And the winners are:

• House winner - 161 Bermuda Road, residents Ted and Debbie Broxson;

• Business/non-house facility winner - Chamber of Commerce Plaza, 1102 N. Collier Blvd.

The Marco Island House and Business Decorating Contest final judging took place on Dec. 18 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Judges traveled via trolley to visit the Top 10 house finalists taken from the preliminary judging on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Plaques were presented to the top 10 home contest finalists. The winner of the Business/Non House Facility Contest receives a plaque and a yard sign for annual display on Monday, Dec. 21.

The house decorating winners, Ted and Debbie Broxson, received a winners plaque, yard sign and $250. LCEC, the event’s premier sponsor since the contest’s inception, provided the funds for the event. Centennial Bank annually sponsors the committees tailgate party prior to the finals.

The traditional car caravan followed the trolley to see the top 10 and was the largest caravan in the event’s history. In addition to the Top 10 finalists, a list of “worth seeing” properties are listed for those who wish to view additional Christmas décor. The rules state that winners cannot repeat as winners for five years to ensure the opportunity for others to be successful. Many prior winners still decorate and set high standards for everyone.

The winner of the 2015 house decorating contest located at 161 Bermuda Road was one of more than 1,500 lighted homes judged.

2015 House Finalists -Top 10 Homes in no particular order:

161 Bermuda – 2015 winner

91 Bermuda

513 Nassau

865 Swan

1208 Fruitland

1591 Galleon

1710 Winterberry

85 Delbrook

780 Copeland

1580 Caxambas Court

Worth Viewing

160 Bermuda

810 Watson

1625 Ludlow

1753 Dogwood

1232 Fruitland

Previous winners - worth viewing

1369 N. Collier Blvd.

151 Channel Court

975 Leo Court

20 Tahiti

The winner of the business/non-house category is Chamber of Commerce Plaza, 1102 N. Collier Blvd., featuring lighted store fronts and a fabricated lighted Christmas tree.

Worth seeing in the non-house category are:

LaTovla Reataurant

Marco Beach Ocean Resort

Marriot Hotel

Hilton Hotel

Island Country Club


Christmas decorating committee members include, Bob Boland, Jeff Hewson, Carla Mickes, Kristina Lambros, Marc Creech, Mike Mickes, Ken Honecker, Barry Grass, Jerry Swiacki, Keith Dameron; Lyn Bedell, Linda Turner, chairman Dave Rice, Diane Honecker, Richard Robinson; Paula Robinson, Sue Hewson, Sandy Dauch, Barbara Dameron, Peggy Grass and Debbie Roddy.

Stated Dave Rice, “On behalf of the committee, a sincere thank you for all who enjoy the opportunity of “Lighting up Marco” and making everyone’s Christmas and holiday season special.

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