Cuban official delays speaking engagement in Bradenton
BRADENTON -- A luncheon event that was to have brought Cuba's most senior representative in the United States to a Manatee County business audience next week has been postponed until April.
Sponsored by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, the planned Feb. 18 event has been on the books since the start of the year. José Ramón Cabañas, chief of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington, D.C., told chamber staff that he is postponing his local appearance because of travel conflicts and important talks between the U.S. and Cuba.
The chamber began notifying attendees of the cancellation two weeks ago.
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According to a news release from the chamber, Cabañas made it clear that he is looking forward to speaking at a rescheduled Manatee Chamber event.
Chamber Senior Vice President Neil Spirtas said the chamber is tentatively planning to reschedule the event for late March or early April. It will likely be held at Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton, he said. All reservations made to attend on the initial event date will be honored.