Here is a picture of several residents in Little Haiti protesting against gentrification.
Gentrification and rising sea level are threatening to destroy the Little Haiti community. On December 3, 2015, the residents of Little Haiti gathered in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood to deliver messages about the rapidly changing neighborhood and its preservation: "Say no to gentrification, Little Haiti is not for sale, we want to stay." The Haitian Lawyer Associations are advising the longtime business and property owners of Little Haiti to remain watchful. They should not sign any document without the presence of own lawyer or agree on verbal conversations. Right now, Miami is a red hot market for properties. Once the Wynwood Art District was a home of over 70 galleries and museums and was a haven for local artists in the early 2000s. Unfortunately, the sudden surge in the real estate price, gentrification and higher rent forced many artists and gallery owners of Wynwood to migrate to some other nearby affordable locations. The inhabitants of Little Haiti do not want to follow the footsteps of the Wynwood Art District. Due to the rising sea levels, which could be attributed to the melting of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, the sea water is often seeping in into the streets of Miami from underground storm sewers during high tide. This could be a threatening problem for Miami, but could retard the fast process of gentrification in Little Haiti.
The Senator of South Florida, Marco Rubio, conducting his first visit to the island of Haiti. His main purpose is to have a better understanding of the ongoing problem of Restavec and Human trafficking that that has been going on in Haiti for generations.
Visiting with his wife Jeannette, Senator Marco Rubio took the opportunity while in Haiti to visit the Institute for Human and Community Development which is a school for restavecs or children in Haiti who have been working as domestic with more prominent families in Haiti. The parents of these children often willingly offer their children to work with other families in Haiti because they usually can not afford to raise them economically.
Senator Rubio had a brief meeting with the Haitian President Michel Martelly and some business leaders before leaving Haiti on the same day
Here is a picture of Mr. Jhonson Napoleon, president of Azure College, a South Florida college.
Azure College, one of the fastest growing Private-Sector College in South Florida, offers health science degree programs. During the first week of September, the college has been relocated to a new location in Miami Gardens, Florida. The relocation has been made on the graduation day of over 200 Registered Nursing and Practicing Nursing graduates. While inaugurating, Jhonson Napoleon, the President of Azure College, along with his wife and Vice President Betsy Napoleon said, the new location is a lot more than a new home and better accessibility; it has given the institution a new identity. We might remember that, during the last year, Mr. Napoleon filed a lawsuit against 'CareerSource' of South Florida, because that institution failed to reimburse him $204,950 worth of incurred expenses for opening two career centers for refugees in Hialeah and Little Haiti. On December 2012, Roderick Rick Beasley, the executive director of CareerSource and Napoleon signed a contract to open two career centers in Little Haiti and Hialeah on lease at a lease cost of over $300,000 to help Cuban and Haitian refugees find stable livelihood. However, the Beasley's agency never reimbursed him any amount above $200,000 until the contract expired in March 2013.
Here is a picture of Jean Mapou. He is the owner of Libreri Mapou in Little Haiti, Miami. The Book Stores is located at: 5919 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137, United States. Libreri Mapou sells Creole & French Book Dealers-Retail in 5919 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33137.
To request more information about Libreri Mapou Creole & French, call 1.305.757.9922 and speak with Owner Jean M Mapou. Libreri Mapou was established in 2007 to serve the Haitian community and French speaking individuals in South Florida
On Monday, January 16, 2012, Haitian president Michel Martelly had the opportunity to welcome US Senator Marco Rubio and a group from South Florida in Haiti. This was the first time the Senator from Florida came to Haiti. Marco Rubio had a meetings with Haiti's Prime Minister and President.
US Senator Marco Rubio and his group took a tour of the devastated area, including the grounds of the presidential palace, and the business district of Port-au-Prince where the devastation of the earthquake could still be seen.
He discussed several issues related to the rebuilding following the 2010 earthquake and the future of the Haitian nation.
Courtesy, Channel 10 news in South Florida