I was speaking to a Cuban-American today, not hard to do in Florida where Cubans make up 1.4 million of its 4.3 million “Hispanics,” which constitute 22.5% of the state’s population.  She said she had visited Cuba two years ago where she was saddened to see the living conditions of her extended family. 

I asked my interlocutor if she and her husband, who is also Cuban-American, had bought a contract for land.  She said no.  I told her that most of the best locations have already been “bought” via contracts for future delivery.  Of course, the future delivery is when the “Old Boy” dies. 

She said she believed the Communist regime would continue after Fidel dies.  I told her no, the country is ruled by a “personality cult” and, when Fidel dies, the “regime” goes.  His brother and other cronies do not enjoy the special connection that Fidel has with the people and cannot carry on with the present regime.

I told her that few really understand what will happen when Fidel says “adios.”  The whole island will be swamped by “gringos,” mainly Cuban-Americans, busily turning the place into the Caribbean’s largest tourist destination as it was 60 years ago.  The smart money crowd here in Florida knows this and, as I state above, are nailing down the choice properties via personal contracts. 

Oh, what’s that you say?  They cannot buy the land since it was all seized by the state and is controlled by the state.  Well that denies the fact that tenants on the land allocated them by the state have claims to the land and thus will be able to transfer this when the old boy dies.  Also, many of these contacts are with government officials who want to assure their place in the “New Cuba.” 

Be assured, post Fidel Cuba will soon after his demise look very much like Cuba of the 1940s and 1950s.