As South Florida continues raising funds and gathering supplies for those in Puerto Rico ravaged by Hurricane Maria, one prominent mayor will be heading to the island nation to deliver some of those items in an effort to help.
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine will be on a flight Wednesday morning from Opa-locka to the nation, part of a chartered flight with 7,000 pounds of supplies during the slow rebuilding process after last week’s landfall from the Category 4 storm.
Levine’s visit, along with State Rep. Robert Ascencio, comes as the country still is dealing with massive power outages, communication being down in many places and the growing need for supplies and medical care. All of that as officials work on getting the items needed to the nation just over 1,000 miles from Miami – all of it covered by water.
“You can’t drive restoration trucks onto the island. They have to be brought on a barge or flown in by airlift,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, who recently visited the country to tour damage. “That in and of itself presents a challenge.”
The White House announced that President Trump will visit the country next week.