Scooby, owned by Jeremy Qvick, was the big winner in the 2018 Venice Christmas Boat Parade, which was held Saturday, Dec. 1 on the Intracoastal Waterway and other places in the Venice area.
Twenty-eight boats participated. Scooby was named Best in Show (judges voting) and winner of the Viewers’ Choice Award (public Facebook voting).
Among boats 29-feet and smaller, first place went to Isabella IV, owned by Suzanne Ronholm. Second place went to Thunderstruck, owned by John Watjen.
Among boats 30-39 feet in length, first place went to Emotional Rescue, owned by Charles Long. Second place went to McNasty, owned by Wayne Ryland.
Among boats 40 feet and longer, the winner was Remedy, owned by Tom and Sue Melton. Second place went to Toes in the Sand, owned by Jeff and Donna Buchs.
Among commercial service boats, the winner was Kats Meow, owned by Terry Garner and sponsoring Boy Scout Troop 1001 of Nokomis. Second place went to About Time, owned by Frank Bozek, a machine shop owner.
This was the last time John Osmulski will coordinate the boat parade. “This is my last hurrah,” he said. “I have run it the last 14 years.”