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March 6th, 2013

Condo Presidents Council honor Islander’s publisher Nancye Ray

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 new group that is striving to raise awareness and be an advocate for important issues earlier this month honored another individual who has been doing so for years:
The Key Biscayne Condominium Presidents’ Council on Wednesday, February 12, recognized Islander News Editor and Publisher Nancye Ray for her efforts toward “Fostering Public Advocacy and Community Awareness.”
KBCPC founder Tony Camejo, the group’s president, quoted financier Warren Buffet’s observation that smart journalists make for an informed society, and, as Buffet said, “The better the teacher, the better the student body.”
Camejo continued, “Over the years, we have had no better teacher than Nancye Ray. I have never ceased to be impressed with the seriousness, professionalism and level-handedness of The Islander News. But Nancye has done something more.
“She has given a forum to diverse voices in our community with the understanding that reasoned and respectful debate brings people together. And if you think about it, The Islander News is really what brings us all together and defines us as a community.”
For her part, Ray, who has worked for The Islander for 26 years and served as Editor and Publisher for 15 years, said, “it is an honor to be recognized by this new organization that is doing so much to get residents involved in what is happening on the Key.
Camejo said it was President Thomas Jefferson who noted “no government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.”
He added the importance of a free and informed press is no less important today, and Ray has ensured The Islander provides that service for the Key. Quoting Arthur Miller as stating, “A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself,” Camejo remarked, “That is what The Islander News is all about. A community talking to itself.”

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