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Not to brag, but...

We've run into a little problem here at the offices of Gulfshore Life-not enough wall space. Meaning, we're having a tough time deciding where to hang all the awards Gulfshore Life won at the Florida Magazine Association's annual conference and trade show.

Each year the association sponsors a highly competitive contest drawing thousands of entries from the more than 100 magazines, trade journals and custom publications in the state. We're proud to announce that Gulfshore Life walked off with top honors-the "Charlie Award" for "Best Overall Magazine" in its category. But that was only one of seven major awards we claimed. In addition, Gulfshore Life won in the following categories:

Best Special Theme or Show Issue

(Bronze award, for our December 2000 "Discover Southwest Florida" issue.)

Best Produced Magazine

(Bronze award, acknowledging the fine work of our printer-Quebecor World/Pendell.)

Best Feature Lead

(Bronze award, for "The Ghost of Lana Turner," by Hollis Alpert in our April 2001 issue.)

Best Feature Headlines

(Silver award)

Best Use of Photography

(Bronze award, for the outstanding work of Tessa Tilden-Smith, our art director.)

Best Single, Original Color Photograph

(Bronze award, for our April 2001 cover, by photographer Mary McCulley.)

All in all, it was one of the strongest showings of any city/regional magazine in Florida and only adds to Gulfshore Life's 31-year winning legacy. But it's not as if we plan to rest on our laurels. We continue to fine-tune our magazine, and this issue brings a brand-new department in our Home & Condo section. Each month in "My Favorite Room" a different local resident will wax eloquent about the place he or she most likes to hang out when at home. And since "Arts and Entertainment" is our theme this month, we thought it only appropriate to introduce "My Favorite Room" by visiting Jessie Greenbaum, principal violist for the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Enjoy the issue.

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