2017 Watermark WAVE Awards – WAVES FINALIST ROUND

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Watermark spent the last week sorting through and counting every ballot, and here it is – the FINAL round for the 2017 Watermark WAVE Awards!

Below are links to the FINALISTS for Central Florida and Tampa Bay/Sarasota.

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Watermark’s 2017 WAVE Awards – nomination round

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It’s that time of year again, time to do the WAVE!

Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, best known in these parts as the WAVE Awards, look to award the best in both the Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area LGBTQ community in the realms of activism, service, fun and more.

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Watermark’s 2016 WAVE Award Winners

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Last year, Watermark took a flying leap and bumped its Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence (otherwise known as that cool WAVE crashing over you right now) up to spring. Spring is a time of optimism and growth, superlatives and cooler heads. It was obviously the right thing to do. Our voter response was huge this year.

Thousands of readers from sea to shining gulf chimed in with their picks for the best things they know in their regions and routines, and we listened. We listened twice, even: The first time was the glorious study of iterations in proper name spelling via a nomination cycle; the second was the finals. And though you may see some of the old favorites of the old guard (we love the old guard and the new guard equally, friends), there are some surprises littering the results linked below.

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WAVES Party 2015: Tampa Bay

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Georgie’s Alibi was the place to celebrate the best of the best in Tampa Bay and Sarasota at the 2015 Tampa Bay WAVE Awards Party.

Miss Comedy Queen 2014, Kathryn Nevets, emceed the festivities March 12.

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2015 WAVE Award Winners

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For the first time in our history, we asked our readers to vote for their favorites in the Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence (WAVE) in the spring, rather than the fall. And once again, you did not disappoint with your participation.

Votes rolled in from across Central Florida through two rounds of balloting. In January, we asked for nominations. In February, we compiled those nominations, condensed them to a “Top 3” listing and asked you to vote again. We’re pleased to share those results on the following pages.

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Central Florida/Orlando 2015 WAVE Award Winners!

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
1. Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan
2. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
3. Former State Representative Linda Stewart

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBT COMMUNITY
1. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
2. Jack and Margo Dixon
3. Former State Representative Linda Stewart

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Tampa Bay/Sarasota 2015 WAVE Award Winners!

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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

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3.12.15 Editor’s Desk

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SteveBlanchardHeadshot_137x185I’m competitive, but I don’t necessarily like contests. I’m not one of these new age people who think everyone should get an award or a trophy for just showing up. Trophies, tiaras and awards should be given to those who earn them. But contests—no matter the type—can cause hurt feelings, bitterness and resentment.

When I was in school I excelled at track & field. I was a hurdler—running in both the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediates. I am proud to say I have a collection (somewhere in my parents’ basement, I suppose) of medals from local, small town meets to the state finals. During those late teenage years, track was my life. I measured my success on the number of shiny medals hanging on my bedroom wall.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Oldest lesbian bar in Florida shuts down

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More room to dance at Georgie’s
During a recent Sunday afternoon at Georgie’s Alibi, patrons noticed that the popular dance area was partitioned off, and sounds of hammers, saws and loud construction wafted through the walls. That’s because the entire dance floor area of the popular St. Petersburg bar has been renovated, providing more space for us to shake our groove things. (For all you kids, that means dance!) The renovation allows for the space to be separated from the sports bar for special events, but also allows for a more club feel. During a meeting with the club’s management, Watermark learned that its Watermark Wednesday event, scheduled for Jan. 22, will be the first official event in the newly renovated space. That free networking event, by the way, is hosted by Watermark’s Steve Blanchard and Bill Jeffries, benefits the Tampa Bay bears, is free to attend and runs from 6-8 p.m.

Stevens goes exclusive
It’s shaping up to be a big year for Kori Stevens. The popular entertainer ended 2013 with a WAVE-Award as Tampa Bay’s favorite drag performer. Now, she is under exclusive contract with Georgie’s Alibi to only perform at that bar in Pinellas County. Stevens shared the announcement on her Facebook page, as well as announcing that Georgie’s now offers happy hour 7-days a week. But don’t look for drink chips. Those are so last year. Stevens will appear at the club five days a week. Follow her on Facebook to find out what events happen on what nights.

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