Dateline Florida

Published April 3, 2007

Poll: support ebbs for limits

A new poll shows that growing numbers of Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade County oppose U.S. restrictions on travel to the island and favor more contacts with Havana, the Miami Herald reports. The survey by Florida International University showed 55.2 percent favor "unrestricted" travel to Cuba, though a majority of those registered to vote opposed the option. Support for the embargo was at the lowest level since the survey was launched in 1991. The embargo is still backed by a 57.5 percent majority, but that's down from the 66 percent who backed it three years ago. "People are seeing and recognizing the need to take a new path," said Carlos Pascual of the Brookings Institution, which helped organize the poll.

Tent slashing legal, police say

After weeks of research, St. Petersburg police have concluded that their decision to slash and seize tents used by the homeless was legal. But they wouldn't do it again. As Maj. Melanie Bevan, who had the idea to cut the tents, wrote in a report released Monday, "Other options could and should have been explored."


- Tampa City Council member Tom Scott was appointed to the Metropolitan Planning Organization Sunday, along with Joseph Caetano and Mary Mulhern. A story Monday omitted Scott and named a different council member.

- The All About Kids Back to School Bash will be held in August. An item in Monday's Around Town column gave an incorrect date.


A column in Saturday's Times noted that the Florida House in 2006 repealed a rule that required lawmakers to create Web sites for certain fundraising committees. The rule was repealed because the same requirement now exists under state election law.