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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – Red Tide And Algae Blooms

Monday, August 20, 2018

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Are The Lights Going Out On Florida’s Charm? By Ed Bertha “Not One Florida Official Can Claim To Be Surprised By This Year’s Algae Crisis” bullsugar.org As early as January South Florida Water Management District officials warned that suspended bottom sediments in Lake Okeechobee, stirred up by Hurricane Irma and winter cold fronts, had spiked nutrient levels in the lake’s surface waters. So the lake started the year with unusually abundant food for algae. The other factors needed for major blooms–sunlight and warmth–are inevitable in South Florida. But discharges are not inevitable. The US Army Corps of Engineers Lake Okeechobee […]

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – Thunder By The Bay

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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THUNDER BY THE BAY Rev It Up! By Ed Bertha “You do not need a therapist if you own a motorcycle, any kind of motorcycle” Dan Aykroyd Once again Thunder by the Bay ROARED into Sarasota raising over $136,000 for Suncoast Charities for Children. This year’s event enables Suncoast Charities for Children to continue providing support to Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children, which over the years has constructed area facilities valued at over $20 million dollars. This past year approximately 8,000 special needs children, teens, adults and their families benefited from Suncoast Charities for Children funding. Research Data Services calculated […]

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – 2017 Rewind

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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2017 Rewind, www.GetRealExclusive.com’s Top 10 Most Read Stories By Ed Bertha “In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” Andy Warhol Which Stories Were REAL Web Hot In 2017? The articles on www.GetRealExclusive.com receiving the most views in 2017 were:

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – Happy Holiday Wishes to All!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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Happy Holiday Wishes to All! By Ed Bertha “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.” Helen Keller From Thanksgiving weekend through the first day of the new year, people are busy celebrating every holiday from Winter Solstice and Hanukkah to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, just to name a few. Locally after “giving thanks” we rush full steam ahead into the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Crazed shopping, jammed restaurants and clogged roads await our journey this season. Looking back it’s […]

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival Continues To Rock!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival Continues To Rock! By Ed Bertha “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aeso What a race it was for all! 10 DAYS OF EVENTS $36 MILLION IN ECONOMIC IMPACT 100,395 LIVESTREAM RACE VIEWERS 18,500 HOTEL ROOM NIGHTS 100 COUNTRIES/80 MILLION WORLDWIDE TELEVISION COVERAGE 100,000 FANS AND PARTICIPANTS $100,000 NETTED BY SUNCOAST CHARITIES FOR CHILDREN

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival Coming Up By Ed Bertha “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa Soon the 4th of July weekend will be upon us and that means speed on the water with the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival. Many equate the event with the races but it is much, much, more. It’s a week-long gala with something entertaining for all ages. From golf to fishing, to fireworks the event has something for everyone. Produced by Suncoast Charities for Children the festival has a significant impact on our community […]

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – Getting REAL With Jack Dowd

Monday, April 17, 2017

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Getting REAL With Jack Dowd By Ed Bertha “Events Happen, Experiences Are Created” Ed Bertha In a span of sixty days REAL Exclusive Magazine produced “Last Call” Recalled and Arts on the Bay. Both events featured renowned artwork from artist Jack Dowd.

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – Rockin’ & Ridin’ At The Ranch

Monday, January 16, 2017

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THUNDER BY THE BAY RIDES OUT OF SARASOTA! By Ed Bertha “I don’t want to make excuses. I just lost and I will learn something very important.” Francesca Schiavone No more Thunder in downtown Sarasota? Are you serious? Once again Thunder by the Bay ROARED into Sarasota raising over $140,000 for Suncoast Charities for Children, yet garnering the WRATH of residents, business owners and some county commissioners. Net proceeds from this annual event allows Suncoast Charities for Children to provide support to five local non-profit agencies that serve over 8,000 children, teens, and adults with special needs. Now the festival […]

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – Creativity Rules!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Creativity Rules! By Ed Bertha “In creating, the only hard thing’s to begin; A grass-blade’s no easier to make than an oak.” James Russell Lowell Get your attention? Welcome to our fresh, new, design concept here at REAL Exclusive. Besides the dual covers, starting with this issue and running through the holidays, we will explore “Host Beautifully” with Stella Artois. Each subsequent issue, and series of alphabet letters, becoming a part of the Stella Artois Challis Collector’s Edition Series. Take in our new Masters Series where we explore individual journeys through the lines of one’s face and the look in […]

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – What’s Next?

Thursday, June 2, 2016

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What’s Next? By Ed Bertha “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything” George Bernard Shaw While we had a fun run with REAL’s flipping book format it’s off to something new and different with the next edition. As one can imagine the flipping book was not intuitive to a designer or the printer. What was right facing became left facing. Pages are literally upside down and so on. Just a bit of controlled confusion, yet fun! In the next issue look for something innovative and fresh. And no, we did not copy […]

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – 2017 Thunder By The Bay?

Monday, April 25, 2016

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2017 Thunder by the Bay. Where will it be held next year? By Ed Bertha 2017 Thunder by the Bay. Where will it be held next year? Click HERE to download a PDF of the 2016 Thunder by the Bay Impact Study.

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – 2015 Rewind

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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2015 Rewind www.GetRealExclusive.com’s Top 10 Most Read Stories By Ed Bertha “In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” Andy Warhol Which Stories Were REAL Web Hot In 2015? The articles on www.GetRealExclusive.com receiving the most views in 2015 were:

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – To A New Year!

Friday, January 8, 2016

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To A New Year! By Ed Bertha & Kim Burns “Celebrate what you want to see more of” Tom Peters Once again we sit here and look back at another year passing us by. To some the New Year is a time to party, watch a few football games, and maybe make a few resolutions (Knowing deep down inside the resolutions won’t stick). It is all those things for us, but the New Year is also a time for reflection, a yardstick for measuring what I’ve learned so far, not just in the last year but all along the winding […]

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – Giovanni Lunardi

Monday, December 7, 2015

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Giovanni Lunardi – Looking Through The Lens By Ed Bertha “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” Karl Lagerfeld “It was through a random act of kindness that I met Giovanni Lunardi in mid-2009.” In our second year of production Giovanni began shooting our cover feature stories. It was the care he showed in what we were producing that made the switch easy. Our first issue together was renowned architect, Carl Abbott. 55 issues later Giovanni celebrates his 50th year of photography by gracing this issue’s cover.

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – Suncoast Powerboat Grand Prix

Monday, October 26, 2015

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Suncoast Powerboat Grand Prix Festival Continues To Grow By Ed Bertha & Lucy Nicandri “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled” Victor Hugo A recent Economic Impact Report released by Visit Sarasota County indicated that this year’s 31st Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival generated an economic impact of $32 Million dollars for the local area, an increase over $26 Million in 2014. Direct expenditures also showed an increase from $17 Million to $20 Million. From out-of-county attendees surveyed 88.7% indicated that they traveled to the Sarasota area because of the race and 85% of those surveyed plan […]

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