Among exile elite, a shift over Cuba-US policy

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Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 8 at 12:02 PM

MIAMI (AP) — An increasing number of Florida's powerful Cuban-American business and civic leaders — long the gatekeepers of U.S. policy toward Cuba — are going public with their desire to increase dialogue and even business between the two countries.

This week, sugar magnate and exile luminary Alfonso Fanjul spoke publicly about bringing his family's business back to the communist island.

Developer Jorge Perez has talked openly about his contemporary Cuban art collection and his hopes that Cuban artists will one day display works at his new, namesake Miami museum.

Although Congress is unlikely to eliminate the embargo anytime soon, the Obama administration or its successor could allow Cuba to buy U.S. imports with cash, let non-Cubans invest in small and medium businesses on the island, and further ease travel for non-Cubans.

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