FAA Notice to Airmen could mean Vice President Pence actually coming here this time

Michael Braun
 
| Fort Myers News-Press

Two FAA notices were issued Thursday for temporary flight restrictions for VIP movement, one for Saturday at Southwest Florida International Airport and another for Sanibel from Saturday through Nov. 29.

Vice President Mike Pence? Likely, but not confirmed.

A similar notice two weeks ago was eventually cancelled without a Pence visit materializing.

The notices were issued by the Federal Aviation Administration and listed the restriction times from 12:15 to 6:30 p.m. for Saturday and 1:15 p.m. Saturday to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 29.

Such notices usually herald that Pence and members of his family were making one of their  semi-regular vacation visits to Sanibel Island. This would cover Thanksgiving, which falls on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Pence and family have been coming to Sanibel for years, most recently as vice president but prior to that as governor of Indiana.

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His presence is not always noticeable except when he goes on the move, such as the family’s usual Sunday visit to Sanibel Community Church or there’s a stop made in a more public place.

For example, on one Pence visit to Sanibel in March 2018 there were visits to the Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market for some mahi and iced tea, according to a staff report. The family also traveled to Matzaluna, another restaurant near the area. He also made a stop at Island Cow  then attended a Beer in the Bushes event.

There will be another notice on the day that Pence leaves, likely the Nov. 29 date.

A similar notice was issued the week of the election but was discontinued shortly after that when Pence decided to remain in Washington, D.C., as the election vote count issue continued.

The office of the Vice President, as a rule, does not confirm, deny or respond to queries about the vice president’s travel plans.

Connect with breaking news reporter Michael Braun: MichaelBraunNP (Facebook)@MichaelBraunNP (Twitter) or mbraun@news-press.com.

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