In his February 19 "state of the port" speech, Port of Miami director Chuck Towsley ignored the ravenous billion-ton Gorilla 100 miles away, namely the Cuban economy. A few years ago, that omission would have been unremarkable in a county where the craving to starve out Fidel Castro has been as Cuban-American as pumpkin pie. But under the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000, U.S. companies can now sell the socialist Godzilla hundreds of products, from basic grains, fruits, vegetables, and meats to pasta, chocolate, ice cream, beer, wine, and frog's legs. Best of all, the law requires the Cuban government to pay with cash. Over the past year the Gorilla consumed about $140 million in U.S. food and agricultural products. In coming years, Florida's share of such sales could reach $28 million per year, if the U.S. embargo on Cuba were fully lifted. Nationwide, the proceeds could exceed one billion... More >>>