Fla. judge could make travel to Cuba even harder


Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 9:05 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 9:05 a.m.

MIAMI Travel agents and charter companies are set to ask a federal judge to issue an emergency stay blocking a new law that would make it harder for them to book trips to Cuba.

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Grisel Jimenez of ABC Charters works at her desk Monday, June 30, 2008 in Miami. Dozens of Florida-based travel agencies filed suit against the state in an effort to block a new law that would make it harder for them to book trips to Cuba.

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In the hearing scheduled for Tuesday in Miami, the agencies will argue the measure is unconstitutional and could drive up costs and put them out of business.

The new law was set to take effect Tuesday and would force the agencies to put up a $250,000 state bond if they book tours to Cuba. Other travel agencies would only pay $25,000.

Republican State Representative David Rivera sponsored the measure. He hopes it will cut down on travel fraud, provide greater homeland security and deny resources to the Cuban government.

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