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Cuba, Past and Future

Cuba is a hot topic these days. With the potential end to the 53-year-old Cuba embargo in sight, South Floridians and Cuban-Americans are looking to the future with questions about how this lift will affect trade and, especially, tourism between the two countries. (See SFBWmag.com for our panel discussion about doing business in Cuba.)

Currently, an estimated 2 million Hispanics of Cuban decent reside in the United States, with 70 percent living in Florida. Many first-generation Cubans arrived in Miami on one of the famed Freedom Flights, which were U.S.-organized and funded airlifts that occurred five days a week, twice a day, from
Dec. 1, 1965, until the spring of 1971. The flights brought 300,000 Cubans to the United States at a cost of about
$12 million. 

HistoryMiami is the premier museum for visitors to get a glimpse into Cuba’s history and its ties to South Florida, showcasing artifacts from the Mariel boatlift, Cuban folkloric traditions and more. The museum is currently featuring the exhibition, “Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children’s Exodus.” ?  

Information for this feature is courtesy of the HistoryMiami Archives & Research Center, which is open to the public and contains more than 1.1 million images of Southeast Florida, the entire state and the Caribbean from 1883 to the present. For more information, visit historymiami.org. (Photo by Charles Trainor, Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami, 1989-011-4514)

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Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.