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Broward Mayor Sharief, Lieutentant Governor Lopez-Cantera discussed axed Port-Cuba deal

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Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief and Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera met Friday and discussed Port Everglades projects and why the port pursued an agreement with Cuba and then axed it. 

In January, port officials in Fort Lauderdale planned to sign a memorandum of understanding with Cuba but cancelled it after Gov. Rick Scott threatened to cut off funding to any Florida port that does business with Cuba. The agreement would have covered future cooperation and could have led to joint marketing studies and training.

Sharief said she explained that the agreement was "benign."

The Port-Cuba agreement was one of many topics that Sharief, a Democrat, and Lopez-Cantera, a Republican, discussed Friday morning at her Pembroke Pines office.

Sharief said they discussed putting Port Everglades "on the governor's list for priority in terms of what the President Trump administration has said about moving major port projects and capital improvement project to the top of the list." 

While campaigning, Trump promised to invest $550 billion in infrastructure.

Sharief and Lopez-Cantera also discussed funding plans for the C-51 reservoir project and the county's request for state funding for the northbound ramp off Pat Salerno Way near the Sawgrass Mills mall.

Sharief said this was her first individual meeting with Lopez-Cantera and that he sought the meeting. His schedule showed that he also planned to meet with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo.

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