Report: Obama won't visit Martha's Vineyard this summer

President Barack Obama, center, departs a book store with his daughters Malia Obama, right, and Sasha Obama, second right, in Vineyard Haven, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard, Aug. 19, 2011. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

US President Barack Obama (C) walks out of Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, on August 19, 2011 with his daughter Malia (R) and Sasha (2nd R). AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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(CBS News) If you're headed to Martha's Vineyard this summer, it looks like you won't have to dodge the president's motorcade.

The Boston Globe reports that President Obama and his family won't be headed to the Vineyard this year, after vacationing there the past three summers.

"The word I have is that they are not coming this year," State Police Sergeant Thomas Medeiros told the Globe, adding that word came down from the Secret Service.

The past three summers, the Obamas stayed at a 28-acre waterfront estate in Chilmark; the estate was sold in November for $21.9 million.

Still, "I think the fun and the curiosity and the buzz that comes with this will be missed, quite frankly," Nancy Gardella, executive director of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, told the Globe.

Gardella added the White House had booked accommodations for August but canceled those plans in May.

Last year, the president was criticized by Republicans for vacationing among the elite. They said he should have been in Washington dealing with the ailing economy.

The White House didn't comment Monday on the president's vacation plans.


  • Steve Chaggaris

    Steve Chaggaris is CBSNews.com's Executive Editor, Washington.

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