Sarasota News Leader

10/04/2013

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After I "penned" my Sept. 27 letter, Production Manager Cleve Posey let me know that was our biggest issue ever. No wonder I felt like the guy in that old FedEx ad when I thought about all the headlines. This week, I am sure Cleve — and Copy Editor Vicki Chatley — are relieved to be handling fewer stories. I know my eyes do not feel as blurred today as at this point last Thursday afternoon. Nonetheless, my reporting colleagues have not rested on their laurels, which is one reason I love them so much! I dare not consider the hours County Editor Roger Drouin put into his two stories this week, because they are about complex but critical matters — the potential merger of the public bus systems in Sarasota and Manatee counties and an increase in healthcare expenses for county employees. Among his articles, City Editor Stan Zimmerman not only provides a "postmortem" on the resignation of the chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency Extension Study Committee, but he also previews a full City Commission agenda for Oct. 7. The latter includes a discussion about Chris Brown's proposal to add those New Orleans-style galleries to the second floor of the Kress Building he owns at Five Points. As for the Siesta Key beat: News keeps multiplying, it seems —from the impact the delay in the stormwater project may have on the public beach park improvements to a new effort to put a house on Beach Road property that has been beneath the Gulf of Mexico in years past. Last, but not least, you will find a vast array of topics in the News Briefs. Editor and Publisher

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