UPDATES: President Trump leaves Palm Beach after third weekend trip

FINAL UPDATE: President Donald Trump has left Palm Beach after spending the third weekend in a row at his Mar-a-Lago Club.

Air Force One took off from Palm Beach International Airport just moments ago.

Southern Boulevard and all adjoining roads have reopened, and traffic is moving smoothly through the area.

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More than 100 protesters and supporters lined the route as Trump’s motorcade passed.

President Donald Trump heads to the Palm Beach International Airport following his weekend visit in Palm Beach. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
President Donald Trump heads to the Palm Beach International Airport following his weekend visit in Palm Beach. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

4:15 p.m. UPDATE: Southern Boulevard and adjoining roads have reopened after President Donald Trump’s motorcade passed through on the way to Palm Beach International Airport from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.

Some users of the Waze traffic app are reporting tie-ups at southbound Dixie Highway and southbound Interstate 95 approaching Southern.

A few people have gathered along the eastern edge of PBIA to watch Air Force One take off.

4 p.m. UPDATE: President Donald Trump has left his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach to head back to the White House.

The presidential motorcade left the island about 3:50 p.m. bound for Palm Beach International Airport, where Trump will board Air Force One for the trip home.

EARLIER STORY: President Donald Trump is slated to leave Palm Beach today, so residents should expect slowdowns at some point as his motorcade travels from Mar-a-Lago to Palm Beach International Airport. Stay with The Palm Beach Post for updates.

As the presidential motorcade travels along Southern Boulevard, that road and adjoining north-south streets will be closed until all vehicles in the motorcade have passed. That includes Interstate 95, Australian Avenue and Dixie Highway.

The Limo carrying President Donald Trump passes Alternated A1A and Donald Ross Road on the way to Trump National Jupiter Golf Club, where the President and Japanese Prime Minister ShinzÅc Abe plan a morning round of golf, on February 11, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
The Limo carrying President Donald Trump passes Alternated A1A and Donald Ross Road on the way to Trump National Jupiter Golf Club, where the President and Japanese Prime Minister ShinzÅc Abe plan a morning round of golf, on February 11, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

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Though traffic shouldn’t be as heavy as a typical weekday — it’s Presidents Day, so many businesses are closed and schools are off — drivers should still be on the lookout for temporary road closures that pop up as Trump prepares to leave.

Here’s a map to help you plan your travel today:

Alternate routes: Use Belvedere Road or Forest Hill Boulevard for east-west travel, and Military Trail or Florida’s Turnpike for north-south travel.

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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.

» PHOTOS: Donald Trump’s weekend in Palm Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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All motorcycle riders in Florida would have to wear helmets if this bill passes

If you enjoy riding your motorcycle with the breeze blowing through your hair, you might have to put a lid on those locks under a bill proposed in Florida’s House that would require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets.

The measure, HB 6009, would strip from state law an exemption added in 2000 that allows motorcycle drivers and riders to go helmet-less as long as they are over the age of 21 and have “at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a crash while operating or riding on a motorcycle.”

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

State Rep. Don Hahnfeldt, R-The Villages, filed the bill in December for the upcoming legislative session, which kicks off March 7 in Tallahassee. If the bill passes, it would make riding a motorcycle without a helmet a noncriminal infraction.

While proponents of the state’s exemption say it should be up to each rider to decide if they want to wear a helmet, Florida saw an increase in motorcycle crashes in 2015 — the most recent data available — according to a report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

There were more than 10,200 motorcycle crashes in the state in 2015, up 3.5 percent from 2014, the state report said. Deaths of motorcycle drivers in 2015 saw an even larger jump with 546 killed, up nearly 28 percent from the year before. And motorcycle passenger deaths spiked even higher, up almost 73 percent to 38 deaths in 2015. Nearly half of all people killed in motorcycle crashes in Florida in 2015 were not wearing helmets, according to state data.

Palm Beach County bucked the state trend, with a slight decrease in the number of motorcycle crashes from 2014 to 2015, dropping from 525 to 520.

But the number of people who died in motorcycle crashes in Palm Beach County doubled from 17 in 2014 to 34 in 2015.

Read the proposed bill here.

 

 

 

Traffic smooth as Trump arrives in Palm Beach for first visit since election win

Though several miles of two major arteries were closed in West Palm Beach Tuesday evening, traffic delays were minimal as President-elect Donald Trump arrived in Palm Beach for his first visit since winning the presidential election earlier this month.

The Palm Beach Post learned this past weekend that Trump was planning to make his annual Thanksgiving visit to his Mar-a-Lago estate, where’s he’s spent the holiday for the past 20 years. Trump was joined by his wife, Melania, son, Barron, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, among others, according to a pool report.

President-elect Donald Trump arrives at PBIA for Thanksgiving holiday in West Palm Beach, Florida on November 22, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
President-elect Donald Trump arrives at PBIA for Thanksgiving holiday in West Palm Beach, Florida on November 22, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

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Trump’s plane arrived at Palm Beach International Airport just after 7 p.m., and he was then taken by motorcade to Mar-a-Lago, which sits a straight shot down Southern Boulevard from PBIA. Southern and several of its intersecting roads — including Interstate 95 — had to be closed until the motorcade passed.

Traffic cameras, congestion-monitoring apps and eyewitnesses reported few delays during what the Florida Department of Transportation says is a peak time for travel during the Thanksgiving holidays. Onlookers lined Southern Boulevard, with many parking at the Publix just east of I-95.

» PHOTOS: Inside Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s Palm Beach home

This procedure is going to start sounding very familiar: Any time Trump comes to visit, this will be how he is escorted from PBIA to Mar-a-Lago and back.

Trump spent some time on Twitter during the short trip from Palm Beach International Airport to his estate. He tweeted about the deadly Chattanooga, Tennessee, school bus crash that happened late yesterday, sending his condolences to the victims’ families and saying, “These beautiful children will be remembered!”

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Five years after Scott reduced state growth laws, mega-developments are booming

Palm Beach County’s unincorporated western area is the site of almost 14,000 new homes planned in coming years, spread across four new communities, including Westlake, whose developers want to make it the county’s 39th city.

But similar, multi-thousand-acre projects are also in the works this spring across remote stretches of scrub and wetland – virtually in every corner of Florida.

Such mega-projects as Babcock Ranch,Plum Creek, Lake Pickett and Deseret Ranch, are poised to add thousands of houses, millions of feet of commercial space and swell the state’s population through the next decade by converting vast amounts of rural land.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Paulette Burdick, who fought much of the western growth in her county, traces Florida’s boom to Scott’s actions in 2011.

“It just kicked the door open,” Burdick said. “But the impact of all this development is ultimately going to be picked up by the taxpayers. They’re the ones who will have to pay for the needed roads, the schools and improving the bad water we’ll be left with.”

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