With the USA and Cuba renewing diplomatic relations after half a century, Eckerd College Professor of Political Science, Mary Meyer McAleese, has remarked the move could impact Florida’s tourism, economy and education.

Professor McAleese says “there could be a lot of economic opportunity for Florida for investors” and that it is crucial that the two governments work out how to successfully operate economic relations. She says that while there could initially be a positive impact on tourism in Florida, that in the longer term, Cuba could be competition for the Sunshine State.

“Both countries now will be learning how to re-establish their relationship,” adds the professor.

While the restoration of relations between the two nations has pleased many, there are those less pleased with the new agreement. Some have called the re-opening of diplomatic relations “treason” by the US, who are ignoring the Cuban regime’s history of human rights violations.