Florida mayor Clint Johnson was inspired by the struggle of Cuban immigrants who travel to Florida by raft and decided to try it himself. He told The Guardian, "My plan is to go down [to Cuba] and build a raft and come back to Florida on it."
His trip has gotten some support for the attention it's bringing to the danger that Cuban immigrants face.
And he's managed to build a test raft and get it to float.
According to Mashable, the trip from Cuba to Florida could take anywhere from two days to a whole week depending on the circumstances.