Happy New Year!
Can you believe it is 2020? It seems like it was only yesterday when we were sweating Y2K and what it might do to our computers. But here we are at the start of another decade. We hope they are the “Roaring 20s” and that you our readers will find health and happiness in the New Year.
There are 525,600 minutes in a year and we urge you to make them count.
We hope you continue to spend some of those minutes reading the Delray Newspaper. We truly appreciate your support.
It’s vital that we preserve local journalism and that we support the local businesses that make our newspaper possible.
While that statement may appear self-serving, there are studies that show the importance of local journalism to our communities.
Local newspapers build community by increasing civic engagement, voter participation rates and a sense that we are part of something larger.
At the Delray Newspaper, we enjoy covering the issues so that you can be better informed about our hometown.
At times, our coverage of people, events and organizations will be laudatory and it gives us great pleasure to spotlight new and old businesses and people “doing good in the neighborhood.”
At other times, our coverage will put out issues, challenges and problems.
It’s important that we cover the good, the bad and the ugly and most places feature all three traits.
It’s only by surfacing issues that we can focus the community’s attention on solutions. It is a vital role of newspapers to do just that.
We see our role almost as sports fans. We are always rooting for the home team to succeed, but if the home team has issues we feel it’s important to surface those issues so they can be addressed.
2020 will prove to be a pivotal year for Delray Beach.
We will welcome a new City Manager as George Gretsas comes from Homestead, Fla. to hopefully bring so much needed stability to City Hall.
In March, two commission seats will be up for grabs and the outcome could affect how decisions are made in Delray.
Several long awaited projects will break ground and or be completed in the New Year ranging from Atlantic Crossing and a new food hall downtown to long-awaited investment on Congress Avenue and West Atlantic Avenue.
One thing we can count on is that Delray is never dull.
We endeavor to cover all the players, developments, personalities and decisions as best we can.
We are grateful to our readers, advertisers, online followers, email subscribers and all those who reach out with tips and comments.
Here’s to a great 2020!