Miami Beach Mayor Charters Plane To Take Supplies To Puerto Rico


OF HURRICANE IS VERY VERY LOW. SO THE MAIN THING WE ARE WATCHING OUT FOR OUR FLOODING RAINS AND GUSTY WIND. THERE ARE ABOUT 3000 SHIPPING CONTAINERS OUT HERE. SOME HAVE BEEN SITTING HERE SAID SATURDAY AND THEY HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO STOCK A STORE AND PUERTO RICO. FOOD WATER AND MEDICINE. THEY DON’T HAVE THE TRUCKS SHOWING UP TO PICK IT UP. THAT’S DAVID BEGG NOW DESCRIBING THE LATEST CRISIS IN PUERTO RICO, DESPERATELY NEEDING SUPPLIES SITTING IN THE PORT WAS NO ONE TO DELIVER THEM. YET SOME HELP FROM SOUTH FLORIDA DID ARRIVE TODAY. TED SCOUT AND TRAVELED TO SAN JUAN AS THE DELIVERY WAS MADE. HELP FROM SOUTH FLORIDA ON THE GROUND IN PUERTO RICO ONE WEEK AFTER HURRICANE MARIA SLAMMED INTO THE ISLAND. THE DEVASTATION IS STILL EVIDENT AS WE DROVE AROUND SAN JUAN. 7000 POUNDS OF DONATED FOOD, MEDICINE AND WATER FROM SOUTH FLORIDA HAS BEEN DELIVERED. MIAMI BEACH MAYOR PHILIP LEVINE AND ROBERT ATENCIO ORGANIZED HELP. LEVINE CALLED THE EFFORT A RACE AGAINST TIME SAYING IT NEEDS TO BE HANDLED LIKE A MILITARY OPERATION. THIS WAS AN INVASION. AND WE DO IT WITH WHAT WE HAVE NO IS THE BEST WE HAVE. WE FEEL THAT THE 3 1/2 MILLIONS WHO LIVE HERE ARE BEING TAKEN CARE QUICKLY ENOUGH? NO THEY ARE NOT. THERE IS NO POWER, LITTLE SELF-SERVICE AND PEOPLE ARE IN DIRE NEED OF FOOD, WATER AND MEDICINE. SHE CALLS IT A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS. I THINK WE HAVE TO BE LESS BUREAUCRATIC. SO THE RED TAPE HAS TO BE RIPPED UP LIKE AN OLD BAND-AID AND PEOPLE NEED TO START GETTING THE HELP IN THEIR HANDS. THE EIGHT FROM SOUTH FLORIDA WILL BE DISTRIBUTIVE THROUGH SHELTERS LIKE THIS ONE IN SAN JUAN AND OTHERS AROUND THE ISLAND. THEY HOPE MORE HELP CAN BE SHIPPED IN BY THE CRUISE INDUSTRY WHICH IS NOW STEAMING BACK INTO PORT. SO YOU ARE OPEN FOR TOURISM? YES WE ARE.

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