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FLORIDA: City puts cost of Quran-burning security at $200,000, sends bill to church

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Pastor Terry Jones canceled Quran burning


















GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Authorities say security for last weekend's canceled Quran burning at a central Florida church cost around $200,000. City officials say they expect the church to pay.

Police Maj. Rick Hanna said more than 200 officers were on duty last weekend patrolling the church, the University of Florida football game and "soft targets" like the mall. Another 160 sheriff's deputies were also working because of the planned protest at Dove World Outreach Center.

Gainesville City Manager Russ Blackburn said he doesn't know if the city has legal authority to compel the church to pay.

Pastor Terry Jones canceled the event after international pressure.