Across a Century

It was one year ago when the North Palm Beach architectural firm Peacock + Lewis put the finishing touches on the casual, paradisiacal Key Largo Anglers Club, a nearly 20,000-square-foot fishing destination that in many ways defines slow living in South Florida. The site began life as a small fishing camp, was formally established in the 1920s and was designated in 1993 as a Historic and Cultural Landmark by the Historic Florida Keys Preservation Board; the Anglers Club occupies a tenuous coastal position, yet through several ownership changes, it has endured.

After taking a battering by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the club was rebuilt. It would not be the last time that the club would fall and rise again. Perpetually under threat from the yearly hurricane season, the club still stands as a landmark, hosting fishing tournaments and evenings punctuated by Bahamian-style conch chowder, Florida yellowtail snapper and a wine list from the Anderson Valley, California, to Provence.

In order to keep its story alive and preserve its rich history, Peacock + Lewis (aided by Vilar Hoynack Construction) oversaw both the exterior and interior architecture. The firm, helmed by Brian Idle and specializing in golf and country club communities, has put its stamp on such storied South Florida touchstones as BallenIsles, the Breakers, Lost Tree and Quail Ridge, and has even remodeled the Nicklaus Club Beijing, but no project was as fragilely located as Key Largo Anglers Club.

So Peacock + Lewis set to work fortifying the perimeter of the clubhouse, protecting the original lodge and its social life much like the previous renovation did after Hurricane Andrew. This recent improvement plan—which came with a $7.5 million price tag—found the right balance between preservation and modernization, honoring a beloved heritage while moving forward to protect a future filled with environmental uncertainty

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Drew Limsky

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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.