The Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) is once again on the hunt for the best in landscaping on Marco Island. The 2012 Marco in Bloom Landscape Awards are set to be announced at the City Council Meeting in April, but applications are already being accepted.
The BAC has five categories where awards are given. Register your single-family home, condominium, cul-de-sac, institution (church, school, etc.) or commercial property (zoned C1-C5) for a chance to be known as the most beautiful of Marco.
To nominate your property there are some criteria and eligibility rules to follow. The BAC considers the use of native and water-wise plant material, use of color and contrasting plants, visibility to the public, and most importantly, creativity.
If you have a property in mind that qualifies, consider nominating it. Nomination forms may be found at www.cityofmarcoisland.com/index.aspx?page=42. Eachproperty must submit their application and include three to ten non-returnable photographs. An essay, 100 words or less, on why the nominee deserves to be recognized, should also be included.
Think your garden has what it takes? Cruise by some of last year’s winners to compare. The Somerset Condominium at 848 Collier Court won the condominium division in 2011. For institutions, Tommie Barfield Elementary School took the prize. Take a drive down South Seas Court to witness the winner of the cul-de-sac division.
Nominations for the Marco in Bloom Landscape award must be submitted by March 23rd. They may be sent to 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island, FL 34145. Voting will take place on March 28th and the winners will be announced on April 2nd at the monthly City Council Meeting.
For more information call the Parks and Recreation Department at 239-389-5035 or visit www.cityofmarcoisland.com.