NY tourism website urges visitors to go to Florida instead

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Postcard with Greetings from Key West. ca. 1952, Greetings from Key West: inside the letter K are the southernmost residences in the United States: inside the E is the Convent of Mary Immaculate: inside the Y is the Spanish Harbor Viaduct: inside the W is the Old Light House: inside the E are people capturing green turtles: inside the S is the Overseas Highway over Pigeon Key: and inside the T is a modern charter boat fishing fleet. (Photo by LCDM Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

Postcard with Greetings from Key West. ca. 1952, Greetings from Key West: inside the letter K are the southernmost residences in the United States: inside the E is the Convent of Mary Immaculate: inside the Y is the Spanish Harbor Viaduct: inside the W is the Old Light House: inside the E are people capturing green turtles: inside the S is the Overseas Highway over Pigeon Key: and inside the T is a modern charter boat fishing fleet. (Photo by LCDM Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — The tourism office of Ithaca, New York, is waving the white flag on winter and advising visitors to its website to check out the Florida Keys instead.

VisitIthaca.com’s home page displays Sunshine State vacation photos and provides links to the website for tourism information about the Florida Keys and Key West.

The top of the Ithaca page reads: “That’s it. We surrender. Winter, you win. Key West anyone?”

Referring to “this ridiculously stupid winter,” the Ithaca website suggests visiting the Florida Keys this week and returning “when things thaw out.”

Ithaca and the rest of upstate New York have been in the grips of a snowy and brutally cold winter. The most recent cold snap sent temperatures plunging as low as 28 degrees below zero in the Adirondacks early Tuesday.

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