"This is the ninth year in a row that the Eagle has celebrated 'The Best of Pine Island,' Charlene Russ, advertising sales executive for the island newspaper, said. "It gives us an opportunity to recognize the incredible business owners and service providers we have on the island."
Each year the Eagle publishes a "Best of Pine Island" ballot. Pine Islanders then complete the ballot naming their favorite businesses and people and turn it in to the Eagle. Ballots are then counted to calculate the winners for best restaurant, best retail, best entertainment, best accountant, and more.
A special program was held last week at Sandy Hook Fish and Rib House recognizing the 2014 winners. After a dinner of wings, stuffed shrimp and pasta, Russ introduced Publisher Scott Blonde and Advertising Director Cindy Gallagher to the audience. Each winner had their picture taken with the publisher. The photos are available online.
There were several firs-time winners.
"I was very excited that I won," said Scarlett Player, massage therapist. "This is the first time I've won and I have a small client base but apparently they're very loyal. The event was a lot of fun and we enjoyed ourselves very much."
"We really enjoyed the evening," said Mike Faulkner, winner of Best Real Estate Agent. "I would like to thank Pine Island for once again voting us the Best Real Estate Brokerage on Pine Island."
2014 The Best of Pine Island Winners
FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT
Bar- Bert's Bar & Grill
Chef- Russell Dame@ Red's Seafood
Bartender- Adrienne Grabau @ Red's Seafood
Deli- Little Lilly's Island Deli
Hamburger- Bert's Bar & Grill
Fish Sandwich- Lazy Flamingo
Happy Hour- Miceli's Restaurant
Ice Cream-Great Licks Ice Cream
Seafood- Red's Seafood
Local Band-Deb & The Dynamics
Pizza- Pizza Bella
Waiter/Waitress- Denine Post- Red's Seafood
Breakfast- Perfect Cup
Lunch- Little Lilly's Island Deli
Dinner- Red's Seafood
Waterfront Dining- Tarpon Lodge
Local Band- Deb & The Dynamics
Art Gallery- WildChild Art Gallery
Gift Shop- Island Vision
Bait & Tackle- D&D Bait & Tackle
Boat Dealer-York Rd Marine
Boat Repairs- Bob & Annie's Boatyard
Seafood Market- Andy's Island Seafood
Accountant- Pine Island Tax & Accounting
Air Conditioning & Heating- A/C Medic 911
Appliance Repair- Pine Island Home Care
Automotive Repair- St James City Automotive
Bank- Stonegate Bank
Cabinets-Island Floors and Interiors, Inc.
Computer Services-Anole Computer Services
Chiropractor- Mark Jeter, Chiropractor
Day Spa- Center of Attention
Dentist- Riverdale Dental
Electrician- Lee Burke
Financial Service- Spyrnal & Associates
Fishing Guide- Ken Honc/ Coastal Harbor Charters
Flooring- Island Floors and Interiors, Inc.
Hair Salon/Barber- Angles of Matlacha
Hair Stylist- Heidi Talbot
Housewatch Service- Pine Island Housewatch
Insurance Agency- Safety Harbor Insurance
Motel/Inn- Knoll's Court
Lawn/ Landscaping Service- Mike Jendrusiak
Marine Construction- Donkersloot Marine
Massage Therapist-Scarlett Player
Painting Contractor- Island Breeze Home Services
Plumber- Joel's Plumbing
Pool Service- True Blue Pool Service
Real Estate Agent-Mike Faulkner
Real Estate Agency- Pine Island Realty
Service Organization/Club- Matlacha Hookers
Rick Alvarez has won Best Home Services company on Pine Island every year since 2009.
"It feels good to win again this year," Alvarez said. "We work hard to satisfy our customers and it shows here tonight."
"The Pine Island staff was really honored when we found out we had won this award," Stonegate bank manager Elsie Stearns said. "Our staff combined has over 123 years of banking experience! Fran Snyder has 53 years, Wanda Downer 20 years, Lee Cankar 20 years as well as my 30 years (all on the island). We love what we do and apparently it shows. Thanks for making this another great year!"
"The Best of Pine Island really makes the businesses here feel appreciated," Russ said. "Our businesses work hard all year and it shows here tonight how much the people of Pine Island appreciate it."