President Obama in Palm City Again? A “Temporary Flight Restriction” This Weekend,” St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

Associated Press photo 2013, President Obama visiting "Palm City, Florida."(Words written by JTL)
Associated Press photo 2013, President Obama visiting “Palm City, Florida.”(Words “GOLF OR THE SLR/IRL written by JTL.)
TRF ALERT for Palm City March 28-29. (Source AOPA, 3-24-15, Ed Lippisch.)
TRF ALERT for Palm City March 28-29. (Source AOPA, 3-24-15, Ed Lippisch.)

The past few days I have overheard my husband and his friends’ grumblings about “how their weekend was “wrecked,” and how “now they are going to have to drive to Vero, and can’t fly….” Finally, I  asked: “what’s going on?”

So my husband, Ed, gave me the public documents…

Apparently, this Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, 2015, a “Temporary Flight Restriction” (TFR) will be in place over Palm City for security measures as a ” VIP” will be visiting Palm City.

“The FAA has issued a flight advisory to alert pilots of an upcoming presidential temporary flight restriction (TFR) over the Palm City, Florida, area on March 28 and 29,” the Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association (AOPA) advisory reads.

Basically, a TFR is two circles in the air, as shown above, an “airspace,” that under Title 49 of the United States Code, the US Government may pursue criminal charges if a pilot is illegally in that space, and in fact, the US Government may use deadly force against airborne aircraft, if that aircraft poses a threat….yes, like an F-16 can shoot you down…

Hmmmm…

Thus—“I think we’ll dive…..”

F-16s aside, how quaint, that possibly the President of the United States will once again be in our parts during releases from Lake Okeechobee into the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon.

Lake Okeechobee discharges were happening when he visited in 2013 as well. But that year it was even worse as the river was toxic and signs were posted from the Martin County Health Department stating DO NOT TOUCH THE WATER.

Ironically, the C-23 canal, another polluting canal like the C-44 that is not attached to Lake Okeechobee,  boarders The Floridian, were I’d imagine President Obama may be playing golf….? And although the C-23 is not connected to Lake Okeechobee, its polluted agricultural and urban runoff  is killing our St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon as well.

C-23 which boarders St Lucie and Martin County funs right next to the Floridian Golf Course---it is not attached to Lake Okeechobee. (Map SLRI)
C-23 which boarders St Lucie and Martin County runs very close to the Floridian Golf Course- (Map SLRI)

Now that I’m thinking about it, maybe President Obama is going to play golf with Congressman Murphy? Soon to be US Senator Murphy….Maybe they can discuss the purchase of US Sugar option lands south of the lake to store, clean and convey water south to dying Everglades National Park? Maybe they can discuss the EPA and FDEP and their responsibility in documenting  the destruction of our river and reef aquatic preserves? Or maybe even trying to “protect” them? What a thought.

Maybe they can talk about how “IT IS HAPPENING AGAIN: ” (https://vimeo.com/119495955)

One way or another, I am sure, our St Lucie/Indian River Lagoon issues will “make it to the top.”

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AOPA FLIGHT ADVISORY:

Pilots should take note of an upcoming TFR over Palm City, Florida, March 28 and 29. Click to see the full alert. (http://www.aopa.org/News-and-Video/All-News/2015/March/20/Pilots-should-note-upcoming-TFR-over-Florida)

The FAA has issued a flight advisory to alert pilots of an upcoming presidential temporary flight restriction over the Palm City, Florida, area on March 28 and 29. The FAA started reaching out to pilots in the area March 20 in an effort to decrease the number of TFR violations that typically occur in the state with such a high density of flight activity.

As of publication, a notam had not yet been released detailing the specifics of the upcoming Palm City TFR, but it will have the usual 30-nautical-mile-radius outer ring and inner 10-nm-radius general aviation no-fly zone, and it will extend from the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet. Gateway procedures for aircraft that need to operate at Witham Airport (KSUA) are detailed in the flight advisory. Melbourne International Airport (KMLB) and West Palm Beach Airport (KPBI) have been designated as TSA “security screening sites” for aircraft that need to fly into Witham during the TFR’s effective times, according to the flight advisory.

 

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The C-23 is one of the filthiest canals. When bacteria levels were measured at this spot they were almost always high. Since 2013, the MCHD measures at the Sandbar. (Photo 2-14, JTL.)
The C-23 is one of the filthiest canals. When bacteria levels were measured at this spot they were almost always high. Since 2013, the MCHD measures at the Sandbar. (Photo 2-14, JTL.)
Water outside C-23 canal 2/15, JTL)
Water outside C-23 canal 2/15, JTL)
Photo of plume from Lake O and area canals in 2013, Jupiter Island. Our present pulling system constraints unless changed will promote this indefinitely. (JTL)
Photo of plume from Lake O and area canals in 2013, Jupiter Island. Our present polluting “system constraints” unless changed will promote this indefinitely. These constraints must be “solved.” (JTL)

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “President Obama in Palm City Again? A “Temporary Flight Restriction” This Weekend,” St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

  1. Us pilots are going to have withdrawal symptoms from our flying addiction this weekend. Not to get too political; I wouldn’t hold out hope for any agreement that transpires between Murphy and Obama on buying sugar land. Last time the he was in town to play golf a officer was killed on his motorcycle escort duty covering his royal entrance.

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  2. Somewhere along the C-23 you are going to find a source of calcium otherwise acid would ‘lock in’ all the oganic material and keep bacteria from breaking it down the same way viniger preserves pickles and keeps the bacteria from breaking it down.

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