Sunday, August 30, 2009

Newspaper War Disturbs the Peace In a Summer Haven

For more than 100 years, the broadsheet Gazette, whose owner says it sells 12,000 to 14,000 copies in summer and 10,000 in winter, controlled the island's newspaper market. Owner and publisher Richard Reston says the paper "has led the charge to preserve the quality of life here, and not let unbridled development run amok."

About three decades ago, a group of local business owners opened the Times, focusing on local news, crime and progrowth stories. The Times distributes about 18,000 copies a week, most stuffed free into every island mailbox.

The tabloid's managing editor, Mr. Sigelman, the son of a radiator mechanic from Boston, likes to mock what he says is the stuffiness of the competing publication.

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