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June 2020

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The Editor | A Letter from Liz Green

Dear Readers:

As you sit down to read this issue, life is slowly beginning to return to our new normal. We are 4-5 weeks into Phase 1 of Florida’s re-opening. Heck, we may even be into Phase 2 by the time this issue is in your hands.

But as we were working on assignments for this June issue, Florida was still under our Safer at Home order. Planning stories when everyone was home and lots of local businesses were closed was challenging, to say the least.

I went back through my file of story ideas (I keep every email that’s sent in with a suggested story, so please never hesitate to send us ideas!) and was reminded of an email I received earlier this year about a filmmaker from Venice who directed a documentary series called The Search for Aliveness. Vito Pellicano and his crew traveled the world and asked people what makes them feel alive.

As the series’ website, www.thesearchforaliveness.com, states: “Many of us want to get the most out of life and to discover our purpose, but daily chaos and distraction keep us from taking the time to figure this out. The Search for Aliveness documentary series shares diverse perspectives on what people do to feel alive, inviting us to slow down, reflect, and to begin making choices that will increase our own aliveness.”

Over the past few months, a lot of us have had the opportunity to slow down and reflect on our lives—the things we take for granted, the trivial things we spend too much energy on, the things that make us happy and the things that don’t. I know I have. And now that life is slowly returning to a new normal, hopefully we will begin making the choices that will help us each feel more alive. If you need inspiration, check out Vito’s docu-series.

And, because we could all do for a little extra laughter in our lives, we chatted with Punta Gorda residents, by way of Wisconsin, Greg and Vikki Winkler, who wrote a book with a humorous take on the culture shock that ensues when one moves to Florida: Welcome to Florida … or, as many exclaim upon moving here, WTF!

We also have the long-awaited results of our annual HARBOR’S HOTTEST Readers’ Choice Awards! Back in February we asked you to vote for your favorite local businesses in 80 categories, and now you get to see if your favorites won. Chances are the past few months have been extremely difficult for many of the businesses you voted as the HARBOR’S HOTTEST, so I truly hope that now that we are finally allowed out of our homes, you are showing them plenty of love. Our local businesses need all the support we can give them right now.

I hope you enjoy the issue.


Liz Green

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