February 2017 Central Florida Monthly Magazine

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Editor’s Note

Hi there, neighbors. On behalf of the whole team at Central Florida Monthly, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to you. Over the past 12 years, you’ve known us as a newspaper, The Narcoossee Navigator, and now as a magazine, Central Florida Monthly. During that time, you’ve watched us slowly evolve—witnessing our bumps and bruises, in addition to our more graceful moments. And we deeply appreciate your patience and support as we’ve grown.

But there are some important things we’ve never formally shared with you, or said often enough, and we’d like to share them with you now.

We deeply love our community—the only thing deeper than our love of this community is our roots. (Cue Barbara Mandrell) We were Narcoossee before Narcoossee was cool, y’all. And CFM exists because of our desire to build relationships that matter.

Our mission is to make you feel at home in the East Orlando, Kissimmee and St. Cloud area by helping you build meaningful personal and professional relationships. And we’ll continue doing that by providing the information, resources and connections you need to live, work and play here. But going forward, we’ll do it on a larger (and more visible) scale through print, digital, social and events—not just our one-on-one interactions.

In this issue, we’re focusing on matters of the heart. Head to page eight and find out why you’ll be seeing, wearing and drinking RED this month. On page 22, get your daily dose of community love: see who got the nod at our Best of 2016 awards party—we’ve got the full list of nominees and winners, plus some snaps from the party at Lakehouse in Lake Nona. And if you’re not a social media type—but aspire to deepen your relationships—you’ll want to read our story about breaking the code of human connection on page 18. It’s easier (and more fun) than you may think. And finally, take a look at page 20 for information about our “Home is Where the Heart Is” contest.

Be sure to explore this digital issue. Extra information and resources are available with a simple click of your mouse.

Thanks so much for your continued readership.

In gratitude,

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