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Impact Puerto Rico: Your Voice, Your Future

Impact Puerto Rico: Your Voice, Your Future (WPEC)

An entire island wrecked. Acre after acre destroyed, and the people of Puerto Rico devastated.

Not one, but two hurricanes hit Puerto Rico within weeks of each other crippling the Caribbean island. Hurricane Maria knocked out the entire power grid. Clean drinking water is scarce, roads are still impassable, and medical care is unreliable.

It’s no wonder so many people are fleeing the island and moving to the U.S. mainland, especially Florida. Some temporarily, some permanently. Our CBS12 Town Hall discussion focuses on the immediate impact of thousands of people coming to Florida to live here, work here and send their children to school here.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

Time: 7:00-8:00 pm (EST)

Host station: WPEC TV in West Palm Beach, FL.

Panel:

Rafael Barrera: New resident of Palm Beach County.

Mr. Barrera recently moved his entire family here from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated his home and business.

Gregory Blount: Founder and Executive Director of the Eagle Arts Academy Charter School for the Arts.

The school, located in Wellington, teaches kindergarten through 8th grade. Mr. Blount recently enrolled 18 students who transferred from Puerto Rico after the storm. The school has a Spanish speaking hotline: 561-210-7321.

Jacquelene Burke: Vice President of the Puerto Rican Association for Hispanic Affairs

which produces cultural community events and provide scholarships. Ms. Burke is also an advisor at Indian River State College where she often works with the Hispanic student population.

Mayor Joel Flores: Mayor of the City of Greenacres and former resident of Puerto Rico.

Mayor Flores also serves as the Vice President of Business Development and Small Business Initiatives for the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce.

Juan Pagan: President of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce which works closely with Hispanic and non-Hispanic members for opportunities in education, networking marketing and growth potential.

Carlos Melendez: Vice President of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches.

Mr. Melendez has been in residential real estate in the area for 13 years. He is a partner at his company, Florida Premiere Realty.

Moderator:

Mark Hyman

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