LET­TER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Ocean Drive - - Contents - JARED SHAPIRO Fol­low me on Instagram and Twit­ter: @Jar­shap.

It’s never hard to sus­tain the mo­men­tum of South Florida’s ex­cit­ing en­ergy. What­ever the month, what­ever the sea­son, there’s al­ways some­thing go­ing on. As I scroll through my iphone pictures, I see a ton of amaz­ing self­ies and snaps of every­thing from the South Beach Wine & Food Fes­ti­val to the Mi­ami Boat Show, par­ties with our cover star Char­lotte Mckin­ney, a Mi­ami Heat game, lunches at Nobu, din­ners at Plant Food + Wine, grand openings, ground­break­ings, and a trip to the Pérez Art Mu­seum among my fa­vorites. And that was just Fe­bru­ary.

March took me to the Mi­ami Open ten­nis tour­na­ment, the Ul­tra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, the Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters gala, Joel Os­teen live from Americanairlines Arena, the grand open­ing of the Four Sea­sons Surf Club, and of course the never-end­ing ocean hori­zons and sun­rises and sun­sets (insert palm tree in the fore­ground).

You’d think that in April I would fi­nally have time to head back to the beach on a week­end day (or lunch break—shh… don’t tell!) or check out some brand-new restau­rants that just opened, like Este­fan Kitchen and Hank and Harry’s. Fin­gers crossed I can. But I’m also look­ing at a jam-packed cal­en­dar. The Mi­ami Mar­lins sea­son opener, a cel­e­bra­tion with our cur­rent cover star, Joe Man­ganiello, the Tor­tuga Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, Red Hot Chili Peppers in con­cert, and more are all a pre­lude to a sum­mer brim­ming with amaz­ing con­certs and events down here.

The re­al­ity is we get the best of both worlds in this town where we all brag on so­cial me­dia, “We live where you va­ca­tion.” Be­cause, full cal­en­dar or not, I can al­ways just delete every­thing on my sched­ule and lit­er­ally spend the day star­ing at the ocean, which, even with all of the afore­men­tioned tal­ent and ex­cite­ment, is still the best bang for your buck—$15 mar­garita or rosé not in­cluded. #Mi­ami

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