What could be more appropriate than naming the new Ybor City Post Office, set to open later this year, after Ybor icon Roland Manteiga? The late publisher of the influential weekly, La Gaceta, was a tireless advocate for Tampa’s historic Latin Quarter.
Hardly matters, however, to the usual suspects: U.S. Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ilena Ros-Lehtinen, the three hard-line Cuban-Americans from South Florida. They are derailing the effort because they can’t countenance the thought that anyone who wasn’t against Fidel Castro from the revolutionary get-go could be worthy of having a local post office named after him.
Presumably, the Fulgencio Batista Post Office would be more appropriate.