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Publisher's Letter: Fashion, Food And Florida's Future

What do you get when you combine lush tropical gardens overlooking the idyllic Intracoastal Waterway, perfect picnic provisions, fabulous on-trend fashions and the sporadic spring shower? A gorgeous “Garden Escape” photo shoot that brings on the onslaught of spring fever! On a gorgeous South Florida day in late February, we shot on location at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, which is simultaneously raw, natural and peaceful, and incredibly diverse, creative and powerful, with monumental wooden and brick sculptures soaring as high as 47 feet. Showcasing more than 250 rare tropical varieties, it’s one of the largest public garden collections in Florida. While shooting in the private studio of the late artist Ann Weaver Norton (akin to a shrine), one fully expected her to arrive at any minute, pick up the tools scattered about, and get to work on the life-size sculptures or “gateways” as she referred to them—a portal to the spiritual realm—and your imagination-beckoning for interpretation.  Designed to be a “quiet retreat in the midst of a burgeoning city,” it was just that, and we hope you enjoy the fashion feature as much as we enjoyed producing it.

Revered restaurants are just a part of our landscape in South Florida, popping up like mushrooms after a generous rain. Take a culinary tour of the top 10 new restaurants in the Palm Beaches in “Top New Tables” and add some new favorites to your list. If you are the type that will travel for food, check out the Caribbean’s new foodie destination, Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas, where top South Florida restaurateurs are turning the most beautiful beach destination into the most decadent dining destination.

Who can imagine Florida without oranges? Well, the Sunshine State’s signature symbol is suffering at the hands of psyllids and an oddly named disease called Huanglongbing, or HLB, that is stunting the growth of the crops, the jobs and the industry. Read about the high-tech solutions that are underway to save the citrus in our state’s most iconic industry in “The Big Squeeze."

Fighting for Florida and our country is Congressman Brian Mast, a double amputee, who doesn’t let his physical limitations limit his ability to fight for causes he believes in, including veterans affairs. After a year, he has fulfilled his campaign promise of opening the first ever congressional office inside the VA facility in West Palm Beach, so he’ll always be on the job! Former First Lady Laura Bush is advocating for our future—one child at a time. Through her literacy efforts, she is showing the nation’s youth that their success matters. We caught up with her at the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation’s Golden Heart Luncheon where she was keynote speaker and challenged the attendees to reach out to those in need and make a difference in the world.

I hope this issue makes a difference in your world, as you make a difference in ours!