Earlier today, OFAC offered formal guidance to the several companies looking to establish ferry service between the United States and Cuba. It seems that the Treasury Department has been thinking about the topic a lot lately, because the Sun-Sentinel is reporting today that at least two of those companies — Havana Ferry Partners of Fort Lauderdale and Baja Ferries of Miami — have received official permission to offer such service.
Havana Ferry Partners applied for its permit five years ago. An executive says the permission came with the caveat that the ferries run non-stop to Cuba and not carry vehicles. The company says it hopes to launch service between Key West and Havana within weeks, and later offer overnight service from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and, later, Tampa.
Baja is looking to offer overnight service from Port Everglades, Port Manatee and other Florida locales.
No word yet on what the Cuban government thinks of such plans, however.
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