BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — BocaNewsNow.com is receiving a large number of questions from area residents who want to know what the debate means for them. Not policy issues. Not the future of medicare. But more like whether the Domino’s guy is going to be able to deliver pizza on Monday night.
Here is our growing list of FAQ’s for the Presidential Debate at Lynn University. Feel free to post additional questions, we’ll answer them as soon as possible.
Q. When is the debate?
A. The third Presidential Debate starts at 9P at Lynn University. It will be televised nationally. The moderator is Bob Schieffer of CBS News and is sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Q. What is the topic?
A. The debate topic is Foreign Policy.
Q. I live near Lynn University. Will the area be locked down?
A. Yes and no. Click here for a map and list of road closures. Lynn University is now CLOSED to the public through Monday night.
Q. I write a column for my Homeowner Association’s Newsletter. Can I speak with President Obama and Mitt Romney?
A. Not a chance. Unless you have been credentialed by the Commission on Presidential Debates, you’ll have a better shot of having one-on-one time with the tooth fairy.
Q. I want to protest something because it seems like something I want to do. What are the rules?
A. The Boca Raton Police Department is very liberal when it comes to protestors, as the PD values free speech. That being said, we have learned that protestors will be asked to remain on the Southeast sidewalk of Potomac and Military Trail and the Northeast Sidewalk of Yamato and Military Trail.
Q. I have a doctor’s appointment near Boca Regional or in a medical building on Glades Road Monday afternoon. Will I make it there?
A. Give yourself extra time, and check this map for road closures.
Q. I give a lot of money to Lynn University and have alumni identification. Does that get me into the debate?
A. Not a chance. If you don’t have a ticket at this point, odds are you are not going to receive one. In fact, the campus is CLOSED to all non-students through Monday night.
Q. I am concerned that with so much police attention on the debate, the rest of Boca Raton will be open season for criminals.
A. Worry not. The Boca PD is larger than you think, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has a large contingent of officers in the area. Also, the U.S. Secret Service will be here, which should keep area prostitutes off the streets. (We’re kidding. It’s a joke. We love the Secret Service).
Q. Will life ever return to normal here?
A. You live in Boca Raton. Your life isn’t normal to start with. But if you’re asking about debate-related craziness, assume that things should be back to normal by Tuesday afternoon. While the debate — and related events — should be over by midnight, expect a large “break down” operation to put everything back the way it was.
Q. I heard the Commission on Presidential Debates is giving tours of Boca Raton to those in town for the event. What does a tour of Boca Raton highlight?
A. Your guess is as good as ours, but we suspect something like this: “Out your left, you can see Town Center Mall. On your right, you can see Nellie Goldberg who has been driving the same gold Lexus ES350 for seven years. Straight ahead, you can see the entrance to Whole Foods, followed by the entrance to Florida Atlantic University. Then there’s the ocean two miles east.”
Q. I want to call someone to ask questions. Who can I call?
A. We’ve heard that Boca Raton Police Department is being inundated with calls, so if you can find answers online, we encourage you to do so. However, the non-emergency number for the PD is 561-338-1234. The Lynn University Switchboard is 561-237-7000. Please do not call 911 unless you have an actual emergency.