Meet Our Publisher


Candace T. Botha, publisher, with her pups, Toby, Lucy & Rikki

Candace T. Botha, publisher, with her pups, Toby, Lucy & Rikki

For more than 29 years, Candace T. Botha has served as publisher, editorial director, editor-in-chief and contributing writer for numerous local and regional publications. A summa cum laude of Montclair State University in New Jersey, Botha began her editorial career serving as an associate editor for CO-ED and FORECAST Magazine, two monthly educational magazines published by Scholastic, Inc., in New York City. Her experience also includes serving as publisher and editor-in-chief of Montage Magazine, an award-winning regional publication in northwest New Jersey.

During her career, Botha has also served as editorial director of ITCA Today, a newsletter for the International Trade Center Alliance in northwest New Jersey; editorial director of Morris County Golfer and Pathways, two publications of the Morris County Park Commission in Morristown, New Jersey; and editorial director of Sussex County Magazine, a yearly publication of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce. She was also publisher of Northern Horizons, a bi-weekly “newszine” in Warren County, New Jersey.

Since moving to Florida in July 2005, Botha has worked as a freelance writer for The Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Tampa Bay Homebuyer, Sarasota Home & Business, and Sarasota Magazine. She has also written Web copy for two area design firms and completed her first screenplay.

In addition to serving as publisher of Suncoast Pet, Botha also is the associate publisher of The VOICE of the Downtown Merchants, a monthly publication of the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association in Sarasota. Launched in October 2104 as an eight-page newsletter, the magazine has doubled in size in its first six months of  publication.


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