First Words — 02 June 2017
We won’t confuse Iceland with South Florida

By Mark Gauert

City & Shore Magazine

We don’t put out the magazine each month to win awards. (We’d rather win readers).

But it’s nice – and humbling – to be recognized for the work we do to win readers.

Since last issue, we learned City & Shore Magazine real estate and financial columnist Robyn A. Friedman has been honored with two writing awards from the National Federation of Press Women.

Robyn won first place in the “Specialty Articles-Home” category for her On the Money columns. She helps readers with practical financial matters, such as choosing an advisor, deciding whether Florida residency makes tax sense or, on pg. 48 of this issue, how to shop for a bank. Robyn also took second place in the “Personality Profile” category for her Powers for Good 2016 feature, published in the October issue.

We learned the First Words column here also won second place in the Green Eyeshade Awards, “the Society of Professional Journalists’ recognition of the best journalism in the Southeastern United States,” in the Humorous Commentary / Magazines category. City & Shore is a finalist for four more awards in the SPJ’s annual “Sunshine State Awards,” for Best Single Issue, Trade or Special Interest Publication, Commentary & Criticism and Cover Design – the latter the work of Art Director/Designer Anderson Greene. The winners will be announced later this summer.

Congratulations to Robyn and Anderson – whose award-winnning work appears here – and to all the NFPW award winners and finalists (, which include publications throughout the United States; to all the Green Eyeshade Award recipients (, which include publications in the Southeast; and to all the finalists in the state SPJ contest, ( which included more than 900 entries from Florida.

This is a “Made in South Florida” issue, and I’m proud to say that City & Shore is made here, too. You won’t find us going off to Iceland, for example, to photograph a local fashion story.

We’d rather spend our time here with you, our winning readers.

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