A group of 38 business leaders and politicians from Tampa flew to Cuba in late May. Tourist visas forbid them from any official meetings. But there was no mistaking that the trip was about promoting Tampa as Cuba’s future trading partner.
On the last night of the five-day trip, members of the delegation gathered at the bar at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba to watch the sun set over the Florida Straits and sip 7-year-old rum.
Vince Cassidy was among the Tampa delegation. He went with a singular purpose: Someday Cuba will open up to U.S. investors. Land purchases will be a mess. Title companies — like the one Cassidy owns in Tampa — will be needed to research convoluted sales histories.