With Trump Coming To Town, Expect Traffic Snarl

first_imgThough President Donald Trump has altered or canceled most of his travel plans for the week in the wake of two mass shootings, be forewarned that his Hamptons fundraising trip on Friday, August 9 is still very much a go. That means the real danger of snarled traffic — even beyond the usual crawl — is inevitable, at least from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. There will also be temporary flight restrictions in and around Gabreski Airport (Westhampton) as well if, as expected, the president arrives and departs from there.If Trump’s visit to Southampton Village last year is any indication, the president will fly into Gabreski Airport via Air Force One. This year’s itinerary calls for a motorcade to the Bridgehampton home of Joe Farrell, dubbed Sandcastle, the builder’s showcase $50-million mansion.Trump, should he choose to let his proverbial hair down, can relax at the in-house bowling alley, movie theater, planetarium, rock-climbing wall, skateboarding pipe, or even the regulation baseball field. There are also squash, racquetball, basketball, and volleyball courts.Chances are, though, the President will concentrate on fundraising at the 612 Halsey Lane mansion, which once rented for $475,000 — for two weeks. Guests are expected to arrive around noon.The event is meant to raise money for the Trump Victory Committee, and will be hosted by Representative Lee Zeldin, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Donald Trump Jr. and his companion Kimberly Guilfoyle — the couple recently bought a $5-million spread nearby — and several other GOP dignitaries.Tickets to the event start at $2800 for the reception. Photo shoots with the Prez are in the $250,000 neighborhood.Trump and his entourage will then drive to the Southampton home of Stephen and Kara Ross for a sit-down lunch. He will depart within two hours of his arrival there, according to published reports.Southampton police noted that last year, portions of roads that intersected the president’s route were closed until the motorcade had passed. The same inconvenience is expected this time around.The Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction at Gabreski Airport for between 10:30 to 11:45 AM for Friday. President Trump is scheduled to depart between 3:15 to 4:15 PM.John Cox, a retired airline captain with U.S. Airways who runs his own aviation safety consulting company, Safety Operating Systems, pointed out although FAA air traffic controllers handle all traffic while it is en route across the United States, “Air Force One is handled differently than other traffic using more discreet frequencies to communicate with controllers.”Ross owns the Miami Dolphins and is a real estate developer. His wife Kara Ross, a jewelry designer, backs Equinox Fitness Clubs, Equinox Hotels, and SoulCycle. The couple is co-hosting the Trump extravaganza; according to published reports attendees will pay $100,000 for a photo op or $250,000 to hear a roundtable discussion.A spokesperson for Equinox and SoulCycle issued the following statement to The Advocate, following backlash from gym members: “Neither Equinox nor SoulCycle have anything to do with the event later this week and do not support it. We believe in tolerance and equality, and will always stay true to those values. Mr. Ross is a passive investor and is not involved in the management of either business.”[email protected] Sharelast_img read more

What the Poles have done for us

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U. in prime spot

first_imgThere was so much going on Monday morning that Utah coach Urban Meyer had to turn his phone off. And he said he may leave it off.Meyer’s phone was ringing off the hook for a couple of reasons.One, his Utes had surprisingly moved up one spot in the BCS standings into the all-important top six, which would guarantee a berth in one of the four BCS bowls at season’s end. And two, Ron Zook was fired as head coach at Florida, fueling speculation that Meyer could be a top candidate for the job.Meyer, whose 7-0 Utes play at San Diego State on Saturday, was happy to talk about the BCS situation. At least happier than he was to talk about the possibility of another job.”I just heard that a few minutes ago,” Meyer said at his weekly 1 p.m. news conference Monday. “I think it’s great. Actually my wife called me and her comment on my message machine — I didn’t get to talk to her — was, ‘You’re No. 6 — make sure you stay there.’ “Meyer then laughed and added, “That’s great coaching on her part.”The Utes leapfrogged Wisconsin to No. 6 in the BCS standings, even though neither team moved in the Associated Press or coaches poll. The Utes’ BCS average is .7217, compared with Wisconsin’s .7180. Last week the Badgers led the Utes by just .0004. Even though Wisconsin is ranked higher than Utah in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls, the Utes enjoy a big edge over the Badgers in the computer polls with an average ranking of five compared with Wisconsin’s 11.Although Meyer did acknowledge he “did look for it” and that “a lot of people will talk about it,” he also said it doesn’t matter if the Utes are No. 6 or No. 8 or 9 in the BCS standings right now.”Where you are now doesn’t matter,” he said. “I think we have four of our toughest games coming up. In December we can have a great big press conference or a party or whatever, but right now there are no issues with that.”Later, Meyer got a little testy when asked about the suddenly open job at Florida. Zook was let go a few hours earlier and the fact that former University of Utah president Bernie Machen is president at Florida now makes some folks believe Meyer is bound to be contacted.When asked if he’s looking for Machen’s name on his caller ID, Meyer replied, “I don’t carry a phone around with me now. I had a bunch of calls today, which was disruptive, so, no more.”When asked to describe his relationship with Machen, who was U. president when he was hired, Meyer said, “I have no comment. This is about San Diego State. If you want to ask about San Diego State, I’d love to talk about.”Finally, when asked if he was flattered to have his name mentioned as a possible candidate for the Florida job, Meyer said, “To have my name mentioned — it’s been mentioned a million other times too, so I’m not focusing on it.”Ute players don’t seem to be concerned about losing their coach.”It’s not surprising that his name is going to be thrown out for another job,” said Ute quarterback Alex Smith, who has one more season after this one. “It’s just like everything else. We can’t think about that. He’s put in a lot of time here and obviously he’s as determined to win as us.””We don’t have time to worry about stuff like that,” said Utah defensive lineman Kite Afeaki. “We’re just focused on our jobs.”Meyer has said several times over the past two years that he’s very happy in Utah and that his wife, Shelly, is especially happy to be in Utah and doesn’t want to leave. His contract has a $250,000 buyout with exemptions for three schools: Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan. However, if a school such as Florida really wants a coach such as Meyer, a buyout clause shouldn’t be a problem. Besides Meyer, other coaches who have been mentioned as possible candidates are former Florida coach Steve Spurrier; Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, a former Florida assistant; Boise State coach Dan Hawkins and Fresno State’s Pat Hill. Sooners, Utes jump ahead in BCS rankings Utes have gone year without a defeat Zook fired, will finish seasoncenter_img Related E-mail: [email protected]last_img read more