With the sale of Jax's Florida Times Union & the St. Augustine Record to Gatehouse Media (owners of the Daytona Beach News-Journal), could the Orlando Sentinel be next?

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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.



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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.