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San Diego Mayor Signs Tourism Pact

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A long feud over how to promote tourism for the nation's eighth-largest city has ended in San Diego.

U-T San Diego says Mayor Bob Filner on Thursday signed an operating deal with the Tourism Marketing District that could provide some $30 million a year to promote the city.

The money is collected from a hotel room surcharge. The signing will free up $4.5 million in funds collected but frozen during months of feuding.

The mayor had disagreed with a marketing plan that the City Council approved last fall and released a counter-proposal.

The marketing district sued to force Filner to sign the original deal. An agreement was reached this month.

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