DHS warns Florida boaters planning flotilla to Cuba; fines, potential jail time

DHS warns Florida boaters planning flotilla to Cuba; fines, potential jail time
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[Ed. – The boaters reportedly don’t plan to enter Cuban waters.  DHS says they’d have to get U.S. permission to do so, which is legitimate.]

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to South Florida boaters planning to take part in a flotilla to Cuba.

“It is illegal for boaters to depart with the intent to travel to Cuba for any purpose without a permit,” according to an advisory they issued on Thursday.

DHS said in the advisory that any boater intending to enter Cuban territorial waters must get permission from the U.S. Coast Guard. Violators risk facing fines of $25,000 a day and 10 years in prison, the advisory said.

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People who bring foreign nationals into the U.S. illegally risk facing fines of up to $250,000 a day and five years in prison, the department said.

The trip, planned for Monday, has been pushed back to Thursday.

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