Summer 2021

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MY PARENTS TAUGHT ME from a young age that when you surround yourself with great people, great things tend to happen. And boy, were they right. When the Seaglass Rosé Experience was born last year, it wasn’t the caliber of wine we poured that made it a huge success; it was the hard work and devotion of our team that made it unforgettable. I remember walking on Fort Lauderdale Beach that sunny Sunday afternoon in February 2020 as the second of two days spent tasting the world’s finest rosé wines with friends was coming to an end and thinking, “Wow, we did it. We really did it.” Then I ran into Steve Hudson, who said, “When I close my eyes, I could swear I am in St-Tropez.” With that simple comment, Steve unknowingly described exactly what we had set out to accomplish: creating a luxuriously fun and worldly experience on the pristine sand in our very own backyard. Steve and I looked at each other, laughed and drank more wine. When the coronavirus pandemic pressed pause on my plans for this year’s Seaglass, I kept thinking back to what my parents had told me about being around great people. In my eyes, Steve is the epitome of goodness, and I knew I wanted to work with him to take Seaglass to the next level. Our partnership began organically and grew from a few phone calls to numerous visits to sharing whiskey at Whiskey Neat. Steve brings an incredible business mind and strong moral fiber to everything he does. We share a love for our home, Fort Lauderdale, and I am proud to call him a partner but even prouder to call him my friend. Together, we are planning great things for our next rosé experience in January. In this Summer Issue, we bring you stories about the people and places that make Florida great. On page 126, Craig B. Snyder digs deep into the role Florida and its iconic skaters have played in the skateboarding world. His feature on the history of game-changing parks and ramps, like Solid Surf and the Hollywood Ramp, takes me back to when I was a kid, completely in love with skate culture, shopping for Sims wheels and Tracker trucks at Sportsman’s Paradise in Miami and venturing to Broward to visit Skateboard USA in Hollywood. I still have my 1970s Tony Alva board hanging in my office, and whenever I pass by it, I’m reminded of the freedom that comes with the ease of rolling down pavement without a worry in the world. Speaking of taking your worries away, I don’t think there’s a single soul in Fort Lauderdale who has not enjoyed a Prickly Pear Margarita—or two or three—at Canyon. That drink is special, and it’s one of the few things in life that has not changed. It continues to deliver the same experience I had when I first sipped it 27 years ago. Read about Canyon and its new sister restaurant, Primadonna, on page 68—and make sure to stop by for a few margaritas. This issue of Venice has been a pure joy to put together. I had the opportunity to work closely with contributor Jessica Kantor, who was our editor at LALA magazine in Los Angeles. She is the true definition of integrity and talent, bringing with her an incredible dedication to her craft. Sometimes the world works in mysterious ways, and she was available to jump in and assist just when I needed her. Venice is a testament to the superb team of writers, photographers, editors, staff and contributors I have the privilege of working alongside. I am so grateful to them for their dedication and creativity and thankful to my parents for their wise words of advice all those years ago. I have found that surrounding myself with great people not only leads to great things but also makes everything fun. We had a blast creating this issue, and we hope you experience the same joy flipping through it. See you on the beach! Carlos A. Suarez Founder/Publisher Follow me: @LosVenice 34 Summer 2021

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