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Breeze Newspapers garners multiple awards for excellence

By Staff | May 13, 2009

Breeze Newspapers has been recognized in three state and nationwide press competitions for news and advertising excellence.

Community papers under the Breeze Newspapers umbrella received 15 awards at the Community Papers of Florida 2009 Awards for Excellence dinner held recently in Orlando; one award for Most Improved Publication from the Association of Free Community Papers, and will receive one award from the Florida Press Association in the 2008 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest.

“The Breeze Newspapers’ mission is to be the primary provider of local news for the markets we serve,” said Publisher Jack Glarrow. “These awards recognize the work that is done toward filling that mission. All of us at the Breeze Newspapers are proud of what we do every day and appreciate the honors.”

The Island Reporter earned a second place prize in the CPF awards competition in the News Story category for a feature, written by executive editor Jeff Lysiak, about Sanibel residents Mike and Julie Neal’s book, “The Complete Walt Disney World 2008.”

The Cape Coral Daily Breeze earned eight awards in the CPF competition: two honorable mentions for news stories written by staff writer Drew Winchester; an honorable mention for Best Overall for the Cape Coral Visitor’s Guide, Stephanie Butts; an honorable mention for Best Creative Concept for the Cape Coral Visitor’s Guide, Stephanie Butts; honorable mention, for full color/process automotive advertising; honorable mention, for real estate advertising, full color/process, Chris Lurty; a first place, theme promotion, and a second place for telemarketing display advertising, Cathy Smyth.

The Lee County Shopper received one award, a second place, for theme promotion, Beth Bitte.

The Fort Myers Beach Observer earned an honorable mention for Best Cover Design/gloss, Beach Pizazz Fall and Winter 2008; third place for Best Creative Concept for the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival book; second place for Best Overall, Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival 2008 book; and honorable Mention for the Fort Myers Beach July 4th Parade Official Program book. Melissa Schneider was the designer for all of these projects.

The Beach Observer and the Sanibel-Captiva Islander also shared a win, a third place for Best Overall for the Hurricane Preparedness Guide 2008. Melissa Schneider was the designer for this book as well.

The Sanibel-Captiva Islander also won a third in the national AFCP competition. The paper was recognized for its increased emphasis on community journalism. The judges wrote the paper showed “improved local flavor with more local names and faces, more color photography.”

Breeze Newspapers has been notified that it will receive an award from the Florida Press Association for the Website Design for the Web site shared by the Fort Myers Beach Observer and the Beach Bulletin. Awards, including ranking, will be presented July 11 at the FPA/FSNE Annual Convention to be held at The Breakers in Palm Beach.