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President Trump to visit Lake Okeechobee and DeSantis on Friday

President Trump to visit Lake Okeechobee Friday to tout work on dike repair, EAA reservoir

By Tyler Treadway for Treasure Coast Newspapers

President Donald Trump will visit the Lake Okeechobee area Friday to talk about progress on infrastructure projects on and near the lake, according to the White House.

Exactly where and when the president will appear has not been released, but the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a “VIP Movement Notification” for Friday at Canal Point on the southeastern shore of the lake in northwestern Palm Beach County.

Trump is expected to talk about his administration’s efforts with Gov. Ron DeSantis, U.S. Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio and other leaders in the state.

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for The Hill

Trump’s visit will focus on expediting the completion of the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation project to improve water management, the White House said.

The president will also address efforts to construct a reservoir that would limit harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the neighboring St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

The toxic algae blooms present in the lake alarmed environmentalists and became a key issue for some Florida voters in last year’s elections.

Lake Okeechobee is roughly 50 miles from West Palm Beach, where Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort is located. The president spent last weekend at the property, and a Federal Aviation Administration advisory suggests that he will do the same this weekend.

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