Things aren't going so well for the Rich People of The Hamptons this week. First, a terrifying Rosé shortage has threatened garden parties throughout the region, and now President Obama's making it difficult to fly to the beach this weekend, since his upcoming visit to Westchester has warranted a no-fly warning in the area.
The President will be attending a holiday barbecue/fundraiser in Purchase, NY tomorrow, and then he's off to Newport, Rhode Island on Saturday for yet another benefit. In preparation, the FAA has issued a no-fly warning affecting seaplane flights to East Hampton, in addition to Nantucket, Montauk and Martha's Vineyard. The flight restrictions kick off at 2 p.m. tomorrow and last through 5:45 p.m. Friday, and are again in place from 9:15 p.m. Friday night until Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
There are other ways to get to these locations that don't involve chartering a plane, so travelers hellbent on spending this last summer weekend at the beach aren't necessarily at a loss. Unfortunately, the companies that run these flights are kind of screwed. "It is frustrating. We have had to move at least 10 flights and cancel a number of private charters, costing us thousands of dollars," Melissa Tomkiel, who runs a number of seaplane companies out of the area, told Page Six. "We count on this weekend to get us through the quieter months of the year."
Oh well, it'll probably rain anyway.