The Evening Independent was St. Petersburg, Florida's first daily newspaper. The sister evening newspaper of the St. Petersburg Times, it was launched as a weekly newspaper in March 1906 under the ownership of Willis B. Powell. In November 1907, it became a daily paper as the St. Petersburg Evening Independent.
The newspaper was best known for its "Sunshine Offer", which was first enacted in 1910 by Major Lew Brown; as a way to publicise St. Petersburg as "The Sunshine City", the paper offered its copies for free following days in which the sun did not shine in St. Petersburg. From 1910 until the paper folded in 1986, the Evening Independent made good on its offer 296 times.
The Evening Independent was acquired by the Times in 1962, when its previous owner, the Thomson newspaper chain, threatened to close it down. Thomson had originally bought the Independent so he would have a place to moor his yacht.
The Evening Independent was merged into the Times in November 1986, initially as part of the Times's "City Times and Independent" section; the "Independent" name would soon be dropped.
- St. Petersburg Times: "Q&A: The history of the Evening Independent", February 16, 2009.
- In Lord Thomson's Realm
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