Earlier this week there was dire news of a rosé drought hitting the Hamptons–the lifeblood of those who frequent the region–causing mass panic and, most likely, a mass purchase of the last remaining drops of vino. Yet this morning things took an unexpected turn for the worse when Page Six broke that those planning on spending Labor Day weekend anywhere within the realms of East Hampton, Nantucket, Montauk or Martha’s Vineyard would be unable to travel there by seaplane.
According to the Post, the FAA has issued a no fly warning for this weekend in lieu of President Obama attending a fundraiser in Purchase, NY tomorrow, and a benefit in Newport, Rhode Island on Saturday–or, in the Post’s words, due to his “plan to schmooze Wall Street honchos.”
Melissa Tomkiel, president of sea companies Tailwind and Fly the Whale, told the paper, “A flight restriction was issued banning operations in the NYC area due to the president’s visit on Friday for practically the whole weekend… We have had to move at least 10 flights and cancel a number of private charters, costing us thousands of dollars.”
The warning–running tomorrow from 2 p.m. through 5:45 p.m. and again from 9:15 p.m. until 10:30 a.m. Sunday–will also bring back bad memories for patrons of Blade, whose helicopter rides were halted back in July when Obama attended a super-PAC.
To the Jitney it is then.