The U.K. tabloid The Sun will issue a correction to the June 16 article that reported London Bridge would be bulldozed to make way for drug tourism.
According to a letter that The Sun Ombudsman Philippa Kennedy sent to Doug Traub, president and CEO of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, a correction will be published on page two of the main newspaper on Monday.
Kennedy said in the letter that correction will not be freely available since it is being sent out to subscribers, or the people who have online access to the article.
The Sun will also send a reporter to Havasu in ---the future to write a follow-up article on the revitalization of the English Village.
The online edition of the article has already been retracted and will not be reinstated.
When Havasu officials initially found out about the article at the end of June, some were worried that the article would negatively impact tourism.
“The Bridge — now part of a tourist complex called Lake Havasu City — is cracking up after years of neglect,” reads the now retracted article, explaining that the impact of the great recession has led Havasu officials to take the English Village in a different direction.
“The city is now so desperate there are plans to create a centre for drug tourism. The idea is that the legal sale of cannabis cigarettes and paraphernalia at the centre called Hemped in Havasu — would bring thousands of new visitors,” the article said.
“It’s one of the most preposterous and inflammatory articles ever written about our city, and we will respond in kind,” Traub said before demanding a retraction and correction.
But as the saying goes, ‘Any publicity is good publicity,’ and Traub announced in an email that the controversy generated more than 600 news stories and $800,000 in comparable media value. There is no doubt Mayor Mark Nexsen’s appearance on CNN, where he set the record straight, brought the city attention.
While London Bridge is in good shape and scheduled for more than $600,000 in repairs, the English Village still has vacant building space, which begs the question: When will the English Village be revitalized?
Nexsen said he spoke several months ago with Virtual Realty Enterprises, the realty firm that owns the north portion of the English Village, and he said VRE indicated they will scale down their plans to develop eight-story condominiums in the English Village.
“They were thinking of a less aggressive plan,” Nexsen said, adding that VRE has not submitted any new development plans.
An attempt to contact VRE was unsuccessful.
Although there is uncertainty surrounding the English Village, Havasuvians won’t have to worry about marijuana cigarettes being sold in these shops.
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