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Cuban Leaders Eye New Port As Economic Lifeline
The town best known as the launch point of a mass maritime exodus to the U.S. in 1980 is being transformed into a huge, modern, $900 million port and special commercial zone.
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En esta foto del 6 de noviembre de 2013, botes pesqueros están anclados en la bahía de Mariel, Cuba, donde se construye un gran puerto que las autoridades esperan se convierta en un centro económico estratégico, sobre todo si Estados Unidos levanta el embargo y los barcos de contenedores navegan hacia el sur. (AP Foto/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Nov. 6, 2013 photo, a man drives his horse drawn carriage past a port under construction in Mariel Bay in Mariel, Cuba. For the residents of Mariel, the new port means new jobs, a window into the global economy and perhaps a few more cars on the streets. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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En esta foto del 6 de noviembre de 2013, jardineros trabajan en la zona vecina a un nuevo puerto en construcción en Mariel, Cuba. Algunas empresas sin duda vacilarán antes de instalarse en el puerto nuevo, conscientes de que el embargo de Washington les prohibirá vender sus productos en Estados Unidos, y que sus operaciones en Cuba les complicarán el comercio que tengan con el Tío Sam.(AP Foto/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Nov. 6, 2013 photo, workers landscape the area near a new port under construction in Mariel, Cuba. Some companies will no doubt be hesitant to set up shop at the new port knowing that U.S. embargo rules would almost certainly prohibit them from selling their products in the United States, and that their Cuban operations could complicate any trade they do with Uncle Sam. Embargo rules prohibit ships from docking in the United States for six months after calling in Cuban ports. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Nov. 6, 2013 photo, a small pier stands on the banks of Mariel Bay, on the opposite shore of a port under construction in Mariel, Cuba. Best known as the launch point of a mass maritime exodus in 1980, the town of Mariel has practically no traffic and kids play freely in the streets without worrying their parents. But all thats about to change with the rise of a huge, modern port and special commercial zone in and around the towns formerly sleepy harbor. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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En esta foto del 6 de noviembre de 2013, trabajadores construyen almacenes en un nuevo puerto en construcción en Mariel, Cuba. Algunas empresas sin duda vacilarán antes de instalarse en el puerto nuevo, conscientes de que el embargo de Washington les prohibirá vender sus productos en Estados Unidos, y que sus operaciones en Cuba les complicarán el comercio que tengan con el Tío Sam.(AP Foto/Franklin Reyes)

Cuban Leaders Eye New Port As Economic Lifeline

The town best known as the launch point of a mass maritime exodus to the U.S. in 1980 is being transformed into a huge, modern, $900 million port and special commercial zone.

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