Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 100319
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File Number: 100319 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-194-10 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: REACTIVATE RELATIONSHIP W/CITY OF PETIT GOAVE IN HAITI Introduced: 2/5/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/18/2010
Agenda Date: 2/18/2010 Agenda Item Number: 11A9
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE JAY MALINA INTERNATIONAL TRADE CONSORTIUM TO RE-ACTIVATE THE SISTER CITIES’ RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CITY OF PETIT GOAVE IN HAITI
Indexes: SISTER CITY
Sponsors: Carlos A. Gimenez, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 2/18/2010 11A9 Adopted P

County Attorney 2/5/2010 Assigned Eric A. Rodriguez 2/5/2010

Legislative Text


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RESOLUTION URGING THE JAY MALINA INTERNATIONAL TRADE CONSORTIUM TO RE-ACTIVATE THE SISTER CITIES’ RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CITY OF PETIT GOAVE IN HAITI

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WHEREAS, on December 5, 1995, the Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County adopted Resolution Number R-1681-95 establishing a Sister Cities’ relationship with the port city of Petit Goave in Haiti; and
WHEREAS, after several years, because of resource constraints, the Jay Malina International Trade Consortium (“ITC Board”) placed its Sister Cities relationship with Petit Goave in emeritus status; and
WHEREAS, on January 12, 2010, an earthquake registering 7.0 on the Richter scale (“the Earthquake”) hit near Port-au-Prince, Haiti causing thousands of deaths and affecting an estimated 3 million people with massive destruction to buildings, including homes, hospitals, schools, the airport, government buildings and prisons; and
WHEREAS, many residents of Miami-Dade County have family members, friends and business relationships in Haiti such that the social, cultural and economic life of Miami-Dade County is inextricably intertwined with events in Haiti; and
WHEREAS, since the Earthquake, Miami-Dade County and governments, non-profits organizations and individuals from all over the world have provided much needed help to the Haitian people including the ITC Board which donated $1000 to Haitian relief at the Board of County Commissioners’ special meeting on January 14, 2010; and
WHEREAS, Petit Goave is a port city west of Port-au-Prince that was only a few miles from the epicenter of the Earthquake that was devastated; and
WHEREAS, given that Petit Goave has an established Sister Cities’ relationship with Miami-Dade County and that Petit Goave is facing a crisis situation, it is a humanitarian imperative to assist Petit Goave now and in its future reconstruction; and
WHEREAS, the Sister Cities Committee of the ITC Board recognized the urgency of the situation in Petit Goave and has already recommended to the ITC Board to allocate $1000 from the Sister Cities’ Trust Account to provide emergency assistance to Petit Goave; and
WHEREAS, the process of rebuilding Petit Goave will take months and years of sustained effort and cooperation to accomplish; and
WHEREAS, the long-term commitment needed to assist Petit Goave is exactly the type of commitment that can be effectively managed through the Sister Cities program; and
WHEREAS, the ITC Board is charged by the Code of Miami-Dade County Section 2-1505(r) with administering the Sister Cities program; and
WHEREAS, the recent events and circumstances after the Earthquake provide a compelling reason to consider re-activating the Sister Cities relationship with Petit Goave,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the ITC Board is hereby urged to consider re-activating Miami-Dade County’s Sister Cities’ relationship with Petit Goave in Haiti.



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