ABOUT THE 2019 BEST OF LAGUNA BEACH® PROGRAM
Welcome to the 3rd ever Best of Laguna Beach!
What is the Best of Laguna Beach®?
The 2019 Best of Laguna Beach®, invites, engages and allows you, our audience, to recognize the best businesses, organizations and people. Our focus is on businesses and professionals that support, serve and do business in the city limits of Laguna Beach.
Do I have to register?
Nomination surveys are anonymous and do not require registration. However, we do offer you the opportunity to share your name, email and telephone number with us so that we can keep you up to date on the program. You may submit your nominees in any given topic area and return to complete the survey any time before deadline.
Registration may be necessary in the voting phase to promote fair voting. You may be asked for your name and email address.
Can I vote by paper or in person?
No. All nominations and voting are done through our website and links to our voting platform.
How does nominating work?
We rely on our audience to supply us with the names of outstanding people, businesses and establishments in each of the 109 categories. Once the nominees are finalized, our audience is asked to vote on one choice in each category. Per our guidelines, you are allowed to nominate without limits and during voting, vote once every 24 hours.
Readers nominate their favorites by selecting one of 8 topic areas (Arts, Eat & Drink, Entertainment, Health & Beauty, Living Local, Professional Services, Shopping, and Stay & Play). Nominees should be individuals and businesses that serve Laguna Beach.
Nominating is as simple as entering a name and city in text entry fields. It’s best, but not required, to provide additional information on the nominee so that we can verify them (phone number, address, URL). Users are not required to nominate in all categories. You may return any time before 5:00PM Pacific Time, Friday, September 27th, 2019 to add nominations. Users are permitted to nominate a single business in more than one category. Businesses with multiple locations will appear as a single nomination for the voting phase. Business associates and advertisers of Laguna Beach Vibe and any other owner affiliated company are not given special treatment.
Users are not required to nominate in all categories within a given topic, but must submit the survey by hitting the "submit" button at the bottom of the survey page.
The nomination period begins 12:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday, September 9th, 2019, and ends at 5:00PM Pacific Time, Friday, September 27th, 2019.
Will everyone that is nominated be on the ballot?
For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of 3 separate businesses that are competing for votes. If a category is not qualifying, we will make reasonable accommodations to move the nominee to a similar category. Once a category is qualified, we will ballot each individual business that has been nominated and verified.
I’ve been nominated, what is required of me?
Businesses, organizations or individuals that are nominated by our audience will be placed on our ballot after they are verified. Should a business earn enough votes to be in the top two, they may be required to complete a simple online questionnaire, that includes basic business information such as, Name, Location(s), Year Established, Business Hours, Phone Number, Web Address (if any) and submit or make available a photo of the business, organization or individual. There is no cost or obligation to participate.
How are votes tabulated?
Nominations and Votes are tabulated by a third-party. Laguna Beach Vibe does not know the results of the contest until after the votes are tabulated. In each category, readers vote on their favorite nominee. Readers are permitted to vote in each category once per day. Businesses, institutions, individuals and schools are encouraged to promote the contest in order to gain nominations and/or votes. Competitive advertising, special offers, campaigns are permitted; however, Laguna Beach Vibe at it’s sole discretion, reserves the right to exclude from the competition any businesses or individuals that engages in activities intended to “rig” or “fix” the voting process. Votes that are suspect may be disqualified in the count.
Use of bots, robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed, vote exchange websites, vote “farming”, scripts or other automated means designed to circumvent “one ballot per person per day” rule, are not allowed. Contestants discovered using these methods for vote acceleration are subject to suspected votes being disqualified without notice, and the jeopardy of the Contestant being completely disqualified and removed from the competition.
The regular voting period begins at 12:00PM Pacific Time, Monday, October 14th, 2019 and ends at 5:00PM Pacific Time, Friday, November 25th, 2019.
Can I “write-in” a business during voting?
No. All nominations have to be verified prior to being placed on the final ballot. During the nomination process, we welcome all submissions.
When will winners be announced?
The names of the winners and runners-up will be posted and announced on Monday, January 6, 2020. All winners will be honored in our Best of Laguna Beach special section publishing in The Laguna Beach VIBE on Monday, January 6, 2020. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner or runner-up may be awarded.