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UPDATE: Pence arriving in Fort Myers today

By Staff | Mar 1, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence stroll the Sanibel Marina in April 2018.


The office of Congressman Francis Rooney confirmed that the VIP temporary flight restriction is for Vice President Mike Pence. Staff reported that Pence will be visiting the area, but they did not know the exact dates. As of today, Rooney’s office does not have anything set up with Pence during his visit.


ORIGINAL (2-28-19):

The vice president, or president, is anticipated to arrive in Fort Myers tomorrow for a visit.

PHOTO PROVIDED Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence enjoy ice cream at Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream on Sanibel in April 2018. Also pictured are staffers Phoebe Mayllen-Llalbn and Shane Lawrence, owner Laurie Verme, store manager Alice Verme and staffer Brittany Hawkins.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction today for VIP movement from March 1 at 1:15 p.m. to March 3 at 3:30 p.m., which spans three nautical miles in Lee County and covers Southwest Florida Intentional Airport. Minus exceptions, aircrafts are prohibited in the area.

According to the National Business Aviation Association, a TFR is a restriction on an area of airspace due to the movement of government VIPs, special events, natural disasters or other unusual events. VIP TFRs are significantly restrictive and are issued for the movement of the president and vice president.

The visitor’s final destination upon arrival is listed as Sanibel.

Vice President Mike Pence and his family have been known to spend time on the islands.

Last March, he and Second Lady Karen Pence arrived in Fort Myers for a vacation. He and his wife stayed on Sanibel during the week and were spotted at a couple of spots, including Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream and Gramma Dot’s at the Sanibel Marina.

PHOTO PROVIDED Vice President Mike Pence, left, stopped to take a photo in April 2018 with Myton Ireland, owner of Gramma Dot's at the Sanibel Marina.

About the same time in 2017, the couple touched down in Lee County and spent time on the islands. They attended a service at the Sanibel Community Church, as well as dined at the Timbers Restaurant.