Thursday 21 September 2017

US city throws in the towel, tells tourists to go to Florida instead

Icicles hang from the roof of a fire station, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Marlborough, Mass. New England and portions of New York state awoke Monday to a fresh blanket of snow as a storm threatening to bring up to 1 to 2 feet to some areas churned across the Northeast, making for a slippery, tedious commute to start the workweek. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
Snow is removed from a street, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Marlborough, Mass. New England and portions of New York state awoke Monday to a fresh blanket of snow as a storm threatening to bring up to 1 to 2 feet to some areas churned across the Northeast, making for a slippery, tedious commute to start the workweek. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
A man walks on snow-covered Route 20, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Marlborough, Mass. New England and portions of New York state awoke Monday to a fresh blanket of snow as a storm threatening to bring up to 1 to 2 feet to some areas churned across the Northeast, making for a slippery, tedious commute to start the workweek. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
Ice forms along the shore of the Manhattan side of the East River in New York on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
A woman walks down Delancey Street in Lower Manhattan, New York February 16, 2015. The U.S. Northeast struggled to dig out from the latest in a series of winter storms that made February the snowiest month in Boston's history. The cold weather blast hit the region Sunday through Monday, bringing near record low temperatures. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)
A basketball sits on a frozen basketball court in Lower Manhattan, New York February 16, 2015. The U.S. Northeast struggled to dig out from the latest in a series of winter storms that made February the snowiest month in Boston's history. The cold weather blast hit the region Sunday through Monday, bringing near record low temperatures. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

David Kearns

As the US Northeast continues to freeze, the tourism board for one upstate New York city has conceded defeat and urged potential visitors to go elsewhere.

The city of Ithaca has a message for people thinking about coming to visit: head to Florida instead.

Tourist officials in Ithaca are apparently so  fed up with the repeated snowstorms and below-freezing temperatures, they have stopped trying to lure visitors to their city and are instead steering them to Florida’s Key West.

VisitIthaca.com, the city’s  tourism website, has added a pop-up window saying: “That’s it. We surrender. Winter, you win.”

"Due to this ridiculously stupid winter, Ithaca invites you to visit The Florida Keys this week.”

"Please come back when things thaw out."

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