78 // LET­TER FROM THE PUB­LISHER

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Though Fe­bru­ary may be the short­est month of the year, it cer­tainly packs a punch—bring­ing 28 days chock-full of fes­tiv­i­ties that we Mi­ami­ans look for­ward to all year long.

From Fe­bru­ary 16 to 20, the Mi­ami Boat Show re­turns to the Mi­ami Marine Sta­dium Park & Basin for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year. If you ask me, there’s noth­ing bet­ter than re­lax­ing by the wa­ter while check­ing out some of the most lux­u­ri­ous cata­ma­rans in the world. And from Fe­bru­ary 18 to 20, head over to the Grove to catch a plethora of thought­fully cu­rated ex­hibits from more than 360 in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized artists dur­ing the 54th an­nual Co­conut Grove Arts Fes­ti­val.

Of course, if you’re a foodie, wine afi­cionado, or just love to in­dulge, you’re in luck. The highly an­tic­i­pated South Beach Wine & Food Fes­ti­val re­turns to the Magic City from Fe­bru­ary 22 to 26 for its 16th year. You can ex­pect the globe’s most cel­e­brated and in­no­va­tive chefs, like Mas­simo Bot­tura—whose Osteria Frances­cana in Mo­dena, Italy, was rated the 2016 World’s Best Restau­rant by Restau­rant Mag­a­zine—to hit the sands of South Beach for the first time. Join­ing them will be vet­eran cheflebri­ties Scott Co­nant and An­drew Zim­mern, who can never get enough of Mi­ami and who will un­de­ni­ably cook up de­li­cious fare we’ve been crav­ing all year. And what’s bet­ter than pair­ing mouth­wa­ter­ing dishes with some of the most re­fresh­ing and award-win­ning hand­crafted cock­tails, wines cu­rated by top som­me­liers, and more? Make sure to get your tick­ets; I al­ready have mine.

We’re also thrilled to fea­ture the stun­ning and fresh-faced model and ac­tress Char­lotte Mckin­ney on this is­sue’s cover. The Florida-born beauty is on the brink of su­per­star­dom, and we’re de­lighted to be able to share her story with you.

So en­joy this month and all of the ex­cite­ment it brings our city. Be­fore you know it, we’ll be head­ing into March and gear­ing up for the Mi­ami Open, Mi­ami Mu­sic Week, Ul­tra, and the nu­mer­ous par­ties fea­tur­ing world-fa­mous DJS that ac­com­pany such an amaz­ing week. I know you’re prob­a­bly won­der­ing, Does Mi­ami ever slow down? The an­swer is no, and that’s just how we like it!

I hope to see you around town and toast one on your way…

from left: With AJ Rosenfeld and Seth Browarnik at the Fran­ci­a­corta Wine Din­ner, hosted by Ocean Drive at Scar­petta at the Fontainebleau Mi­ami Beach; with Vit­to­rio Mar­zotto at the Fran­ci­a­corta Wine Din­ner at Scar­petta.

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