Tampa Chamber wants Sen. Rubio to retract amendment on Cuba flights

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The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce sent a letter today to Sen. Marco Rubio asking him to withdraw an amendment he proposed that would prevent the expansion of direct flights to Cuba.

The chamber wants Tampa International Airport to offer charter flights to Cuba because it would ease the travel burden for Cuban Americans who live in the region and be advantageous to businesses already involved in legal trade activity with the island nation.

“Amendment 61 creates an unfair competitive disadvantage to businesses outside of the Miami area,” chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Rohrlack wrote in the letter. “Your constituencies in Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Key West and many other cities across the state endure burdensome cost and inconvenience when traveling to Cuba.”

The Obama administration in January said it would permit U.S. airports in addition to those in New York, Los Angeles and Miami to stage charter flights to serve those with family ties in Cuba. Continue reading this article from TBO.com here.

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