Ocean Drive publisher with various Miami personalities

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: With Ashley Turchin, Jenna Ingraham, and Shannon Hori at the Real Miami Beauties luncheon at Bianca at the Delano South Beach; With Rosie Perez at the Merrill Lynch National YoungArts Foundation VIP preview; With Ed Geopfert and Lauren Shapiro at the Splat Miami launch party at the Shore Club South Beach; With Ross Graham and Simon Benstead at the DIY Denim event at 7 For All Mankind Lincoln Road with cocktails by Miami Cocktail Company.

It’s clear that summer is here, with the arrival of South Florida’s signature afternoon showers and steamy evenings. While some may be getting out of town, those of us sticking around know we have a lot to celebrate this season. During the summer, the city seems to return to its locals, with fewer crowds at our ever-popular restaurants and beaches. Now is the time when we can embrace the easygoing lifestyle of this beautiful beach town and enjoy all the reasons we choose to live here year round.

With swimsuit season in full effect, what could be more fitting than to feature a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model in our annual Swim Issue? We’re ecstatic to have the highly coveted Hannah Davis on our cover, shot at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Delighted to carry on the summer trend of baring all in a bikini, Ocean Drive is once again a proud sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014. Models, designers, and industry elite from the world over return to the landmark Raleigh hotel from July 18 to 22 to celebrate one of the hottest runway shows in Miami Beach.

Just a few blocks away at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Swimwear Association of Florida will be hosting its annual SwimShow 2013 from July 20 to 23. More than 2,500 brands will showcase what’s next in skin-revealing fashion, making this the largest swimwear trade show in the world.

As you can see, it’s worth it to stay for the summer. I look forward to seeing you around town….

COURTLAND LANTAFF

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