Fighting Fear In Florida

The brutal murder of a tourist alarms foreign visitors -- and locals as well

DIE TODESFALLE UNTER PALMEN! SCREAMED THE German tabloid. deathtrap under the palms! In the language of Florida tourism, that had worrisome further meanings: shame and financial peril. After Berlin special-education teacher Barbara Meller Jensen strayed off I-95 near Miami and was brutally murdered in front of her children in a "bump-and-run" robbery, German Consul General Klaus Sommer considered warning other Germans away from the city. Jensen was the sixth foreign (and third German) tourist killed in Florida since December.

Sommer's was no small threat. Tourists bring $28 billion a year into the state, and half of Miami's tourists are foreigners. City...

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