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A new website for Florida: Florida Voices

Two veteran journalists have launched a new Florida-based web site, Florida Voices, that chronicles opinion pieces from writers around the state and aggregates editorials and columns from Florida newspapers. Rosemary Goudreau, former editorial page editor of The Tampa Tribune, and Rosemary Curtiss, former publisher of Suncoast News and the Tribune’s Pasco Edition, are co-founders of the venture.

“Florida Voices is a new-fashioned version of the newspaper opinion page,” Goudreau said in a press release. “We want to engage newsmakers on the issues, elevate the voices of informed people, and create a respected forum for discussing the challenges we face in Florida.”

The project also will feature columns by top journalists who will write about matters facing Florida and "facilitates an online roundtable that engages informed people on the key questions facing Florida,'' the press release said.

The editing staff includes Rich Bard, former Sunday Viewpoints editor of The Miami Herald; Judy Grimsley, former chief librarian of The Orlando Sentinel; and Frank Bentayou, a former editor of Tampa Magazine and Cleveland Magazine. The site’s stable of columnists comes from across the state and across the political spectrum.

They are:
Lloyd Brown, former editorial page editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville.
Angel Castillo, Jr., a former reporter and editor for the New York Times and Miami Herald, and a former editor of El Nuevo Herald in Miami.
Mary Jo Melone, former metro columnist for the St. Petersburg Times.
Martin Merzer, formerly senior writer for The Miami Herald.
Tom O’Hara, former managing editor of The Palm Beach Post and Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Andrew Skerritt, former St. Petersburg Times columnist and assistant journalism professor at Florida A&M University.
Florence Beth Snyder, a Tallahassee business lawyer and former legal counsel to the Palm Beach Post.
Rick Outzen, publisher/editor of Pensacola’s Independent News.
Susan Clary, a former reporter for the St. Petersburg Times and Orlando Sentinel, and former aide to Cong. Alan Grayson.
Cary McMullen, former religion columnist for the Lakeland Ledger.
Paula Dockery, a term-limited Republican state senator from Lakeland who will chronicle her last year in the Florida Legislature.