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March 19, 2014

Prepare for traffic congestion for President Obama’s visit on Thursday afternoon

President Barack Obama is once again Miami-bound, and just in time for rush-hour traffic Thursday as spring break begins.

President Barack Obama is once again Miami-bound, and just in time for rush-hour traffic Thursday as spring break begins.

The president is scheduled to land at Miami International Airport just before 5 p.m. and head to a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fund-raiser at the Pinecrest home of former Miami Heat basketball star Alonzo Mourning.

Expect some roads in the area to be closed to accommodate the presidential motorcade.

The event will feature U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Ted Deutch of Boca Raton and DCCC chair Steve Israel, a New York congressman.

The DCCC suffered a stinging Florida loss last week when former state CFO Alex Sink lost a St. Petersburg-area congressional special election in a swing district.

Politics aside, Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have found more reasons to come to Miami recently while Washington remains cold and snowy.

Earlier this month, the president held an event at Coral Reef High School before choppering off to the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, where he golfed with Mourning and sports figure Ahmad Rashad.

To tamp down on grumbling about his vacation time, the White House had spread word then that Obama might cancel the golf visit in case he had to monitor the situation in Crimea.

But Obama still went golfing. And Russia remains in de facto control of the former Ukrainian territory.

First lady Michelle Obama came to South Florida just beforehand, and visited in February as well.

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