February 25, 2018

Up Front, the Publisher's Column

The big gubernatorial race

Andrew P. Corty | 9/26/2014

The outcome of next month’s gubernatorial race will have far-reaching implications throughout the state.

Whether you prefer incumbent Gov. Rick Scott or his Democratic challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, the victor will set in motion a domino effect that will impact our laws, the state Supreme Court, insiders who shape policy in Tallahassee and politicians coveting higher office.

To me, the most crucial factor will be the selection of Florida Supreme Court justices because those justices can serve for decades.

Equally fascinating is the impact on other politicians. Republican Cabinet officers Adam Putnam and Jeff Atwater might both be interested in the governor’s office and have a clear route if Scott wins. Democratic mayors such as Buddy Dyer in Orlando and Bob Buckhorn in Tampa might similarly be lined up if Scott wins and is term-limited in four years.

Florida Trend writer Jason Garcia examines the dominoes in his must-read piece.


While this October issue focuses on finance, I’d also like to call your attention to our coverage of resorts, particularly the Salamander group, which operates Innisbrook in Tampa Bay, the Reunion resort near Orlando and Hammock Beach in Palm Coast.

Sheila Johnson, CEO of Salamander and co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, has turned her attention to the golf, equestrian, basketball and movie businesses. She has invested in creating quality properties. And her investments are paying off.

Visit Florida President Will Seccombe points out that every 85 visitors to the state translates into one job for a Floridian. Florida hosts an average of 1.5 million visitors a day.


It’s awards season, and the editorial staff here has won a bunch. Florida Trend won “best overall magazine,” “best writing,” and “best design” from the Florida Magazine Association. Other awards came for our digital products. The judges were from around the nation; two of their remarks stood out.

One said, “I can pay a magazine no greater compliment than to say I learned something from reading it, and I learned a lot from Florida Trend.” Another noted that Florida Trend “is almost a general interest feature magazine with a business spin.” Those sentiments and similar ones are echoed by our 250,000 readers. They explain why we have such a loyal following.

The magazine also won awards from the American Society of Business Editors for last year’s articles on artist/environmentalist Guy Harvey, the Bright Ideas cover package on 10 ways to make Florida a better place, an editorial column on Common Core and the trend of private equity firms getting into the landlord business by buying up single-family homes by the thousands throughout the state.


This month, we added a new feature to the Lifestyles section of the magazine. Art Levy, who’s done such a terrific job with the Florida Icon interviews, has started a monthly piece called “Florida Originals.” It’s a look at unique places and people all over Florida — from an artist in rural Hardee County to a bar in Fernandina Beach to a small business in downtown Miami.


Fitness Update: After a week walking the hills of San Francisco, the flatlands feel easy, even if the humidity is tough. Only a month to go until the Turkey Trot 5k. I’m almost ready.

— Andy Corty

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