Proposed Cuban consulate ignites local passions in Miami

Posted: 28-Jan-16 09:44

Mayor Tomas Regalado has vowed to take Washington to court should federal government approve plans for a Cuban consulate to be built within Miami city limits. Meanwhile, Florida is welcoming the idea of a Cuban consulate with open arms, showing America's stance on strengthening ties with the island isn't a straightforward movement.

Proposed Cuban consulate ignites local passions in Miami

While Havana and Washington may have taken great steps to strengthen their diplomatic embrace in recent months, the message from Miami leaders – the city in which a proposed Cuban consulate may yet be built – is that local powers want no part in American/Cuban politics.

Speaking on Monday, Mayor Tomas Regalado warned that he would sue to block Cuba from taking up any Miami real estate should the country be granted permission to build a new satellite embassy in Florida, stating that such a development:

"...could inflame passions and create security risks."

With a county resolution set for vote later this week hoping to urge President Barack Obama not to allow the Cuban consulate to be built, the issue has clearly stirred up local passions in Miami, most notably from Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban 'Steve' Bovo, who sponsored the resolution and branded the proposed building "a travesty" to the exile community under the current goverment.

A Step In The Right Direction

However, while Miami leaders seem to have made their position on the consulate abundantly clear, elsewhere in Florida the proposed development is being welcomed with open arms. Tampa, a city with one of the largest Cuban populations in the US, is actively campaigning to receive Cuba's first consulate, with area leaders passing resolutions that would welcome the new diplomatic outpost.

With many in Miami seeming to fear that any controversy in Cuba could spark protests and threaten the city's peace and stability should such an outpost be opened, in neighbouring cities the proposal is being viewed as a step in the right direction – both in terms of leaving the past behind and improving diplomatic relations between the two countries and in generating future tourism trade.

Indeed, with Washington ultimately responsible for deciding when a foreign power can open diplomatic outposts in the US, Miami's resistance to the proposed consulate is being viewed by many as a purely symbolic fight – especially given the city's political leadership have plenty of recent history when it comes to resisting the expansion of governmental and business ties with Cuba.


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