Published: Oct 18, 2013 7:23 AM EDT

PORT MANATEE, Fla. (AP) - An officer of a company that wants to operate ferry service between Florida and Cuba outlined his plans for the Manatee County Port Authority.
    
An official with Havana Ferry Partners LLC said on Thursday that once the legal obstacle posed by a U.S. embargo against Cuba is resolved, the company could operate fast ferries to the island nation. The Bradenton Herald (http://goo.gl/8PhjvN) reports that each one could carry 150 passengers, plus tons of cargo.
    
The U.S. Treasury Department last year rejected Leonard Moeklin's attempt to offer ferry service during the visit to the island of Pope Benedict XVI.
    
Officials say Port Manatee could be a hub for construction materials to be shipped to Cuba.
    
The U.S. has maintained an embargo against Cuba for decades.
    
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Information from: The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald , http://www.bradenton.com

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