Homeland Security issuing warnings as organizers plan to launch a flotilla next week from South Florida to waters near Cuba, they could risk breaking the law;
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Florida boaters could risk fines, prison by going to Cuba.
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in an advisory Thursday that boaters intending to enter Cuban territorial waters must get permission from the U.S. Coast Guard. Violators risk facing fines of $25,000 a day and 10 years in prison, the advisory said.
- “It is illegal for boaters to depart with the intent to travel to Cuba for any purpose without a permit,” the advisory said.
- People who bring foreign nationals into the U.S. illegally risk facing fines of up to $250,000 a day and five years in prison, the department said.