Carrabelle loves a parade

Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 16:17 PM.

Best of Show went to Scott and Rachel Lawley, from Tallahassee, for their 32-foot SeaRay cruiser “Sea Jockey,” which also was the best recreational boat over 30 feet.

John and Roberta Beasley from Port St. Joe, with their 19-foot Key Largo "Baby” took top honors in the division for recreational boats under 23 feet, with second place going to Eric and Jake Cichy and American Legion Post 82 for their 19-foot Cape Horn "Reality Escape" and third to Chad Gillikin for his 23-foot Proline.

The top recreational boat over 24 feet was Tommy Merrell with the Carrabelle First Baptist Church Youth and a 28-foot Pro Kat "Knot Ready," with second going to Eric and Angela Pfeufer from Dockside Marina and Fathom's Raw Bar for their 24 foot Carolina Skiff "Eric's Dream.”

In the commercial boat division for those under 20 feet, first place went to Moorings Marina, which featured Patty Lee and an 18-foot shrimp boat. For those commercial boats over24 feet, first went to Natural World Charters, featuring Capt. Chester Reese and Sherry with a 24-foot Morgan "The Eagle," and second to Tow Boat US, piloted by Capt. Russell Cahoon and Amy.

The Kayak Division Award went to Capt. Tom Herzog. The Marina Challenge Award, for the marina with the most boats in parade, was given to C-Quarters Marina.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with Charlie Wood was awarded a trophy for their continuous support in the Captain's Meeting and their assistance on the water during the parade.

The evening concluded with a spectacular fireworks display, funded by a $2,500 contribution from the city.

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