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2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Best Of Show

Monday, March 11, 2019

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2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Who Took The Honors? Concours founder and chairman Bill Warner, a small paid staff and 600 volunteers set up the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance classic car event at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and the Golf Club of Amelia Island. What a show it was. Sunny skies and fabulous automobiles; creations of art, made up the show. “The judges told me they really struggled with it,” Warner said (Amelia Concours Founder). “But when you look at the two Best of Shows, the Ferrari 335S and Autobahn Courier, it had to be those two. There were […]

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Cover – Chris Cogan F7 Motorsports / F7 Garage

Monday, March 4, 2019

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Chris Cogan F7 Motorsports / F7 Garage By: Ed Bertha Cover Photo By: James Corwin Johnson What do a 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica and a 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa have in common? Both are outstanding examples of legendary artistic coachwork and mechanical dexterity. Furthermore, they were award winning automobiles at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and Concours d’Elegance of America, respectively. These cars are a small glimpse into the private Cogan automobile collection in Louisville, KY. The Cogan’s involvement with classic motorcars began over four decades ago. Chris Cogan and his brother Kevin began collecting, restoring, racing and showing cars. […]

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REAL sponsors – 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Edition

Monday, March 4, 2019

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2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Edition Special Edition Sponsors Thank You to our Special Edition Sponsors! Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Dimmitt Automotive Group F7 Motorsports James Corwin Johnson Photography SS Motorsports Suncoast Porsche SuncoastParts.com See their special edition contributions below.

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REAL classics – 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Monday, March 4, 2019

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Rewind – 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Photography By Chuck Carroll The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is an automotive charitable event held each year during the second weekend in March at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island in Amelia Island, Florida. A New York Times article about celebrity car ownership listed Amelia Island as one of the nation’s top concours d’elegances, along with Pebble Beach in California, Meadow Brook in Michigan and the Louis Vuitton Classic in Midtown Manhattan.” There’s something for everyone at Amelia! March 7-10, 2019. Photo gallery below.

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – ANTICIPATION

Monday, March 4, 2019

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ANTICIPATION By Ed Bertha Anticipation “The joy of looking forward to a favorite activity – Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance” – Ed Bertha “People continue to be the most important component of The Amelia. They’re all “Car Guys” of one stripe or another. They are the reason people tell me that The Amelia is still, in our 24th year, the “Racers’ Concours” or “The Fun Concours”. These days, even with the rain, I still think it’s both.” Bill Warner Founder and Chairman Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

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REAL cares – Harvest House

Sunday, March 3, 2019

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Harvest House Revitalizing Neighborhoods. Transforming Lives. By Kim Niemann ”The love and integrity Harvest House exemplifies throughout our community has made giving and working with them such a rewarding experience.” – Lee Wetherington, Legacy Giving Society Member In 1992 Pastors Jim and Peggy Minor founded Harvest House with just 6 beds for men in recovery from substance abuse. Today, Harvest House has 9 supportive housing campuses and 30 affordable rentals encompassing 400+ beds and serves more than 900 individuals annually. Harvest House is one of the few nonprofit organizations in Sarasota working towards the development, preservation, and management of affordable, […]

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REAL Mortgage – Ann & Frank Fontanetta Fairway Independent Mortgage

Sunday, March 3, 2019

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Team Fontanetta Ann & Frank Fontanetta Fairway Independent Mortgage Timing Is Everything By Tom Heatherman ”It’s not about the loans we do; it is about the hearts we change and the people we help.” Steve Jacobson, Founder and CEO Timing — It is often said — can make a world of difference when introducing a new business or venture. That’s why Ann and Frank Fontanetta waited until just the right moment to team-up with Fairway Independent Mortgage. Frank was at the peak of a career that spanned over 25 years in the lending industry, having risen through the ranks from […]

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Real Estate – Christy May – Coldwell Banker

Sunday, March 3, 2019

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Christy May, REALTOR Coldwell Banker Residential Community Commercial Christy May started her real estate career in Greater Boston in communications of large commercial projects. She named Fidelity’s FMR Properties Boscom for the acquisition of Massport’s Pier. It is now the heart of the thriving South Seaport area there. Producing a 9-minute summary video of the proposal was key to securing the Pier and surrounding land for Fidelity. Coming from TV News Production at Channel 10 in Miami where she received an AB in Liberal Arts and a BS in Marine Bio Chemistry from Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, […]

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Cover – Metamorphosis By Bryant Samuel Enterprises, Inc.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Pete Samuel Bryant Samuel Enterprises, Inc. By: Ed Bertha & Gabi Charity Photography By: Daniel Perales Studios & PIX360 “It was a big challenge to show the home’s potential and eventually we found the right buyer with the vision and the courage to take on the renovation of this home.” Gabi Charity Realtor/Listing Agent CHARITY & WEISS International Group BHHS Florida Realty This monumental waterfront estate home was built in 1972 by, at the time, well known Architect Erwin Gremli for his own use, explaining why the home was built with extraordinary strength exceeding current codes for the period.

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REAL Business – Pete Samuel and B.S.E.I.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Pete Samuel Bryant Samuel Enterprises, Inc. From economic to extreme they’re here for all your construction needs. Growing up in Maryland, construction was never out of sight for Bryant “Pete” Samuel. His father, Pete, ran American Abstract Construction, a carpentry and welding firm, while his mother, Annette, owned Nettie Contracting, a residential home improvement company. As typically happens with family businesses Pete began his journeyman in construction at an early age. Experiencing the ebb and flow of the construction business Pete longed to do something else. Then the Navy called. Still wanting to work with his hands he became an […]

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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – NEW YEAR – NEW THOUGHTS

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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NEW YEAR – NEW THOUGHTS By Ed Bertha “Don’t look back or the future will pass you by.” – Ed Bertha It’s the New Year! Reflections, we all reflected on the past year — some with regret, others with happiness, or maybe with an appreciation for all we received. The New Year is also the time to look forward — perhaps longing for a fresh start or possibly fearful of what is to come. How will you deal with it?

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REAL cares – Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) By Ed Bertha Saving Lives Today and Tomorrow… As the new year begins and we continue to create new lasting memories with family and friends everyone must be aware that the increased financial and emotional stresses of the season can lead to an increase in domestic and sexual violence. The Suncoast is fortunate to have Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) whose mission is to stop domestic violence in our communities. Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Inc. was founded as a non-profit in 1979, and will celebrate 40 years of providing […]

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REAL cares – Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of LIGHTS

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of LIGHTS Benefiting Suncoast Charities For Children Photography By Shylarose Photography Host: Marina Jack Click HERE to download the event PDF. Slide show below.

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REAL cares – Business Builder

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Business Builder Benefiting The Reese Family Photography by James Corwin Johnson Host: Gold Coast Eagle Distributing Click HERE to download the event PDF. Slide show and video below.

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REAL luxury – McCarver & Moser

Thursday, November 29, 2018

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Keeping Time With McCarver & Moser By Ed Bertha Photography by Chad Spencer Heading towards St. Armand’s Circle one cannot help but notice the two-story granite and glass structure that McCarver & Moser Jewelers calls home. Entering the store one’s senses are heightened by the reflections off the gleaming, shimmering works of art on display. Striking up a congenial conversation with founder Roland Moser and long time associate Kristin DeFrancisco we soon begin discussing Patek Philippe timepieces as functional works of art.

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