December 19, 2014

Start your engines!

Sometimes making magazines can be a lot like racing hot rods. Seems like you're in a constant battle to beat the clock. And if you want to hit on all cylinders, you need frequent tune-ups.

Over the next few issues of Gulfshore Life, you'll notice several changes-all aimed at making us the swiftest, sleekest magazine in Southwest Florida. Starting this month, we're proud to introduce a new column, "Here's Hollis," by contributing editor Hollis Alpert. In his inaugural effort, the discerning and debonair Mr. Alpert, a former editor for The New Yorker, explains why cocktail parties prove far more rewarding than dinner parties. Along the way, he shares a few pithy anecdotes about the likes of Angie Dickinson, Grace Kelly and a guy named Humphrey.

Longtime readers of Gulfshore Life and Home & Condo will recognize Nanci Theoret's byline. After a stellar career in newspapers, Theoret hooked up with our magazine a couple of years ago and has worn a variety of hats. She now joins our masthead as real estate editor and introduces a new column, "Realty Check." It offers an insider's take on the local market, plus an expert's glimpse of what the future holds.

Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we hit a few bumps along the track. In our summer issue, we presented a roundup of the region's top companies ("Success in Southwest Florida") that listed firms headquartered in Lee and Collier counties that reported revenues of $10 million or more. It was Gulfshore Life's first effort at creating such a listing, one that can be found in no other publication. So we expected there might be a few glitches along the way. In recent weeks, we have been contacted by a number of companies that should have been part of the listing but somehow fell under our business radar. We intend to make up for those omissions with a more comprehensive listing next year.

We especially regret excluding Watermark Communities Inc. (WCI) from our ranking of top companies. Due to a researcher's error, we mistakenly thought that Bonita Springs-based WCI, which tallied gross revenues of $882 million in its most recent fiscal year, was headquartered elsewhere. It was a notable omission, since WCI has been a longtime leader in Florida real estate development and the creator of some of Southwest Florida's most successful communities. You'll see them near the very top of the rankings when we list the most successful companies in 2002.