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Travel restrictions for visits by President Trump, President Xi Jinping start Thursday morning

Posted at 3:22 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2019-03-25 20:06:19-04

President Donald Trump will host Chinese President Xi Jinping this week so prepare for more travel restrictions.

A new FAA advisory says the president will land at Palm Beach International Airport sometime after 2 p.m. Thursday.
He will host the president of China Thursday night at Mar-a-Lago.

The pair will continue talks on Friday.

The town of Palm Beach has issued the following travel advisory:

Based on information provided by the Secret Service, road closures will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The temporary road closures and adjusted traffic will be in place through Sunday evening, April 9, 2017. All forms of travel, will be prohibited on S. Ocean Blvd from the intersection of S. County Rd. to Southern Blvd. The travel restrictions will extend eastward to the Atlantic Ocean. 

Kruesler Park, Phipps Ocean Park and Tennis Center will be closed to the public all day on Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7, 2017 to be used for equipment and personnel staging related to China’s Presidential visit.  Access to the public beach will not be permitted through the parking lots. 

The fastest route out of Town is County Rd to Royal Palm Way. 

Traffic will be very heavy and delays are expected on South Ocean Blvd (south of Mar-a-Lago) as well as on Southern Blvd on these days. It’s been reported that President Xi will be staying at the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa in Manalapan but plans to with meet with President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago on April 6 and 7. 

The Town is also expecting heavy traffic in the mid-town area. We’ve been advised that there are approximately 40 buses that will be traveling with people in Town for President Xi’s visit and some are expected to come to the mid-town area. 

In a statement, Lake Worth said its beach will remain open:

The City of Lake Worth does NOT plan to close or restrict access to the Lake Worth Beach or the Lake Worth Casino Complex during Chinese President Xi Jianping’s planned visit in Palm Beach County from April 6. Additional security measures as well as delays from road closures in the area may increase travel times to and from the Lake Worth Beach.

Although the talks with the president of China will conclude Friday, President Trump is not expected to leave until Sunday.

Air travel restrictions are in place until 10:30 p.m. April 9.