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April 11, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rodriguez Demosthenes, Mayor City of Riviere de l'Artibonite, Haiti Gets The Keys
Public Information Office
LAUDERDALE LAKES: Rodriguez Demosthenes, Mayor City of Riviere de l'Artibonite, Haiti visited the City of Lauderdale Lakes, FL on March 28th. During his visit, just before the opening of the last commission meeting of the month, Demosthenes was given the Key To The City; the highest honor one can receive from a City.
The purpose of Mayor Rodriguez Demosthenes’ visit in the City of Lauderdale Lakes area was to meet Haitian diaspora businessmen from his city to discuss the needs of his department. The richly historical City of Petite Rivière de l'Artibonite have an estimated of 80-90 Thousand residents. Dessalines is a quarter in the Artibonite department of Haiti; named after its main city, Dessalines where there are four communes: the City of Dessalines, Desdunes, Grande Saline, and Petite Rivière de l'Artibonite.
The city that was named after the Haitian Revolution leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines, has pumped out several of Lauderdale Lakes residents and business owners who have remained in close contact with their native country. “Our City is home to many Haitian friends and neighbors; people who are making a positive dent in our community both socially and economically. It is extremely important for us all to remember that our Lauderdale Lakes has become home for many who are from a different country; and that makes us even more interesting and capable of becoming great”, said Mayor Rogers. “We all have different but great ideas on how to get Greatness done and I’m so excited about the possibilities.”
Mayors Rogers and Demosthenes aren’t strangers to one another. During his acceptance speech, Demosthenes paid respect to Mayor Hazelle Rogers as someone who stood shoulder to shoulder with the him and the Haitian people during the earthquake while she was a State Representative. He also congratulated her for becoming the First Female Mayor and admired her dedication and privilege to serve such a diverse community. He agreed there should be more communication between the two cities being that the majority of her Haitian constituents are from the petite rivière de l'Artibonite.
For more information on this visit, please contact the Public Information Office at (954) 535-2838.