Public Hearing Monday to Discuss Cuban Consulate in Miami Beach

A public hearing will be held Monday to discuss a possible Cuban consulate in Miami Beach.

The hearing will take place at the City of Miami Beach Hispanic Affairs committee meeting at Miami Beach at 6:30 p.m.

Last month, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Commissioner Ricky Arriola told Cuban government officials that they'd welcome Cuban diplomats in their city.

The Hispanic Affairs committee chairman said the Cuban exile community has been a major part of the city's success so their opinions should be considered. The committee is expected to vote on a motion, which would then be sent to the city commission.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he would not object to the consulate. Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado has strongly opposed any suggestion that his city might house the Cuban government, even threatening to sue in federal court.

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