To our readers:
Beginning May 2, the Tampa Bay Times will introduce a reimagined SouthShore & Brandon Times section to bring you the most interesting and important news and information about your community every Friday.
It will be a robust, community-focused weekly "newspaper within a newspaper" with news, entertainment, sports, business and real estate. It will serve as a complement to our daily paper, where we will provide even more local news and sports that matter to East Hillsborough residents, and to our website, tampabay.com, a 24/7 source of breaking news and information.
In the regional, we'll still have features like Weekend Conversation and Hometown Hillsborough, plus additions you'll come to appreciate. The reimagined section will include an opinion/editorial page with a column by Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Ruth, editorials geared specifically toward your community, and the opportunity for readers to weigh in with letters to the editor.
We'll also offer readers "The Mix," a fun collection of news, notes and opinions to boost your water-cooler conversations. Our neighborhood news section will move to Page 3 with an increased emphasis on news from county government.
We're also excited to introduce a new online-only feature on tampabay.com. We've created an easily searchable database of crimes reported in your area. You can search by ZIP code, street name or the type of crime to find the information you're most interested in. The reports are updated daily. To see the online crime report, go to tampabay.com/hillsborough and click on the crime report link in the middle of the page.
Fans of Penny Carnathan's gardening column, Diggin' Florida Dirt, will now find it in the Sunday HomeLink section twice a month.
You will get your first new weekly SouthShore & Brandon Times on Friday, May 2. The last Sunday SouthShore & Brandon Times will be April 27. MarketLink, a section with local ads from businesses in our community, will debut Sunday, May 4.
I believe you will like the reimagined section, but I certainly welcome your feedback on how we can do better.
I've called the SouthShore & Brandon area home for more than 20 years, and the chance to help guide coverage of the area for my friends and neighbors remains an exciting prospect. At its core, journalism represents the awesome opportunity to affect the lives of readers every day. Through our daily publications, our website and this new weekly edition, it's an opportunity the Tampa Bay Times continues to embrace with gusto.
That's all I'm saying.