COASTE | DEC 2016 - JAN 2017


‘TIS THE SEASON TO EXTEND TO YOU OUR WARMEST WISHES. I’ll always remember the very first time I visited Southwest Florida over the holidays — and specifically the very first time I traveled ever-so-slowly along Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island. At that time a resident of the Midwest, my theretofore experience with holiday tree decorations primarily consisted of evergreens or pines with traditionally boring lights, more often than not draped haphazardly (my style) on said tree. But not here, not on this lane, not on this night. This was a strange, new world unfolding right before my eyes, and I was a kid again filled with wonder. Palm trees, trunks wrapped up, up, up to the black night sky, where tropically colored lights danced upon fronds in the breeze. Inflatable Santas, reindeer, snowmen and more all along the way, greeting me as if I were the parade. And oh, open the windows — how great does that warm air smell and feel? I hope to never forget or take for granted the charm of the holidays here in Southwest Florida. My hope for you is that they bring you the same — a sense of awe, an appreciation of your blessings, and renewed inspiration for a wonderful and better new year. Enjoy, and enjoy our holiday issue, all wrapped up with delightful stories of the people and places that make our coastal paradise so special.

John Sprecher Founder | Editor


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