Times to end Citrus County edition

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 21, 2007

INVERNESS - The St. Petersburg Times said Tuesday it will no longer publish a local news section in Citrus County. The Citrus Times section, which has been published since 1980, will publish its last issue April 1, although the Times will continue to deliver a full metropolitan report in Citrus County.

"This decision reflects the changing marketplace and the need to match our news coverage with business opportunities," said Paul Tash, chairman, CEO and editor of the Times.

The Times anticipates its circulation in the Citrus area will remain level. "A great majority of Times readers in Citrus also read a smaller, local newspaper, but they can rely only on the St. Petersburg Times for its award-winning and national and international coverage," Tash said.

The Times, which has a circulation of about 308,000 daily and 407,000 on Sunday, sells about 14,000 newspapers daily and 19,000 on Sunday in the Citrus region.