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Miami SOS Cuba boaters eager to deliver humanitarian aid, show support

Boaters ask Coast Guard to allow short voyage in US territorial sea

MIAMI – A group of boaters with Cuban and U.S. flags met Wednesday afternoon to join an SOS Cuba demonstration near the Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami.

Since the uprising Sunday in the communist island, many Miami-Dade County boaters have said they are willing to deliver humanitarian aid across the Florida Straits.

It’s a short voyage that the U.S. Coast Guard warned would be illegal after SOS Cuba supporters started to meet at the Pelican Harbour marina in Miami.

Jorge Lopez, an SOS Cuba supporter in Miami-Dade, said he and other boaters are still hoping the Coast Guard will allow their short voyage in U.S. territorial sea.

“We are trying to avoid anybody that tries to make it to land ... I would hate to see anybody get shaken down for trying to make it to land,” Lopez said.

Miami-Dade Police Department officers and the Coast Guard continued to discourage SOS Cuba demonstrations in the Florida Straits.

This is a developing story.

COMPLETE COVERAGE

The historic SOS Cuba protests in cities on the communist island on July 11 prompted a series of demonstrations in Miami-Dade County. (Historic Protests SOS Cuba)

Coverage on July 13

Demonstrators sit on the median separating the north and southbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Coverage on July 12

Cuban exiles rally at Versailles Restaurant in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood in support of protesters in Cuba, Monday, July 12, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Coverage on July 11

Government supporters shout slogans as anti-government protesters march in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

For more about the situation in Cuba in Spanish, visit the Local 10 News “en español” page.


About the Authors:

Roy Ramos joined the Local 10 News team in 2018. Roy is a South Florida native who grew up in Florida City. He attended Christopher Columbus High School, Homestead Senior High School and graduated from St. Thomas University.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.