29 August 2012
For awhile Hurricane Isaac had us a little worried. In fact we moved the editorial deadline for the September issue of "Forgotten Coastline" from August 27 to August 24 at noon.
Thanks to Cindy Clark at Bay Media Services the deadline was achieved with two hours to spare. The paper was then shot into outerspace and plucked out of the air by the fine folks at Post Searchlight Printing in Bainbridge. And they moved their printing date and time of the paper from midnight on August 27 to late night August 27.
The some 10,000 copies were delivered to our Eastpoint storage unit at 11 am Monday August 27.
Now, what do we do? We wanted the papers out by Labor Day weekend but we didn't want them out too soon and get spoiled by a hurricane. So we played the waiting game. Once it was obvious that Issac was headed west we set our delivery schedule to start Wednesday August 29.
All was going smoothly 'til we started delivering to Gulf County and the Mexico Beach area. A bunch of Coastline racks were missing! Most notable was the rack at Piggly Wiggly in the Port City Shopping Center in Port St. Joe. It is one of our most significant distribution spots along the Forgotten Coast.
While the delivery man was doing his thing I started playing detective. A series of calls revealed that American Classifieds out of Panama City had already had a large number of wire racks stolen from the same locations and had already filed police reports.
Our instincts tell us that it is not competitors - it is bad guys stealing them for their scrap value. If any of you guys can read - I'll pay you to get the racks back before you scrap them and I'll guarantee I will pay you twice as much as the junk yards will pay. Those things don't come cheap.
Meanwhile, we would appreciate it if readers keep an eye on our racks. Since we have been at most locations for the past 22 years you know where we are located. If we don't have a rack there kindly give us a call at 850-697-5138.