Friday, August 7, 2009

Tampa, Florida:Cuba embargo focus of upcoming debate


By TED JACKOVICS The Tampa Tribune
Published: August 7, 2009

TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Council of World Affairs & Commerce has scheduled a Sept. 10 debate titled "The U.S. Cuba Embargo: Should It Be Suspended?"
The event is scheduled from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. at the University Club of Tampa, One Tampa City Center, in downtown. There will be a networking session, with a cash bar, beginning at 5 p.m.
The speakers are state Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, an opponent of lifting the embargo until the Cuban government takes steps to embrace democracy, and John Parke Wright IV, a Tampa and Naples businessman who favors normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba.
The moderator will be Maria Crummett, dean of international programs at the University of South Florida.
Advance tickets are $25 for members, $30 for members' guests and $35 for nonmembers. Tickets at the door are $28 for members, $35 for members' guests and $40 for nonmembers.
For information, call (813) 260-6246 or go to www.tampabayworldaffairs.com.
Reporter Ted Jackovics can be reached at (813) 259-7817

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