County Manager Steve Shiver preferred to avoid the issue of whether Miami-Dade should aggressively seek a piece of the Cuban trade action. "Uh, I'll have to think about that one more," he said and asked this reporter to call him back later. At press time, Shiver was still thinking.
Shiver and other Miami-Dade officials will soon have another chance to conquer their fears. The second U.S. Food and Agribusiness Exhibition is scheduled for Havana in January 2004.
Miami-Dade's "Don't ask, don't tell" approach to Cuban trade has given Tampa and Jacksonville a big head start