City announces winners of decorating contest

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This Indian Bayou Drive home was voted the best decorated home in Destin this year. SPECIAL TO THE LOG

The judges had a difficult time deciding this year, but the winners of the city of Destin's Outdoor Decorating Contest have been announced.

"This year's contest proved to be difficult to judge as many of Destin's homes, businesses and organizations did a fantastic job of showing their holiday spirit through decorations," said Beatriz Miller, the city's recreation program coordinator, wrote in an email. "We received multiple phone calls and emails from Destin residents pointing out locations that had done an outstanding job of decorating their property."

Judges canvassed the city limits of Destin looking at properties. Miller said she heard from many long-time Destin residents that they had not seen this many well-decorated properties in several years.

"Destin is indeed a great community whose residents have a strong sense of holiday spirit," Miller wrote.

Kerry Becnel's home at 134 Indian Bayou Drive was voted the best decorated home in Destin this year. The home at 3811 Misty Way received honorable mention.

The Hog's Breath Saloon, 541 U.S. Highway 98, was voted best decorated business; Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 37 Beach Drive, was voted best decorated organization; Dolphin Point, 30 Moreno Point Road, was named best decorated condominium; and James and Nancy Murphy at 618 Sea Oats Drive were named the Best Decorated Overall Holiday, with an honorable mention in that category going to 55 Country Club Drive East.

Mayor Scott Fischer and the city council will recognize the winners in each category and present them with a plaque at the Jan. 3 council meeting.