Any spottings of Saudi royals in Roch.?
For the weekend paper, I wrote a piece saying some of the Saudi royal family were believed to be visiting Rochester.
While I did not lock down an official source on the record, I'm certain a group of royalty did arrival. Some told me they thought the visit could be comparable to the memorable one in 2008 when the king visited and met here with his extended family from across the U.S.
My question is has anyone out there seen any such royalty first hand in Roch.?
Does anyone care if any Saudi or any other royalty is in the Med city?
One insider texted me over the weekend that it was believed that the lead visitor in this group is the nephew of the king. No idea if that is correct or not.
Here's some from my weekend article. For the record, I did not write the phrase "free-spending ways." It was added in editing.
Members of the royal family of Saudi Arabia might be visiting Rochester again, to the delight of local merchants.
The family and its entourage, known for its free-spending ways, has made several visits to Rochester in connection with medical care at the Mayo Clinic.
A Boeing 747SP jet from Saudi Arabia was scheduled to land at Rochester International Airport on Friday night. That aircraft seats up to 400 people on two passenger levels.
Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede wasn't aware of a visit but said he'd be happy if the Saudis visit.
"I think it's great that they come here for the greatest medical care in the world," said Brede, who visited Saudi Arabia a year and a half ago. "They obviously do have economic impact."
A fleet of high-end luxury cars, including new Mercedes, Escalades and others, were spotted rolling into Rochester en masse with out-of-town plates from New York, California and other places.
Official sources estimated anonymously that possibly up to 200 people connected to the royal family had either arrived in the city or were on their way here.
As in November 2008, the royal family members likely are visiting for examinations or treatment at Mayo Clinic. Clinic spokespeople could not confirm or deny that Friday.
The 2008 visit infused the Rochester economy with an estimated $1.5 million, officials said at the time.