Another attempt to delay the Airport City development project, planned to encompass Miami International Airport, was stopped by a tied vote by Miami-Dade’s County Commission this week, reports the Miami Herald.
The project has been long delayed by pro-embargo critics because Odebrecht USA, the contractor company selected build Airport City, is tied to Cuba indirectly through its Brazilian parent company, which also has a subsidiary in Cuba.
Although Odebrecht USA was selected for the project and a contract – though not yet signed – had already been negotiated, Commissioner Esteban Bovo proposed that the county consider alternative proposals, reports the Miami Herald. After the tense 6-6 vote, negotiations will be able to continue.
Previous efforts at halting Odebrecht USA’s activities in Florida have included the passage of a law, later declared unconstitutional, banning state government contracts with companies that have any financial ties to Cuba.