Sometimes in the depths of summer it’s difficult to leave the chilled cocoon of the house and drag myself into the office. But as we began to put together this August edition, I was re-energized by the dedicated, ongoing support of our readers, advertisers and peers.
As you read this month’s issue, please take a moment to notice the 65 or so local businesses that support our publishing efforts over the summer months.
Many of these are your neighbors and friends and they know we don’t all head north during hurricane season (even though we might wish we did!). So, please make a point of frequenting their establishments this summer. They know we’re all in this together.
They also know they are supporting an excellent group of local journalists who work hard to bring you the news of your community. How good are they? Just ask the judges of the Florida Press Association.
At their July 7 convention in Destin, they granted 11 awards to Coastal Star writers, editors, photographers and designers. For the first time, we entered this contest in the over 15,000-circulation category and were thrilled to accept a first place for Community History. Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley’s fine story telling on the 85th anniversary of the Boca Raton Resort & Club was noted by the judges, as was the package’s design by Scott Simmons. Congratulations to them both and to the 10 other Coastal Star winners who placed in seven other categories.
Our summer subscribers have also shown that they care about our local journalism. As our calendar editor spent time cleaning up our outdated subscribers list, she mailed out close to 75 renewal notices. In just three weeks, more than 50 re-upped for another year. Impressive.
We work hard all year to earn the loyalty of our readers and advertisers. Please accept this sincere “thank you” — especially during these long, hot days of summer.
— Mary Kate Leming, Editor