ORLANDO, Fla. -- With the sale of Jacksonville's Florida Times Union and the St. Augustine Record to Gatehouse Media, owners of the Daytoa Beach News-Journal, could the Orlando Sentinel be next?
Maybe. Maybe not.
But it's certainly a question worth pondering, especially with the sale of the Jacksonville and St. Augustine papers by Morris Communications as part of a $120 million transaction this past week, which gives Gatehouse a monoopoly on daily newspaper subscribers and advertising from the Georgia line souh along rhe Atlantic Coast and inward through Central Florida right up to the Seminole County line. It is the west-side of the St. Johns Bridge where the Orlando Sentinel's teriitory begins, on the I-4 corridor and through Orlange, Lake and Osceola counties.
And since Headline Surfer is a small independent internet media outlet publishd by this reporter, who lives in Sanford, it is in a unique position to consider stories on either side of the St. Johns Bridge.