Gasparilla Island Magazine team nominated for eight Florida Magazine Association awards

May 30, 2021
By Marcy Shortuse

STAFF REPORT – The staff of Gasparilla Island Magazine (primarily consisting of the same staff who brings you the Boca Beacon) have been nominated for eight awards in the Florida Magazine Association annual contest.

In the Service department, “Best Feature – Best Writing” category,  the staff was nominated for their story, “Honoring those who served.”

In the “Best Writing” department, “Things that Sting and Bite; Making a Difference, Saving a Life; and Seeking Solace in a Time of Uncertainty,” by Editor-in-Chief Marcy Shortuse and Contributor Ann Taylor-Roman, were nominated.

In the “Best Writing: Editorial/Commentary/Opinion,” department, “Bridging the Social Media Generation Gap,” by Marcy Shortuse, Olivia Cameron, and Dean Laux, was nominated.

In the “Best Writing: Feature Headlines” department, “Flesh & Bone: Honoring Nature, From the Inside Out; Southland Cemetery: From Dust to Dust, These Poor Souls Have Been Given no Honor”; and “The Shadier Side of Paradise: The Drug Smugglers and Bootleggers of Gasparilla Island,” all by Marcy Shortuse, were nominated.

In the “Best Photography: Single Department Image,” category, “Final Thoughts – Flower”  by H Wetzel; and “Final Thoughts – Manatees,” by Christine Cunningham were nominated.

In the “Best Advertisement: Self-Promotional” category Cunningham is also up for two potential awards.

Winners will be announced in July at the Florida Press Association convention.