By Jerry Lower, Publisher
Our coastal community is constantly influenced by the changing seasons.
In autumn we can count on hurricane season giving us a few scares and autumnal tides to swell the Intracoastal Waterway, with standing water reaching into some of our low-lying neighborhoods.
Winter often brings strong winds and turbulent seas that make the ocean surf behave like a giant washing machine. Winter also brings an influx of seasonal residents and short-term vacationers to enjoy our picture-perfect weather. These “snow birds” crowd the beaches, restaurants and roadways, pushing our economy into overdrive.
Spring felt like it lasted longer than ever this year — ah, paradise!
Afternoon showers are already here as summer settles in. We can expect the wind to calm and the surface of ocean to look like a sheet of glass. Air-conditioners will be running full-blast and businesses will operate under-capacity as year-round residents head out on vacation like “reverse snow birds.” It’s all part of our South Florida seasons.
Like other businesses in the area, The Coastal Star swells during season and returns to normal in the summer.
Many of our readers know we print two very different editions during season; one for Boca Raton and Highland Beach, and one for Delray Beach, Gulf Stream, The Pocket, Briny Breezes, Ocean Ridge, Manalapan, Hypoluxo Island and South Palm Beach.
Sometimes in the peak of season there is so much news in our coastal communities, we don’t have space for all the interesting stories from elsewhere around the region.
So as the heat of summer slows the pace of news, we plan to merge much of our two editions to keep the most interesting stories (and advertising) in the paper while allowing our hard-working staff to take well-deserved vacations. We know, of course, that news doesn’t stop this summer — what with two coastal towns considering moving their police protection to the county Sheriff’s Office, the continuing conflict between residential neighborhoods and nonprofit sober houses and the annual budget cycle that inevitably brings considerations of new taxes and cuts in services. We’ll still be here editing the best newspaper we can for you.
We hope you enjoy our combined edition over the summer. Just as we all share the seasons, let’s take this opportunity to learn about our neighbors.