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Florida Commerce With Cuba Totals $65 Million Even As Governor Tries To Limit Trade Expansion

Humanitarian shipments, frozen chicken parts, chocolate bars, empty beer kegs from the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, medicine, even a traveling Bible exhibit.

These items and more have flowed through the state’s ports and airports headed to or returning from Cuba even though Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t think any Florida port should be doing business with the “Cuban dictatorship.”

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Governor Scott Offers $10 Billion For Transportation Spending, Ports In Proposed Budget

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was in Miami last week to tout the $10 billion in transportation spending he’s included in his proposed budget for 2017-2018.

The governor spoke at PortMiami surrounded by dozens of orange-vested workers — some of the more than 200-thousand employees he said the port supports.

“It’s a big job generator, finishing the dredge, finishing the tunnel,” Scott said. “All the investments we continue to make… it all pays off for more jobs for everybody standing up here and all their families.”

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California Trip By Governor Rick Scott Shows Depth Of Port Gamble

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When a $205 million dredging project is completed this summer at the Port of Miami, allowing large ships that will soon transit the expanded Panama Canal to call at the Southeast port, Florida Gov. Rick Scott will likely be there — perhaps with giant ribbon-cutting scissors in hand — to trumpet Florida ports as gateways for international containerized cargo.

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