From us to you — thank you, one and all

This issue marks the 10-year anniversary of the first edition of the Coastal Point, and nostalgia has been all the rage around our office for the past few weeks.

We have remembered previous employees who have passed through the Point, interesting stories we have chased (and sometimes never caught) and some flat-out funny things that have happened here behind the curtain. The tough times we’ve endured over the years have been forgotten, as the power of our wonderful memories bully them to the side with little effort.

But what we inevitably come back to in our conversations is the awe we collectively share for your support over the past 10 years. When we started this paper, and had nothing to show advertisers but good intentions and high hopes, many supported our efforts. When we called officials or individuals for stories we were working at the beginning, and had no track record to fall back on, many answered our questions without hesistation, just to share their information with the public.

As we have grown over the years, so have our relationships with our advertisers and readers. We have all earned new friendships over the years, gotten to know some fascinating people and grown personally and professionally through those interactions.

We only hope you feel we have held our end of the bargain.

This is an exciting year for us at the Point, not only because of the opportunity to look back at our beginnings, but also because we have some interesting plans for this year that we believe will have a great impact on this amazing area. We started this project with the idea that if we kept our eye on doing what is best for this community, we would ultimately succeed.

So far, so good.

We thank all of you who have supported us through the years, through advertising, reading or calling us and letting us know what needed improvement or what you would like to see in the future. We ask that you continue to do so over the next 10 years, and we pledge to give you all that we have in return.

“Grateful” is not a strong-enough word for how we feel about you, but we hope you get the Point.