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Thursday, February 02, 2017
A big applause for the state of Alabama for defying and opposing the gangster-like policies of Florida Governor Rick Scott
Delegations from Alabama and Cuba signed a memorandum of understanding to do business together in the future during an international sea ports conference Thursday at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. [PAUL GUZZO | Times]
Port of Alabama signs agreement with Cuba that Florida ports can't
Tampa Bay Times
Paul Guzzo, Times Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 2, 2017
Alabama came to Tampa on Thursday to sign an agreement with Cuba.
The sea port in Mobile and the sea port near Havana have pledged to do business with one another in the future — the kind of deal that three ports in Florida had worked toward until Gov. Rick Scott scuttled them last week by threatening to pull their funding.
"This feels like Cuba's way of saying if Florida doesn't want our business, Alabama does," said John Kavulich, president of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council in New York. "And they are coming onto your turf to do it."
The occasion Thursday was an international conference called "Planning for Shifting Trade," sponsored by the American Association of Port Authorities at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina.
Some U.S. exports to Cuba already are allowed as exceptions to the trade embargo imposed more than 50 years ago after the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro embraced communism. Under a law passed in 2000, they include agricultural commodities and food products.