Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes at Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay

Editor's Note: Fond farewells and excited hellos.

Meaghan Habuda (L) and Cathy Salustri are moving on, and we'll miss 'em. - Courtesy Meaghan Habuda and Cathy Salustri
Courtesy Meaghan Habuda and Cathy Salustri
Meaghan Habuda (L) and Cathy Salustri are moving on, and we'll miss 'em.

Like the communities that we endeavor to support, inform and entertain, CL is subject to the inevitability of change. Often, that change can provide opportunity — for something exciting, for something different, for something better.

But that doesn’t mean that we don’t miss whatever it was that change replaces — what was there before, what made a city or a neighborhood or a newspaper special to us during a certain point in time.

The March 7 issue of CL features the final full-time contributions of two amazing staffers, Food & Drink Editor Meaghan Habuda and A&E Editor Cathy Salustri. Meaghan has accepted a position as a features producer at the Tampa Bay Times; Cathy will return to freelancing and writing books, and will delve into an interesting new career in investigative research (though we’re hoping you’ll still see her byline in these pages from time to time).

As some of you know, CL was bought in April of last year, and suffered some layoffs as a result. Our edit staff shrank, and Meaghan and Cathy were part of a reduced team that didn’t just weather the change but really dove headfirst into making the paper and this site the best that they can be.

They also aided immeasurably in keeping me sane during my first year as editor-in-chief, and I’ll be forever grateful. I can’t tell you how sad I am to see them go.

But as I said, change also brings opportunity, so please join me in welcoming two new editorial staffers to the CL team. Our new Digital Editor Colin Wolf (@WolfColin) joins us from our sister paper Orlando Weekly — he’s here to help keep and its social media channels stuffed with timely and interesting content — and Jenna Rimensnyder (@j_rimensnyder), a frequent contributor, is stepping into the role of food & drink editor; her experience, style and knowledge of Tampa Bay’s culinary scene make her the ideal choice to fill Meaghan’s big, big shoes. 

(Plus, we have a tattoo artist in common.)

I’m excited to see where the talents and ideas Colin and Jenna are bringing to CL will take the paper in the months and years to come. There will surely be additional changes along the way, but, as we remain committed to serving the Tampa Bay area and having as much fun as possible while we’re doing it, I’m confident the journey will be a worthwhile one.

Thanks for coming along for the ride.

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