Miami-Dade Contracts With Castro's Partners

Monday, June 13, 2011
Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva retuned to Cuba last week to talk business with his old friends (and dictators) Fidel and Raul Castro.

The biggest gift of Lula's presidency for the Castro brothers was an $800 million project to expand the Port of Mariel.

The company responsible for this project is Brazilian engineering and construction firm, Odebrecht.

Odebrecht's Cuban partner in this venture is Zona Desarrollo Integral Mariel, S.A. (ZDIM) -- part of the Cuban military's business conglomerate overseen by Col. Luis Alberto Rodriguez Callejas, Raul Castro's son-in-law.

(Odebrecht is also a major business partner of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez).

Just another unscrupulous foreign company seeking to profit from the Cuban people's suffering.

But to add insult to injury -- Odebrecht is also one of Miami-Dade County's biggest contractors.

Odebrecht's Miami-Dade projects have included the $2.85 billion North Terminal Development Program at Miami Airport, the $280 million Performing Arts Center and most recently a $370 million metrorail link.

The Miami-Dade County Commission, which awarded Odebrecht these lucrative contracts, has been under a great deal of scrutiny lately -- and rightfully so.

We usually don't comment on local and state politics -- but how could Miami-Dade County continue to award contracts to Odebrecht (to this day) despite it's partnership with the brutal Castro dictatorship (since at least 2009)?

Cuban-American (and Venezuelan-American) taxpayers in Miami-Dade County should demand accountability for this affront.