Congratulations are in order. The Florida Press Association has awarded Coastal Star staffers with eight awards in its 2012 Weekly Newspaper Contest. We consider this quite an honor since we are the only monthly newspaper in the competition.
The honors are awarded by journalism professionals outside of Florida and came in Division A — which is for newspapers with a circulation of over 15,000.
First place awards went to the staff (special kudos to Scott Simmons and Jerry Lower) for overall graphic design, and to writer Tim O’Meilia for agricultural and environmental reporting for his story on the coastal whitefly epidemic. O’Meilia also received a third place in this same category.
Tim Pallesen placed second and third for both local government and state and local tax reporting. Greg Stepanich of the ArtsPaper was awarded a second place for arts, entertainment and review reporting, with Paula Detwiller placing third for health, medicine and science reporting and Ron Hayes placing third for best obituary.
We are extremely proud of the topical range of these awards and believe they illustrate the excellence and scope our unique publication.
Please join us in congratulating our staff for a job well done.
—Mary Kate Leming, Editor