Mayor plans to cross Florida Straits on raft

Posted at 8:35 AM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 08:35:49-05

DEBARY, Fla. (AP) - The mayor of a central Florida city is planning to visit Cuba and return home on a makeshift raft so he can better understand what Cuban migrants go through when crossing the Florida Straits.

DeBary Mayor Clint Johnson tells the Daytona Beach News-Journal ( he plans to visit Cuba in mid-April. He says he understands the risks of crossing the Straits on a raft, adding he loves "living outside the box."

Johnson says he'll go to Havana with his wife, bringing along bolts and oar locks. He plans to obtain other pieces for his raft in Cuba.

The 30-year-old says he hopes to reach Key West in about two days.

He says he qualified for a license to travel to Cuba under professional research or journalism reasons. He'll blog about his trip.


Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal,

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