Letter from the Editor: One for the Road

The agony and ecstasy of Interstate 4.

Barry Glenn

Roberto Gonzalez

It’s the season to give thanks for the many things that enrich our lives—family, friends, a home, good health, Interstate 4.

Wait, what?

Oh, just get off your high horsepower and show the much-maligned roadway a little love, will you? And give thanks that the I-4 Ultimate project is well past the halfway point.

That’s right—the good times have flown by. The I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project officially kicked off nearly four years ago—in February 2015—and completion is scheduled for late 2021. Before you know it, we’ll have “variably tolled’’ express lanes to make our commute easier (and pricier).

Until then, it’s amazing to note the elements of the engineering marvel disguised as a hot mess. The pillars that will eventually support the myriad ramps are particularly eye-catching, like monolithic monuments erected in honor of the gods. I thought more than once over the past year that it would be fascinating if someone could see I-4 and capture some of the elements at play as a work of art.

It turns out someone was doing just that. In this issue we present the vision of Steven Benson, an award-winning photography professor at Daytona State College, in a remarkable series of I-4 project images that combine the elements of earth, sky, water, metal and concrete. Benson, whose project is at three years and counting, shares his thoughts with writer Michael McLeod and, rest assured, you’ll see the venerable roadway in a completely new light.

Elsewhere in this issue, Tara Bradley Connell explores five dive bars—from Whiskey Lou’s to The Caboose—and how they achieved their level of cool. We look at nine apps that focus on wellness, from losing weight to getting a good night’s sleep. Joseph Hayes reviews Fig’s Prime, a restaurant whose chef demonstrates mastery of a variety of dishes, from steak to seafood. And Laura Anders Lee offers a moving memory about how her grandmother made Thanksgiving so special.

Finally, it’s time to submit our Women of the Year nominations, in which readers tell us about women making a positive impact on our community. And beginning in December, readers can help us select the best eateries in Central Florida as voting for our annual Dining Awards issue gets under way. Stay tuned. 


Edit Module
Want to read the whole issue? Download and read this issue and others on Magzter.

Add your comment:
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags

Guides & Resources

Retirement Living 2019

This feature highlights several great retirement communities that Central Florida has to offer.

Orlando's Best Lawyers 2019

Our annual list includes hundreds of Orlando-area attorneys in dozens of areas of practice.

Orlando's Top Dentists of 2019

Our annual list featuring 220 of the area's finest dental professionals.

Guide to Private Schools 2019

Our searchable annual database will help you chart an educational course for your family.

Top Doctors 2018

The Annual List of the Top Doctors in Orlando.

Best Doctors 2018

The Annual List of the Best Doctors in Orlando.

Orlando's Top Chiropractors of 2018

Check out our 2018 list of some of the best chiropractors in the Orlando area.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

MoreRecent Blog Posts

Escape To St. Augustine's Newest Oceanfront Resort

We discovered a true gem off of Florida's Atlantic Coast. Come along with us as we explore the brand new Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort.

An Easier Way to Buy & Sell A Home

Since 2017, Opendoor has been shaking up the residential real estate market in Central Florida, putting more power than ever into buyers’ and sellers’ hands.

Ultimate Game of Thrones Experience Giveaway

Win the Ultimate Game of Thrones Experience for you and 4 of your friends! Enter through May 15.

Future Tense

The latest Savor Orlando blog post has some good news about coming attractions, grim news about planet Earth.

Guiding Lights

The Indigo Girls inspired "music nerd girl'' Becky Warren. Now the singer-songwriter is opening for them.
Edit Module