Cuban revolutionary and dictator Fidel Castro died Sunday. Cuban exiles and their supporters in Florida celebrated his death and look forward to positive changes in communist Cuba.
“As one of the birthplaces of Cuban independence in the late 1800’s, Tampa has long and storied history with the island of Cuba and its people. Generations of Cubans have helped to build this amazing city and we are forever grateful for their contributions. Many arrived in our City fleeing the totalitarian policies of the Castro government with nothing more that the shirts on their backs and a yearning for freedom. They have never strayed from the belief that one day Cuba would again be free. The passing of Fidel Castro offers hope that one day the Cuban people will enjoy the benefits of a free and democratic society.”
—-Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, November 28, 2016