Posted on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010
Where is the money? City sits on Haiti fund
By NADEGE CHARLES
In the days after the January earthquake devastated Haiti, residents and business owners opened their pocketbooks to help the crushed nation, giving thousands to the city of North Miami -- purportedly for American Red Cross relief efforts.
Mayor Andre Pierre, who was born in Haiti, flew to the Caribbean nation in July and presented a ceremonial, oversized check to Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.
Yet, nine months later, the $116,300 in donations sits in a city bank account, outraging donors.