Sunday, July 17, 2005

"Lingering Misperceptions"

Four days after Hurricane Dennis virtually wiped out the Santa Rosa County community of Navarre Beach and extensively damaged other county towns like Milton and Bagdad, the weekly Gulf Breeze News is reporting that a Florida state tourist development board has awarded $50,000 to Santa Rosa County so it can "reach prospective tourists" with a tourism brochure next year. Impressive efficiency for a state agency, right?

Not so fast. Turns out, according to Governor Jeb Bush, this grant was intended to help Santa Rosa County market itself "in a positive light, as well as to address any lingering misperceptions stemming from the 2004 storm season."

Lingering misperceptions? Is that the name for all those roofs flying through the air last week?

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