Letter From The Publisher
Thank you for picking up the first issue of the 2017 Heartland LIVING, the only regional magazine covering the 7 counties of the Florida’s Heartland. If you are a new reader we are honored you found us and we are your lifestyle magazine that features interesting editorial content, locals making a difference in the communities, “Inspired by the South” with southern traditions, travel destinations, art and culture, agriculture, style and so much more. Also check out our Heartland Scene with our social events of what has happened in your community and what is coming up that you might want to attend with family and friends.
Heartland LIVING tries to expand your knowledge about the community that we love and to spark your interest about topics that are old, new, and innovative. Our hope is that our stories inspire you to travel to a new destination, try a new recipe, learn about the rich antiquity of a historical landmark, or learn about people making your community a better place to live.
Desoto County is celebrating a milestone for the All-Florida Championship Rodeo with the ground-breaking of the new Mosaic Arena. The upcoming March rodeo will be the last rodeo held at the current facility, which is bittersweet for this community. It’s been neat to see the history through the progression of photos as well as hear about all the local support given to bring new opportunities to Arcadia and the rodeo community.
We’re always proud to recognize people making a difference in the Heartland so we are especially honored to recognize the 2017 Florida Teacher of the Year, Jessica Solano. The Polk County resident is taking stake in the lives of our children along with raising 2 young children Rayni and Oliver with her husband Gary. What a blessing to have her as a mentor to the future of our society.
Chuck Obern founded C&B Farms Inc. in Clewiston, and he still runs the farm with his son, Charles Jr. “Boots”. C&B grows a wide array of vegetables organic and non-organic with a strong emphasis on quality produce through hard work and dedication to his passions. It’s nice to see people fulfill their dreams and share that vision with their family in order to continue from generation to generation.
This issue offers a variety of content for every walk of life. You will notice we have made some changes as we continue to strive for excellence for you, our readers. We want to bring you, our community, the best that the Heartland has to offer.