Florida police want $200,000 from Terry Jones for cost of security

Before he goes, though, Gainesville authorities say they want him to cover the cost of policing the Dove World Outreach Center for the planned Quran burning that never happened, The Gainesville Sun reported…

Police Maj. Rick Hanna told the Sun the expenses were high because so much territory had to be covered — the area around the church, the University of Florida football game and “soft targets” such as The Oaks Mall.

“We wanted a lot of high visibility and very preventative patrolling,” said Hanna, who was in charge of the operation for Gainesville Police. “You have to weigh it — you don’t want to create an atmosphere of hysteria, but we took it real serious.”…

Blackburn said he isn’t sure how realistic it is to expect the church to pay or how much legal authority the city has to compel the church to pay.