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Letter from the Editor: Our Elite Cover Stars Are in Dialogue With Each Other

We asked Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Raymond Fort about their work with Newgard Development Group’s CEO Harvey Hernandez—and the very well-known principals of the Related Group: Jorge Perez and his sons, JP and Nick.

I think of the successive issues of South Florida Business & Wealth as in dialogue with each other. Now, landing Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Raymond Fort on our cover would have been achievement enough, with their firm, Arquitectonica, having conjured (and continuing to conjure) such a vast and stimulating swath of the Miami skyline.

But just as important as their iconic projects are their collaborations, so it is not accidental that I asked this visionary father and son about their work with Newgard Development Group’s CEO Harvey Hernandez—and the very well-known principals of the Related Group: Jorge Perez and his sons, JP and Nick. They’ve all graced the covers of our magazine, Hernandez just last month. I didn’t want to write a puff piece full of superlatives; I wanted a cast of characters, vivid scenes and the frisson that happens when creatives embark on an ambitious project. The motto of Lifestyle Media Group is Connections Done Right, after all. Even the estimable Richard Branson makes an appearance in the Arquitectonica story. These interconnections are what gives South Florida its distinctive flavor.

I like the idea of our covers in a continuing conversation. Flag Luxury’s Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos visits us again. When she appeared on our cover in June 2021, the subject was the new partnership of three families at the pinnacle of Miami hospitality. But in this issue, she’s making a plea for the community to support the Miami Design Preservation League, as it pushes to complete a reimagination of Miami Beach’s Art Deco Museum.

“It’s important to me to help support the Miami Design Preservation League in preserving the architectural legacy of our beloved city,” she told me. “It’s part of the cultural identity of Miami and one of the reasons why so many people are attracted to our community. We have to find ways to preserve and restore properties before they fall into irrevocable disrepair, which causes urban blight.”

And finally, Tamara Rodriguez’s cover story in March was so forthright and fascinating that we’re giving the Island TV co-owner an encore. The occasion was her live appearance at the Tower Club for our recent CEO Connect event, when, with her usual elegance and aplomb, she further developed some of the themes—from family bonds to women’s empowerment to racism—that so engaged our readers.

So, join the discussion. Our cover stars, past and present, are waiting for you.

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief, South Florida Business & Wealth

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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.