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From: leonie hermantin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Other migrant landings in Hillsboro Beach
Barbara Hijek, News Researcher
April 7, 2006, 11:28 AM EDT
April 13, 1980: Nearly 700 Haitians -- a record number for one day -- land in
seven small boats along South Florida beaches. Two boats carrying approximately
200 Haitians landed on Miami Beach. Two more boats brought 164 ashore at two
locations in West Palm Beach. One group of 58 refugees, reportedly at sea 22
days, sailed a homemade boat into Hillsboro Inlet at Pompano Beach. Another 122
persons tied up at Haulover Pier north of Miami early Sunday. Thirty-seven
refugees reached Marathon in the Florida Keys and 109 more landed at Fort
Lauderdale in a 30-foot boat that police said was falling apart.
October 26, 1981: 33 Haitians drown off Hillsboro Beach after their boat, La
Nativite, capsizes about a mile offshore. Thirty others survived.
March 29, 1982: The Esperancia breaks up in a storm off Hillsboro Beach. 21
Haitians are killed; six survive.
July 31, 1986: The largest number of Haitian refugees to reach South Florida
beaches since the February fall of President Jean-Claude Duvalier are detained
by immigration officials after the Coast Guard intercepted a 70-foot freighter
just off Hillsboro Beach. The rickety red, white and blue wooden boat was towed
to the dock at the Fort Lauderdale Coast Guard station with the 133 people - 96
men, 35 women and two children.
May 4, 1998: Thirteen Haitian refugees are picked up by the U.S. Border Patrol
after they came ashore in the 1100 block of the Hillsboro Mile around 1 a.m.
The refugees, 11 men, one woman and a boy, arrived in a 26-foot boat.
January 28, 1999: Trying to reach Miami, six men from Cuba washed ashore in the
afternoon near an exclusive Pompano Beach community, saying they had been lost
at sea for 14 days. Five hours later, on a separate but similar freedom-seeking
journey, a boat carrying 15 Haitians came ashore on the Hillsboro Mile, not far
from the Cubans' arrival point. The group of Haitians, including 13 males and
two females, came ashore in the 1200 block of Hillsboro Boulevard at 6:30 p.m.
They landed behind the luxurious Sea Club condominium and a few hundred yards
from the Hillsboro Beach police station.
March 2, 1999: Fourteen illegal Haitian immigrants were arrested after coming
ashore. The seven men and seven women were spotted around 7:35 p.m. walking in
groups on the beach, and on State Road A1A, about a mile north of the Hillsboro
February 7, 2000: Authorities arrest 16 illegal Haitian immigrants shortly
after they landed at Hillsboro Inlet in the predawn hours. Police turned 11 men
and five women, all in good physical condition and wearing dry clothing, over
to U.S. Border Patrol agents. They also recovered a 28-foot motorboat onshore.
April 28, 2000: 31 Haitian refugees waded through the breakers just north of
Hillsboro Inlet. The refugees -- 18 men, 10 women and three small children --
were in good health, said Joe Mellia, a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman. They
arrived in a 30-foot boat just an hour after about 20 Haitian refugees
reportedly came ashore on Jupiter Island's beach in southern Martin County.
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