North Miami Mayor Alix Desulme, Ed.D., Responds to Recent Flood Conditions in Haiti, Asks for International Investment
June 7, 2023
At the start of hurricane season last week, the world was reminded of Haiti’s weakened and vulnerable infrastructure as torrential rains caused deadly floods to ravage its regions, leaving behind a growing death toll, missing and injured persons, and even thousands of displaced residents. This latest calamity is again exacerbated by its ongoing struggle with political turmoil, gang violence, and its significant dependence on humanitarian aid. As a result, local North Miami residents are once again expressing concern and continuing their outcry for help for the country, for their loved ones on the decimated island. North Miami Mayor Alix Desulme, Ed.D., is fielding these calls and hearing constituent concerns as he too shares their grief and desire for the country’s advancement.
“North Miami has the largest concentration of Haitian residents in South Florida,” Mayor Desulme explained. “So, when Haiti hurts the City of North Miami feels the pain and must reinforce its solidarity with the people of Haiti.”
Mayor Desulme went on to state, “It is times like these that we are reminded of the need to invest in Haiti and help it develop a self-sustaining ability to weather storms like these and not have a heavy rainfall cause such heightened loss of life, shelter and even crops. This ecological damage and weak infrastructure reinforce the need for the international community to extend the same level of support to the country as it has extended to other countries across the globe. If we can help heal Haiti, we can save a population of people with the U.S. government at the forefront.”
As the immediate past chairperson of National Haitian American Elected Officials Network (NHAEON) and a longtime resident of North Miami, Mayor Desulme concluded by reinforcing his request to the nation and international communities for socioeconomic investment in Haiti and imploring American leaders to dedicate resources to such a needed investment.
To request an interview with North Miami Mayor Alix Desulme, Ed.D., please contact Communications@NorthMiamiFL.gov.
Traci Y. Pollock, Communications Manager
305-893-6511, Ext. 12151
About the City of North Miami
North Miami is a suburban city located in northeast Miami-Dade County, Florida. It is roughly 10 miles (16 km) north of Miami. The city lies on Biscayne Bay which surrounds the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University. North Miami is home to a diverse demographic of residents. With more than 64,000 residents, North Miami is the sixth largest city in Miami-Dade County. We are home to the Oleta River State Park; the largest urban park in the Florida State Park System and the nationally accredited Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA North Miami).