MARCO ISLAND — Drum roll please ... And the winners of the Marco Island 13th Annual Home and Business Decorating Contest are:
548 Barfield Dr. by decorators Linda Deppen, Tim Smither and Jerry Haas.
108 Seaview Ct. in the Tradewinds Condominiums by Wilma Sanders, Harold Roth, Gary and Jill Grammont.
Sanitasole, 218 South Barfield Dr., decorated by Paula and Richard Robinson.
About the 2009 contest
An all-time record of participation was set with 1,719 properties judged on the Island. The final judging took place between 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday.
Finalist plaques were presented to the 10 home contest finalists by the judges who traveled via the Marco Island Trolley to the qualifying properties.
The winner of the business contest, Sanitasole, received a plaque and a yard sign for display. The condo contest winner in the Tradewinds received a plaque.
The House Decorating winner with the lights synchronized to music on Barfield Drive received a winners’ plaque, yard sign and $500.
Lee County Electric Cooperative, the event’s premier sponsor since the contest’s inception and provider of electricity on Island, presented the awards. Additional sponsors of the event are Centennial Bank and the Marco Island Trolley, which was decorated and lighted for the finals by the Marco Island Florist.
The contest, chaired by Dave Rice since 1997, has been a tremendous success.
“Light Up Marco 2009” was a record breaker with 1532 homes, 120 businesses and 67 Condo’s for a total of 1,719 properties decorated for the Christmas Season.
The traditional car caravan followed the trolley to see the top 10 homes, the two finalists for the condo contest and three finalists for the business contest.
Christmas revelers are also encouraged to view the list of honorable mention properties as they are also very entertaining.
The rules state that winners cannot repeat as winners for five years to ensure the opportunity for others to be successful. However, many prior winners still decorate and set very high standards for everyone. Visiting the homes during the holiday season is great entertainment for the entire family.
Thanks to all who decorated in making Marco Island a Christmas destination for residents and guests. The committee wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a prosperous New Year.
Finalists, top 10 homes
548 Barfield Dr.
1369 North Collier Blvd.
570 South Heathwood Dr.
10 Acorn Ct.
201 Windbrook Ct. (corner of Honduras Avenue)
1234 6th Ave.
1232 Fruitland Ave.
1208 Fruitland Ave.
91 Bermuda Rd.
151 Channel Ct.
Honorable mention, homes worth seeing
2000 Sheffield Ave.
1805 Dogwood Dr.
1842 Dogwood Dr.
1821 Dogwood Dr.
1591 Galleon Ave.
1482 Leland Way
780 Copeland Dr.
900 Scott Dr.
975 Leo Ct.
1285 Orange Ct.
301 3rd Ave.
Marco Island Florist, 178 South Bafield Dr.
Sanitasole, 218 South Barfield Dr.
Nacho Mama’s 599 South Collier Blvd.
-Gary and Jill Grammont, Wilma Sanders and Harold Roth at Tradewinds Condo Association, Floors 9 through 11.
-Bonnie and Craig Woodward at 1061 South Collier Blvd., PH-1.
Past winners, ineligible for contest and worth seeing
Arturo’s, 844 Bald Eagle Dr.
1599 Winterberry Dr.
160 Bermuda Rd.
Donna and Jim Rohrbach; Carol & Bob Boland; Carla and Mike Mickes; Judy and Larry Sacher; Nancy and Joe Carrington; Debbie and Marty Roddy; Susan and Ken Kubat; Liz and Bill Doyle; Diane and Ken Honecker; Linda Turner and Jerry Swiacki; Paula and Richard Robinson; Richard and Ann Niess; Jeanne and Dave Rice; Tom and Yvonne Smith, Suzanne Guerin and Tricia Dorn.