GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Officials in a Florida city say a speaking event featuring white nationalist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida last fall will cost taxpayers at least $224,000.
The Gainesville Sun reports Gainesville city commissioners decided Thursday not to send the university a bill for costs. Alachua County officials sent the university a $302,000 bill earlier this month for its costs connected to the event.
The university previously estimated it would spend $600,000 on security at the October event to ensure no repeat of violent clashes connected to a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one dead in August.
Thousands of protesters ended up drowning out Spencer with chanting, and he ended his Florida speech early.
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Florida’s governor had declared a state of emergency for the event.
Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com