December 21st, 2010
07:11 PM ET
HONOLULU (CNN) - CNN has learned that federal officials here in Hawaii are planning for President Obama to arrive on the island of Oahu as early as Wednesday, when they are instituting a no-fly zone over this city.
The Federal Aviation Administration quietly issued an advisory Tuesday revealing it will institute a no-fly zone with a radius of 10 nautical miles around Honolulu from 5:15 PM local until 7:15 PM local time on Wednesday.
Honolulu is five time zones behind the East Coast so Obama could hold his scheduled signing ceremony of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell on Wednesday morning - and potentially hold a news conference - before leaving Washington early in the afternoon. He could still arrive in Hawaii for dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters, all of whom arrived Saturday ahead of the President.
White House officials would not confirm or deny that Obama will leave for vacation on Wednesday, and it is important to note that with Congress still in a lame duck session the schedule remains fluid and a departure time is not locked down until the President gives the final confirmation.
CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now is also reporting that on Tuesday morning the U.S. Coast Guard put in a temporary security zone around Kailua Bay, where the President and his family are renting a vacation home for the third consecutive year in connection with their annual holiday trip to the President's home state.
Last year, the Coast Guard instituted similar restrictions in the bay exactly one day before the President's arrival.
Officials have put up yellow buoys and any person crossing the restricted area faces fines of up to $32,000 and possible imprisonment of up to 25 years.
The FAA advisory, first obtained by Hawaii News Now, also notes there will be flight restrictions, but not a full no-fly zone, for 30 nautical miles around this city beginning Wednesday night through January 2. The First Family is expected to depart as early as Jan. 1.
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