BREAKING NEWS – May, 5 2015 – From the Florida Sun Sentinel.
At least two companies have received U.S. government approval to operate ferries between Florida and Cuba, their executives confirmed Tuesday.
The ferry services would be the first approved to the communist-led island since Washington imposed its embargo more than 50 years ago.
Havana Ferry Partners of Fort Lauderdale obtained approval five years after applying for a license.
Also approved was Baja Ferries of Miami, a venture affiliated with United Americas. It has been looking to launch overnight service to Cuba possibly three times a week and has held meetings with Port Everglades, Port Manatee and other Florida seaports.
The ferries can carry authorized U.S. travelers to Cuba including people in 12 categories who no longer need a license in advance to visit, since President Obama this year eased restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba.