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Editor’s Letter: Everything Still Seems Pretty Good

I don’t know about you, but I am getting tired of waiting for a recession. Yes, there are a few worrisome signs nationally, such as vacant office space and we do have a bit of an issue in some South Florida submarkets. I really wouldn’t want to be owning a lot of Class B buildings in so-so locations.

However, looking at this issue, I’m really struck by just how good things look.

I’ll start with this issue’s cover story on Mike Linder. It seems like just a few years ago when I heard about Jet Runway Cafe and started visiting for breakfast. Then, I joined Lifestyle Media Group and it turned out it was the best place for a business lunch near the office.

It’s gratifying to write about the success of Mike, who finds ways to keep adding to his restaurants. I also had no idea that he and his partner are major players in event production, too. He’s a great example of a business leader who hustles and finds opportunity. Sometimes, it finds him because of his reputation.

I haven’t tried all of Mike’s restaurants, but recently enjoyed some outstanding fried chicken at South PMP Kitchen and Bar in Pompano Beach. I also ate twice at YOT, which is truly a hidden gem on the New River in Fort Lauderdale. The views are stunning and the patio was packed on a recent Saturday night. Canyon and Val+Tino are high on my list for dining out next. Digital Editor Sean D’Olivera gives a strong recommendation in his review of Val+Tino in this issue.

Mass transit has long been shortchanged in South Florida, so it was nice to meet David Dech, executive director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, parent of Tri-Rail. If you don’t live near a Brightline station, you now have options to take a train to downtown Miami. Tri-Rail stations should be some of the best epicenters in future development here.

Jesse Scott has a great piece on Jessica Goldman Srebnick, who continues to be a major player in the hospitality and art scenes.

I attended events held by Visit Fort Lauderdale and the Executives Association of Fort Lauderdale. Both were very upbeat. It was also great to see Alexander Star, who has performed at several SFBW events, singing a new anthem about Fort Lauderdale.

I had a lot of fun getting out and meeting the leaders of The Venue Fort Lauderdale and we are also picking up a piece I wrote for our sister publication, Lifestyle, on Jack Seiler, who is not only a great example of a public servant, but a savvy lawyer and businessman. There’s even an appearance by my rock star periodontist and his son. Our Agenda and Briefing sections are also full of new developments. I think we are partying like it’s 1999 instead of waiting for the recession of 2024.

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Editor’s Letter: A Heartfelt Return

If you are a longtime SFBW reader and are wondering what the heck I am doing back here with an editor’s column, well there’s a story behind that. It was

Kevin Gale
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Drew Limsky

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.