Central Florida


More Difficult Phase of Hurricane Relief Underway

The 2018 new year will open a second, more difficult, phase of Hurricane María relief efforts for Puerto Ricans in Central Florida, after the new arrivals center at Orlando International Airport closes its doors on December 29. The shuttering of the facility – which has helped 34,000 mostly Puerto Ricans […]


Puerto Rico Evacuee Migration Is No Mariel

Puerto Ricans’ flight from natural disaster is drawing parallels to the 1980 Cuban Mariel boat lift to South Florida but this is a flawed comparison. The Puerto Rican evacuation is no Mariel. Aside from the obvious differences of sovereignty – Cuba is independent and Puerto Rico is a territory of […]


Hurricanes Creating Opportunities for Public Policies

The twin hurricanes of Irma and María are creating opportunities for public policies that were once objectionable or non priorities in Florida. As more hurricane evacuees arrive in Florida, state elected officials are scrambling to respond to the sudden influx of Puerto Ricans. Here are a few examples: Game changer […]