Siesta Key Observer

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Siesta Key Observer
Siesta Key Observer 15 September 2017 Front Page.jpg
Owner(s)Observer Media Group
Founder(s)John Davidson
Elizabeth Davidson[2]
PublisherEmily Walsh[3][4]
Editor-in-chiefKat Hughes[3]
Founded1969[1] or 1971[3]
HeadquartersSarasota, Florida
OCLC number989905878
WebsiteSiesta Key Observer

The Siesta Key Observer (previously known as the Pelican Press) is an American weekly free newspaper serving Siesta Key, Florida. Founded in 1971 by John and Elizabeth Davidson, it is now a part of a family of thirteen newspapers published by Observer Media Group.


In March 1971, John and Elizabeth Davidson began publishing a six-page paper called The Key News to the Key. The Davidsons later renamed the paper to the Siesta Key Pelican.[2][5]

The name of the publication changed again to Pelican Press.[2] In 1998 the paper was purchased by Journal Media Group, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, joining a large publication family with interests in other states.

In 2011, Journal Media Group sold Pelican Press to Sarasota-based Observer Media Group (OMG). In 2015, OMG changed the name to the Siesta Key Observer.[6]

In 2016, Emily Walsh was named publisher of Siesta Key Observer.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Pelican Press". Florida Press Association. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Walsh, Matt (July 14, 2011). "Pelican Press going back to its roots". Siesta Key Observer. Observer Media Group. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Observer Media Group. "About Us". Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "Company Overview of Observer Media Group, Inc". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Observer buys the Pelican Press". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. June 10, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Pelican Press & Pelican Marketplace Change Hands". Community Papers of Florida. July 28, 2011. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "New Publisher at Observer Media Group". Cision. July 8, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2017.

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