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The Editor | A Letter from Liz Green
As I was driving to the office two days before our deadline, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to write about this month. It dawned on me that this issue marks one year of writing this monthly letter to you.
It may surprise you to learn, especially given my occupation, that I actually don’t enjoy writing. Or maybe it’s more that I don’t enjoy my approach to writing, which is to wait until the absolute last minute to do it. I’ve been that way my whole life, and yes that includes writing 20-page college research papers in the 48 hours before they were due. (No, I didn’t sleep.) I could start earlier, sure. But my brain does its best thinking and focusing when there is a time-sensitive deadline. Otherwise it wanders too much. I guess in that regard, I am in the right industry!
Speaking of deadlines, we have a very important one coming up this month that affects each and every one of our readers. It’s time once again for our HARBOR’S HOTTEST Readers’ Choice Awards, and we are doing things a little differently this year.
In the past, we’ve always opened up voting in January and closed voting in early to mid-March. During that first week of voting we would get a bunch of votes and then just a light trickle until the last two weeks when votes would triple, if not more. Everyone, it seems, loves a deadline.
And so this year, our voting window is much shorter—3 weeks to be exact. Voting opens on Monday, February 3rd and closes on Friday, February 21st. Consider yourself on deadline.
Another difference this year is that our voting will be entirely online. There are no paper ballots this year. So when February 3rd rolls around, visit www.harborstyle.com and click on HARBOR’S HOTTEST. Then click on the 2020 logo and you will be automatically directed to our brand new online voting platform.
I saved the biggest, and best, difference for last. This year will be our biggest HARBOR’S HOTTEST ever as we have expanded the number of categories. We have added 28 new ones this year—making a grand total of 80!
As always, winners will be announced in our June issue. I know that may seem like a long time from the end of our voting window, but such is the life of a magazine—we are always working months in advance. Besides, the best things are always worth the wait, and the HARBOR’S HOTTEST is all about the best of the best restaurants, businesses and service providers in our community, from Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte up to Englewood, North Port and Venice.
So mark your calendars and tell your friends. The 2020 HARBOR’S HOTTEST awards are coming. Don’t miss out on your chance to vote for who you think are the hottest businesses around!
And, as always, I hope you enjoy the issue.