President Obama supporter Leandro Seoane, left, has a heated discussion with Enna Martin at Versaille's Restaurant in Miami on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 after President Obama's decision to normalize relations between Cuba and the United States.
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Thumbs up: A Cuban gives the positive signal from his balcony decorated with U.S. and Cuban flags in Havana.
Opposed to change: Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen speaks to the media after a press conference by the relatives of four Brothers to the Rescue men that were shot down on orders of the Castro regime.
EL NUEVO HERALD STAFF
People stand along the "Malecon", or sea walk, as strong wind gusts caused by Tropical Storm Fay create waves in Havana, Monday, Aug. 18, 2008. Fay made landfall Monday in Key West, Florida, after crossing central Cuba without causing major damages.
People queue at an office of a financial service and money transfer agent, in Havana, on Jan. 15, 2015 in Havana. The United States will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties with the Cold War-era foe since announcing a historic rapprochement. Cubans living in the United States will be allowed to send home more money, though the United States trade embargo remains in effect. US President Barack Obama and Cuba's President Raul Castro announced the historic agreement December 17, opening the way for a reconciliation after more than 50 years of hostile relations.
Speaking out: Rosa Maria Paya, daughter of Cuban political dissident Oswaldo Paya Sardiñas, takes her turn during an open mike performance rally at the Freedom Tower in Miami.
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From left: Lincoln Diaz-Balart, dissident Iris Tamara Perez, Sen. Marco Rubio, Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen discuss their rejection of the media in the offices of the Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen on the decision of President Barack Obama's press conference on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.
El Nuevo Herald staff
This Jan. 8, 2014 file photo shows tourists as they travel in a taxi in Havana. The United States will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on January 16, 2015, implementing last month's agreement to begin normalizing ties with the Cold War-era foe."Today's announcement takes us one step closer to replacing out of date policies that were not working and puts in place a policy that helps promote political and economic freedom for the Cuban people," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said.
A statue of Venezuelan independence hero Francisco de Miranda stands as waves splash over the sea wall onto Malecon Avenue during heavy winds in Havana, Cuba, Monday Dec. 13, 2010.
A driver maneuvers his classic American car along a wet road as a wave crashes against the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba on Thursday as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean.
Artistic background: Tourists pose for pictures in front of graffitis of images of revolutionary leaders in Havana.
Shopping day: Tourists in Havana check out posters for sale by street vendors.
Lawyer Pedro Freyre says the decision by Cuban and the United States to renew diplomatic ties “really upset the apple cart. Miami Cubans will need to rethink a lot of things. That whole narrative about Cuba as the forbidden land or the dark side of the moon has been turned on its head.”
Economist Jorge A. Sanguinetty said going forward priorities in Cuba should be rebuilding institutions and recovering “from the total collapse of Cuban civil society over the past 50 years.”