The "open" voting portion of the 2014 Best of the Lake survey is here! Vote for your favorite Lake of the Ozarks people, places and things. The finalists will be narrowed down Feb. 21.

What is it?
The 2014 Lake Lifestyles magazine Best of the Lake survey, where you vote for your favorite Lake of the Ozarks businesses, services, events, people and entertainment. First and second-place winners will be listed in the May/June 2014 issue of Lake Lifestyles magazine, on stands in early May. All first-place winners will be contacted shortly after the survey closes. A party will be held to celebrate the winners in early May. More information will be released at a later date.

How it works
Open voting: The first round of voting will open February 7 and will close at 5 p.m. on February 21. During that time period, you can select from the list provided for each question or fill in your own response. All write-in votes will be counted. You can vote for anybody, but if you don't see your favorite listed, we strongly encourage you to e-mail us so we can quickly get that nominee on our survey. Please make sure to include what category to list the business under.
Voting only on the finalists: After the open voting period has closed, each category will be narrowed down to just the finalists (top 5 or so in each category). Another round of voting on ONLY these finalists will take place and will be available at 5:01 p.m. February 21. The one that receives the most number of votes for each category will win. The survey closes at 5 p.m. on March 3.

Where to vote
Go to www.TheLakeOnline.com and click on the link provided.