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9:40 AM, Jul 19, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The First Coast is getting ready for a presidential visit today.  Air Force One is expected to land at JIA around 12:45 p.m., from there  the President will be driven to the Prime Osborn Convention Center to speak.

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The event at the Prime Osborn Convention Center is open to the public, but you must have a ticket to get in.  At last check, the tickets are already gone.  The doors will open at 11 a.m. The President will not take the stage until around 1:15 p.m.  Officials at Duval County's Democratic Headquarters were telling the people waiting in the ticket lines Tuesday that no food, drinks or cameras with a telephoto lens will be allowed in the convention center.

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Those attending the event can park at the convention center.  Once that fills, they will need to park in the parking garages downtown.  The Skyway will be closed between central and the convention center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., JTA buses will also be rerouted.

After President Obama finishes his speech, he will attend a closed campaign event at the convention center before coming back to JIA and leaving on Air Force One around 4:30 p.m.  If you are flying today, you could see some minor delays while Air Force One lands and takes off.

Stay with First Coast News for complete coverage of President Obama's visit to Jacksonville starting on the news at noon. We will also live-stream the speech here on and feature a live moderated chat from our Florida Times-Union news partner.

You can also watch  Mr. Obama's speech live on WJXX ABC 25 starting at 1:15.

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