But when the residential edition of the directory hit the doorsteps of more than 30, homes in west Hernando in June, there was a glaring omission from the free publication.
Recipients may have been surprised to find they received a phone book that contained no white s. Local advertisers said they were even more surprised and angry to find Com Tel sales representatives failed to mention it when they sold them in both the residential and the business editions of the directory.
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Com Tel spokesman Walter L. Peterson said that that is not true and that he has received no complaints. He said that once residents realize there are no white s in the residential edition, "they're going to pitch it. The only reason that I advertise in the directory is because my clients use the white s to call friends who live down in Hudson or Port Richey. If they lose that advantage, why would they even keep the phone book?
The residential and business editions were sold as a package deal in which advertisers paid a single price to appear in both.
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In West Hernando, more than 5, companies received the business edition. More thanSuncoast directories are being distributed from Holiday in the south to the Brookridge subdivision on State Road 50 in Brooksville in the north. A company owned by the Times Publishing Co. The business edition also includes a west coast residential listing from north Pinellas to Brooksville.
He said he was misled by a Com Tel sales representative who showed him a copy of a Suncoast business edition, which includes white s.
Paul Dupuis, owner of Florida Fan Co. He said he was not told there were two Suncoast editions. I don't think without the white s the book becomes absolutely useless," Dupuis said. I can't say they lied to me. Dupuis, who lives in Holiday, said in the past he has used the white s of the directory to call friends in Hernando County.
If I've got the information available to me, I don't want to pay for it," Dupuis said. Peterson said anyone who wants a free copy of the Com Tel Suncoast white s directory can call Subscribe Manage my subscription Activate my subscription Log in Log out. Regions Tampa St. Letters to the Editor Submit a Letter. Investigations Narratives Pulitzer Winners. Connect with us.
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