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By JORGE SANCHEZ
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 15, 2000
If one of your holiday traditions is packing the family in the car and riding around to look at homes decorated for the holidays, the following homes are contestants in the 2000 Home Decorating Contest sponsored by Citrus County.
These are monuments to the art of holiday lighting.
11265 W Dunnellon Road, home of Chuck Priest. Reindeer, Santa and 14,000 lights. Dunnellon Road is County Road 488 and the home is a mile east of U.S. 19
6335 Esmeralda Ter., home of Richard Seman. 285 N Hedrick Ave., off State Road 44, home of Kim and Karen Cloud. Three string trees of Christmas lights, lights along front of roof edge. A snowman and elevated 4-foot Star of Bethlehem in a 5-acre field. "It's tasteful," said Kim Cloud.
8807 E Ren Place, home of Madeline DeFiore. Won third place in last year's contest. Life-size nativity scene, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, snowman, Mickey and Minnie around a Christmas tree, Santa on the roof, "thousands and thousands of lights, maybe 8,000 twinkle lights," said Madeline DeFiore.
6416 E Mockingbird Lane, home of Alia and Mary Anna Laporte. 50 N Robin Hood Road, home of Jerry and Fran Merriman.
2903 Monroe St. W, home of June and Gary Meier.
911 Independence Highway, home of Charles Ballou.
906 Spruce St., home of Maria A. Rivera.
2762 E Jupiter St., home of Jennie and Maynard Boivin.
915 Stetson Ter., home of Paul and Libby Hanna.
1355 S Colonial Ave., home of Robert and Joyce Mitchell. Reindeer family with tree, Santa and another reindeer with elves running around. Gingerbread tree and house. Nativity scene and full-size Christmas tree. About 6,000 miniature lights and candy canes lining the driveway.
6651 Green Acres St., home of John Coffey. 6810 W Stonewall Place, home of Bill Henderson.
539 W Keller St., home of James Mulford.
2015 E Dearborn Drive, home of Orville and Gale Hill.
3837 E Art Lane, home of Robert McCullough.
270 N Grandview Ave., home of Marjorie and Chris Wenner.