Cuba

Before Hurricane Irma ravaged Cuba’s north coast last month, Carla León’s private business – renting her family’s three-bedroom house in Havana through Airbnb – had already begun losing customers thanks to another force of nature: Donald Trump.

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Ever since former President Barack Obama normalized relations with Cuba three years ago – heralding the possibility of a new era after half a century of hostility – cold warriors on both sides of the Florida Straits have gnashed their teeth at the rapprochement.

But in the coming days and weeks, sources say the Trump Administration may well shelve a good chunk of the new normal in favor of the old normal the hawks prefer – in effect, the re-freezing of U.S.-Cuban relations.

Port Tampa Bay announced five new cruises to Cuba, starting in 2018.

The Cuban government is putting the breaks on the bustling private taxi industry. It has released a proposal for a state-run taxi cooperative, and though membership will be optional, drivers are being enticed to join with incentives like cheaper gas and exclusive access to certain routes.

The announcement comes about a week after the government stopped issuing licenses for new private businesses in lucrative areas, including restaurants, Bed and Breakfasts, home rentals, web development, and tutoring.

An orchestra from Cuba is making its South Florida debut amidst changing relations between it and the U.S.

The Havana Lyceum Orchestra is on its first tour throughout the U.S. and will be performing Friday at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

The orchestra is one of the country’s most prominent classical music groups composed of conservatory students, graduates and music teachers.

With about half of the members of the orchestra, violinist Maiin Hau has been touring the east coast: New York, Philadelphia, Boston, now Miami Beach.

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