The Gateway Sun was secretly scheduled to be shut down on January 12, 2019. The goal was to focus my energy on a new and larger project: the Lee County Sun.
January 12, 2019 would mean the publication had lasted exactly 4 years to the day.
The transition plan had been in the works for quite awhile. The leecountysun.com domain name was registered on May 21 of this year but I had actually been thinking about this even longer than that.
I had felt that I’d exhausted the growth of the platform in Gateway and was looking for a bigger challenge. There’s really only so many times you can tell the residents of Stoneybrook that their HOA board is clowning them, or write that Ed Tinkle is overly zealous about some extremely expensive ideas he has.
I’ve accomplished some positive things at the HOA level in multiple communities and have had an effect on several important issues involving the Gateway District. But as a result of my efforts, there are now 10-20 people who would openly tell you they want my head on a platter and they wouldn’t be kidding. Most of those in that group are directly linked to the control of the community’s money.
So far, I’m the largest obstacle they’ve ever encountered.
Although I felt extremely guilty about closing this site, I kept reminding myself that Gateway is obviously in Lee County so the higher level stories could still be covered.
While I had been battling with myself whether to actually do it or not for a few months over the summer, I made the decision to go for it and (while there’s literally nothing there right now) the Facebook.com/LeeCountySun and Twitter.com/LeeCountySun pages were claimed in August. I emailed the guy whose ad you see above on September 9 to give him a heads up that the launch was imminent.
At the moment it appears that LeeCountySun.com is just a basic splash page that just says “Coming Soon”, however the entire website has been constructed with a full content management system in place — and the site ready to go as you read this.
In fact it’s been ready for a little while.
Last year I set up a presence for a planned publication named the Lehigh Acres Tribune, but I never launched it. Maybe I will proceed with that launch as well, and then set one up in Cape Coral and other communities, and this one little Gateway site can balloon into a county-wide news and entertainment network.
Today however, I would like to announce that the Lee County Sun will be launching on September 20, and that the Gateway Sun – contrary to my previous plan – will remain in operation.
I’d like to thank all of you for the support over the years. I look forward to continuing the fight on your behalf.