Florida skateboarders plan skate ramp in Havana

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A group of Florida skateboarders has gone to Cuba to build what they said would be the island nation's first concrete skate ramp.

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The Tampa Bay Times reported that the group traveled Saturday to the Caribbean island.

Organizers from Skatepark of Tampa and Boards for Bros said they planned to convert an unused drainage ditch on the outskirts of Havana into a skate park with a mini ramp.

The effort did not include seeking approval from Cuban or U.S. authorities.

Skateboarders from Tampa were joining a project led by a Miami skateboarding charity that has been distributing skateboards in Cuba since 2009.

The trip was timed to coincide with international Go Skateboarding Day on Wednesday.

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