Florida boaters risk fines and prison by going to Cuba
Miami, Florida – According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, organizers are planning to launch a flotilla next week from South Florida to waters near Cuba. Officials say they risk breaking the law.
According to the department, boaters intending to enter Cuban territorial waters must get permission from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Violators risk facing fines of $25,000 a day and 10 years in prison.
The goal of next Monday’s planned trip is to go to international waters near the island, but not cross into Cuban waters, to let island residents know they have supporters in South Florida, according to Osdany Veloz, an organizer of the boaters.