BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — White House Officials tell BocaNewsNow.com that President Obama will visit Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday, April 10th, for an event on the economy. Time, audience, and specifics to be announced shortly.
It is safe to assume that traffic in the area will be somewhat of a nightmare, so you may want to start planning now to avoid the FAU area on Tuesday — that’s east of I-95 between Glades and Yamato. It is unclear if he will shuttle in and out of Boca Raton Regional Airport, or if AirForce One will be landing at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International or Palm Beach International.
Boca Raton is getting a lot of attention this Presidential election season, with the final Presidential Debate still set for Lynn University.
On a personal note: The people behind BocaNewsNow.com have covered several presidents as representatives of national media organizations, but this is the first “head’s up” that BocaNewsNow.com — as an independent news organization — has received from the White House in its few months of existence.
Nice job us!
UPDATE #1: As of 12:56pm, neither the Sun Sentinel nor Palm Beach Post have reported on the President’s visit.
UPDATE#2: As for 1:28pm, neither the Sun Sentinel nor Palm Beach Post have reported on the President’s visit. We’re not going to keep updating how long it takes for the major news organizations to report on the President’s visit to the area — it’s somewhat embarrassing for them — but BocaNewsNow.com is clearly the number one choice for news and information in South Palm Beach County. And we’re free. (Sun Sentinel charges for online access starting soon).
UPDATE #3: 4:11pm. We mention this because we care about the state of journalism in South Florida. The Sun Sentinel’s parent company, Tribune, spent roughly 20 minutes on this website in the 2pm hour. Yet there is stil no mention of the President’s visit to FAU on the Sun Sentinel homepage. Remember: the Sun Sentinel starts to charge for access to its website in a matter of days. Seems like Boca residents might want to just keep their money. Also missing the story: The Palm Beach Post. The Miami Herald, however, is reporting on the visit.
UPDATE #4: As of 6:34, the Palm Beach Post finally mentions the visit on its homepage, but links to a blank page. Not to gloat about our journalistic excellence or connections, but c’mon Palm Beach Post. It’s the President coming to FAU. Kind of a big deal. How about covering it?