The Sanibel-Captiva Islander/Island Reporter is hosting its annual Best of the Islands.
"After being a part the islands for more than 40 years, this is our humble way of giving the community a chance to show their appreciation for the hard-working island businesses that put forth a great service on a daily basis," said Publisher Scott Blonde.
The community votes for its favorite island businesses in 93 categories to be named Best of the Islands. At a special awards luncheon the winning businesses are presented with a plaque to showcase the community's appreciation for their outstanding services.
"I'm proud to be appreciated by the community," said John Grey, owner of John Grey Painting and multi-winner of Best of the Islands in the painting category. "It does a good service to us by helping people identify our businesses."
Ballots can be found in a special insert in this edition of the Islander/Island Reporter, as well as in the July 27 edition. Ballots must be returned to the newspaper's office, 2340 Periwinkle Way, Unit K, by Aug. 3. Complete contest rules are listed on each ballot.
"Voting really makes a difference," said Maureen Watson of Watson MacRae Gallery and first-time winner of last year's Best of the Islands in the art gallery category. "It's nice to recognize those businesses that do a good job for you, the individual voter, and that contribute to the community."
Cast your ballot for Best of the Islands during this unique opportunity to show your appreciation for the island business community. There are only two chances to vote.