PUB­LISHER'S LET­TER

Gulf & Main - - Contents - Daniela J. Jaeger Group Pub­lisher, TOTI Me­dia

No one will ever ar­gue that those of us who live on is­lands, in water­front houses, and near Flor­ida’s nu­mer­ous wa­ter­ways are blessed with the good wis­dom of hav­ing cho­sen an idyl­lic spot to call home. But we can’t ig­nore the real rea­son we en­joy our life­style. When you look at the whole pic­ture, you re­al­ize it’s the com­mu­nity—the peo­ple, the or­ga­ni­za­tions and the good­will—that makes life in South­west Flor­ida so sweet.

Every­one in our com­mu­nity makes a dif­fer­ence. Whether you’re a phi­lan­thropist whose gen­eros­ity has helped main­tain or build trea­sured places and or­ga­ni­za­tions—Edi­son & Ford Win­ter Es­tates, Sid­ney & Berne Davis Art Cen­ter, South­west Flor­ida Sym­phony, Al­liance for the Arts, Arts for ACT, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Hope Hos­pice, Lee Memo­rial Health Foun­da­tion, South­west Flor­ida Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, PACE Cen­ter for Girls, The Heights Foun­da­tion, SWFL Chil­dren’s Char­i­ties, Va­lerie’s House, Flor­ida Reper­tory Theatre, Gulf Coast Sym­phony, Lee Build­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion—or you’re a res­i­dent whose job, whether a sales clerk or gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, and vol­un­teerism are key to cre­at­ing a co­he­sive com­mu­nity life, you should never be taken for granted.

Show­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion to oth­ers in our fast-paced, tech­nol­ogy-driven world can of­ten be over­looked, sim­ply be­cause when one task is fin­ished we’ve al­ready moved on to the next—and, sadly, we of­ten close that first door with­out a proper “thank you” to those de­serv­ing recog­ni­tion.

So dur­ing the sea­son when life in South­west Flor­ida is in full swing, with galas and fundrais­ers and plenty of out­door sport­ing events to keep us con­nected, I want to salute the ef­forts of every­one in our com­mu­nity—no mat­ter how big or how small. Thank you for all you do ev­ery day of the year.

For any­one who wants to en­joy and sup­port our com­mu­nity, this is­sue will give you plenty of sug­ges­tions, start­ing on page 108. Per­haps you’re rest­ing af­ter tak­ing part in wa­ter-based ad­ven­tures such as a fish­ing char­ter, kayaking or swim­ming. Now you’ll find sto­ries to pro­pel you out of your comfy arm­chair and en­gage you in com­mu­nity life. March and April are big months for fundrais­ers and there are galas ga­lore—so take your pick.

And as you en­joy the good life in South­west Flor­ida, please don’t for­get to thank those in the com­mu­nity who make it all hap­pen. Daniela J. Jaeger

When you look at the whole pic­ture, you re­al­ize it’s the com­mu­nity—the peo­ple, the or­ga­ni­za­tions and the good­will— that makes life in South­west Flor­ida so sweet.

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