BEST ROAD INTERSECTION DESIGNED BY A 9-YEAR-OLD

Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard and Colonial Boulevard

Making a left turn from Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard heading east on Colonial Boulevard is not for the faint of heart. There’s no left turn signal and two lanes of traffic are coming at you from Plantation Road, across the street. More...

BEST BLOW

The Barrel Room

The Barrel Room downtown has brought big-city jazz and blues back to the area with legends Dan Miller and Lew Delgato playing weekly for lucky attendees.   More...

BEST SURVIVOR

Zach Crider

Zach Crider is among only about 1 percent of people who survive internal decapitation. More...

BEST FORT MYERS PHOTO

Quinn Sedam captured this “Strike” in downtown Fort Myers. quinn-sedam.pixels.com.   More...

BEST PLACE TO BE SEEN

Admit it — it’s the first place you look when you pick up your Florida Weekly — you flip to the back to see who was sparkling at all the fabulous soirees around town. Who was wearing what? Who showed up with whom? More...

BEST DOWNHOME FUNDRAISING EVENT

There’s one fundraiser that consistently raises more and more money each year and yet never changes a thing. There’s no fancy theme, no celebrity auctioneer and no tuxedos are required at the Sam Galloway Jr. More...

BEST ACTRESS

Sofia Jean Gomez

Sofia Jean Gomez wins you over the very minute she appears on stage as Portia in Gulfshore Playhouse’s production of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” You can see why she has so many suitors trying to win her hand: she&r More...

BEST HAIR SALON

When the Florida Repertory Theatre put on its production of “Shear Madness” in its ArtStage StudioTheatre this spring, it created a fully functioning hair salon in the space, complete with sinks and hair dryers. More...

BEST NON-SEASON SEASON

Why mango season, of course, providing the sweetest, most joyful resistance to the sweat-soaked, rain-scoured subtropical summer, stretching roughly from May to October. More...

BEST PLACE WITH THE HIGHEST ODDS OF BEING HIT BY LIGHTNING

Pine Island Sound

Everyone knows Florida is the lightning-strike capital. July in the Fort Myers area averages 17 thunderstorms — that would be the kind with electrically charged bolts that can zap you even when you’re talking on the phone in your house. More...

BEST PLUMBING SUPPLY HOUSE FROM SOMEPLACE CALLED FORT MEYERS

You’d think that if you’re a Fort Myers business you’d care enough to spell the city’s name right. Guess not.   More...

BEST NEW FGCU PHILANTHROPIST

Dr. Elaine Nicpon Marieb

Although she lived in Sarasota for many years, Dr. Marieb chose to relocate to Naples earlier this year. More...

BEST DISCOUNT THERAPY

Sanibel’s beaches

OK, it’s $6 to cross the Causeway, but that beats the cost of a massage or a session with your shrink. The boomerang-shape of Sanibel makes for great beachcombing. More...

BEST GOATEE

Terry Tincher

It took him about a year and a half to grow. By the time it had reached its peak fullness, you could have rented out a small studio apartment in Terry Tincher’s goatee. More...

BEST BAT BRIDGE

Matheson Avenue bridge, Bonita Springs

Where the Imperial River flows under Matheson Avenue in Bonita Springs lives a colony of Brazilian free-tailed bats (the most common kind in Florida). CGT Kayaks owner and tour guide John Paeno estimated that there are more than 1,000 of them. More...

BEST SHOW OF RESTRAINT

Kinfay Moroti

News-Press photojournalist Kinfay Moroti was berated and his citizenship questioned by a Trump supporter while he was covering an anti-Trump rally for the newspaper. More...

BEST LAWYER WHO GETS APPLAUSE

Tom Chase

Lawyers in the popular imagination are people we love to hate, blustering blow-hards or scheming opportunists looking to trick juries. More...

BEST GRAND OPENING

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

It’s America’s newest children’s hospital and it’s right here in Southwest Florida. More...

BEST NEW MASCOT

Clawford

Clawford doesn’t look too appetizing. He or she or it is a very large, furry creature. We don’t recommend frying or basting or boiling or baking or eating raw. More...

BEST LOCAL POLITICIAN BORN IN FLORIDA, SORT OF

Heather Fitzenhagen

It’s not Rep. Francis Rooney (Oklahoma), nor Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (New York), nor Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (New Jersey), nor Rep. Byron Donalds (New York), nor Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen (Texas), nor Rep. Michael Grant (Mass.) nor Gov. More...

BEST DUMBASS GUN PROPOSAL

Sen. Greg Steube, R, District 23

There are people who appreciate guns and then there’s Sen. Greg Steube, who went absolutely batshit gun crazy this year. More...

BEST FREEZE OUT OF THE PRESS

South Florida legislators

For the 2017 legislative session we contacted each member of the delegation in Florida Weekly’s distribution area several times by phone and email to ask them to respond briefly to some basic questions about the upcoming session: our water prob More...

BEST UNCONTESTED WIN

State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto

By recruiting 21-year-old Cody Eads to run as a fake candidate for the Democrats in the primary elections last year, State Sen. More...

BEST BOUGHT SEAT

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Current U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had never served anywhere in any government position, or any public schools position, when President Donald Trump picked her as his choice for the high-level cabinet position. More...

