Ybor City, Florida has always captivated me.
This historic neighborhood in Tampa is Cuba meets the “Deep South.”
It has the energy of Cuban music mingled with laid-back southern charms.
I got to know the area well back in my days as a chemical engineer with DuPont after making dozens of trips out to two prospective water desalination projects nearby. You know you spend too much time in a place when the Airport Marriott staff knows you by name…
100 years ago, this “city within a city” was the cigar capital of the world, producing 500 million cigars a year – even more than Havana did at the time.
Even though the area has seen some hard times since the demise of the cigar industry, it still emits an energetic vibe that attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Just like the Cuban/southern fusion that first drew me to Ybor City, two worlds have started to collide for this mining stock – Fundamental and technical.