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Gov. Rick Scott not happy about Florida ports getting legal cargo from Cuba

Florida Gov. Rick Scott answers questions during a news conference at the Republican Governors Association annual conference on Nov. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott answers questions during a news conference at the Republican Governors Association annual conference on Nov. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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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. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 11:54am]

    

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