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Best of Fort Myers Beach 2019

July 3, 2019
By LEAH SANKEY ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer


The Fort Myers Beach Observer's Best of Fort Myers Beach award ceremony was held at Coste which also catered the event, at the Diamond Head Resort. Diamond Head received two awards for best hotel as well as best resort.

The winners are chosen by Observer readers who cast votes in categories that ranged all the way from best bartender to best pool contractor.

More than 80 awards were presented to businesses and individuals who were recognized by residents for standing out in the community. Some of the winners were first timers, while others have made winning this award a tradition.

The Island Jewel took home the awards for best gift shop and best jewelry store. This is their eighth year at Best of the Beach, and their team is confident that this won't be their last.

"This is our eighth year at Best of the Beach in a row, and it feels amazing," said Maria Carlini, owner of the Island Jewel. "We decided that on our 10th year we'll invite our husbands." Carlini was there with her four female Island Jewel Team Members.

Liki Tiki won two awards, for best BBQ and best new restaurant. They opened in December of 2018.

"It feels good to be recognized and welcomed by the community and we hope to be back next year," said Kristian Stojkoski of Liki Tiki.

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill was awarded best bayfront restaurant. David Kastan, the marketing manager, gives the staff all of the credit for this win.

"It is always such an honor and thrill to win Best of the Beach," said Kastan. "It's the culmination of the hard work of all of our staff, and a reward from our guests for our efforts."

Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Art won best community organization.

"We do this for the community, and we look forward to seeing everyone at our events, including our sustainability event, our concert series, and film festival," said Janeen Paulaskis, the treasurer of Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Art.

Semmer Electric has been serving Southwest Florida since 1972 and won best electrician this year.

"I'm proud to be a part of this company and we couldn't have won this award without Bill Semmer and our awesome customers. With good teamwork, it's all a win," said Sandy Biancha, the office manager of Semmer Electric.

2019 winners

Air conditioning service: Scott Air Cooling & Heating

Appetizer: South Beach Grille

Appetizer: Fresh Catch Bistro Lounge and Raw Bar

Automotive repair: Jerry's Tire & Auto Service, Inc.

Bakery: Mom's

Bar: Skye's Restaurant

Bait & tackle: Fish-tale Marina

Barber shop: Shear Class Salon

Barbecue: Liki Tiki BBQ

Bartender: Jeni Gonzales at Skye's Restaurant

Bayfront restaurant: Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

Bike rentals: Joy Rider

Boat Rentals: Salty Sam's Waterfront Adventures

Breakfast: Heavenly Biscuits

Casual fare: Junkanoo's on the Beach

Chiropractor: Dr. Nicole Bennett

Coffee: Truly Scrumptious

Community organization: Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts

Day cruise: Pirate Cruise Salty Sam's Waterfront Adventures

Dentist: Dr. Nancy Bouchard

Dessert: Truly Scrumptious

Dinner: Lani Kai Island View Restaurant

Dry cleaner: 60 Minute Cleaners & Tailor Shop

Doctor: Beth Ullman P.A.

Electrician: Semmer Electric

Family dining: Nervous Nellies

Family entertainment: Beach Theater

Favorite restaurant: South Beach Grille

Fine dining: South Beach Grille

Fishing captain: Captain Neil Eisner

Fishing charter: Goodtime Charters

Flooring: Klare's Carpet Inc.

Florist: Santini Floral

Gift shop: The Island Jewel

Happy hour: South Beach Grille

Home improvement: Gavin's Ace Hardware

Hardware store: Gavin's Ace Hardware

Hotel: Diamondhead Beach Resort & Spa

Humanitarian of the year: Pastor Shawn Critser

Ice cream: Love Boat Ice Cream

Inn/motel: Wyndham Garden Fort Myers Beach

Insurance agency: Ft. Myers Beach Insurance Brokerage

International cuisine: Skye's Restaurant

Jewelry store: The Island Jewel

Ladies apparel: Palmettos Apparel

Lanai privacy: Lanai Escape

Liquor store: The Skipper's Liquors

Lunch: Pierside Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar

Margarita: Skye's Restaurant

Marina: Fish-Tale Marina

Marina service: Fish-Tale Marina

Marine supply: Walker Marine

Mini golf: Jungle Golf

Mexican cuisine: Mr. Tequila Authentic Mexican Restaurant

New restaurant: Liki Tiki BBQ

Place for dancing: Castaway's Bar & Grill

Pizza: Ray's Pizza

Physical therapy: Islandfit Physical Therapy

Pool contractor: Tropical Pools

Resort: Diamondhead Beach Resort & Spa

Real estate agency: Century 21 Tri Power Realty

Real estate vacation rental: Kathy Nesbit Vacations, Inc.

Romantic dining: Fresh Catch Bistro Lounge and Raw Bar

Roofing contractor: Nastar Roofing

RV Park: Red Coconut RV Park

Salon: Hot Heads on the Beach Salon & Barber

Seafood restaurant: Fresh Catch Bistro Lounge and Raw Bar

Shoe store: Comfort by Design of Ft. Myers Beach

Spa: Esterra Spa & Salon

Sports bar: The Sandbar & Grille

Steak: South Beach Grille

Sunset dining: Fresh Catch Bistro Lounge and Raw Bar

Sushi: Zushi Zushi

Tattoo studio: Fort Myers Beach Tattoo

Teacher: Lori Zamniack

Timeshare rentals/shares: Ral Resort Property Management, Inc.

Thrift store: Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Thrift Shop

Waterfront restaurant: Matanzas on the Bay

Watersports: Holiday Watersports

Wine selection: The Skipper's Liquors

Wings: Hooters

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