Best Of 2018

Best lifetime achievement award: DAVID WARNER

For nearly 14 years, David helmed the ragtag, ever-shifting lineup of dedicated journalists, inveterate troublemakers and passionate advocates that comprised the editorial staff of Creative Loafing. That’s a lifetime in news. And through it all, he remained dedicated to making CL a partner in the Bay area’s evolution from a divided region of heaven’s waiting rooms and empty downtowns (and the butt of more than one joke on national TV) to a vibrant community and cultural destination, while taking on the role of leader and mentor to many a hungry young writer. He exited in April amid downsizing and ownership changes — he now tops the masthead at DuPont Registry’s Luxury Living Tampa Bay magazine — but in a very real way, David made CL what it is today, and his vision and commitment will always be a part of our DNA. —SH