Thursday, March 05, 2015

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce in support of a Cuban consulate in the Tampa Bay Area

By Laurie Davison, Reporter

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is coming out in support of establishing a Cuban consulate in Tampa once the United States and Cuba reestablish diplomatic relations.

A resolution passed unanimously by the chamber's board said it would support the location of a consulate in Tampa or Hillsborough County, and that business leaders would like to see "Tampa return to its rightful and historical place as an economic engine" for facilitating trade with Cuba.

Chamber officials said there was a Cuban consulate in Ybor City before relations broke off between the two countries in 1961.

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