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The Islander Star Best of AMI Awards

Islander Photos: Jack Elka

Islander Photos: Jack Elka

lslander Photos: Jack Elka

Islander Photos: Jack Elka

On April 25, The Islander’s partners, restaurateurs, business owners and representatives came together to celebrate the winners of the newspaper’s first-ever reader’s preference poll at the Key Royale Club.

Not everyone was able to be present, but we are pleased to announce to our readers ‘the voters’ the results.

We waited 20 years to conduct an honest poll, distributed only to home-delivery customers on Anna Maria Island, mail subscribers and paid online subscribers, which made it more credible and sincere – all the sweeter for the winners.

We also honored some of our 20-year partners – those people and businesses that put faith in The Islander newspaper from its humble beginning in November 1992, and continue to do so today.

To all the winners, all of us at The Islander take great pride in being able to honor and congratulate you.

You’re the stars. you deserve it.

20 YEAR PARTNER
Anna Maria Realty

20 YEAR PARTNER
Beach Bistro

20 YEAR PARTNER
Christie’s Plumbing

20 YEAR PARTNER
Fat Cat Carpet Cleaning

20 YEAR PARTNER
Mike Norman Realty

20 YEAR PARTNER
Mixon Insurance

20 YEAR PARTNER
Sandy’s Lawn Service

20 YEAR PARTNER
Sun & Surf Resortwear

20 YEAR PARTNER
West Coast Refrigeration

A/C HEATING
Air & Energy

ACCOUNTANT
Julie Krokroskia

ACUPUNCTURIST
Dr. Tricia Graziano, DOM

ALL AROUND RESTAURANT
The Feast

ANTIQUES
Ginny’s & Jane E’s at the Old IGA

ART & CRAFT SHOW
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, Bayfest

ART BOUTIQUE
Emerson Quillin

ART GALLERY
Island Gallery West

ARTIST
“Cheeta” Chad Ruis

ATTORNEY
Garret T Barnes, Esq

AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE
Holmes Beach Service

BANK
Wells Fargo

BANQUET FACILITY
Sandbar

BARBER
Don Madden

BARBERSHOP
Holmes Beach Barber Shop

BEACH CRUISE
Captain Kim’s Charters

BEACH CRUISE
Gnarly Mangrove

BEACHWEAR/RESORT WEAR
Mr Roberts Resort Wear

BOAT RENTAL
Just 4 Fun

BUILDER
Bob Dale Construction

BUILDER
Shoreline Builders

BUSINESS DISTRICT
Pine Avenue, Pine Avenue Merchants

CARPET CLEANING
Fat Cat Carpet Cleaning

CARPET/FLOORING STORE
Coastal Floors

CASUAL DINING
Hurricane Hanks

CASUAL WEAR MEN
Mr. Roberts Resort Wear

CASUAL WEAR WOMEN
Bella By the Sea

CATERING BUSINESS
The Feast

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER
David Zaccagnino, Ameriprise

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER
Tom Breiter, Breiter Capital Management

CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT
Walter & Associates

CHARTER BOAT
Miss Anna Maria, Capt. Chris Galati

CHEAP EATS
Tortilla Bay

CLUB
Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island

COLLECTIBLES
Niki’s Island Treasures

COMPUTER REPAIRS
Bill Krokroskia

CONSIGNMENTS/THRIFT STORE
Roser Church Thrift Store

THRIFT SHOP
Runner Up
Really relish

COSMETIC SURGEON
Andre Renard, MD

DAY CARE/CHILD CARE
School for Constructive Play

DENTIST
Dr. John Norman, DDS

DOCK SEAWALL
Duncan Seawall, Dock & Boat Lift

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monotoring

FAMILY PRACTITIONER
Stephen Pelham, MD

FISHING GEAR/TACKLE
Island Discount Tackle

FITNESS CENTER
AmI Health & Fitness

FLIP FLOPS
West Coast Surf Shop

FLORIST
Silvia’s Flower Corner

FUNERAL CREMATION SERVICE
Covell Funeral Home

GAS STATION
Jessie’s Island Store

GIFT SHOP
Sand Dollar Gift Shop

GOLF COURSE
Key Royale Club

GOURMET MARKET
Island Fresh Market

HAIR SALON
Salon Salon

HAIR STYLIST
Nikita Fosmore, Salon Salon

HARDWARE STORE
Home True Value Hardware

HOME BUILDING HARDWARE
Island Lumber & Hardware

HOTEL/MOTEL
Blue Water Beach Club

ICE CREAM SHOP
Tylers Homemade Ice Cream

INSURANCE AGENCY
Mixon Insurance

INSURANCE AGENCY
Advanced Insurance Brokerage

INTERIOR DECORATOR
Bettina Sego Interiors

ISLAND ARCHITECTURE
Laura Gee

ISLAND T-SHIRT
Joe Hutchinson “Hey Now”

JEWELRY CUSTOM DESIGN
Bridge St Jewelers

JEWELRY CUSTOM DESIGN
Tide and Moon Jewelry

JEWELRY STORE
Bridge St Jewelers

JEWELRY STORE
Creations By L

KARAOKE
Anna Maria Moose Lodge

LANDSCAPING
Trees by Breeze

LAWN SERVICE
Sandy’s Lawn Service

LIMO/TRANSPORTATION
Island Limosine

LIVE ENTERTAINER OR EVENT
Mike Sales

LOCAL BAND
Koko Ray and the Soul Providers

MAIL/SHIPPING
Island Mail & More

MARINA
Galati Marine

MARINE STORE
West Marine

MARKETING/GRAPHIC DESIGN
SteamDesigns

MARTIAL ARTS CENTER
AMI Health & Fitness

MASSAGE THERAPIST
Jen Crady Massage and Skincare

MEDICAL WALK -IN CLINIC
Pinnacle Medical Group

MORTGAGE BROKER
Wayne Gunter, BB&T

NAIL TECH MANI-PEDI
Four Seasons Nails & Skincare

NEIGHBORHOOD
Key Royale Resident Owners Assoc.

