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The Publisher | A Letter from Jimmy Dean

Dear Readers:

Jimmy Dean, Publisher Harbor Style MagazineIf you have been a fan of HARBOR STYLE for any time at all, you probably have our formula figured out. We publish 12 issues a year. Each month, we have our editors and photographers focus on one particular aspect of life here in Charlotte Harbor – one that everyone has a keen interest in. That gives us 12 opportunities each year to really dig deeply into the subject and examine it from several different angles.

We do this for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, we think it makes for the best magazine – the best use of our resources as publishers. For in singling out the wide array of interests that exist here we are accomplishing two very important things:

  1. Giving the area natives and newcomers a monthly book that reveals exactly what it is that makes this part of the world so very special.
  2. Providing a primer – a small book that helps visitors and new residents by introducing them to the people they need to know, the people who are the fabric of our community. We try to be a Who’s Who without being pompous about it. We hope you agree.

This month is one of our favorites because we here at the office love our animals and we know you do, too. Our audience is pet-crazy. I don’t mean that in a pejorative sense, mind you, but in a real and honest way. You are real animal lovers and you let us know about it. Throughout the year we’re constantly getting story ideas about domesticated-or-not wildlife and this issue contains a few features we think you’ll love.

On the not-so-domesticated spectrum, we have the Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary, where Lauri Caron and her large team of volunteers care for some 150 animals – from lions, tigers and bears (oh my!) to monkeys, peacocks and turtles and a whole lot more in between – that had been abused and neglected by previous owners. Octagon is their refuge, where they can live out their days in peace and love.

And over on the domesticated side of the spectrum, we have the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, where they provide safe refuge, nourishment and love to homeless animals…that is, until someone like you gives them a home.

Pets and animals are indeed a huge slice of life here in Charlotte Harbor. We’re happy to take you into that special place where our relationship with animals is celebrated.

Because they are just furry people, really.

Enjoy the issue.



Jimmy Dean

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