CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce presented its 2017 awards at its annual banquet June 6 at the Opal Sands Resort.
The chamber celebrated its 22nd anniversary at the event, which was sold out.
The awards are:
Small business of the year – Reel Deal Sportfishing Large business of the year – Wyndham Grand Resort Nonprofit business of the year – Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival New business of the year – Opal Sands Resort Tourism person of the year – Trisha Rodriguez Volunteer of the year – Carolyn “CC” Veltre Chamber hero award” – Rick Norberg
2017 Clearwater Beach taste fest winners
Best booth at Taste Fest: Tate Island Grill at Sandpearl Resort Second place: Beachside Hospitality (Crabby’s Bar & Grill/Crabby’s Dockside/Salty’s Island Bar & Grille) Third place: Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber Restaurant & Bobby’s Bistro Wine Bar Best of the Taste at Taste Fest: Sandbar at Opal Sands Resort Second place: Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber Restaurant Third Place: Evy’s Terrace Bar & Bistro/Hampton Inn & Suites
2017 Restaurant Week award winners
Best chef: chef Hector Hernandez – Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber Restaurant 2nd place: chef John Capponi – Ocean Hai/Wyndham Grand Resort Thrid place: Chef Shane Brandow – Jimmy’s Fish House/Holiday Inn & Suites Best appetizer: Salty’s Island Bar & Grille Second place: Jimmy Hula’s Third place: Crabby’s Dockside Best entree: Ocean Hai/Wyndham Grand Resort Second place: Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber Restaurant Third place: Jimmy’s Fish House/Holiday Inn & Suites