Sunday, March 9, 2014

F-16s intercept two aircraft in temporary no-fly zone in North Key Largo where the Obamas are vacationing

F-16 fighter jets under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted two general-aviation aircraft Saturday in the area of North Key Largo where President Obama and his family were vacationing, the command said in a prepared statement.

Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration declared a no-fly zone through Sunday for the Homestead area and Key Largo because the Obamas were vacationing in the posh Ocean Reef Club.

The command said the first aircraft was out of radio communication initially but once communication was established, it turned around and flew out of the restricted area.  There was no communication with the second aircraft, prompting the F-16s to intercept it and escort it out of the no-fly zone.

The White House rented several houses in Ocean Reef and security in the community was tight. Ocean Reef has two 18-hole golf courses. Vice President Joseph Biden stayed at Ocean Reef in 2013.

According to the Associated Press, the president golfed Saturday with Ahmad Rashad, Cyrus Walker and Alonzo Mourning. Rashad is a sportscaster and former NFL wide receiver. Mourning is a former center for the NBA's Miami Heat who has helped raised money for Obama's campaigns. Walker is a cousin of Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

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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