Letter From The Publisher
As we roll into October it has been a whirlwind this past month to say the least. One thing I’ve learned is the Heartland communities know how to come together to help each and everyone in need, no matter how big or small the need. The many acts of kindness I’ve seen are too many to list and they are still continuing for those that have lost so much. Continued Prayers to Everyone. We are “Florida Strong” and getting through this one day at a me together.
Our designer Bridgette Waldau created a special sec on in this issue to share just a small part of how the Heartland comes together giving back in a me of need. We are so proud to see members of our advertising family going above and beyond to help our communities.
I had the opportunity last week to spend the day with an old friend I grew up with in Sebring. Bobby Dumont took his love for fishing and turned it into a lifestyle that he shared with my Heartland LIVING team. We had a beautiful but breezy day of fishing the waters in Pine Island Sound. He introduced us to Rob Welles, III who was a gracious host at the beautiful Cabbage Key where we enjoyed lunch and learning about the Island. I’m looking forward to taking my family for another fishing trip with Bobby.
Speaking of family, my daughter and son in law have a great love for the Peace River and take their family every chance they get whether it be boating or fossil hunting. Jonathan has wanted to cover a story like this for some me now and I was intrigued at the rich history that is right in our back yards. With the change in water levels from Hurricane Irma, it was neat to see the water marks on the trees and how dry land became marshland. The natural beauty of the Peace River is just breathtaking.
We have wanted to share with you the story about The Porch Light for some me now but have held off because the topic is a little strong compared to the usual editorial content we choose for the magazine. With human trafficking becoming such an epidemic and we hear more stories about incidents in our community, I felt now was the me that we bring awareness so these situations can be identified. This will also shed some light on how we can help if someone we know has been victimized.
Heartland LIVING is humbled and proud to again be the recipient of three Charlie Awards, two golds and one silver. I am so thankful to be able to share this accomplishment with my team at the Ritz- Carlton in Naples. We strive to continue to bring you the best of the Heartland. It’s because of you, our readers, that we challenge ourselves to bring you the best publication each and every issue. I’m so blessed to live in such a loving community surrounded by great people. Let us continue to Love Thy Neighbor and support one another in our everyday walk of life.