RANDOLPH— A visit from the President of the United States can often be disruptive for the public, thanks to the extensive security precautions required to keep the leader of the free world safe.
As of this week, count a bunch of superheroes — as well as hundreds of young day campers — among the inconvenienced.
To kick off the start of an annual competition, Camp Tamarack arranged an event featuring four skydivers dressed as popular comic-book heroes for Wednesday morning, Buzzfeed reported. The costumed characters were going to pretend to rescue the 250 children, aged 3 to 12, from “bikers” riding into the camp.
The Secret Service, however, ordered the flight cancelled because it would have travelled through the outer edge of a 30-mile zone of restricted airspace set up around President Donald Trump’s Bedminster golf course. Trump arrived at the resort Aug. 4 for a 17-day working vacation.
Jessica Grannum, the camp’s assistant director, said the skydiving company, Skydive Sussex, was told of the Secret Service’s decision shortly before the flight was scheduled to take off. She also said the FAA tried to persuade the Secret Service to allow it.
“This morning, we had the FAA clearance, the skydivers were ready on the plane and then the Secret Service shut us down for the no-fly zone,” Grannum told Buzzfeed. “Which was really sad.”
The flight restrictions have caused headaches for some small airports in New Jersey, including Solberg and Somerset, two privately owned facilities located near Trump National in Bedminster. Jack McNamara, chairman of the New Jersey Aviation Association, previously told NJ Advance Media the restrictions will cost those airports about $40,000 in lost revenue.
“Summertime is the peak time for airports to do their business,” he said. “Two-thirds [of their business] is done during the summer months into autumn.”
Messages left by NJ Advance Media with the camp, Skydive Sussex and the Secret Service were not immediately…