Part A---General Information
Garniers is in West
eost of Pensacola.
is near the Gulf of
It is on
about five miles north of Fort Walton and 43 miles
Garniers Bayou, a branch of Choctawhatch6e Bay, and
The elevation is approximately 32 feet above sea
No numbered highways enter Garniors. It can be reached by an unpaved road from
Florida Highway 85. Directions can be obtained at Fort Walton or Valparaiso.
N6 public transportation serves Garniers.
The population of Okaloosa County was 16,155 in 1945.
porated town and its population was not reported. The
cinct had a population of 303 in 1945.
(From.U. S. Weather Bureau observations at ITiceville.)
Garniers is an unincor-
Garniers election pre-
A post office was established at Garniers in 1906, but was discontinued in 1937.
Camp Pinchot, former Choctawhatchee National Forest headquarters, was built in
1909. Choctawhatchoe National Forest is now a part of Eglin Field, an Air
6. Major Sources of Income
Production of turpentine and lumber were the major sources of income in this
section for many years, but are no longer important. Many persons have summer
homes here and a number of retired persons live here year round.
Part B--Recreation and Entertainment
1. Spedial Events
2. Athletic Events
3. Tourist Clubs
4. Recreational Clubs
Valparaiso Golf Club, about 15 miles from Garniers, has an excellent 18-hole
5. Civic Organizations
None at Garniers, but the Kiwanis Club, Business Men's Club, Woman's Club,
.Parent-Teacher Association and Chamber of Commerce meet in Fort Walton.
6. Fraternal Organizations
7. Organized Entertainment
'' There is no organized entertainment in Garniers, but-Fort Walton has two
motion picture theaters and several night clubs.
8. Recreational Facilities
"':' Garniers Bayou and Choctawhatchee Bay are fine natural harbors and are excellent
for boating and fishing. Good public and private beaches are available
throughout this section.
Quail, doves, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, foxes
and deer are found in this section. There are unposted hunting grounds in the
immediate vicinity. A permit must be obtained from the Commanding General,
Eglin Field, to hunt in the Eglin Field Military Reservation.
Salt Water pompano, king mackerel, bluefish; scamp, ling, bonito, amberjack,
tarpon, sailfish, shark, devil fish, ray, flounder, leatherjack, channel bass,
sea bass, speckled trout, grouper, lady fish, skipjack, eilweis, croaker,
black fish, mullet, drum and sheepshead are-caught in the Gulf of Mexico,
Choctawhatchee Bay or Garniers Bayou. Fresh water bream, black bass, crappie,
perch and shellcracker are caught in streams and lakes in this section.
Captains J. E. Brunson, Zack Brunson, Alfred Destin, Buster Destin and.Dewey
Destin, of Dostin, Florida, and Captain Leonard Destin, of Fort Walton, operate
Charter fishing boats. C. A. Early, Garniers, Star Route,Valparaiso, rents
S small boats for $1 per day.
Baptist, Catholic, Community, Episcopal, Holiness, Methodist and Presbyterian
churches have services in Fort Walton, Valparaiso and Niceville.
There are no tourist accommodations in Garniers, but desirable property is
available for homes.
Further information on Garniers can be obtained from:
Mrs. E. A. Mooney, Garniers, Star Route, Valparaiso, Florida
Mr. H. H. Harris, Sr., Crestview, Florida
Mr. I. F. Eldredge, Amity, Star Route, Valparaiso, Florida.