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St. Petersburg Appearing as Leader to Land Cuban Consulate Office in Florida

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    St. Petersburg Appearing as Leader to Land Cuban Consulate Office in Florida
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    Eduardo Clark holds American and Cuban flags across the street from the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 20, 2015.

    After a weekend tour of the city by the Consular General and his deputy from Washington D.C., one Florida city appears closer to becoming home for a Cuban Consulate office in the United States.

    According to NBC affiliate WFLA-TV, the delegation met with officials from St. Petersburg, including Mayor Rick Kriseman, for a tour of both the city and potential office locations for a future home.

    The city has spent much of the last year working to get the consulate office in Pinellas County.

    At the same time, a scheduled trip to Tampa did not take place. That city’s mayor has said he would not block the consulate if they are chosen, but he will not actively pursue it out of an obligation to supporters that oppose Tampa being picked.

    While Miami has the most Cuban-American residents in the entire state, Mayor Tomas Regalado has said a consulate office would not be welcome. Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine championed his city, but that commission voted 4-3 against any potential location.