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Area’s ‘best’ businesses come together

Best of Fort Myers Beach awards presented

July 6, 2016
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Best of Fort Myers Beach luncheon, sponsored by the Fort myers Beach Observer and the Beach Bulletin, has become one of the most anticipated business events, celebrating those companies that go the extra mile to provide great customer service and keep patrons coming through the door.

The winners are selected via ballot printed in The Observer and returned by readers.

"It points to what a great job they (winning businesses) do for the community and the residents take heart in voting for them. It recognizes the hard work they do servicing the customers and being there for them. They represent a broad base of the economy and those who have done the best job."

Article Photos

Hot Heads on the Beach won Best Barber Shop, Best Nail Salon and Best Salon.

Melissa Schneider

Photos from the Fort Myers Beach "Best of" luncheon have been posted to The Observer's Facebook page as well as online at We invite the winners and readers to "tag" and "share."

Fact Box

Best of Winners

Best Accommodations

Hotel & Resort: Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

RV Resort: Red Coconut RV Park

Motel: Matanzas Inn

Best Automotive & Marine

Marina: Salty Sam's Marina

Marine Services: Salty Sam's Marina

Marine Supply: Snook Bight Yacht Club and Marina

Best Health & Wellness

Chiropractor: Bennett Chiropractic and Wellness Center

Doctor: Dr. Stephen F. Scholle MD

Physical Therapy: IslandFit Physical Therapy and Wellness

Best Restaurant & Entertainment

Bar: The Cottage Beach Bar & Gulfshore Grill

Barbecue: Bootleggers Waterfront Barbecue

Bartender: Kristen Nelson

Bay & Waterfront Restaurant: Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

Breakfast: Heavenly Biscuit

Burger: Lehne Burger

Casual Dining: PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar

Coffee: Tuckaway Cafe

Dessert: Truly Scrumptious

Ethnic Food: Skye's Restaurant

Family Dining: Gulf Shore Grill

Favorite Restaurant: Nervous Nellie's

Happy Hour: Bootleggers Waterfront Barbecue

Ice Cream: Royal Scoop

Lunch: The Fish House Restaurant

Pizza: Rays Pizza

Place for Dancing: Castaways Bar & Grill

Romantic Fine Dining: South Beach Grille

Seafood Restaurant: Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

Sports Bar: Sandbar & Grille

Submarine Sandwich: Beach Bums

Sunset Dining: Sunset Beach Tropical Grill

Sushi: Zushi Zushi

Liquor Store: Town & Country Liquor

Wine Selection: Paradise Tropical Wines

Bike Rentals: Island Cycles

Boat Rental: Salty Sam's Marina

Day Cruise: Sight Sea-R Cruises

Family Entertainment: Salty Sam's Pirate Cruise

Fishing Charter: Good Time Charters

Water Sports: Holiday Water Sports of Fort Myers Beach, Inc.

Best Retail

Florist: Santini Floral

Gift Shop: Salty Sam's Marina

Hardware Store: Gavins Ace Hardware

Jewelry Store: The Island Jewel

Ladies Apparel: Palmetto's Apparel

Shoe Store: Comfort By Design

Thrift Store: Beach Kiwanis Thrift Shop

Best Services

Real Estate Agency: Century 21 TriPower Realty

Real Estate Vacation Rental: Nesbit Real Estate Inc.

Timeshare Rentals/Sales: RAL Resort Property Management Inc.

Insurance Agency: Fort Myers Beach Insurance Brokerage

Taxi/Limo: Paradise Beach Taxi

Barber Shop: Hot Heads on the Beach, Inc.

Nail Salon: Hot Heads on the Beach, Inc.

Spa: Esterra Spa & Salon at DiamondHead

Salon: Hot Heads on the Beach, Inc.


Community Organization: Ft. Myers Beach Kiwanis Club

Teacher: Rev. Shawn Critser, First Baptist Church

Humanitarian of the Year: Renee Mulloy



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