Make us your home page

'Tropical Breeze' in Safety Harbor drops print edition

SAFETY HARBOR — Due in part to the economy and the cost of printing, this city's only newspaper, the Tropical Breeze, has switched to an online-only format.

It can now be found only at

The 19-year-old advertiser-supported monthly, which features news, guest columns, upper Tampa Bay tides, people news, arts and lifestyles, humor, comics and reader photos, is published by Floyd E. Egner III and his wife of 29 years, Sue Suby.

"We never knew we'd be doing it for so long,'' Suby said. "We just got so deeply involved in the community.''

In the 1980s, Suby came up with the name of the paper by accident.

As the president of the chamber of commerce, she sometimes traveled to Tallahassee as part of her duties.

While there, she would often search through the archives for Safety Harbor information.

One day, she found a nifty piece of history: A newspaper called the Tropical Breeze, which was published in 1915 and lasted for one year.

She thought that would be the perfect name for the newspaper she and her husband were planning.

Egner, an author and former reporter for the Clearwater Sun and the Tampa Bay Business Journal, does the editorial writing.

At its peak, the Tropical Breeze had a circulation of 15,000, Suby said. She wouldn't estimate how many were printed for its last print edition in October, but she did say the numbers tended to be higher during tourist season.

For the past three years, the paper was available at 100 locations in Safety Harbor — and some locations outside the city — as well as online.

When Suby and Egner decided it was time to sell, they could not find a buyer who would care for the Breeze as much as they did, so they went to the online format.

So far, it has worked out.

"It's a big shift, but I can do more now,'' Suby said. "I can attend to more of the items when they come in.''

Eileen Schulte can be reached at or (727) 445-4153.

'Tropical Breeze' in Safety Harbor drops print edition 02/09/09 [Last modified: Monday, February 9, 2009 10:48pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Airbag maker Takata bankruptcy filing expected in Japan, U.S.


    DETROIT — Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of faulty air bag inflators.

  2. Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park


    ORLANDO — Two federal agencies are reportedly demanding financial records from SeaWorld.

    Killer whales Ikaika and Corky participate in behaviors commonly done in the wild during SeaWorld's Killer Whale educational presentation in this photo from Jan. 9. SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the "Blackfish" documentary. 
[Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]
  3. Legalized medical marijuana signed into law by Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state, following through on a promise he made earlier this month.

    Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation on Friday that legalizes medical marijuana in Florida.
  4. Line of moms welcome Once Upon A Child to Carrollwood


    CARROLLWOOD — Strollers of all shapes and sizes are lined up in front of the store, and inside, there are racks of children's clothing in every color of the rainbow.

    At Once Upon A Child, you often as many baby strollers outside as you find baby furniture and accessories. It recently opened this location in Carrollwood. Photo by Danielle Hauser
  5. Pastries N Chaat brings North India cuisine to North Tampa


    TAMPA — Pastries N Chaat, a new restaurant offering Indian street food, opened this week near the University of South Florida.

    The menu at Pastries N Chaat includes a large variety of Biriyani, an entree owners say is beloved by millions. Photo courtesy of Pastries N Chaat.