8 PUB­LISHER'S LET­TER

Re­silience will drive us to a brighter fu­ture

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There’s an old ax­iom about what to do when you’re faced with a po­ten­tially dev­as­tat­ing event—it says peo­ple are mo­ti­vated to ei­ther “fight or flight.”

When Hur­ri­cane Irma threat­ened South­west Florida, and par­tic­u­larly the bar­rier is­land we call home, I feared the worst. The fore­cast of a huge storm surge and wild winds got my full at­ten­tion, and a manda­tory evac­u­a­tion order is not some­thing to ig­nore.

Irma af­fected so many peo­ple in our area, some dra­mat­i­cally more than others. But from the coast to the eastern parts of our re­gion, there was an in­stant re­ac­tion from our com­mu­nity to get out there and give help to those in need. The storm passed and it was time for ac­tion, for peo­ple to reach out to as­sist when nor­mally they might not. We South­west Florid­i­ans are defin­ing our fight to re­turn to pre-Irma con­di­tions. Cut­ting and haul­ing huge trees from a neigh­bor’s prop­erty, drag­ging de­bris off the road, tear­ing down a dam­aged fence, and tak­ing cold wa­ter and warm food to those who needed it—all of th­ese things and more hap­pened im­me­di­ately. The res­i­dents, and the few vis­i­tors who were here, got over the shock and be­came de­ter­mined to rise above the dis­as­ter, and to help their neigh­bors rise above it, as well.

I am find­ing that just fol­low­ing the daily rou­tine—same as be­fore Irma—I now ap­proach with a re­newed ap­pre­ci­a­tion. The peo­ple who live here and their shared pas­sion for par­adise fuel my op­ti­mism. Their love of South­west Florida has led to a huge out­pour­ing of good deeds, and our re­silience will drive us beyond dis­as­ter to a brighter fu­ture. For sure, South­west Florida con­tin­ues to be home for many of us and will be the pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion for our vis­i­tors.

We all learned a lot! I think the in­ner de­ter­mi­na­tion we have dis­cov­ered is a promis­ing glim­mer of hope for all of us go­ing for­ward into this most won­der­ful sea­son of the year.

I am thank­ful to ev­ery­one, to you as our loyal sub­scriber, our ad­ver­tis­ers and to our won­der­ful TOTI team and as­so­ciates.

Happy hol­i­days and a healthy and pros­per­ous New Year! Daniela E. Jaeger Group Daniela Pub­lisher,E. Jaeger TOTI Me­dia

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