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The Editor | A Letter from Liz Green
Happy New Year!
As we enter a new year—and a new decade—we here at the magazine, like many of you, have been thinking about what we can do to grow and improve. We’ve been focusing a lot on how we can better serve our community.
We decided we really needed to take a look at the community itself. And what we realized—though we have known this all along—was that our greater community is actually a bunch of smaller communities that happily co-exist and together create our little corner of paradise.
We decided that as a community magazine, we needed to do a better job of reflecting the entire community within our pages.
When I first started working for this magazine nearly 13 years ago, our editorial content was almost entirely focused on Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte. We rarely ventured beyond Charlotte County for a story. Then, during this past decade, we began expanding our coverage into the Englewood area because Charlotte County is bigger than just Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.
And over the past six months, in figuring out how we wanted to better serve our community, how to grow and improve what we bring to our community each month, we decided that we needed to expand beyond Charlotte County. Because our community is bigger than just Charlotte County.
Here along the Suncoast, we tend to not confine ourselves to whatever small town or city we live in. Why would we when we can get to so many other great places in just 45 minutes? I used to live in Orlando. Know how far you could get in 45 minutes in Orlando? If I-4 is involved, maybe 15 miles, if you’re lucky. And you’d probably arrive at your destination with elevated blood pressure. But in 45 minutes, we can drive from Punta Gorda up to Venice with very little traffic involved along the way.
Speaking of Venice, you may have noticed over the past few months that we have been including more Venice content in the magazine. Venice is a large part of our community here along the Suncoast, and we want our pages to reflect that.
Which brings me to this issue that you are holding in your hands. You’ll notice our masthead to the right has a new addition. We are no longer just HARBOR STYLE. We also are VENICE STYLE.
We are one magazine covering this incredible region that we live in. We are Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, North Port, Englewood, West Villages, Venice and all the little neighborhoods in between. And we want this magazine to reflect that every month.
I hope you enjoy the issue.