Workers from Florida municipal utilities are coming home as the Montana company coordinating power restoration efforts halted work, saying it needs assurance it will be paid by Puerto Rico’s power company.
Local experts discussed jobs, education, health care. language and transportation needs for residents of Puerto Rico who are moving to Central Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The panel on Monday at Southeastern University was moderated by Ana Rivera, president and CEO of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Polk County. (Ledger coverage)
Apologies for some camera problems around the 42-minute and 58-minute marks. I was dealing with battery issues.
Transportation setbacks have delayed shipments of donated items bound for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico as well as the departure of 20 Lakeland Electric employees who will help restore the island’s power infrastructure.
ALSO: Puerto Ricans relocating to Central Florida face challenges, News Channel 8 reports.
Many returned today after being turned away Saturday from Irma temporary food stamp registration at the RP Funding Center.
Crowds snaked up to the RP Funding Center this morning before registration opened at 7 a.m. Also: Check a short video of the line taken after daybreak. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply here.
Registration takes place daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Wednesday. Applicants are asked to come on a day corresponding to the first letter in their last name:
- People with last names A-F should show up 10/14
- People with last names G-J should show up 10/15
- People with last names K-O should show up 10/16
- People with last names P-Z should show up 10/17
- A make-up day will be held 10/18
It’s too early to say when it will be ready or pinpoint the location, but Lakeland’s new 92,000-square-foot Veterans Administration clinic will be built somewhere in an area bounded by Interstate 4, County Line Road, Polk Parkway and Drane Field Road, officials said at a town hall meeting Wednesday. It will replace the current 20,000-square-foot clinic on South Pipkin Road | View a larger map.
Lakeland’s homeless people would be better served with more focus on “rapid re-housing” (info) and less on transitional housing, according to a consultant recommended to guide the city’s strategy on homelessness. Commissioners are scheduled to decide June 19 whether to award a contract to Tallahassee-based Florida Housing Coalition (link).