March 2017 Central Florida Monthly Magazine

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I Live Here: Elvis & Christine
Meet Randal Lakes neighbors Christine Hartmann, Elvis Burrows and Bowser.

Editor’s Note

Hi there, neighbors.

Do you remember what it was like to move into your current house or apartment?

No matter if it’s new construction, a fixer upper or something in between, moving into new digs is exciting because you get to transform raw physical space into the home of your dreams.

Today, as I put finishing touches on the March issue of Central Florida Monthly, I couldn’t help but think how this magazine is like a new house—full of possibilities.

But it will never truly feel like home without your input. Because this magazine isn’t just mine (and the CFM team’s!)—it’s ours.

I envision Central Florida Monthly becoming your literary home—in print, online and on social media. A place where you feel comfortable and where you belong. Because you should. A place where your story matters. Because it does. A place where we share information and ideas about our community and work together to make it everyone’s dream home. Because it can.

And that’s why, in this issue, we’re kicking off CFM’s I Live Here project: Because we believe everyone has a story that’s worth telling. And we want to make it easy for you to share your story and read your neighbors’.

On pages eight and nine, you’ll find our first I Live Here profile of Randal Lakes residents Christine Hartmann and Elvis Burrows, and their fur baby Bowser Burrows. So adorable.

If you’d like to participate in CFM’s I Live Here project. There are three simple rules. You must:

1. answer all of the questions
2. be willing to be photographed in your neighborhood
3. live, work or play in one of the zip codes we cover: 32809, 32812, 32822, 32827, 32829, 32832, 34741, 34744, 34771, or 34773.

Sound good? Great. Send me an email and I’ll send you the questions. After you return your answers, we’ll schedule your photo shoot and put you in the queue for publication. And, of course, we’ll give you the heads up when we publish your Q&A online. Because #InternetFamous.

On pages 16 and 17, you’ll find our first installment of a new monthly news roundup called ICYMI (In Case You Missed It). We believe everyone should have access to information about our community. And because so much happens so fast in these parts, we feel a monthly recap will help keep everyone in the loop. We’ll cover things like new development, retail, restaurants and community wellness initiatives. But we’ll try to break it down in a less newsy (and more fun!) way. Because press releases are b-o-r-i-n-g.

If you’re more of a breaking-news type, connect with us on social media where we curate news from other outlets and even break a story of our own every now and again. And if you’ve got scoop, please share it.

And finally, I want to give you the heads up about something we’re launching in our April issue: in-depth neighborhood profiles. The first article will be Living in Lake Nona and we’ll feature a new spot every month.

You probably realize I’m not telling you about the upcoming feature without an ulterior motive. Because, at this point, we’ve got a little history and you know that’s how I roll. <wink wink nudge nudge>

I’d like to hear from you: what’s it like to live, work and play in Lake Nona? Send me photos, make a collage, write a story, send me a tweet—whatever you like. Share, please.

Let’s turn this magazine into a home.

In gratitude,
lynnette

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