Port Everglades issued a statement Thursday saying that the signing was off because the National Port Administration of Cuba didn’t deem it necessary after all. And on Friday, the Miami Herald reported that the Port of Palm Beach also called off its plans to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the communist island citing the governor’s stance.
The funding cut would have meant $37 million for Port Everglades over the next five years and $920,000 over the same period for the Port of Palm Beach.
Gov. Scott, a Republican, was highly critical of former President Barack Obama for allowing some products produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs to be imported.
After a decades-long trade embargo, the first shipments – two containers of artisanal charcoal – arrived Tuesday at Port Everglades. …