Onward and upward
We have a lot to share with you since you saw our last issue over the summer.
First, we’ve added a new magazine, Treasure Coast Business, to our list of publications, with the first issue publishing in June and the second one in September. This quarterly magazine is a business-to-business publication that reaches business leaders and business owners and operators in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties.
Produced through a partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College, the first two issues of Treasure Coast Business were received with great acclaim by the business community. The magazine’s stories by our talented staff focus exclusively on business news and developments in the region while experts from the Small Business Development Center offer insights and resources for improving individual businesses.
Treasure Coast Business brings to seven the number of different magazines we produce for readers on the Treasure Coast. Besides Indian River, the others are Port St. Lucie Magazine, Fort Pierce Magazine, the St. Lucie Travel Guide, the playbill for the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce and the program for the Emerson Center in Vero Beach.
We even produce custom publications, such as the Vero at 100 we recently published as part of the celebration of Vero Beach’s 100th anniversary as a city. Despite the many publications we publish, we are proud of being able to maintain quality in all of them. Vero at 100, for example, won a general excellence award from the Florida Magazine Association last summer for the best custom publication in its division.
“A grand keepsake edition with solid reporting from pre-historic times to the present,” the judges wrote. “That alone is quite the accomplishment. A great gift to the centennial.”
Indian River Magazine also won the top award for best overall writing in a department for three stories written in the magazine’s Living History Department, appearing in every issue. The FMA cited Donna Crary’s story on the history of treasure salvaging that appeared in our summer 2018 issue, Rick Crary’s story on the lost Indian River colonies of the 1800s in the fall 2018 issue and my story on the life and times of Vero Beach visionary Waldo Sexton in the holiday 2018 issue.
“Brilliant idea for a regular department, with well-told tales and well-researched topics,” the judges wrote. “These are gems and ... much anticipated in each issue.”
This is the third consecutive year that Indian River Magazine has won an award in the overall best writing categories.
The FMA also bestowed bronze awards on the St. Lucie Travel Guide, produced by Indian River Magazine in conjunction with St. Lucie County Tourism, for best custom publication and best visitor publication. The FMA cited the work of St. Lucie County Tourism and Marketing Director Charlotte Bireley and content and marketing specialist Taylor Hardison as well as Indian River Magazine Design Editor Michelle Burney.
As we begin our 14th season, we promise we won’t rest on our laurels and will continue to produce magazines worthy of being held in your hands.