Mohamed Atta and The Godfather of Sarasota
Daniel Hopsicker - April 14, 2011
What’s the connection between Mohamed Atta and ‘The Godfather’ of Sarasota County?
Today he is all but forgotten, but David B. Lindsay Jr., long-time owner and publisher of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, intimate of Presidents, and arms merchant to some of the most repressive regimes on the planet, left an indelible mark on life in his former fiefdom of Sarasota County.
And nowhere is his stamp more visible than at the newspaper monopoly he created and ran for three decades, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Coincidentally (or not), the paper’s coverage area—from Sarasota through Venice and down into Charlotte County— happens to be exactly where Mohamed Atta spent most of his time in the U.S.