Swanky Palm Beach ho­tel spends $20k to ship gen­er­a­tors to PR

South Florida Times - - CARIBBEAN - Gover­nor Rick Scott HUR­RI­CANE MARIA: Puerto Rico is still suf­fer­ing Palm Beach Post

TAL­LA­HAS­SEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Repub­li­can Gover­nor Rick Scott is mak­ing his fifth trip to Puerto Rico since Hur­ri­cane Maria dev­as­tated the is­land.

Scott will leave Mon­day on a trip his of­fice said will be to give as­sis­tance and guid­ance to emer­gency man­age­ment work­ers and govern­ment lead­ers in the U.S. ter­ri­tory.

The trip comes less than two weeks after Scott an­nounced he will run for U.S. Se­nate, chal­leng­ing three-term Demo­cratic Sen. Bill Nel­son.

The Puerto Ri­can vote could be a key in the elec­tion. Florida had a large Puerto Ri­can pop­u­la­tion be­fore Hur­ri­cane Maria, and thou­sands have re­lo­cated to the state since the storm hit the is­land in Septem­ber.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP)- An op­u­lent Florida ho­tel is spend­ing tens of thou­sands of dol­lars to ship its two large gen­er­a­tors to Puerto Rico.

The de­ci­sion comes nearly a week after a black­out caused power out­ages for much of the frag­ile is­land still strug­gling to re­build after Hur­ri­cane Maria.

The do­nated pow­er­houses will en­sure re­li­able run­ning wa­ter is pumped to the steep hill­side com­mu­ni­ties in Juana Diaz, where elec­tric­ity is still spotty seven months after the Cat­e­gory 4 storm.

The re­ports it cost be­tween $15,000 and $20,000 to ship the gen­er­a­tors.

Palm Beach land­scaper Scott Lewis is the founder of Ea­gles Wings. The or­ga­ni­za­tion helped fa­cil­i­tate the gen­er­a­tor do­na­tions and ship­ping. He also had his me­chanic give them a tune up since they're about a decade old.

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