No Ferries to Cuba

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
And guess who their lobbyist is?

Castro's long-time friend and advocate, former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND).


From Sun-Sentinel:

License for ferry to Cuba denied

Just two weeks after a Fort Lauderdale company publicly complained of government delays on its application for ferry service to Cuba, a U.S. Treasury agency has denied the request.

Officials at Havana Ferry Partners say they will appeal. Its executives see no reason why U.S. authorities allow planes to carry U.S. passengers to Cuba but not ferries. Current U.S. regulations allow both "aircraft and vessels" to serve Cuba as an exception to the U.S. embargo against the communist-led island.

"We're not going away," said Leonard Moecklin Sr., Havana Ferry's managing partner.

The denial came from the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, which oversees the 50-year-old U.S. embargo against Cuba. Its Feb. 27 letter said ferry service to Cuba is "beyond the scope of current policy."

Moecklin said his company has contracted Washington, D.C. law firm Arent Fox and its senior policy adviser, former U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, a Democrat from North Dakota, to press its case. Dorgan was the author of the 2000 law opening U.S. food sales to Cuba and played a key role in drafting its regulations as he worked to boost North Dakota's exports of beans and other agricultural products.