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We who live in the South have some colorful expressions for how hot it gets during a South Georgia summer. Without launching into a litany of folksy expressions, I’ll give you a couple of my favorites, which both come from songs. No surprises there, right? Country group Shenandoah gave us “hotter than noon on the Fourth of July,” but it was Johnny and June who, in the song “Jackson,” talked about it being “hotter than a pepper sprout.”

Fortunately, we have lots of ways to cool off, and one of the best is spending a day out on the water fishing. With the ocean breeze, salt spray and plenty of hydration happening, you can be assured of a pleasant day at sea, or in one of our many rivers and inlets. It’s not all about the catch either. Whether you’re fishing from a pier, standing on the beach or casting a line from a boat (in either saltwater or freshwater), you’ll see an assortment of coastal wildlife – everything from alligators, otters and a variety of sharks, to turtles, a plethora of birds, and the occasional Northern right whale. For our Coastal Illustrated feature, we consulted some of the area’s top anglers and they generously shared their tips for where to go, what equipment to carry and what bait to use. We talk with Missy Neu, who with her husband Marc Neu, formed the Hoo Neu fishing team, local dentist Dr. Paul Thompson, who grew up fishing our local waters and charter captain Tim Cutting, who has some salient safety advice. I have a tip too – apply sunscreen liberally and often.

In our Coastal Home feature, we spoke with three area Realtors – Phoebe Hoaster at Signature Properties Group, Micki Mims Carter of DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty and Page Aiken of Page Aiken Real Estate – about renovating beach cottages. We have several homes for you to peruse, including some dating back to the 1930s. Two are in King City, one is on Ocean Boulevard, one is in Kings Terrace and one on Sea Island. They are all full of charm and stellar examples of what can happen when you have a vision. And in our real estate story, reporter Gordon Jackson discusses the state of the current market with local real estate professionals.

Our columnists are full of information and inspiration. First and foremost, horticulture columnist Anne Ditmer has solved the mystery of her missing tomatoes. She also shares some tips for preventing it from happening again. Literary columnist Cary Knapp reviews a great new beach read. “Book Lovers,” by Emily Henry, is Hallmark meets Harlequin, says Cary. It’s filled romance, sisterhood and small-town life and is fun, and occasionally steamy. Its witty banter is what sets it apart from the typical “rom-com,” she said. Food and beverage columnist Jim Henderson takes readers on a stroll down memory lane and celebrates the 50th anniversary of Don McLean’s seminal single, “American Pie.” Jim raises a toast, made with rye whiskey, of course, to the song, and the era.

We also have fun events on our Captured pages. We have shots from the season finale of the Golden Isles Live concert season, and pictures from one of the first Golden Hour events at Village Creek Landing. For things to put on your calendar, check out our Events page.

In “Shore Things,” Cheri Leavy has curated the cutest assortment of totes, bags and luggage that are perfect for weekend getaways and trips to favorite beaches and lakes. Check out “Totes Adorbs.”

Lest anyone think I was complaining about the heat – I’m not. I love this time of year, with its bounty of fresh produce, cold suppers of salads and charcuterie and frosty beverages, not to mention taking a dip in a cool swimming pool, sunset walks on the beach, moonlit cruises in our local waters and just sitting on the porch watching fireflies and contemplating life. Enjoy the issue.