BEST SYMPHONY SANTA SINCE GOD MADE MUSIC

Conductor David Cole

Nir Kabaretti is an extraordinary talent at the helm of a great instrument, one with a name too provincial for its breadth and reach: the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. More...

BEST EVASIVE ANSWER

Rep. Matt Caldwell, R, District 79

Which candidate did you vote for in the presidential election? It’s a simple and straightforward question. Either you voted for someone or you didn’t. More...

BEST PLACE TO MEET SINGLE MEN

Meeting eligible bachelors around these parts can be a tall order. More...

BEST BIRD-WATCHING SITE

San Carlos Bay-Bunche Beach Preserve

You don’t have to hike or know much about birds to enjoy the hotspot of Lee County bird watching. Let the tourists go to Sanibel’s J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. More...

BEST DIVE BAR

8 Ball Lounge

The drinks are cheap and strong and the bartenders are as lively as you’d like at this long-time watering hole and pool hall off U.S. 41 in south Fort Myers. More...

BEST NEW FGCU CLASS

“Florida Man”

It was bound to happen what with all the weird stories about Florida men doing incredibly odd things. More...

BEST HIGH SCHOOL MOTTO

South Fort Myers High School wins this contest hands down, or perhaps paws down. The school motto comes from Rudyard Kipling. “The strength of the wolf is the pack and the strength of the pack is the wolf,” he said. More...

BEST NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST WE’LL MISS THE MOST

John Agnew

For more than 12 years, Dr. John Agnew graced the pages of The News- Press, writing a folksy, local column for the op-ed page. He announced in his March 30 column that it was his last. More...

BEST ACTOR

Graham Smith

Graham Smith’s performance in Florida Repertory Theatre’s “Best of Enemies” was a tour de force. Based on a real person, he portrayed a character in 1970s Durham, N.C., who is a Grand Cyclops of his local KKK. More...

BEST PRESIDENT

Joyce Owens

Joyce Owens, principal of Architecture Joyce Owens in Fort Myers, was named president of the Florida AIA (the Florida chapter of the American Institute of Architects) this year, making her the third female president in the state’s professional More...

BEST FLOATING HEAD

The new Suncoast Credit Union Arena at Florida SouthWestern College looks nice. More...

BEST COMMUNITY GIVER

We’re beginning to think that Marc Collins never sleeps. Tireless and dedicated to causes that he’s passionate about, Marc doesn’t just talk about it — he does it. More...

BEST LOCAL REVENGE NOVEL

Florida Weekly freelancer Glenn Miller, who previously worked for a daily, was upset with the constant layoffs and furloughs (required time off without pay.) He was dismayed with the erosion of journalism and superiors putting profit over people. More...

BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT

Southwest Florida Wine & Food Festival

Sure, it’s nice if you can write a big donation check to help buy state-of-the-art equipment for a terrific local children’s hospital. More...

BEST PISSING CONTEST

“Territoria” by Edgardo Carmona

Colombian artist Edgardo Carmona’s larger than life iron sculptures set up throughout downtown Fort Myers, a 23-piece exhibit on sidewalks and street corners called “Allure Your Senses,” have delighted passersby now for more than a More...

BEST PERSON TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED WITH

The most social of social butterflies, Michel Doherty is a regular at Southwest Florida charity events, parties and luncheons. At 93, Michel shows no signs of slowing down. More...

BEST GRACE UNDER PRESSURE MOMENT

Cell phones have become the classic actor’s nightmare. More...

BEST PLACE TO EAVESDROP

The Veranda

Some things are constant in Southwest Florida — the most vivid sunsets come after a rainstorm, the prettiest drive will always be from the Blind Pass bridge to the tip of Captiva, no ice cream will ever surpass the goodness of Love Boat ice cre More...

BEST SALE OF THE YEAR

Chris Sale

Pitcher Chris Sale sounds positively giddy talking about being traded in December from the Chicago White Sox to the Boston Red Sox.  More...

BEST THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church was a part of Fort Myers before there was officially a town with the name. More...

BEST HISTORICAL SAVE

Fort Myers train station

The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad’s new train Fort Myers train station opened nearly a century ago and spurred development in the city. More...

BEST RED SOX OUTFIELDER TURNED FARMER

Mike Greenwell

Back in the late 1980s and through the mid-1990s, Mike Greenwell played in what used to be known as the garden or pasture, archaic names for the outfield. Mr. Greenwell, a North Fort Myers High graduate, played left field for the Boston Red Sox. More...

BEST POWER STRUGGLE

Amendment 1

Florida’s power companies tried to pull a fast one on voters when they tried to limit rooftop solar expansion. More...

BEST SPIN

Trey Radel’s new book

Disgraced former congressman Trey Radel, following his conviction for cocaine possession, has spun his fall into a success by penning “Democrazy: A True Story of Weird Politics, Money, Madness and Finger Food." See, it was the system’s fa More...

BEST LIVE ON-AIR CALLOUT

Anderson Cooper

CNNs Anderson Cooper covered the tragedy in Orlando and while interviewing Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi about it, called her out on her showing condolences for gay victims after proposing measures to limit domestic partner’s rights. More...

BEST DUMB LAW

Ban on recreational marijuana

In Florida, possession or sale of less than 20 grams of marijuana for recreational purposes is still a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, although it’s rarely enforced to that extent. More...