Best of the Bay 2019


From the Editor

In the U.S. election process, there are strict measures to ensure legitimate results including secret ballots, one vote per person, certified results, and no foolin’ around under penalty of law. None of that applies to our Best of the Bay Awards. It’s not a scientific survey, and we pretty much expect some enthusiastic canvassing, self-promotion, and minimal ballot-stuffing to determine the winners. It’s legit to argue that the people who rally their followers, customers, and family members deserve the accolades. You can argue that some other crab soup is better than the winner’s (and we know you will and so will we.) We encourage those arguments. Arguing about crabs is part of the spice of life on the Chesapeake. But, in the end, they didn’t rally their fans to the win. So, better luck next year. 

We seek out these things, and with your help, we’ll add new categories and continue to pump up the fun in pursuit what’s the Best of the Bay in 2020.

Thanks for playing. 

joe@chesapeakebaymagazine.com

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