NIGHTCLUB
Dcoy Ducks

NON PROFIT
Anna Maria Island Privateers

OPTOMETRIST
The Eye Associates

ORTHOPEDIST
Coastal Orthopedic, Arthur Valadie

OUTDOOR DINING
Sandbar

PERSONAL TRAINER
John Monteforte/AMI Health & Fitness

PET GROOMER
The Paw Spa Grooming Salon

PET STORE
Dogs for the Earth

PHOTO SERVICE/CUSTOM PRINTS
Walgreens

PHOTOGRAPHER
Jack Elka

PIER
Rod & Reel Pier

PIZZA
The Feast

PLACE TO WATCH FOOTBALL
Slim’s Place

PLUMBER
LaPensee Plumbing & Pools

POLITICIAN
Marvin Grossman

POOL CONSTRUCTION
American Beauty Pools

POOL SERVICE
Pool America

REAL ESTATE AGENCY
Florida Dreams Realty of AMI

REAL ESTATE AGENT
Joe Praetor, Florida Dreams Realty

REMODELING
FHM Construction

RENTAL AGENCY
Sato Real Estate

RENTAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Florida Dreams Realty

RESORT
Sunrise Garden Resort

RESORT
Runner Up
Tortuga Inn

RESTAURANT FOR ASIAN CUISINE
Ocean Star Sushi and Japanese Restaurant

RESTAURANT FOR BARBECUE
Mr Bones BBQ

RESTAURANT FOR RIBS
Mr Bones BBQ

RESTAURANT FOR BEER
Hurricane Hanks

RESTAURANT FOR BURGERS
Skinny’s Place

RESTAURANT FOR CHICKEN WINGS
Slim’s Place

RESTAURANT FOR CHILDREN
Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe

COFFEE SHOP
Minnie’s Beach Cafe

RESTAURANT FOR BREAKFAST
Minnie’s Beach Cafe

RESTAURANT FOR COFFEE
Minnie’s Beach Cafe

RESTAURANT FOR CASUAL LUNCH
Minnie’s Beach Cafe

RESTAURANT FOR CUBAN CUISINE
Jose’s Real Cuban Food

RESTAURANT FOR DESSERTS
Sign of The Mermaid

RESTAURANT FOR DINNER
Eat Here

RESTAURANT FOR FRENCH FRIES
Eat Here

ROMANTIC DINING
Beach Bistro

RESTAURANT FOR ELEGANT DINING
Beach Bistro

RESTAURANT FOR FRENCH CUISINE
Island Creperie

RESTAURANT FOR GERMAN CUISINE
Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus

RESTAURANT FOR GROUPER SANDWICH
Rod & Reel Pier

RESTAURANT FOR HOTDOGS
Two Scoops

RESTAURANT FOR ITALIAN CUISINE
Oma’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant

RESTAURANT FOR CHICKEN
Hurricane Hanks

RESTAURANT FOR MARGARITAS
Hurricane Hanks

RESTAURANT FOR STEAK
Hurricane Hanks

CASUAL DINING
The Feast

RESTAURANT FOR PIZZA
The Feast

RESTAURANT FOR SALAD
The Feast

RESTAURANT FOR SEAFOOD
The Feast

RESTAURANT FOR SEAFOOD
Star Fish Company

SEAFOOD MARKET
Star Fish Company

RESTAURANT FOR SOUTHWEST CUISINE
Tortilla Bay

RESTAURANT FOR STEAK
Stonewood Grill & Tavern

RESTAURANT FOR STEAK
The Waterfront Restaurant

RESTAURANT FOR WINE
The Waterfront Restaurant

RESTAURANT FOR POWER LUNCH
The Waterfront Restaurant

RESTAURANT FOR SUBS/SANDWICHES
Rudy’s Subs & More

RESTAURANT FOR SUSHI
Ocean Star Sushi and Japanese Restaurant

SHOPPING DESTINATION
Pine Avenue, Pine Avenue Merchants

SIGNS AND BANNERS
SteamDesigns

SMALL MARKET
Anna Maria General Store & Deli

SPORTS BAR
Slim’s Place

SPOT FOR FIREWORKS
BeachHouse Restaurant

SPOT FOR FISHING
Rod & Reel Pier

STORAGE FACILITY
Holmes Beach Storage

TAX SERVICE
Walter & Associates, LLC/Key Income Tax

THEATER COMPANY
Island Players

VETERINARIAN
William Bystrom, DVM

WATCH, CLOCK REPAIR
Pierro’s Jewelers

WATCH, CLOCK REPAIR
LD’s

WATERFRONT RESTAURANT
The Waterfront Restaurant

WAY TO GET AROUND
Anna Maria Island Trolley-Manatee County Area Transit

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring

LIMO/TRANSPORTATION
Island Limousine

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