Editor’s Note

Here’s a stunning fact about today’s hyper-connected world: An estimated 30 percent of Americans aren’t connected to the Internet.

This digital divide has a major impact on education and ultimately developing our workforce. I was happy to learn that Comcast is addressing the issue with its Internet Essentials program. The program is designed for homes with children in the National School Lunch Program and makes high-speed Internet available for $9.95 a month, plus tax; a desktop or laptop with Microsoft Office costs them only $149.99. The program currently connects more than 500,000 low-income families to the Internet and involves a network of 1,500 volunteers.

Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen, who is based in the corporation’s Philadelphia headquarters, was recently in West Palm Beach to expand Internet Essentials with a pilot program to help low-income seniors. Among high-income seniors, 75 percent are connected to the Internet, but the figure drops to 25 percent for low-income seniors, Cohen says.

Cohen says that the business community is very engaged in the digital divide issue. After a talk at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, he received over 50 emails of support from business leaders. 

Dr. Robert Avossa, superintendent of Palm Beach County Schools, is supportive of the program because he was familiar with it as school superintendent in Fulton County, Georgia, Cohen says.

Last year, Comcast announced a partnership with the Overtown Youth Center in Miami, which was founded by former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning.

Patrick Franklin, president and CEO of the Urban League of Palm Beach County, is supporting the program by working with Comcast on the pilot program at a senior citizen center.

Want to help out? Visit internetessentials.com and click on the “Become a Partner” button at the bottom.

I want to end this column with a personal note of thanks to our readers, advertisers and sponsors. It seems like we just started SFBW, but this issue marks our one-year anniversary. It has been very gratifying to see such positive feedback about our publication. Chairman and CEO Gary Press and the entire SFBW and Lifestyle Media Group team would like to thank all of you for your support.

Have feedback? Email me at kgale@sfbwmag.com or call 954-377-9566.

 Kevin Gale

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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.