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Fort Pierce, FL 34950. Indian River magazine
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Extraordinary efforts for extraordinary times
What a difference a few months make.
When I was writing this letter for the last
issue in late February, our magazine company,
like many Treasure Coast businesses, was headed
for another record year, with plans to expand our
business and no end in sight.
And then the coronavirus pandemic hit, temporarily
shutting many of the businesses along the Treasure
Coast. Advertising is the lifeblood of our business, and
because many of our advertisers were shut down or severely
hampered, our advertising diminished as well.
Luckily, we have been able to keep our print publishing
schedule for Indian River Magazine, Treasure
Coast Business Magazine and Port St. Lucie Magazine.
And, with some adjustments, we plan to continue
doing so with the annual magazines that we produce
late each year Sunrise Theatre playbill, St. Lucie
Travel Guide, Emerson Center program.
Social distancing and the stay-at-home order didn’t keep us from working. Instead, it
enabled us to do some planning and provide additional services. For our most recent issue
of Treasure Coast Business Magazine released last month, we worked with our partners at the
Florida Small Business Development Center to produce a magazine that focused on helping
businesses recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The online
version can be seen at tcbusiness.com.
Beginning March 16, we switched the issuance of our weekly Treasure Coast Business enewsletter
from weekly to daily in order to keep readers better informed during this crisis
and to provide information about changes local businesses were undergoing. The e-newsletter
provided daily updates on coronavirus statistics for the Treasure Coast and the state
as well as news from area businesses and nonprofits on changes to their operations during
To help restaurants, we created TreasureCoastRestaurants.com, listing restaurants in
Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties that offered carryout and/or delivery.
At Easter, while churches were forced to close their doors to the faithful, we created
TreasureCoastChurches.com and compiled a list of churches providing digital livestreaming
services during Holy Week.
For the nonprofits whose fundraising efforts were thwarted at the peak of the season, we
created a website at TreasureCoastNonprofits.com to list their needs and where donations
can be made. You can see a print version on Page 62.
Looking for uplifting stories in the community, we created the Hometown Heroes for our
e-newsletter and social media highlighting the extraordinary deeds of people in these difficult
times. You can see some of the people we’ve featured on Page 61.
We have even more digital initiatives planned and hope you will stay in touch with
us through our e-newsletters — you can sign up at both tcbusiness.com and
indianrivermagazine.com — throughout the summer until the fall print issue of Indian
River Magazine arrives.
Special thanks to Michelle Burney, who executes many of our digital initiatives, to bookkeeper
Casey Glenn for running our office solo during social distancing, to Maryann Ketcham
for leading our Hometown Heroes effort and to photographer Joe Semkow for coming
up with an inspirational cover photo that matches our cover story and reflects how many
of us are feeling these days.
Thank you, our readers and subscribers, whose support and words of encouragement
keep us going. And above all, thank you to the advertisers who make all of this possible.
People have asked how they can support us at this difficult time. To that we say, support
our advertisers. Many are small locally owned businesses like us. Many of the ones you see
in this issue are the same ones who helped bring us
through the recession of 2008 and the tepid economic
years beyond. By supporting them you are supporting
us. Of course, if you are not a paid subscriber you can
become one at indianriverstore.com.
These are extraordinarily challenging times, but
together we’ll make it through. We will prevail.
Joe Semkow’s photo of the flag marking
the 19th century Breconshire shipwreck
off Vero Beach for our cover story also
stirs emotions that many of us are feeling
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Reach Publisher Gregory Enns at
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