Shark attack coverage attacked

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called media coverage of the 10 shark attacks off New Smyrna Beach since Aug. 18 "disproportionate to the problem that we face," blaming the reports for a falloff in the area's tourism.

About 60% of the Labor Day weekend reservations at the New Smyrna Beach Holiday Inn and Suites were canceled due to the publicity, a hotel official said.

At press time, one half-mile section of a popular surfing beach in New Smyrna Beach was reopened, but another half-mile stretch remained closed with the possibility of reopening for the weekend if shark sightings were minimal.

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