That’s the Englewood Edge, Englewood’s own online daily newspaper.
Englewood’s a great community. I know. I came here in 2002 to run the Englewood bureau of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune — remember when they had an Englewood bureau? — and fell in love with the place. I adopted it immediately as my home town.
As the Herald-Tribune began to abandon Englewood, eventually shutting down its office next to Bay Harbor Ford, and the Sun began to cut back staff and coverage because of economic pressure one thing became clear: Englewood residents needed a news and information source they could depend on to be there for them, all day, every day.
Englewood is different than most other Florida coastal communities, with a personality and charm all its own. And Englewood residents deserve a newspaper all their own, a place to find out what’s happening without having to sort through all the Venice, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, North Port and wire news. A place where businesses can get their messages to the community without them being lost amid a sea of out-of-area advertisements luring customers to other towns.
Among the Edge features:
- Daily police blotters
- Daily arrest reports
- Calendar of events
- Lots of info on upcoming events
- Free obituary listings
- Many categories of free classified ads, including help wanted and positions wanted
Of course, newspapers don’t just happen. There are bills to pay. And we are painfully aware of how tight money is right now, in Englewood and around the country. As part of the whole “cutting edge” thing, we decided to charge a small subscription fee for readers. All the cool kids are doing it – the Wall Street Journal, New York Times – and virtually all newspapers are or will soon be charging for online access to all or some content.
Newspapers that still offer their content for free on the Web can do so because they pay their employees through revenue from the print operation. Those revenues are dwindling, and so is the size and content — and quality — of your print papers. Without a print newspaper to subsidize us, we must charge for content. When you pay for your daily print paper, you are paying for the content. It’s the same with us. For $7 a month or $70 a year — that is cheaper than the print papers, and we don’t kill trees and take up space in your recycling bin — we give you Englewood’s news and events like no one else does.
Please be sure to patronize our advertisers and let them know you read Englewood Edge. Without them — and you — there’s no us.
Join us in this brave new world of online journalism, and be a part of the only newspaper that is all about Englewood, for Englewood, and by Englewood people.
Come on out and join us at the Edge. Englewood Edge.
editor & publisher