Year One Cuba Libre
The monorail that runs through the business district is well underway and is on target to begin serving passengers next year. However, these quiet running cars that roll on rubber tires will not pass along the Malecon. The
The historic district is being restored and is looking presentable. Buildings that were salvageable were gutted only leaving the façade. Many sites were razed but are required by the city government code to be rebuilt following strict historical guidelines. The roads have been torn up in an alternating manner to allow traffic to continue to flow. At this time the sewers and water pipes are being replaced, as well as telephone, fiber optic cable, electric transmission line, etc. being laid. They are being buried before the final road surface is finished.
Private Cuban businesses are forming everyday to serve to needs of the expanding economy. Sanitation companies haul the trash away for a reasonable fee from both commercial and residential areas. Food vendors are everywhere and the cost of eating continues to decline while the quality and diversity of food improves. Some former Cuban farmers and ranchers have returned to their abandoned, squalid property to begin again. Others too old now have chosen to sell their property to young farmers and ranchers but keep a small amount of their land to build a retirement home. Likewise, many former business owners have returned to open up shop while others have decided to sell their old dilapidated business locations to others and simply retire to enjoy their last days in a free
Over 200 mom and pop family businesses spring-up to build small boats and pleasure crafts. Thousands of Cuban construction and renovation firms begin operations transforming the island from drab to dramatically different. Everywhere one hears the sounds of nails being hammered, saws buzzing and construction workers whistling at the senoras walking by. Some things never change. One thing that has changed is the medical industry. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals have setup competing HMOs to offer high quality care for a reasonable coverage price. Dengue fever has really been eliminated from
Tourism has exploded causing the central government to place a $20 tourist tax on all visitors generating millions in revenue for the treasury. Likewise, oil, gas and mining leases, besides providing quality employment to Cubans, have also helped fill the treasury. Sadly, many firms who were connected to the former slave regime of Raul Castro still cannot believe that they have been kicked out of