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#Beachcomber15 – Congratulations, Us!

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Rather than bore you with a great photo from our August 2001 inaugural issue (truth be told, there were none), here’s a stunning shot of Crab Island from past Beachcomber cover photographer Scotty Lisenbe. Fifteen years ago, Scotty says he had just moved to Destin and was “taking shots with my point ‘n shoot camera, living the high life.”

Dealing with teenagers is never easy, but The Beachcomber is a reasonably well behaved 15 year old. He/she keeps his/her room clean most of the time and there’s no proof (pun intended) that he/she is to blame for all that booze going missing from our liquor cabinet.


I had hoped to contribute my own response to “What Were You Doing 15 Years Ago?” (see page 6) but I can barely remember what I did last night. Thank God that first issue came out in August 2001 instead of a month later, because everybody’s answers would have been the same.


I want to thank publisher Jim Patricelli and founding editor Leah Stratmann (R.I.P.) for taking a chance on me way back in the day, and for encouraging me to get out of the house once in a while. Since I was accepted into the family, I’ve been exposed to more great music, art, food, beverages, theater and time share presentations than anyone could ever wish for.


We’ve had a lot of great contributors over the years, and I wish I could list them all here—the writers, photographers, artists and crossword puzzle designers. Even the ones that aren’t speaking to me anymore. And none of this would be possible without the advertisers that have been keeping this thing going for a decade and a half.


Let us know what you’re doing to celebrate this important Emerald Coast milestone. I had a really great plan myself, but I’m afraid I jumped the gun and polished off that bottle of Johnnie Walker Green Label (aged 15 years!) last weekend in Biloxi.


Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to start preparing for the 20th Anniversary Issue, because August 2021 will be here before you know it.





We’re always on the lookout for stunning artwork for our cover, any “15 Great Something-or-Other” listicles to tie in with The Beachcomber’s 15th Anniversary, photos from recent events, and reviews of live music performances (local or otherwise). Email


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