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Tourism and convention bureau refiling claim with BP

Erica Wright, left, of Fort Myers, and Doug Fulton, of York, Pa., cross Third Street South during a Segway  tour of downtown Naples with Naples Transportation, Tours and Event Planning on Wednesday afternoon. The Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau never received compensation from BP for added marketing costs to combat the negative publicity about Southwest Florida's beaches following last year's oil spill. BP gave the state $25 million in 2010, but the bureau never saw any of the money. The bureau is reapplying again directly with BP in a week for $398,000 to cover their costs. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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Erica Wright, left, of Fort Myers, and Doug Fulton, of York, Pa., cross Third Street South during a Segway tour of downtown Naples with Naples Transportation, Tours and Event Planning on Wednesday afternoon. The Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau never received compensation from BP for added marketing costs to combat the negative publicity about Southwest Florida's beaches following last year's oil spill. BP gave the state $25 million in 2010, but the bureau never saw any of the money. The bureau is reapplying again directly with BP in a week for $398,000 to cover their costs. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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  • From left, Erica Wright, of Fort Myers, and Doug and Luciana Fulton, of York, Pa., embark on a Segway  tour of downtown Naples with Naples Transportation, Tours and Event Planning on Wednesday afternoon. The Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau never received compensation from BP for added marketing costs to combat the negative publicity about Southwest Florida's beaches following last year's oil spill. BP gave the state $25 million in 2010, but the bureau never saw any of the money. The bureau is reapplying again directly with BP in a week for $398,000 to cover their costs. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • FILE PHOTO Tourists flock to the Naples Pier ///Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Beachgoers brave a few floating dead fish and rust colored water south of the Naples Pier on Wednesday afternoon. The Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau never received compensation from BP for added marketing costs to combat the negative publicity about Southwest Florida's beaches following last year's oil spill. BP gave the state $25 million in 2010, but the bureau never saw any of the money. The bureau is reapplying again directly with BP in a week for $398,000 to cover their costs. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Erica Wright, left, of Fort Myers, and Doug Fulton, of York, Pa., cross Third Street South during a Segway  tour of downtown Naples with Naples Transportation, Tours and Event Planning on Wednesday afternoon. The Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau never received compensation from BP for added marketing costs to combat the negative publicity about Southwest Florida's beaches following last year's oil spill. BP gave the state $25 million in 2010, but the bureau never saw any of the money. The bureau is reapplying again directly with BP in a week for $398,000 to cover their costs. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Susan Bruzzese, the administrative manager with Naples Transportation, Tours and Event Planning in downtown Naples, books a Segway tour over the telephone on Wednesday afternoon. The Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau never received compensation from BP for added marketing costs to combat the negative publicity about Southwest Florida's beaches following last year's oil spill. BP gave the state $25 million in 2010, but the bureau never saw any of the money. The bureau is reapplying again directly with BP in a week for $398,000 to cover their costs. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Phil Hymel, left, a tour guide with Naples Transportation, Tours and Event Planning in downtown Naples, gives Luciana Fulton, of York, Pa., a lesson on operating a Segway on before taking a tour of Naples on Wednesday afternoon. The Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau never received compensation from BP for added marketing costs to combat the negative publicity about Southwest Florida's beaches following last year's oil spill. BP gave the state $25 million in 2010, but the bureau never saw any of the money. The bureau is reapplying again directly with BP in a week for $398,000 to cover their costs. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Phil Hymel, left, a tour guide with Naples Transportation, Tours and Event Planning in downtown Naples, gives Luciana Fulton, of York, Pa., a lesson on operating a Segway on before taking a tour of Naples on Wednesday afternoon. The Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau never received compensation from BP for added marketing costs to combat the negative publicity about Southwest Florida's beaches following last year's oil spill. BP gave the state $25 million in 2010, but the bureau never saw any of the money. The bureau is reapplying again directly with BP in a week for $398,000 to cover their costs. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Phil Hymel, right, a tour guide with Naples Transportation, Tours and Event Planning in downtown Naples, gives Luciana Fulton, left, of York, Pa., a lesson on operating a Segway on before taking a tour of Naples on Wednesday afternoon. The Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau never received compensation from BP for added marketing costs to combat the negative publicity about Southwest Florida's beaches following last year's oil spill. BP gave the state $25 million in 2010, but the bureau never saw any of the money. The bureau is reapplying again directly with BP in a week for $398,000 to cover their costs. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Phil Hymel, center, a tour guide with Naples Transportation, Tours and Event Planning, helps Ann Gratz, of Ontario, Canada, onto her Segway at the Naples Pier during a tour of downtown Naples on Wednesday afternoon. The Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau never received compensation from BP for added marketing costs to combat the negative publicity about Southwest Florida's beaches following last year's oil spill. BP gave the state $25 million in 2010, but the bureau never saw any of the money. The bureau is reapplying again directly with BP in a week for $398,000 to cover their costs. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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