Thank you for seven wonderful years

This week marks the seventh anniversary of our first edition of the Coastal Point.

For those of us who have been around for the duration, it often feels like it’s been twice that long — like it’s almost hard to remember life before we started this paper.

Of course, there are other times when we feel like that it can’t possibly be that long ago that we published that first paper. After all, we still feel like we’re young, and we still feel like we’re a brand new newspaper — still in its infancy.

In a way, that’s true. We are still in our infancy. We have hopes, plans and expectations for the future. We want to expand the coverage we provide to this community because, well, we love this community. We meet new people every week, learn of new businesses opening their doors and generally learn more about this area and its people. We want to tell these peoples’ stories and help these businesses spread the word about their services.

And, obviously, it’s a two-way street.

The support we have received from this community over the past seven years has been humbling. Our readers have provided us story leads, offered helpful criticism on our work, submitted photos from around the area and given us a nice pat on the back when we have published a story or photo that affected them. Our advertising partners have trusted our reps and graphic artists to help them with their marketing strategies, and have become a big part of our Coastal Point family. We can’t begin to tell you how many story leads and ideas have come directly from our advertisers.

Town, county and state officials have nearly always been accumulating to us and, again, we can’t express enough how much that means — not only to us, but to our entire community. Governments that work with a free press enrich everybody’s lives. Many around the nation clamor for transparent government. Well, our local officials have consistently been transparent with us.

We look back at our seven years with a little bit of exhaustion and a great deal of pride. Together, we have had the opportunity to work with all of you through an incredibly tough economic climate, and now we find ourselves stronger than ever. We believe strongly in what it is we’re trying to accomplish here, and the support we have received from all of you since the beginning leads us to believe we can get there if we continue to work hard.

It takes a village to build a true community newspaper, and there is no doubt we have been formed and shaped by all of you.

Thank you for your continued support over the past seven years. We look forward to 70 more.

— The staff of the Coastal Point