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Title: The Bay beacon
Alternate Title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: September 23, 2009
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
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'Peaches and Cream,' piloted by Aubrey Hinely and Hannah Duggan, turned out to be less
than seaworthy during Saturday's second annual cardboard boat race at Bluewater Bay
Marina, which sponsored it. Sixteen homemade cardboard boats were entered, competing
in four heats. The overall winner was Greg Mitchell in the paddle-power vessel 'Splash.'
He won $800 for his efforts.


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Thursday, noon
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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
In a move that would add 15
percent to the size of the City of
Niceville, Ruckel Properties has
asked the municipality to annex
1,100 acres east and north of
Ruckel Airport between Forest


Road and Rocky Bayou Drive,
and to rezone it as Community
Planned Unit Development (C-
PUD).
The proposal will be consid-
ered at a meeting of the Niceville
Planning Commission at 7 p.m.,
Monday, Oct. 5, at Niceville City


Hall, 208 North Partin Drive. The
land proposed for annexation is
vacant except for Ruckel Airport,
an airstrip at the southwest cor-
ner used by small private planes.
The 1,100 acres, if annexed
by Niceville and approved for
development, would probably


become "a mix of single-family
homes, townhomes, commercial
and retail, and possibly a private
school," said Niceville City
Planner Wanda Cruttenden.
However, Cruttenden added,
"There is no specific plan" as
yet, and the land will most likely


be developed gradually, one par-
cel at a time, rather than all at
once. The Ruckel Airport, she
said, will continue operating.
The vast wooded tract, bound-
ed chiefly by unincorporated
Please see NICEVILLE, page A-9


By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer '
When Niceville
Mayor Randall Wise )
received a letter asking
"Are you a mayor
against illegal guns?,"
he didn't hesitate. ,
"Just about every-
one in the world is
against illegal guns," Randall Wise
Wise said.
Later, he determined the group Associat
that sent the letter, Mayors their ma
Against Illegal Guns, was anti-gun
opposed not just to illegal guns ance of
but many legal ones as well. Web site
"I checked into it, and there's
a little more to that;' Wise said. Ple


"I'm a hunter and I've
got all kinds of guns.
So he resigned from
the group Sept. 14.
That, at least, ended
the unfriendly calls
Wise had been receiv-
ing. Those calls were
apparently the result of
letters sent community
members by the
National Rifle
ion, alerting them that
yor had signed on to an
group and to the appear-
his name on the group's
.
ase see MAYOR, page A-7


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
In a last-minute change
prompted by protests from angry
residents who attended its fmal
budget hearing Sept. 16, the
North Bay Fire Commission
reduced a proposed millage hike.
The result was a tax-rate increase
of 15 percent, rather than the ini-
tially proposed 23 percent.
At its first hearing, held Sept.
9, the fire commission tentatively
approved a millage rate of 2.19
for the 2009-10 fiscal year, up


from the current rate of 1.7827.
Officials said the increase was
needed to offset a reduction in tax
rolls caused by declining property
values.
That proposed rate, if given
fmal approval, would have
required property owners in the
North Bay district to pay $2.19
for every $1,000 of taxable value
after homestead exemptions and
Other deductions.
At the Sept. 16 meeting,
Please see MILLAGE, page A-8


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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
A large chunk of northern Valparaiso
has apparently never been zoned to regu-
late land use.
Within the next two months Valparaiso
officials plan to have at least two public
hearings on a proposal to zone about 85
acres as I-2, Industrial District.
The I-2 designation means anything
allowed under any other zoning designa-
tion is also allowed in I-2. An I-2 zone is


intended for relatively small, light manu-
facturing, processing, storage, wholesal-
ing and distribution operations, according
to city code. "It is designed to encourage
sound industrial development without
adversely affecting nearby residential and
commercial uses," according to the city
land use codes.
City officials say that much of the land
north of Marquette Street was never really
zoned. The exception are two Planned
Unit DevelopmentsArystal Lake and


