Miami-Dade commissioners convened electronically for the first time Tuesday, holding a remote meeting that served as a legislative tour of scattered corners of the county’s coronavirus crisis.
Unemployed airport workers pleaded for help with health insurance, while their former employers warned of financial ruin without relief. South Dade nurseries said the national coronavirus shutdown landed in the middle of their prime spring growing season, adding a grim multiplier to every dollar lost.
The head of Jackson hospital’s union protested planned furloughs in the middle of a health crisis, and the leader of Miami-Dade’s domestic-violence board warned of a surge of incidents amid a shuttered economy, and a dwindling supply of shelter for victims. Crops left to die amid economic ruin were targeted for a massive county feeding operation in the works to sustain people through months of unemployment.
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