It turned out that such stories were few and far between in South Florida, for all manner of reasons. Primarily, the magazine was geared to the good life of the many people who lived here only for the balmy winters.
It seems some guys plan a proposal in almost the same detail that a bride plans the actual wedding. And that's not a bad thing.
We wonder how realistic it is to believe that innovation can come fast enough to keep up with nature’s forces, even if the timetable for ocean rise is as predicted. Some scientists think it is coming faster, that the melting Arctic will melt faster. And that problems that are foreseen 50 to 100 years down the road, may be covering that road with water much sooner.
A few years ago, while spending vacation time in Cashiers, North Carolina, we brightened a weekend by driving over the mountain border to scope out an outdoor art show in Pickens, South Carolina. It was not an urban setting, on a fancy street lined with shops and restaurants, the kind of show we are used to in South Florida. It was just a large field with grass lanes between the seesaw rows of exhibitors.
In case you did not notice, this is our annual sports issue. We wish to acknowledge several fine contributors—BUT WAIT, EMERGENCY INTERRUPTION!!!! This is being written at exactly the time a massive hurricane is assaulting South Florida! We would be remiss if we did not warn readers that, according to TV reports, we are all about to die!
Gold Coast magazine started as a much more social presentation, celebrating the good life of South Florida communities. And although we moved gradually toward more importance, the fact is that the pioneering city magazines over the decades became more like us than we like them.
“Well, it was too late to take Roanoke out of the story, and we apologize for making it sound like a fun place to visit.”
This month the revived Fort Lauderdale Air Show will crowd the beach as few events ever have. This magazine was a media sponsor of the initial show in the 1990s, and is proud to be so again—this time with promoters we respect.
Normally we would chuckle at the idea of a story on a truck stop for a magazine that also featured luxury homes, yachts and airplanes. But not when the writer is Eric Barton.
One can name on both hands the fine dining places that have made it 50 years or more.