grew near Trump Plaza, where anti-Trump protesters are gathering. They planned to march south to a small, public park just across the Intracoastal from Mar-a-Lago and just north of where Trump’s supporters were waving signs. Bingham Island was the original destination for the protest march, before organizers tweaked their plans because of security concerns as the expected crowd grew past 2,000 people.

EARLIER STORY: A protest against President Donald Trump’s policies is expected to begin at 4 p.m. in front of Trump Plaza in downtown West Palm Beach.

Check back here for live updates from the march and its effects on local traffic and neighborhoods. Protesters plan to march from Trump Plaza the 2.4 miles to Greenwood Greenway, a small public park just across the Intracoastal from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.

A front view of Trump Plaza on South Flagler Dr., November 11, 2016 in West Palm Beach. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)
A front view of Trump Plaza on South Flagler Dr., November 11, 2016 in West Palm Beach. A protest march against President Donald Trump’s policies will begin in front of Trump Plaza and end at a park across the Intracoastal from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.  (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

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The president and first lady are spending the weekend at Mar-a-Lago and are expected to attend the 60th annual Red Cross Ball this evening. Original protest plans put the march ending on Bingham Island, which sits in the Intracoastal and connects the two pieces of the Southern Boulevard causeway. However, organizers moved the destination for the march to Greenwood Greenway because of safety concerns as the crowd continued to swell.

Security has been ramped up near Mar-a-Lago, with the Secret Service shutting down South Ocean Boulevard on the island from South County Road to Southern Boulevard. Only residents inside the security zone with identification will be able to go past the temporary roadblocks.

» EXCLUSIVE: What President Trump could mean for Palm Beach County

» PHOTOS: President Trump arrives in Palm Beach County for weekend

Coast Guard: Good idea to keep your boat clear of Mar-a-Lago this weekend

1000w_q95If you’re planning to anchor your pleasure boat around Mar-a-Lago this weekend to try to get an offshore glimpse of the new president, the U.S. Coast Guard has a message: don’t.

With Donald Trump set to arrive this afternoon for his first weekend at his “winter White House” since being sworn in, the Coast Guard today announced its maritime exclusion zones, which went into effect at 6 a.m. and go through midnight Monday night. They include parts of the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Southern Boulevard bridge.

“Entering, stopping, or anchoring in this security zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Miami or a designated representative,” an advisory said. It said penalties include civil fines of up to $88,000, criminal fines of up to $10,000, and up to a dozen years in prison.

For Zone 1 –the Intracoastal Waterway from the southern tip of the Everglades Island to about 1,000 yards from the south of the Southern Boulevard Bridge on the south and eastern shore line west of Fisherman Island — boats are banned without radio permission.

For Zone 2 – areas from the western shoreline to the western edge of Fisherman Island — boats can pass but can’t stop. Same rules for  Zone 3 –the ocean from Banyan Road south to Ocean View Road .

 

Why President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach arrival could affect your Friday commute

Palm Beach County just got a better idea of when President Donald Trump will arrive for his first visit to Palm Beach since his Jan. 20 inauguration.

A temporary flight restriction issued for the Palm Beach area for Trump’s visit goes into effect at 4:15 p.m. Friday — a good indication the president will fly into town during the evening commute.

Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach will host the president and the International Red Cross Ball this weekend.
Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach will host the president and the International Red Cross Ball this weekend.

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Commuters should expect heavier-than-usual traffic Friday evening, as the presidential motorcade will travel from Palm Beach International Airport, where Air Force One will land, and Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club directly to the east. Past motorcades have passed through quickly, causing few traffic tie-ups. However, more security is anticipated because this is Trump’s first visit to Palm Beach County as president.

The restriction expires at 11:30 a.m. Monday, so Trump most likely will leave before then.

Trump and his wife, Melania, are expected to attend the 60th annual Red Cross Ball being held Saturday night at Mar-a-Lago. Protesters are expected to march from downtown West Palm Beach to the club, which sits on the east end of the Southern Boulevard bridge across the Intracoastal.

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Lois Frankel: Women’s March a sign to Trump that ‘women are watching’

When U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel attends the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, she’ll stand alongside dozens of women from her district, which includes much of central and southern Palm Beach County.

The Democratic representative and former West Palm Beach mayor is slated to go to the rally after attending President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, then co-hosting a breakfast Saturday morning to welcome Women’s March attendees from Florida.

Congresswoman (center) Lois Frankel hosts a roundtable discussion with local officials of Palm Beach County about the region's opioid epidemic, December 10, 2016 in Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)
Congresswoman (center) Lois Frankel hosts a roundtable discussion with local officials of Palm Beach County about the region’s opioid epidemic, December 10, 2016 in Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

Frankel spoke to The Palm Beach Post earlier this week about her participation and support for the rally, which organizers say could draw 200,000 people.

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“We want to send a message to our new government on the first day in office that women’s rights are human rights, that we are standing together recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us,” Frankel said. “It is to be peaceful. That’s what our democracy should be about — making our voices heard, standing up for our safety, our rights, our families.”

Frankel said she thinks there is “a lot of fear” among women that the incoming administration could lead to women losing access to health care, including services provided by Planned Parenthood and benefits available under the Affordable Care Act.

“This is a productive way for people to channel their anxiety in a peaceful way with a strong message to not only the president-elect but to the Congress that will be there, that we are watching, that women are watching, that we are on our toes and we care very deeply about our country and our rights,” Frankel said.

Read more about Palm Beach County residents attending the Women’s March on Washington.

 

 

 

Trump tweets photo of inaugural address being written in Palm Beach

President-elect Donald Trump — who, beginning Friday afternoon, will be President Donald Trump — tweeted a photo Wednesday showing him sitting at a desk in his Palm Beach home working on the speech he will give at his inauguration.

Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, viewed from the southeast.
Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, viewed from the southeast.

“Writing my inaugural address at the Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago, three weeks ago. Looking forward to Friday,” he captioned the image.

The photo shows Trump seated behind a desk with an eagle sculpture to his left and Mar-a-Lago’s historic tiles seen behind him.

The tiles are notable as a feature in the estate because many of them were hand-chosen by the home’s first occupant and builder, cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. The entrance of the home is covered in tiles that date to the 15th century.

Trump worked on the speech while visiting Palm Beach for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. He had previously said he planned to write much of the speech himself, with input from key advisors.

Worth noting: The content of the pad in Trump’s hands is not visible in the photo. So, no sneak preview of what he’ll say on Friday.

Read more about Trump’s inaugural address.

According to the American Presidency Project at the University of California, President George Washington delivered the shortest inauguration speech to date, at just 135 words. William Henry Harrison’s inaugural address was the longest, at more than 8,000 words. Click here to read and listen/watch (if available) every presidential inauguration speech.