From the Editor

Aminda Marqués Gonzalez: Bold features section debuts Sunday

Tropical Sunday
Tropical Sunday

Starting with today’s edition, the Miami Herald presents Tropical Sunday, a robust new guide to living and playing in South Florida.

You’ll still find your favorite content from Home & Design, Tropical Life and Travel — arts, books, travel, real estate and design. But we’ve also added news features: a jump-start page called Get Ready (For the Week Ahead), a color-focused design column by HGTV’s (and Miami’s own) David Bromstad and a new Florida Finds column that helps you discover new places to visit around the state.

Kendall Hamersly, the Herald’s Senior Editor for Features, was the architect of the section along with lead designer Juan Lopez. Hamersly says the section follows an industry trend and is aimed at readers who want a mix of deeply reported, thought-provoking stories about local arts and culture, along with lighter fare from the worlds of travel, pop culture, home and design.

“We aimed to create a more general-interest ‘magazine’ using the best elements of three successful but smaller sections,” Hamersly said. The goal was to create a leisurely read for the slower Sunday pace that takes full advantage of color and beautiful design. Or linger over the stories all week.

To help inform the creation of this section, we consulted with nearly 500 of our readers. You told us you loved the bold design, the variety of content and the new features. You also helped us pick the name.

We hope you enjoy the new section, which kicks off with a smart and topical cover story by Andres Viglucci on a Miami architect who’s helping get green building off the ground.

Let us know what you think. Email me or Kendall Hamersly at

Happy reading.

Aminda Marqués Gonzalez, executive editor, can be reached at 305-376-3429 or The mailing address is 3511 NW 91st Avenue, Miami, FL 33172. Follow on Twitter @MindyMarques.