• Job fair aims to employ those who left Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit

    By: Jason Kelly


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Thousands of people are expected to pack the Orange County Convention Center Monday for a hospitality job fair aimed at employing those who left Puerto Rico for Central Florida in Hurricane Maria's wake.

    Representatives from more than 20 hotels, restaurants and cruise lines will attend the event, which will be held in the convention center's north concourse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    "I need a job," resident Steven Vazquez said. "You know what I'm saying? I got bills to pay."

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    Twin brothers Marcos Sanchez and Marcos Sanchez, 25, said they moved to Central Florida from San Juan, Puerto Rico, more than a week ago seeking education and employment.

    Longtime Central Florida residents are also expected to attend Monday's job fair.

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    "I got a 4-year-old son, and I got twins on the way," job seeker Andrew Thompson said.

    Admission, parking and child care are free.

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