Pinellas County has heard from Gov. Charlie Crist's office it will receive $1.15 million to market the area to summer visitors. The money will come from a $25 million emergency fund bankrolled by BP to help Florida tourist destinations hurt by the oil spill in the gulf. The cash will double the county's summer advertising campaign, which primarily targets travelers in the Tampa Bay area and Central Florida. This week, Crist asked BP for an additional $50 million for tourism advertising. "We will go after (a share of) that just as hard,'' said David Downing, deputy director of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention and Visitor Bureau. "This $1.15 million is not a stopping point.''
Pinellas gets $1.15 million for tourism ads from BP; will seek more
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