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'Best of the Beach' winners feted at luncheon

June 24, 2014
By Chuck Ballaro ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Scores of Fort Myers Beach businesses were honored Tuesday at the Lani Kai Island resort as part of the Best of the Beach contest sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Observer and Beach Bulletin.

The "Best of Fort Myers Beach" luncheon recognized the "best businesses" in more than 50 categories, from hotels and restaurants to Italian Ice and sushi, according to readers' ballot submissions.

Breeze Newspapers Advertising Director Cynthia Gallagher emceed the event and thanked the businesses who came and who make Fort Myers Beach what it is.

Skye's Mexican & More took home eight awards, with others also earning multiple awards, including as Hot Heads on the Beach, which won three, and Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina and Nesbitt Real Estate, which won twice.

"We're so happy to have this happen to us again. It's a great promotion for people to visit our salon," said Kay Cissewski, a stylist at Hot Heads, which won for best salon, nail salon and barber shop. "Our owner is going to love to see this."

"I'm new on the Beach, but it's an absolutely wonderful place to work," said stylist Gail Anderson. "I see why we win because it's a girlfriend playhouse."

Wanda Linatsas, who co-owns Royal Scoop with her husband, which won for best ice cream, said it was a treat to win her second straight award since moving here less than two years ago.

"To do this in one year, amazing as it has been, is so humbling. We have the best ice cream and make everyone feel at home, and that's what they enjoy the most," Litatsas said.

Also honored as part of the program was the Humanitarian of the Year, former Beach mayor, Dan Hughes. (See related story on this website.)

Best of the Beach winners include:

Community organization, Bay Oaks Recreation Center

Bike Rentals, Fun Rentals

Boat Rentals, Fish-Tale Marina

Day Cruise, Pieces of Eight Pirate Cruise

Family Entertainment, Beach Theater

Fishing Captain, Mike Denegre

Marina, Fish-Tale Marina

Place for Dancing, Castaway's Bar & Grill

Romantic Dining, South Beach Grille

Sports Bar, Sand Bar & Grille

Water Sports, Mid Island Watersports

Motel, Outrigger Beach Resort

Hotel, Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina

Resort, Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina

Real Estate Agency, Nesbitt Real Estate

Real Estate Vacation Rental, Nesbitt Real Estate

Bar, Skye's

Bartender, Kathleen Hill at Skye's

Bayfront Restaurant, Flipper's on the Bay

Breakfast, Skye's

Casual Dining, Skye's

Coffee, Tuckaway Bagel and Wafel Caf

Dessert, Trylu Scrumptious

Ethnic food: Skye's

Family Dining Skye's

Favorite Restaurant, Skye's

Fine Dining, Fresh Catch Bistro

Happy Hour, Pincher's Crab Shack

Ice Cream, Royal Scoop

Italian Ice, Magic City Slush

Liquor Store, The Skipper's Liquors

Pizza, Mantanzas on the Bay

Seafood Restaurant, The Fish House

Sushi, Zushi Sushi

Waterfront Restaurant, Flipper's on the Bay

Wine Selection, The Skipper's Liquors

Beach Apparel, Leanis Swimwear & Sportswear

Hardware Store, Sun Hardware

Jewelry Store, The Island Jewel

Smoke Shop, Cigar Hut

Swimwear, Aqua Beachwear

Automotive Repair, Dehays Automotive

Barber Shop, Hot Heads on the beach

Florist, Santini Floral

Insurance Agency, Diaz Insurance

Marina Service, Fish Tale Sales & Service

Marine Supply, Fish-Tale Marina

Motorcycle Sales & Repair, Wild's Cycle n' Auto

Nail Salon, Hot Heads on the Beach

Packing & Shipping, Qwik Pack & Ship

Salon, Hot Heads on the Beach

Spa, Armando's Day Spa

Taxi/Limo, Paradise Beach Taxi

Teacher, Ms. Reed

Chiropractor, Bennett Chiropractic and Wellness Center

Physician Assistant, Elizabeth Ulman



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