Hurricane María


Former PREPA Chief Blames Government Bureaucracy

Three days before Ricardo Ramos resigned as chief of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, he blamed the government bureaucracy as a critical source of PREPA’s incompetence. In a moment that received little attention and which is best described as the embattled Ramos’ cri de coeur,  he told the U.S. Senate […]


Governor Offers No Answers for Puerto Rico Evacuees

Gov. Rick Scott’s meeting with local officials to talk about Puerto Rico evacuees didn’t satisfy anyone looking for answers to questions about homelessness, housing, schools, jobs and transportation. It’s not cheap welcoming over 140,000 evacuees to Florida, as Scott has done, and each level of government is eyeing the other […]


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 […]