Politics makes desperate bedfellows.

So it's not such a big surprise that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Miami Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, also a Republican, appear to have finally slipped under the same campaign sheets.

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The U.S., Cuban and Mexican governments began negotiations in July over how to divvy up a 7,700-square mile portion of the Gulf of Mexico known as the Eastern Gap.  The ocean floor beneath the Eastern Gap is believed to hold large amounts of oil, but with no clear owner, drilling hasn’t been occurring there.  Supporters of an oil drilling moratorium that covers much of the U.S. side of the eastern Gulf worry negotiations over the Eastern Gap could lead to Cuban oil drilling operations just on the other side of the country’s maritime border with the U.S. near the Tampa Bay area.  

The first commercial flights from Tampa to Havana in more than 50 years will begin in late October at the earliest, but they're already muscling out at least one local charter company.

St. Petersburg appears to be out front in a bid to become home to the first Cuban consulate in the United States in more than five decades.

Advocates Press Hillary Clinton For Cuban Support At Rally

Jul 25, 2016

There were plenty of people handing out flyers at Saturday’s rally for Hillary Clinton at Florida International University (FIU).