Thursday, May 13, 2010

Odds and ends

  • Cuban Colada: The Florida law that required charter companies that fly to Cuba to post bond of up to $250,000 has run its course. It was declared unconstitutional two months ago, and now the state of Florida has paid $364,000 in legal expenses to the charter companies. The law was sponsored by state Representative David Rivera, likely GOP candidate for the seat being vacated by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. The judge got a little cheeky in his decision, saying that “Florida is not entitled to adopt a foreign policy under our Constitution.”

  • AP: Dania Virgen Garcia was released from jail pending appeal of her sentence. More on her case at Cuban Colada.

  • Along the Malecon: As of November, a Danish company will be renting Harley Davidsons in Havana.

  • AFP: Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar and others introduce a “Platform for Spaniards for the Democratization of Cuba.”

  • The Herald’s Jordan Levin on the “eloquent but ambiguous” Carlos Varela, who plays Miami on Saturday. And AP reports that Silvio Rodriguez has a visa for a June 4 Carnegie Hall concert.

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