Ferry Services to Cuba Approved by Feds

Ferry Services to Cuba Approved by Feds

The Obama administration has continued in its promise to renew relations with Cuba. This week, the administration restored authorization for ferry services to transport passengers both to and from Cuba.

The Treasury and Commerce departments have approved four Fort Lauderdale-based companies to operate ferry services. This ends a 50-year ban on ferry travel to and from the island nation.

Federal law still limits travel to Cuba a list of twelve categories including religious and education related travel. However, Pro-restoration supporters argue the move as a foreshadowing to the expansion of legalized travel.

This change in law would require a move by Congress. It has already sparked debate between and even within parties. They question if a Cuban restoration is the right move for America, both in terms of trade and diplomacy.