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March 7, 2014

Flights restricted over Keys for Obama visit

President Barack Obama is heading to the Keys Friday, according to numerous reports.

The White House rented several houses in the upscale Ocean Reef Club in North Key Largo for this week, said a resident who lives there.

“The place already looks like a compound,” said the source Wednesday morning. He added this would be Obama’s first stay at Ocean Reef.

In the meantime, the Federal Aviation Administration Thursday issued temporary flight restrictions over the Homestead/Miami area for Friday and over Key Largo from Friday through Sunday. This means pilots must avoid the area, said FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.

Bergen would not confirm the restrictions were because of the president's visit. She referred that question to the White House, which could not be reached for comment.

Vice President Joseph Biden stayed at Ocean Reef in 2013. The club has two 18-hole, par 71 golf courses.

First Lady Michele Obama is in Miami this week to try to boost health insurance enrollments under the Affordable Care Act

Reportedly, the White House contacted Ocean Reef last week.

“They’ve already taken a number of houses and staff,” the source said.

The Keys have long been a destination for presidents, among them Carter, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, FDR, Kennedy and Truman.

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