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Miami … A new perspective on Haiti … and the relief effort

January 17, 2010

P R O P E R T Y   S E A R C H

R E S T I V O – H E C H T M A N    T E A M

Before our wake-up call …   we had space to gripe & complain.   After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, perhaps Miami will complain less. Haitian Earthquake

.. complain less about having to pull building permits…. do engineering designs and reports… schedule  building,  zoning and code-compliance  inspections.   Miami got  a wake-up call and will now grapple with a broader perspective… the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Utter devastation!    IF only… Haiti had the same rigid building requirements codes Miami has…     

Miami … a melting pot of nations, cultures and languages…  including a fairly large Haitian community.  In the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake,  containers of food, powdered milk, water and supplies left from the Miami River- almost immediately.  Injured were airlifted from Haiti to be treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami… by the University of Miami.   Jackson Memorial is now expecting, and preparing for more.

Building codes and regulations?  Maybe (just maybe) Miami will be complaining less about having to pull building permits… complaining less about having to comply with building codes.  Maybe Miami will abandon efforts to circumvent the stringent building code regulatory process.   Haiti was built without building codes and regulations… without steel reinforcing bars…  

If you missed yesterday’s blog post on MiamiRealEstateCafe.com  “HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORT “-  do link to it here

If you’d like to help with Haitian relief efforts… or donate supplies or contribute funds, you can do so through  Americanredcross.org  or at any checkout-counter of any Publix supermarket…. There are dozens of other organizations or sites.  Choose those you trust will get your money and supplies to the people who need them.  Secure locations for making donations include:  Esslinger Wooten Maxwell…  (EWM will accept donations made out to the American Red Cross at any EWM Realtors office location in South Florida, or through any EWM Realtor you know  in Miami-Dade or Broward Counties.  My office is located at 12651 S Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, Florida – EWM – Suite 102).  The Miami Herald’s List of donation sites is a valuable resource as well.  You can also text a $10 donation directly from your  cell phone… Text “Haiti” to 90999 and your  $10 donation  to the American Red Cross will automatically be billed  to your next phone bill.  The 7 News List of donation sites gives you additional options.  Ralph and Monika Martins,  pillars of the Haitian community here is Miami, are accepting food, water and supplies for the Haitian Relief Effort at their tennis store in Pinecrest: GT Sports, 9479 S Dixie highway, Miami FL 33156.

Wanting to locate family/friends/loved ones?   icrc.org/familylink   …  Source for those searching, and for those looking. Put up photos or announcements… or anything that will help you reconnect.

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