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    Holiday light displays

    By JUDY STARK

    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 15, 2000


    Beaches

    • 1 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach. "A beautiful antique Santa and his reindeer prepare to leap into the evening sky, illuminated by white twinkling lights."
    • 5404 Pali Way, St. Pete Beach. Lighted Santa and reindeer, trees, snowman, "ho-ho-ho" Santa, bubble-blowing Christmas elephant. "Dedicated to the loving memory of my neighbor, Lou Saad, whose legendary Christmas-light spirit motivated our neighborhood to all light up and be festive."
    • 11205 Eighth St. E, Isle of Palms, Treasure Island. Icicles hanging from five peaked roof gables ("the house looks like a New England Christmas"), lighted sleigh with three flying animated reindeer, Santa, snowman, miniature pine tree forest.
    • 246-248 144th Ave. E, Madeira Beach. "Our 14th year!" More than 45,000 lights, animations, Santa's village theater with dancing elf, 33-foot tree with 7,500 lights, 23-foot candy cane with more than 6,000 lights, music, much more. With the exception of the animated dolls, "everything else is handmade, produced in memory of someone special who has helped me along the way."
    • 545 Lillian Drive, Madeira Beach. "People from many foreign countries come back year after year. People from Germany have called this year to see when lights are going on since they read about it in their German paper." Angels, Santa, reindeer on roof, trees, Nativity, candles, soldiers, candy canes, bears, animated figures, trees and village in garage. Dancing bears on the porch; back yard decorated for an offshore view.
    • 1212 Bayshore Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. New stilt house with thousands of lights, trees on balconies "with all the bells and whistles." The landscaper owner's "special touches in planting and landscaping" include flowers, hanging baskets and gardens.
    • 3321 Hibiscus Drive E, Belleair Beach. "In neon lights, "Jesus Is the Reason for the Season'; beside driveway, Santa and reindeer; in the center, a large Nativity scene and more than 60,000 lights with Christmas music playing.

    Belleair

    • Palmetto Road, Hibiscus Drive, Willadel Drive, Hunter Park, Town Hall -- "Thousands of lights!" town clerk Donna Carlin reports. "Residents on Palmetto Road have been placing Christmas trees along the street for 35 years."

    Clearwater

    • 2420 Summerlin Drive (Morningside). Numerous lights and several yard displays. "Come, see and appreciate!"
    • 1832 Asbury Drive. Lights, figures, revolving reflector shining on the garage door, arches along pavement and garage.
    • 1933 Gilbert (Marymount). Fenced corner lot, tree on the roof, "lots and lots of lights."
    • 1625 Long St. A neighbor says that what makes this one special is "the reindeer scene, the Disney scene, and all the love they put out for the neighborhood. We really appreciate them."
    • 1252 Bellevue Blvd. "A mixture of Florida and winter decorations."

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