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President's stay draws visitors to Lake Las Vegas

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All eyes are on Lake Las Vegas this week. The secluded location is in the national spotlight with President Barack Obama prepping for the big debate.

Lake Las Vegas resident Barb Somolon said she saw at least two security checkpoints, cameras in trees and K-9 units when she headed into the Westin Monday morning.

"My father used to be very into politics," said Solomon. "Just for his sake and my sister's sake more than anything I wanted to see President Obama. It is the president."

She's not the only one. Tina Lopez secured a spot at the Village in Lake Las Vegas at 9 a.m. Monday. The Arizona native shook hands with Obama at his Desert Pines High School rally.

"Seeing the president of the United States up close is the most amazing thing ever to shake his hand," said Lopez. "I pretty much cried when I did that. I want to see him in a more relaxed atmosphere and with not so many people around. It's a chance of a lifetime."

It's her first time visiting Lake Las Vegas. She said if it weren't for the president she wouldn't have visited. That's extra exposure the Perk and Post coffee shop owner is happy to get.

"We've seen a lot of additional sales come through, much more foot traffic early on," said Victor Xavier, who owns Perk and Post.

So far, Xavier said he's seen a 10 percent increase in sales in the last 48 hours. He hopes the president will stop by to hear his small business concerns.

"It's always good to be able to talk firsthand," said Xavier. "I think as business owners we are excited he's so close that we might have a chance to share some time with the president."

Obama is scheduled to leave on Air Force One at McCarran International Airport Wednesday at 11:25 a.m. 

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