|Published:||Jul 19, 2012 9:28 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 19, 2012 11:16 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - People around Southwest Florida have been buzzing since last week, when we first heard the President would be holding a campaign rally in Fort Myers. Thousands are expected to come here to the Harborside Event Center to hear him speak, many of whom camped out overnight just to get tickets.
Thursday, barricades were brought out in preparation for all of the road closures. Local law enforcement and secret service coordinated their efforts to keep the President and spectators safe. Because of the location, security has to cover land, sea and air.
Thursday night, volunteers were trained to do everything from answer guests' questions to direct the crowds. We talked to a few volunteers who had some tips for those coming to the event.
"They're not allowed to bring certain things in," Eloise Pennington said. "If they have chairs and umbrellas, they can't bring them in. They can't bring anything in other than what they are carrying, and make sure you have a ticket."
"It will be packed in there," Rose Theriot said. "If there's no chairs, it will be standing room. This is great. I'm excited."
Parking restrictions will be in place starting at midnight. You can find a map showing all of the road closures here: http://www.winknews.com/Local-Florida/2012-07-20/City-provides-map-to-navigate-parking-during-Obamas-visit
The President is expected to speak at 11:20 a.m.