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For Immediate Release:
October 18, 2017
Media Contact:
Maurice R. Hernandez


Miami-Dade Commissioners pledge financial aid to Puerto Rico

MIAMI-DADE – Miami-Dade County Commissioners want to do their part to help Puerto Rico get back on its feet in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  At their Oct. 17 meeting, Commissioners pledged to donate money from their office budgets toward the relief efforts.

“Puerto Rico and South Florida share strong cultural and family ties, and we need to be there for them as they recover from this devastating storm,” said Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro, who pledged $10,000 toward the island’s recovery.

Several other commissioners also pledged their financial support, including Chairman Esteban Bovo, Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson and Commissioners Javier Souto, Xavier L. Suarez, Daniella Levine Cava, Barbara J. Jordan, Jean Monestime, Sally A. Heyman and Rebeca Sosa, whose family settled in Puerto Rico after leaving Cuba.

Earlier this month, the Commission approved a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz to allow County employees to donate the monetary value of their accrued annual and holiday leave time to the County’s Emergency Disaster Relief Fund for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.