Sarasota Herald-Tribune investigations editor Matthew Doig emails me:
The deadline to sign the [Halifax Media] non-compete has been pushed back to a yet to be determined time so the language can be changed. Too early to tell how much it softens up, but there’s no doubt there will ultimately be some sort of non-compete to sign. And that’s everyone — advertising, news, management, etc. But at least everyone has some more time to consider options.