Gov. Rick Scott not happy about Florida ports getting legal cargo from Cuba
The first legal cargo from Cuba -- artisanal charcoal -- in more than half a century arrived in Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades on Tuesday, ahead of a visit later this week from Cuban government representatives to several Florida seaports where they hope to do business.
On Wednesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned those ports, which include the Port of Palm Beach and Port Tampa Bay, that he will push to cut state funding to their operations if they engage in business with Cuba.
His idea would be reflected in the budget proposal he sends state lawmakers, which is not binding. It's unclear how much funding could be affected if the Legislature were to adopt Scott's posture.
The governor announced his position -- in English and Spanish -- on Twitter.
Disappointed some FL ports would enter into any agreement with Cuban dictatorship. (1/3)— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) January 25, 2017
I will recommend restricting state funds for ports that work with Cuba in my budget. (2/3)— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) January 25, 2017
We cannot condone Raul Castro’s oppressive behavior. Serious security/human rights concerns. (3/3)— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) January 25, 2017