Based on information provided by the Secret Service, road closures will begin on Thursday, April 13th at 8 AM. The temporary road closures and adjusted traffic patterns around Mar-a-Lago will be in place through Sunday evening, April 16th. All forms of travel, including pedestrian travel, will be prohibited on S. Ocean Blvd from the intersection of S. County Rd. to Southern Blvd.
News media is reporting that the president will arrive sometime after 6:30 p.m. today and leave Sunday before 4:30 p.m.,
The president and his family have spent Easter at Mar-a-Lago in the past and they usually attend the Easter service at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. If they attend this year, there will be more attending than first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron. Security would be out in force.
The fastest designated route to West Palm Beach will be County Rd. to Royal Palm Way.
Additionally, effective immediately according to the town, while the President is in the Town of Palm Beach, the U.S. Secret Service has mandated commercial vehicle restrictions in the vicinity of Mar-A-Lago. Commercial vehicles is defined by the Secret Service for this purpose, to include anything larger than a passenger van.
Commercial vehicles are prohibited from traveling east on Southern Blvd. (SR 80/98) from the City of West Palm Beach into the Town of Palm Beach. Commercial vehicles traveling north on S. Ocean Blvd (A1A) from Lake Worth Road will be prohibited from continuing north of the 1200 block of S. Ocean Blvd. (near Emerald Lane).
To learn more about what you can do to help keep the traffic moving as efficiently as possible, please visit www.townofpalmbeach.com and click on the tab: Presidential Visit Seasonal Traffic Plan.
Civic Association video showing what the road block is like during a presidential visit. [1:56]
Stay tuned to the Civic Association for updates.