We gather here today to thank you – our readers and advertisers – for this 15th anniversary issue. I remember joking with the staff, right after we published our first issue in January 2001, that it had been a treat to work with them to produce the first issue – and that, fingers crossed, maybe there’d be a second. There was, thanks to you. And another, and another … and now well over 100 issues and thousands of stories about the good life in South Florida and the people who live it.
With your readership and support over the years, we’ve grown from six issues that first year to 15 this year. We’ve grown from a 140-page debut that first year to our biggest issue ever, just this past September. In that first year, our work was recognized with awards for Best Cover and Best New Magazine. In the past four years alone, we’ve won 21 state, regional and national journalism awards. We added a website, digital edition, iPad app, video, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, too – all things we didn’t have in 2001 – and if we’re forgetting a format you’d like to find us on, let me know and we will add that, too.
Fifteen years on, it’s still a treat for me to work with the good people you see here and listed on the masthead. But the greatest treat for all of us is to produce this magazine for you.
For that we gather here to say thank you – and to raise a toast to the next 15 years with you.
Editor & Publisher
PHOTO: City & Shore Magazine staff, now & then: Back row: Greg Carannante, our founding Art Director, and now a contributing writer; Shawn T. Lee, Senior Prepress Operations Manager; Eric Barton, contributing writer; John Dolen, the Sun Sentinel’s former Arts & Features editor; Rod Hagwood, Entertainment and Fashion Columnist; Agnes Pokropek, Sales Account Executive; Anderson Greene, Art Director/Designer. Middle row: Julie Calandriello, Sales Account Executive; Valerie Feder, Sales Account Executive; Jean-Marie McCarthy, Client Services Representative; Rebecca Cahilly, Fine Dining Writer; Robyn A. Friedman, Real Estate columnist and contributing writer. Front row, Deborah Wilker, Contributing Editor; Lori Jacoby, Associate Publisher; Mark Gauert, Editor & Publisher; and Elyse Ranart, Fashion & Style Director. Not pictured from the current mast: Elizabeth Rahe, Contributing Editor; Frank Benavides, Production; Mona Lisa Cooper, Print Production Manager; Mark Loburak, Production Coordinator; Denise Reid, Distribution Manager and Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub, Contributing Design Editor.