Fla. Keys officials seek OK for Cuba talks

KEY WEST, Fla. -- Florida Keys officials hope to get clearance from the U.S. government to visit Cuba to discuss long-range tourism plans, according to the trip's organizer, Monroe County Mayor Charles McCoy.

McCoy, a former mayor of Key West, said Monroe County commission members will consider a request April 16 that they endorse an application for travel to Cuba that Key West and county officials intend to file with the U.S. Treasury Department.

If the feds issue the permit, the officials intend to discuss the resumption of air service, a ferry route and cruise ship calls with their Cuban counterparts.

Any plans would be subject to an improvement in relations between the U.S. and Cuba and a relaxation of travel restrictions.

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