Vice President Mike Pence expected in Sanibel on Tuesday

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to arrive Tuesday afternoon to visit Sanibel Island, a frequent vacation spot for him and his family.

Pence’s office has not confirmed the trip. But a Federal Aviation Administration alert reserved for such trips suggests that Pence’s visit will span Tuesday through Saturday. Pence has a long history of vacationing on the Gulf Coast island.

The vice president’s plane is expected to land at Southwest Florida International Airport late Tuesday afternoon. 

Vice President Mike Pence last year at a morning service at Sanibel Community Church.

Pence last visited in January. He made several trips to the island in 2019. The year before, he stayed for a week and celebrated Easter at Sanibel Community Church.

The trip comes one week after Election Day. As of Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to have won 290 electoral votes to President Donald Trump’s 214 so far, according to the Associated Press, which has called the race for Biden. A total of 270 is needed to win. A victor in Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska has not yet been declared.

Neither Trump nor Pence has conceded the race yet, so it’s not clear if the trip will also have a political component to it. Officials with the Lee County chapter of the Republican Party declined to comment on the visit. Pence tweeted Monday that he and Trump would “keep fighting until every legal vote is counted.”

As of Tuesday morning, Sanibel had not yet issued any traffic advisories about the expected trip.

Frank Gluck is a watchdog reporter with The News-Press and the Naples Daily News. Connect with him at fgluck@news-press.com or on Twitter: @FrankGluck

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