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So Long, Sarasota — Editor Says Goodbye

Today will be my last day as editor of Sarasota Patch.

It is hard to believe that it has been one year. On Dec. 1, 2010, as an online news site focusing on the people, politics and events that define this southwest Florida city.

We've worked hard to be the place for comprehensive and up-to-the-minute local news for Sarasota.

Since the site went live, I have . I have covered some , and (Lego Man, anyone?).

Most important, I have grown to appreciate Sarasota as a fascinating place for news coverage and also as my home.

Today, however, will be my last day in Sarasota and last day as editor of Sarasota Patch.

Last month I made a difficult and bittersweet decision to take over the St. Pete Patch site for Patch and move to St. Petersburg.

While I am leaving, Sarasota Patch is not. It has taken root and will continue to grow and flourish – thanks to this community of readers.

Replacing me as editor is Charles Schelle. Charles is coming to SRQ from the Baltimore Sun Media Group. He can be reached at Charles.Schelle@patch.com with all your questions, press releases, letters to the editor, stories ideas and complaints … yes people do complain.

He’ll officially introduce himself on Monday as Sarasota Patch’s new editor. I’m confident that thanks to this great community, he’ll enjoy his tenure as editor as he comes to know this city.

Even though I’m moving 35 miles north, I won’t be too much of a stranger.

I’ll come back to visit the . I’ll come back for a cup of coffee at or dinner on the water at the . I’ll come back for the . I’ll come back for Sarasota.

Running this site and reporting in Sarasota is an experience I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you very much for helping make this year of my life so memorable.

Thank you for your readership and interest in Patch. You, not me, have made Sarasota Patch a success. Without your support, the site would have never grown to the level of success it enjoys now.

Goodbye, Sarasota. I’ll see you again soon.

- William 

Kathy Oravec November 25, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Great job....I am recently new to Sarasota Patch and wanted to say that the content has been concise and relevant. Good luck in your new adventures and congratulations!
Helen Rittenberg November 25, 2011 at 12:55 PM
You've done a great job making Patch a visible and viable entity in Sarasota. Thanks for reporting the news with unbiased propriety. Sarasota's loss= St.Pete's gain.
A Druid November 25, 2011 at 02:14 PM
I just recently "discovered" Patch. It is really a great vehicle to stay up to date on the latest happenings. Thanks for all you have done here and good luck in your new job. Before you leave, come to Siesta on Saturday for Light Up The Village as it will be spectacular!
Suzette Jones November 25, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Thank you, Woilliam for my first 'blogging' experience. You have covered all things Sarasota so well since Dec 2010. PATCH Sarasota quicklky became THE online news source to read for up to the minute reporting. Good luck in St. Pete. They are lucky to have you.
sharon gallagher November 25, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Fabulous job William, I read Sarasota Patch everyday and will continue to. Great job and good luck in St. Pete. They will love you.
William Mansell November 25, 2011 at 08:38 PM
Thank you all for the kind words. I really appreciate it.
Betsy Mansell November 25, 2011 at 08:53 PM
Congratulations William on your past, present, and future success. Looking forward to discovering St. Pete with you!
Lynn Berry November 26, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Wow, I hate to see you go, I just found this site two months ago and have recommended it to many who are enjoying it as well. I look forward to continuing to read the Sarasota Patch and wish you the best.
Catherine Seress November 27, 2011 at 04:46 PM
William, you are an inspiring, driven young man and I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you. Thank you for your guidance, enthusiasm and willingness to explore. Wishing you a tremendously wonderful life, both professionally and personally, Catherine
Brenda Smoak November 28, 2011 at 04:58 PM
It has been such a pleasure to work with you, Dub! St. Pete is lucky to have you! Best, Brenda
Cherlene Willis December 05, 2011 at 03:02 PM
William, you've done an excellent job keeping Sarasota informed! I look forward to working with you as my neighbor in St. Pete!

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