Edi­tor’s Let­ter

Coastal Living - - NOVEMBER 2018 - SID EVANS, EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF sid@coastal­liv­ing.com; @sid­mem­phis

I LIKE TO THINK THAT EVERY IS­SUE of Coastal Liv­ing is spe­cial, but this one is more spe­cial than most. A few months af­ter hur­ri­canes Irma and Maria dev­as­tated Puerto Rico and many is­lands in the Caribbean, we were so in­spired by their sto­ries of re­newal and re­cov­ery that we de­cided to ded­i­cate a whole is­sue to the re­gion. We wanted to go be­yond the ho­tels, re­sorts, and in­fin­ity pools and try to cap­ture the soul of the place—and per­haps un­cover a few se­crets. From An­guilla to Tor­tola, St. Barts to St. John, these com­mu­ni­ties have come to­gether and clawed their way back, in some cases mak­ing their is­lands even more beau­ti­ful than be­fore. Plenty of work re­mains, but if you do your home­work (and we did), there’s also never been a bet­ter time to go.

Even Puerto Rico is show­ing signs of re­cov­ery. When my wife and I flew into San Juan this past July, we looked out the win­dow and saw a sea of blue tarps where roofs used to be. This was 10 months af­ter Hur­ri­cane Maria de­stroyed much of the is­land and claimed an es­ti­mated 2,975 lives. In the cab on the way to our ho­tel, we passed a gi­ant col­lapsed bill­board and neigh­bor­hoods that looked like they’d been bombed, but as we en­tered Old San Juan, with its col­or­ful build­ings and cob­ble­stone streets, there was clearly a comeback in the works.

We had lunch at a James Beard–nom­i­nated restau­rant called Verde Mesa, where we were joined by Jen­nifer Her­rera, a charis­matic young en­tre­pre­neur who helped chef José An­drés and World Cen­tral Kitchen serve more than 3 mil­lion meals in the af­ter­math of the storm. (Her re­mark­able story is on page 56.) Af­ter lunch, she walked us down the street to a gor­geous old build­ing with an in­te­rior court­yard where she’s planning to open a bak­ery. And we ended the night at din­ner in the San­turce district, where the streets felt like a gi­ant dance party, with salsa mu­sic pour­ing out of open-air bars. By the time we headed home, around mid­night, the cel­e­bra­tion seemed to be just get­ting started.

It’s that spirit of re­silience, cre­ativ­ity, and fun that has al­ways an­i­mated Coastal Liv­ing, which is why I re­gret to say that this is the last is­sue we’ll pub­lish as a sub­scrip­tion-based mag­a­zine. We will still pro­duce spe­cial is­sues for the news­stand start­ing in the spring of 2019—which will be beau­ti­ful and printed on bet­ter pa­per—but we won’t be show­ing up in your mail­box. For 21 years, Coastal Liv­ing has been a jour­nal for those who are drawn to the sea, and hope­fully a source of in­spi­ra­tion for your homes, your trav­els, and your sum­mers. To our loyal fans and long­time sub­scribers, thank you for stay­ing with us. Like the in­spir­ing is­lands of the Caribbean, we will be back soon, and bet­ter than ever.

At Hô­tel Mana­pany on St. Barts

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