By Mark Gauert
City & Shore 20th Anniversary
A glossy lifestyle magazine launched by a daily newspaper? City & Shore was a novel concept when it debuted 20 years ago this month. But the magazine also has spun off more than a dozen branded, often innovative publications of its own over the years – including a Spanish language edition, in-room magazines for hotels, hardcover books and a digital-only travel magazine that reaches over a million subscribers.
Sunshine magazine, the Sun Sentinel’s weekly magazine, ceases publication on Oct. 8 after a 17-year run “for economic reasons.”
Quote: “We appreciate the efforts of the team that produced the excellent and award-winning magazine. Everyone associated with Sunshine should be proud of what was accomplished over the last 17 years.” – Earl Maucker, former editor of the Sun Sentinel.
City & Shore magazine begins publication three months later, edited by Sunshine’s editor Mark Gauert and designed by Art & Design Director Greg Carannante. Many former Sunshine staffers and Sun Sentinel writers and editors, among them Rod Stafford Hagwood, Matt Schudel, Jonathon King, Dave Wieczorek and photographers Taimy Alvarez, Robert Duyos, Carl Seibert, Susan Stocker, A. Enrique Valentin, John White and artist Bonnie Lallky-Seibert, become contributors. (A tradition that continues to this day).
Quote: “Years later, someone told me we were ahead of our time, featuring a woman of color [Sagine Archer] on the cover of our first issue. That was important to me – I wanted City & Shore to reflect the full diversity of South Florida.” – Mark Gauert, editor of City & Shore.
Physical therapist/Miami Heat dancer Trista Rhen, star of a new reality-TV show experiment called The Bachelorette, becomes the first celebrity to appear on the cover of City & Shore. She would not be the last.
Quote: “A Bachelor cast-off, she had been an anonymous physical therapist/Miami Heat dancer until prime-time fame struck, one of many reality personalities who redefined the concept of ‘celebrity’ as the 2000s unfurled.” – Deborah Wilker, who interviewed Rhen for the story.
City & Shore HOME, with home design trends and innovative decorating ideas, becomes the first of many spinoff City & Shore branded magazines. The stand-alone, bimonthly magazine had a long run – until 2012, when its content was folded back into the main magazine.
Diplomat, an annual in-room magazine for the resort in Hollywood, launches and lasts 13 years.
City & Shore Shops, title perhaps self-explanatory, launches and lasts three years.
Chris Evert, making her second of three featured appearances in the magazine over the years – climbs onto the trampoline in her back yard in her West Boca yard for a memorable photo shoot.
Quote: “Sensing a challenge, she kicked off her shoes, hopped up on the thing and jumped like a pro. Ever the champ, Evert gave us the wildest celebrity photos of City & Shore’s early years.” – Greg Carannante.
City & Shore Travels – which will eventually become Destinations and Explore Florida & the Caribbean – debuts.
At 156 pages, the January issue is the biggest issue since the magazine’s debut. Readers from as far away as Japan write to request copies of the issue, featuring John Parkyn’s story with former Miramar resident Johnny Depp on the cover.
Quote: Back in Miramar the early ’70s, “The center of activity was the Publix and the Winn-Dixie.’’ – Johnny Depp.
Anderson Greene, the current Art Director/Designer of City & Shore, joins the mast as a contributing graphic designer.
For the fifth anniversary issue, Peter Max creates an original piece of art for the cover. The issue also marks the debut of the bold – and controversial – stand-alone ampersand logo.
Casa & Vida, a Spanish-language version of City & Shore intended to be “The face of South Florida’s Hispanic social scene,” begins bimonthly with el Sentinel. It lasts seven years.
City & Shore signs on as media sponsor of a fashion runway show at The Galleria in Fort Lauderdale, featuring 12 men each representing a charity. From just a handful of participants and spectators, the now annual Men of Style event – often called the party of the year – is a raucous event that attracts more than 1,000 spectators and raised a record $95,000 for charity in 2019.
City & Shore also signs on as a media sponsor of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, a three-day charity auto extravaganza at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The event has raised more than $11 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County over the years, organizers said.
Harbor Beach, an annual in-room magazine for the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. It continues today.
Nicole Brochu’s City & Shore cover story on Andy Roddick wins a Readers’ Choice award, the Sun Sentinel readers’ favorite feature story of the year.
Eva Longoria, then starring in a new show called Desperate Housewives, appears on the April/May cover.
Quote: “My roots and where I come from are everything. I am a Mexican. I am American. I am a woman.”
Wear It Well, a hybrid magazine/broadsheet Fashion section in the Sun Sentinel, debuts on Dec. 6 and appears annually for three years.
Incoming first lady Michelle Obama graces the cover of the February/March issue, which also marks the debut of a new logo to replace the controversial ampersand.
Quote: “We had all admired the simple ‘T’ on the cover of The New York Times’ Style Magazine, and thought we could do the same with the ampersand in City & Shore. It was fun for a while, but I was happy for the opportunity to move on when we redesigned.” – Mark Gauert, editor of City & Shore.
Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian appear in an October/November cover story by Chelsea Fuller, just before the debut of their new TV show, Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami.
Quote: “Listening to the tempestuous dialog on the show, we imagined what it would have been like if the Brontë sisters had had a TV show of their own in the 19th century. Different ages, same issues.’’ – Mark Gauert.
@cityandshore joins Twitter.
LeBron James signs with the Miami Heat in July 2010, crowning the triumvirate of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Quote: “You’re taking an area that is already known for its glitz and bling, all the bells and whistles, and you’ve added on to that. Now people will want to go there – the club or the restaurant – because their gods, their idols have gone there.” Dr. Jim Riordan, director of Florida Atlantic University’s MBA in sport management program, in our September/October cover story by Dave Wieczorek, “The Slam Dunk.’’
