ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Cuban officials visited St. Petersburg this weekend to tour the sites that may become the future location of the Cuban consulate.
St. Pete city representatives confirmed that two Cuban officials took a tour around the city on the weekend. The city didn’t release any information if any specific locations were chosen or when the Cuban officials might announce the possible location.
The city is excited to welcome the important visitors, the press release stated.
Mayor Rick Kriseman made the following statement about the visit:
“We are honored to welcome these dignitaries to St. Petersburg and continue the conversation we started nearly one year ago. This relationship has already proved beneficial for both St. Petersburg and Havana and we believe the future is even brighter.”
According to the Associated Press, both Tampa and St. Petersburg have been vying for the site of a consulate but so far officials have not toured Tampa. Miami has a large population of Cuban Americans but many leaders in that city have opposed locating a consulate there.
The duties of a consulate include issuing visas and promoting and assisting with trade and other business ventures.