The Observer


 Formed in 1995 with the acquisition of the Longboat Observer, The Observer Group Inc. has grown into a family-owned and operated multimedia company with five newspapers, three websites, a quarterly arts and social magazine and more than 80 employees serving multiple communities around Florida.The company's portfolio of newspapers includes three free community weeklies serving the Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla., market — Sarasota Observer, Longboat Observer and East County Observer; Palm Coast Observer, a free weekly serving the east coast market of Palm Coast/Flagler County; and Gulf Coast Business Review, a paid-circulation weekly with subscribers extending from Tampa to Naples. The company’s associated websites include, and Season magazine is the quarterly arts and social guide. Altogether, the company’s newspapers and websites reach more than 200,000 readers a week.