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Tampa City Council votes to write letter to Cuba's ambassador listen

09/22/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This month Tampa International Airport resumed direct flights to Cuba. The temporary chair of City Council, Mary Mulhern was one of the first members of Tampa’s government to visit the country. The Council voted yesterday to send a letter to the Cuban ambassador expressing Tampa’s desire to interact more with the Caribbean country.

Mary Mulhern wants the Tampa Port to handle a higher per...

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Direct travel between Tampa and Havana to take flight listen

09/07/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The first flight to Cuba from Tampa in 50 years will take place Thursday. Interested travelers gathered at the Cuban American Club in Ybor City Tuesday night to celebrate and get information from service providers about upcoming flights.

Cuban-Americans will have an easier time visiting family thanks to inaugural flights traveling between Tampa and Havana. U.S. Representative Kathy Castor said it’s been too long since there was an ease in travel between the two countries.

"It was 1...

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Al Fox talks to Tampa Tiger Bay Club about benefits of lifting Cuba trade embargo listen

08/19/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Many people want Florida to be allowed to trade with Cuba. They say the benefits to both Cuban and American economies would be substantial if the current trade embargo was lifted.

Tampa International Airport could begin commercial flights to and from Cuba as soon as September. That news was announced in July after at least one Miami-based charter company was granted landing rights. But trade with the country still isn’t allowed. Al Fox, president of the Alliance for Responsible Cuba...

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Tampa residents commemorate anniversary of death of Jose Marti listen

05/19/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On this day in 1895, Cuban revolutionary José Martí died in battle against the Spaniards. Today on a tiny chunk of Cuban soil in Ybor City, a small group of Tampa residents of Cuban descent commemorated the anniversary. 89-year-old Al Arteaga of Cuba Vive Tampa Bay brought flowers to the Friends of José Martí Park.

"Jose Marti was a man who was from the youngest years joined the liberty of Cuba from the Spanish. The Spanish occupied Cuba since the 1700's."

Tell us about this park. ...

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Cuban Five advocates say trial journalists moonlighted as pro-US propagandists listen

05/09/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For thirteen years members of the group known as the Cuban five have been in prison in the US. They were convicted on charges including espionage and conspiracy to commit murder after the Cuban military shot down two US planes in 1996. They were living in Florida at the time, and had allegedly infiltrated a network of anti-Castro Cuban exiles. A group that’s been fighting for the Cuban Five’s release says propaganda impeded their right to a fair trial.

The trial took place in Miami, wh...

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Giving the Governor the power to end regulations and pushing for an end to the Cuba embargo

03/29/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll look at an effort by the Governor of Florida to concentrate more power in his office and the Cabinet by repealing hundreds of state agency rules ... and we’ll hear about a local movement that is pushing for open trade with Cuba.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s call-in shows. One comment about the interview with Dan Savage about his project It Gets Better; and another about the Last Call ...

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Interview with Tampa Mayoral candidate Rose Ferlita

02/15/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Coming up next on Radioactivity an interview with Rose Ferlita who is running for mayor of Tampa. Ferlita is a Tampa native. She is by profession a pharmacist- having once owned a local drug store in Seminole Heights, Ferlita now works for a pharmacy in South Tampa.

She served from 1999-2006 as a member of the Tampa City Council and Member of the Hillsborough County Commission from 2006-2010.

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Tampa City Council candidates Miranda and Benjamin differ slightly on Cuba policy listen

01/19/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week, the Obama administration slightly eased rules for some Americans to visit Cuba. One result is likely to be direct flights from Tampa International Airport to Havana. Cuba policy, and how it affects Tampa, is sure to become an issue in the upcoming city elections. City Council District Six covers parts of West Tampa, which includes many Cuban-Americans, central Tampa, and Seminole Heights. Challenger Kelly Benjamin faces incumbent Charlie Mir...

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Obama administration Cuba policy changes could mean direct flights from Tampa International Airport listen

01/17/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Obama administration announced a slight easing of restrictions on Americans when it comes to travel and remittances to Cuba. In addition, direct flights to Havana from Tampa International Airport are likely to result. U.S. Representative Kathy Castor made the announcement in West Tampa Friday evening.

"Great news for the Tampa Bay area, and families, and businesses, and our fabulous Tampa International Airport. President Obama this afternoon has announced a broadening of travel to the...

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Science in Cuba: how is it different than in U.S.? listen

09/29/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Science in the US looks a little different from one of its closest neighbors.

Luis Barerras works for Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. Speaking through translator Fernando Trelles, a researcher with Miami Beach–based Ocean Foundation, Barerras says relations between the US and Cuba have improved recently in terms of science, but they still aren’t exactly ideal.

Barerras says he’d like to see stronger relations between the two governments’ scientific arms...

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