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President Trump visit grounded helicopter

Children collected eggs scattered on the field

What happened to the Easter helicopter?

Well, you can blame President Donald Trump.

Advertisements had been circulated saying a helicopter would drop about 50,000 candy Easter eggs inside Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday at about 3:30 p.m.

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But the helicopter, which was to take off from North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport off Beeline Highway, had to cancel because of the no-fly zone issued with the Mar-a-Lago visit over Easter by President Donald Trump.

That was a bit of a downer for the 4,500 in the stands.

Federal temporary flight restrictions do not permit flying in airspace 30 miles around Palm Beach from the surface to 17,999 feet when Trump is visiting Mar-a-Lago.

“Aircraft may not loiter and must fly point-to-point,” according to the regulations on the National Business Aviation Association website.

Improvising, Generation Church officials — sponsors of the event — scattered the eggs on the baseball field.

But it didn’t really matter to the kids.

Helicopter or no helicopter, the eggs were scattered on the field and kids ran all over to collect the eggs.

“Everybody still had a good time,” said Mike Bauer, general manager of Roger Dean Stadium.



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