Editor's Note

Putting Things Into Perspective: YoursBy Zandra Wolfgram

Just in time for spring, we are thrilled to bring you a freshly revamped magazine. You asked for more coverage on events, people and travel. You said you would love to read even more about local dining and shopping. You shared you wanted our stories to carry more photography, sidebars and extras. And if we could add in some interesting local facts and figures you would appreciate it. You challenged us to extend our coverage all along the coast and to focus on what you care about: locals just like you.

We thank you for giving us your feedback in the form of surveys, e-mail, phone calls and focus-group sessions. We listened intently and hope you enjoy the iteration of Emerald Coast Magazine now called simply — EC. We are still the original lifestyle magazine on the Emerald Coast, but happy to present you with a fresh, new perspective on the subject.

We couldn’t imagine a better “cover girl” for our redesigned issue than Allison Wickey. A fresh new face on the Emerald Coast, this talented artist reminds us that dreams really do come true. And when they land us here, the ordinary can become extraordinary. As with the efforts of our tireless tourism leaders tapped to disperse the lingering layers of doubt of longtime loyal visitors. In a package of two stories called “One Year Later,” we take a look at how two distinctly different professionals tackle the area’s single concern: bringing visitors back to the beach. Then we climb aboard a Vessel of Opportunity to share a fisherman’s personal story as he struggles through the BP muck to find the horizon of a brighter day.

In “Hot Dining Spots in Old Destin Haunts,” we tempt you to the tables of six Destin restaurants that may be familiar to you from days past. We keep the Flavor coming as we serve up sample recipes from a diverse range of locally authored cookbooks.

Speaking of authors, there are many who make their homes right here along the Emerald Coast. Jay Clark is the first to be featured in our new column, Well Worded. His first book, “Making Friends with Candy,” is an unconventional approach to an intensely personal love story about two people who never met.

New columns help you take stock of the local Scene, show you What’s Haute and introduce you to a local with a truly “magical” personality — and much more. We hope you enjoy this refreshed issue as much as we’ve enjoyed crafting it for you.

We sincerely appreciate what you think, so please continue to share your opinions through our website EmeraldCoastMagazine.com or feel free to contact me directly at editor@emeraldcoastmagazine.com.