Doral, an annual in-room magazine for the Miami golf resort, launches.
The ampersand logo is replaced. (There was some rejoicing.)
Quote: “We all admired the simple ‘T’ on the cover of The New York Times’ Style Magazine, and thought we could do the same with the ampersand in City & Shore. It was fun for a while, but I was happy for the opportunity to move on when we redesigned.” – Mark Gauert, editor of City & Shore.
The City & Shore Trivia Quiz debuts with the 10th anniversary issue. The winner received a three-course meal for six – and a bottle of wine, of course – at SoLita Las Olas.
Eden Roc, an annual in-room magazine for the resort on Miami Beach, debuts.
Drew Barrymore in an Emilio Gucci gown graces the cover of the September/October issue, which also announces the “New Team’’ of Editor/Publisher Mark Gauert, Associate Publisher Lori Jacoby and account executives Holly Svekis and Valerie Feder.
City & Shore joins Facebook, facebook.com/CityAndShoreMagazine, in April.
The LIKE Issue – City & Shore’s take on a “Best Of” Issue, riffing on the popularity of Facebook – debuts in August.
Miami Heat star Chris Bosh appears on the cover of the first fully digital issue of City & Shore in November for his interview with Jonathon King.
Quote: “You stay hungry and you stay humble, because there’s always someone or something out there better.” – Chris Bosh, whose team would go on to win back-to-back NBA championships in 2012 and 2013.
The current City & Shore logo debuts with the September issue, featuring new South Floridians Beth Stern and her husband, Howard – who photographed her for the cover.
Quote: “I can just hope people get to know us and see who we really are.” – Beth Stern.
Howard Stern retweets her City & Shore cover story by Deborah Wilker to his 1,486,410 followers.
PRIME, a special issue of City & Shore for readers 50+, debuts in April.
“PRIME is where we separate those who run away from Big Birthdays and those who embrace them. Those who learn nothing from their many years and those who use their years to learn. This is a special issue of City & Shore devoted to the latter.” – Mark Gauert, editor of City & Shore.
Destinations, a special travel issue of City & Shore, debuts in June.
City & Shore signs on as media sponsor of the Broward College Speaker Series, featuring an eclectic lineup of speakers at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Among them, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is the big hit of the season – moving her sold-out appearance from the Au-Rene theater to the Amaturo Theater to accommodate the demand.
At 164 pages, the September 2015 issue, featuring Olympic medalist Amanda Beard, still owns the record for the biggest City & Shore in 20 years.
The Orlando Sentinel begins its own monthly magazine, Signature, inspired by City & Shore. It lasts almost three years.
City & Shore celebrates its 15th anniversary with a special issue. Our first cover model from 2001, Sagine Archer, shares her story of survival with breast cancer.
Quote: “When you’re in survival mode, you see things completely different. If I have a minute, I don’t want to waste a minute. It’s my time.” – Sagine Archer.
The Wrap, an annual gift guide, debuts in December.
City & Shore’s previous travel magazine, Destinations, becomes Explore Florida & the Caribbean.
Margaritaville, an annual in-room magazine for the resort on Hollywood Beach, debuts.
Looking Back, a hard-cover book of historical photos from Broward and Palm Beach counties, sells out and goes into a second printing. A sequel, Looking Back II, publishes in 2020. A Looking Back feature becomes a part of the editorial lineup in City & Shore PRIME.
Quote: “A reader brought in 10 copies of the book to give as gifts to her friends and asked me to autograph them. I swear, it wasn’t my mom.” – Mark Gauert, editor of City & Shore and Looking Back I and II.
After six years as Editor & Publisher, Mark Gauert becomes Editor in Chief; Rob Cravaritis assumes the title of publisher.
On Twitter, @cityandshore reaches 1,362,638 impressions after celebrity dog trainer Cesar Millan retweets a link to the story by Susannah Bryan.
City & Shore joins Instagram, @cityandshore_magazine.
Sun Sentinel advertising director Scott Tyner joins the mast of City & Shore as publisher.
City & Shore PRIME publishes two experimental broadsheet versions in the Sun Sentinel.
Quote: “It’s terrific – so much is aimed at the young and this was so enjoyable.” – reader Valdene Kane, of Boca Raton, says of the content.
Jay Leno makes his fifth appearance as the celebrity host of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance – and his second appearance on a City & Shore cover in an interview by Greg Carannante.
Quote: “Well, if anybody asks, I would certainly do it.” – Jay Leno on whether he’d ever appear on David Letterman’s Netflix interview show, My Next Guest Needs no Introduction.
City & Shore continues to publish – in print, digital and social media formats – even as Covid-19 restrictions lockdown life in South Florida.
Senior Sales Manager Caroline Pinsker becomes Associate Publisher of City & Shore.
Explore Florida & the Caribbean publishes two digital-only travel magazines, distributed to Tribune Co. subscribers in South Florida, Orlando, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Hartford, among other locations.
Quote: “It’ll be awhile before we travel the way we used to again. Back when people wanted to know where we’d been, what we’d seen and what we’d done – not the precautions we took while we were there.” – Editor Mark Gauert after a Covid-19 cautious sortie to Key West.
At the 2020 FOLIO Magazine Awards in New York, recognizing “uncompromising journalism and excellence in design,’’ City & Shore PRIME wins the Eddie Award in the City & Regional Full Issue South East category; Mark Gauert also wins for column writing.
City & Shore, still savoring the good life in South Florida, plans a full year of issues – starting with this 20th anniversary issue, now in print, online, digital and social media formats we could only imagine in 2001.