Parad­ing in Par­adise

Captiva Hol­i­day Vil­lage ac­tiv­i­ties are a cart- full of fun

Times of the Islands - - In The Community - BY ME­LANIE PA­GAN

Just be­cause Captiva is warm nearly year- round doesn’t mean it can’t cel­e­brate win­ter hol­i­days ac­cord­ingly. Late Novem­ber through De­cem­ber, Captiva Hol­i­day Vil­lage hosts a se­ries of sea­sonal events that com­bine the essence of a win­ter won­der­land with a laid- back, trop­i­cal twist ( think palm trees wrapped in Christ­mas lights).

De­cem­ber 7 marked Royal Shell’s Fourth An­nual Golf Cart Pa­rade, which took place along Andy Rosse Lane. Crowds, stretch­ing from Chad­wick’s Square at South Seas Is­land Re­sort down past the Green Flash Restau­rant on Captiva Drive, cheered on golf carts decked out in fes­tive gar­lands, bright lights, shiny bal­loons and more.

Some par­tic­i­pants, like Deb­bie Bub­bly and Ju­lian Cod­ner who turned their cart into an elf- mo­bile, were first- timers in the pa­rade. Oth­ers, like Swim­stas­tic South Seas mem­bers Mary and Jil­lian Nabidon­ski and Kris­ten Pot­ter, re­turned for an­other sea­son of fun.

Amer­i­can Realty of Captiva’s “Snow Nour­ish­ment” cart won best in show, while King­fisher Va­ca­tions’ “Ru­dol­phin” took the prize for commercial cat­e­gory, and “Mixed Nuts” was de­clared the non­com­mer­cial cat­e­gory win­ner for the third straight year.

A por­tion of the $ 20 en­trance fee ben­e­fited the Sani­bel Captiva Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion.

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