Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is heading to Puerto Rico with 7,000 pounds of critical supplies for the beleaguered island to address what he called a “humanitarian crisis” after Hurricane Maria left the U.S. territory in tatters.
Levine, who hatched the relief effort over the past two days, chartered a cargo plane to deliver the goods. He’ll be joined by state Rep. Robert Asencio, a Miami Democrat, on the trip.
The duo are slated to meet with San Juan Mayor Yulín Cruz and other local officials and tour the damage tomorrow. (Check out these tragic pics posted by BuzzFeed yesterday.)
Aside from the humanitarian motivation for the trip to Puerto Rico, Levine’s visible support for the island won’t hurt if he decides to run for governor next year in Florida. The Sunshine State is home to roughly 1 million residents with ties to the island.
Levine has said he will make a decision on a bid for governor before the end of this year.
— By Lloyd Dunkelberger and Dara Kam.
In a new take on a “listening” tour, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, a Democrat toying with a run for governor, will hit the road for a five-day spin through the state.
After the bus tour’s all said and done, SiriusXM subscribers will be the one’s doing the listening.
Levine’s takeaways from his chats with Floridians will wind up as a five-part audio documentary, dubbed “A Day in the Sun,” to be aired on SiriusXM, according to a press release issued by Christian Ulvert, an advisor to Levine.
From the press release:
“During this 5-part audio documentary, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine will take to the road for a week long bus tour of the different regions of Florida. Along the way he’ll speak with Floridians of diverse backgrounds and interests – from alligator wranglers to farmers to NASA engineers – exploring the rich tapestry of everyday people who help make the state unique.”
The bus tour starts on July 10, and the five-part series will run on SiriusXM Insight Channel 121 beginning Aug. 1, according to the release.
Levine hosts a weekly show on the same channel.