Sharry Smith replaced Amber Abram as publisher on April 1. Smith previously worked for the Florida alt-weekly from 1989-1999, then returned to be advertising director in October 2005. "I found myself longing to return to publishing," she says. "The reason I chose to work here back in 1989 was because I believed that Creative Loafing was in an ideal position to impact our community in a positive way, and I wanted to be a part of that," Smith says. "That's the same reason I chose to return in 2005."

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Readers of Gambit Weekly, New Times Broward-Palm Beach, Miami New Times, Weekly Planet (Tampa), Weekly Planet (Sarasota), Folio Weekly and Orlando Weekly have lately seen Mother Nature at her worst. Distributed in areas affected by the hurricanes that have pounded Florida and surrounding states since August, these alt-weeklies have come out on schedule -- thanks to determined staffers and contingency plans.

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