Alabama officials were in Tampa recently to ink a trade agreement with Cuba, one that Florida ports cannot.
Seaports in Mobile and Havana are agreeing to do business in the future in a deal similar to one that had been between three ports in Florida. That is, until last week, when Gov. Rick Scott threatened to pull funding to ports shipping to Cuba.
John Kavulich, president of the New York-based U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, told the Tampa Bay Times: “This feels like Cuba’s way of saying, if Florida doesn’t want our business, Alabama does … And they are coming onto your turf to do it.”
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