Welcome to Spring!

Welcome to Spring! In my opinion, the most beautiful season in Florida. This year you will not have to look far to find something to do and take advantage of being outdoors. There are six festivals planned in the upcoming months and we cannot forget the Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival that kicked it all off in February. That hard working bunch of volunteers, led by the tenacious chamber of commerce, put a great event. Even with the weather against them they moved forward and put on a great event that included 5K+ visitors and over 100 vendors. Kudos to them!

The rest of the events will begin next weekend with the Lower Suwannee Art & Nature Festival. After that will be the Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival, the Horseshoe Beach Spring Festival, the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, the Fly-In, Cruise-In and Business Expo and finally the Garden Show and Spring Festival wrapping everything up for the first weekend in May. Times, dates and locations are listed in our current edition so please plan to pick a copy up, throughout the region, or view the entire issue online at thehiddencoastmag.com

It is so nice to be getting some type of normalcy back in our lives and we tip our hat to all of these communities for moving forward. Remember, these are all small towns and businesses and they sure can use our support as well. If you have never been to one of these festivals listed, please make plans to attend. Social distancing guides will be in effect for all of them, and they are all outdoors.

We welcome three new businesses with our latest edition, The DeckSkin Compound/Team Williams Printing & Signs (Steinhatchee), Dock Side Motel (Cedar Key) and Cafe Marina Coffee House (Steinhatchee). We thank them all for being part of our little magazine and look forward to working with them in the future.

All of our usual advertisers are back in with us as well along with some wonderful articles by our local authors. From fishing, to history, to day trips – they have you covered. North Florida has so much to offer and I feel pretty confident they will never run out of material to write about. We thank all of them for their continued support of our magazine, and looking at the feedback from our social media our readers are enjoying them too. Thank you!

Look for our next edition in May. In the meantime we have added two new racks in the area. One is at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Fanning Springs and the other is at the Beachside Motel in Cedar Key. Our online numbers continue to climb as well. Our web advertisers have been averaging over 10K views per month since January and our agreement with VisitFLA is locked in for 2021. Thank you for reading!