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Official: New York Times' fallout affecting local tourism

Controversy over one county commission blocking a library system from having a digital subscription to the New York Times has spilled over into the local tourism.
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This photo shows an editorial appearing on the front page of the New York Times, in New York, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. shootings. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

INVERNESS, Fla. — Controversy over one Florida county commission blocking a library system from having a digital subscription to the New York Times has spilled over into the local tourism realm.

The Citrus County Chronicle reports that people are canceling trips to Citrus County and the repercussions are being felt as far abroad as London, England.

John Pricher, director of the Citrus County Visitors Bureau, said as of Wednesday afternoon he's received 10 anonymous and signed emails from tourists who all oppose county commissioners' actions.

In late October, commissioners discussed whether to buy the digital subscription but didn't make a final decision.

On Nov. 19, Citrus County Commissioners will decide whether to take the advice of library officials and spend $2,700 annually for a digital subscription to the paper.

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