November 24, 2022

Up Front - The Publisher's Column

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David Denor | 10/1/2022

Every month, our editorial team impresses and amazes me with the quality of the content they produce.

Covering the state is no small task. Identifying the stories that will be most relevant to you takes a special team of journalists‚ and that is exactly what Florida Trend is fortunate to have — a dedicated, hardworking, highly respected team of seasoned journalists who continue to raise the bar on editorial excellence.

This month’s cover feature focuses on the rising number of Florida voters registering as NPAs (No Party Affiliation). The effect this rising tide has on the future of our state is enormous. Reporter Amy Keller worked with Susan MacManus, University of South Florida professor emerita of political science, and her team of researchers to decipher what this growing trend could mean at the ballot box and beyond for Florida.

As you probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s why we dedicated our Economic Backbone section to the topic this issue. The feature kicks off with an inspiring story about one survivor who found support with a dragon boating team.

Other stories look at new methods that researchers are working on to treat and diagnose breast cancer, efforts being made to provide access for those in need and new clinical trials.

The section wraps up with a comprehensive list of cancer centers throughout Florida.

Affordable workforce housing is a major concern across the state.

Reporter Mike Vogel looks at efforts statewide aimed at tackling the issue — particularly an attempt in Gainesville to do away with exclusive single-family zoning.

The feature also looks at efforts other Florida cities are making to help ease the crisis.

The issue also features a piece by freelancer Yvette Hammett on inclusive workplaces. Yvette shares the story of Sam Piazza, an inspirational young man with Down syndrome whose employer refers to him as the company’s image and brand ambassador.

Sam’s story is one of perseverance, acceptance and inclusion.

The feature wraps up with a look at job gains that have been made for Floridians with disabilities but also recognizes the gaps that exist and the work that still must be done.

This month’s special regional economic profile on Sarasota looks at the region’s business development efforts and economic drivers such as education, health care, real estate and development, lifestyle, arts and culture and more.

As I travel the state from Pensacola to Miami, I am humbled by the number of readers who tell me how impressive our publication is. I give all the credit to our editorial team, which is now being led by Vickie Chachere.

Their editorial integrity and insistence on such a high level of excellence is key to continuing to make the Florida Trend brand invaluable to so many of you.

— David G. Denor, Publisher ddenor@floridatrend.com

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