Tampa Bay/Sarasota 2015 WAVE Award Winners!

By : Watermark Staff
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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
1. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman

2. Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith
3. Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBT COMMUNITY
1. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman

2. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
3. Hillsborough Clerk of the Court Pat Frank

MOST EFFECTIVE LOCAL LGBT ORGANIZATION
1. ASAP

2. Equality Florida
3. Metro Wellness & Community Centers

FAVORITE LOCAL LGBT-AFFIRMING FAITH COMMUNITY
1. King of Peace MCC

2. MCC Tampa
3. First Unity Church

FAVORITE LOCAL LGBT SPORTS LEAGUE/ORGANIZATION
1. Suncoast Softball League

2. SMART Ride
3. Tampa LGBT Bowling League

FAVORITE LOCAL LGBT (FRIENDLY) WRITER/JOURNALIST
1. Steve Blanchard

2. Tiffany Razzano
3. David Borman

FAVORITE LOCAL LGBT (FRIENDLY) WEBSITE
1. WatermarkOnline.com

2. StPetePride.com
3. (tied) TampaBayGay.com, Rainbow411.com

FAVORITE PLACE FOR A DATE NIGHT
1. St. Pete Downtown Waterfront

2. Georgie’s Alibi
3. The Queens Head

FAVORITE CHARITABLE EVENT
1. AIDS Walk Tampa Bay

2. Red and Green
3. Strike Out for AIDS

GAYEST LOCAL EVENT
1. St. Pete Pride

2. Santa Speedo Run
3. Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

FAVORITE NEW LGBT BUSINESS LESS THAN ONE YEAR OLD
1. Enigma

2. Dachshunds Bar & Grill
3. Edge of 9

FAVORITE LGBT BUSINESS MORE THAN ONE YEAR OLD
1. Georgie’s Alibi

2. 6S Boutique
3. Edison

FAVORITE LOCAL HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
1. Dr. Scott Barry

2. Dr. Michael Dunn
3. (tied) Dr. Roy Finely, Dr. Kush Patel

FAVORITE LOCAL MASSAGE THERAPIST
1. Cory Jeffries

2. Michael Scranton
3. Jeremy Couture

FAVORITE LOCAL SPA
1. Essentials

2. Ybor Resort & Spa
3. The Message Spa

FAVORITE LOCAL VETERINARIAN
1. Dr. Taylor Ohman at Gulfport Vet

2. Carmen Saladino at Connechusett Animal Hospital
3. Dr. Karen Tyndall at Oakhurst Vet

FAVORITE PLACE TO PAMPER YOUR PET
1. Two Poodles and a Mutt

2. Pampered Pets
3. The Barker Shop

FAVORITE LOCAL REALTOR
1. Brian Longstreth

2. Bill Knecht
3. Meagan Somers

FAVORITE LOCAL AUTO SALESPERSON
1. Sonny Gonzales at Tyrone Square Mazda

2. Gary Neeld of Wesley Chapel Mini
3. John Crapper at Ferman Mini

FAVORITE LOCAL AUTO DEALERSHIP
1. Tyrone Square Mazda

2. Maher Chevrolet
3. Wesley Chapel Mini

FAVORITE LOCAL MALL
1. International Plaza

2. Tyrone Square Mall
3. Countryside Mall

FAVORITE LOCAL HAIR STYLIST
1. Chris Kiss

2. Ross McCauley
3. Anne at Dolphin Village Hairstylists

FAVORITE LOCAL FLORIST
1. Island Flowers

2. Apple Blossom
3. Carters

FAVORITE AREA MUSEUM OR GALLERY
1. Salvador Dali Museum
2. St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts
3. Tampa Museum of Art

FAVORITE LOCAL FRAMING SHOP
1. Tyrone Frame and Mirror

2. Grand Central Stained Glass
3. Davidson’s Frame

FAVORITE LOCAL LGBT (FRIENDLY) ARTIST
1. James Michael McCracken

2. Spathose
3. Jim Buresch

FAVORITE UPSCALE RESTAURANT
1. Bella Brava

2. Birch and Vine
3. Roux South Tampa

FAVORITE CASUAL RESTAURANT
1. The Queens Head

2. Georgie’s Alibi
3. Mad Dogs & Englishmen

FAVORITE RESTAURANT FOR BREAKFAST/BRUNCH
1. Frog Pond

2. The Queens Head
3. First Watch

FAVORITE RESTAURANT FOR LATE-NIGHT DINING
1. Taco Bus

2. Georgie’s Alibi
3. New York Pizza

FAVORITE LOCAL FOOD TRUCK
1. Taco Bus

2. Maggie on the Move
3. Zoinks

FAVORITE LOCAL LGBT (FRIENDLY) CHEF OR CATERER
1. Orange Blossom Catering

2. Sarasota Catering
3. Chef Jeff Jew at Bella Brava

FAVORITE LOCAL HOTEL/B&B
1. Flamingo Resort

2. Gay St. Pete House
3. Hollander Hotel

FAVORITE LGBT CLUB/BAR
1. Georgie’s Alibi

2. Enigma
3. Quench Lounge

FAVORITE LGBT HAPPY HOUR
1. Georgie’s Alibi

2. Enigma
3. Quench Lounge

FAVORITE HOST FOR KARAOKE, TRIVIA OR BINGO
1. Amy DeMilo at Hamburger Mary’s in Ybor

2. DJ L. Mo at Georgie’s Alibi
3. Tori Michaels at The Queens Head

BAR WITH THE HOTTEST EYE CANDY
1. GBar

2. Enigma
3. Quench Lounge

FAVORITE LOCAL BARTENDER/SERVER
1. CJay Tauber at Quench Lounge

2. Brad Cullipher at Bradleys on 7th
3. Jeff Beadle at Quench Lounge

FAVORITE LOCAL DRAG PERFORMER
1. Kori Stevens

2. Amy DeMilo
3. Matthew McGee

FAVORITE LOCAL STAGE PERFORMER
1. Matthew McGee

2. Jennifer Real
3. Joey Panek

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN
1. Lisa Noe

2. Paul Thomas
3. Jami Gee

FAVORITE LOCAL DJ
1. DJ L. Mo

2. Bruce Devery
3. DJ Reagan

FAVORITE LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER
1. Jeff Klein

3. Nick Cardello
3. Belinda Livengood

FAVORITE LOCAL RADIO STATION
1. FLZ

2. 97X
3. WUSF

FAVORITE LOCAL TV STATION
1. Bay News 9

2. Fox 13
3. WFLA

FAVORITE LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS VENUE
1. Straz Center for the Performing Arts

2. freeFall Theater
3. American Stage

FAVORITE GO-TO WEBSITE OR APP FOR HOOKING UP
1. Grindr

2. Craigslist
3. Scruff

FAVORITE ADULT NOVELTY STORE
1. XTC

2. MC Film Festival
3. The Todd

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