Tampa has a historic link with Cuba that dates back over a century, but it’s St. Petersburg that is forging the first major cultural exchange with the island nation’s government since relations between it and the U.S. began normalizing a year ago.
With it, St. Petersburg perhaps gains an advantage in the competition to host the first Cuban consulate in the U.S. in more than five decades.
“St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has said that art and culture serve to build relationships and diplomacy,” said Bill Carlson, president of Tucker- Hall, a public relations agency in Tampa that has supported business and humanitarian missions in Cuba since 1999. “We are hopeful this leads to a mutually beneficial relationship between Cuba and the Tampa Bay area.” (continue reading)