Kelly Estates. A fairly new townhome
complex off College Boulevard and two
apartment complexes on Johnson Street
and Kelly Road were apparently built
without a proper zoning ordinance ever
being passed.
The situation was uncovered when
Carl Scott, Valparaiso's new city adminis-
trator, was working to get the city's long-
overdue Evaluation and Analysis Report
to the state. One of the requirements of
the EAR is a current zoning map, as weH


as a Future Land Use Map. Research
revealed that a large area in the stove-
pipe-shaped northern part of Valparaiso
had not been zoned, at least not as far as
could be found in any records or ordi-
nances, said Scott.
Owners of a townhome development,
two apartment complexes and other prop-
erty that has been developed in the area
may have thought the area was zoned due
Please see VALP, page A-8


Niceville boosts



budget tax rate
By Kenneth Books Most of the overall increase in the 2009-
Beacon Staff Writer 10 budget can be attributed to a 5 percent
The Niceville City Council Thursda increase in water, sewer and garbage fees,
raised the property tax rate from the current approved by the city council earlier this
3.2 mills to 3.45 mills, or 7.8 percent, effec- month,
tive for the 2009-10 fiscal year, which Currently the owner of a home appraised
begins Oct. 1. It also approved the 2009-10 at $150,000 after exemptions pays $3.20 per
city budget of $27,184,080, up 2.5 percent $1,000, or a total of $480 in city property
from this year's $26,506,930. taxes. In the next fiscal year, municipal
Of that total, taxes on that home will rise to
$9,210,980 is budgeted Valp. hikes village, A-8 $517.50. The figures don't
for the general fund, from count the levies of other taxing
which the city's regular operations are paid. jurisdictions, such as the county and the
The rest is for the special fund, which school district.
finances sewer, water, stormwater and other The 2009-10 budget calls for property
projects. tax revenue of $2,578,420, up slightly from
The current general fund budget is this year's budgeted $2,558,110.
$9,216,730. But actual expenditures this City department heads submitted "bare-
year are expected to be about $8.5 million. Please see TAX, page A-9


Niceville eyes 1,100-acre annexation


Area's largest vacant tract readied for development


Mayor disavows, quits

gun-control group
Wise says it wasn't forthcoming about aims


Sink and swim


.nay tr ims


mr Hage hike


to 15 percent


Valp. acts to fix zoning oversight


Called out

athome
Demolition is nearly com-
plete at Wolverine Park in
Valparaiso, home of the
Valparaiso-Niceville Girls
Softball Association for over
30 years. After the last pitch
June 1, the association
began removing many of the
improvements its volunteers
had installed at the playing
fields since the 1970s. The
Air Force declined to renew
the city's lease because the
ballfields are near an Eglin
Air Force Base flight path, an
area deemed at increased
risk of airplane crashes. The
league will play in Niceville
next year.
Beacon photo by Del Lessard






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Wednesday, September 23, 2009


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this whole thing showed me, is
that there are many more people
than I thought who truly believe
in God and are ready and willing
to stand up for their convictions.
The Pace case was remini-
scient of a
1 9 9 7
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County con-
troversy in
which two
Nice ville
High School
e due ator s,
V i c e
Pr in c ip al Tammy McCown
Char les
Woolwine and teacher Jack
Wilson, were disciplined by the
Okaloosa County School Board
for violating its policy barring
employees from promoting reli-
gion in school. The two educa-
tors denied the administrative
charges, sued, and obtained a set-
t1ement which reduced their pun-
ishment but let stand the thrust of
the policy.

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The article could have been
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contests related to the festival,
The deadline to audition for
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Sept. 26. The deadline to enter
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was responsible for setting an
example and should not have
allowed prayer at the athletic field
house luncheon. There was con-
flicting testimony as to whether
schoolchildren were present dur-
ing the prayer.
The injunction, issued earlier
this year, was a result of a com-
plaint filed by the American Civil
Liberties Union in U.S. District
Court Aug. 27, 2008, against the
Santa Rosa County School
Board, Superintendent of Schools
Tim Wyrosdick, and Lay.
The complaint alleged the
rights of two students had been
violated in that the school board,
school superintendent and Lay
were forcing their religious
beliefs on the children by allow-
ing prayer at school-sponsored
events
"I'm feeling much lighter right
now," said Lay. "I'm elated and
very blessed. Exoneration is a
ood thin especially when
ou're not ilty. I really appreci-
ate Judge Rodgers' graciousness
and I'm humbled by all the
encouragement and support of
everyone.
"Our freedoms and rights are
being eroded by things like this,"
said Niceville resident Sandy
DiTirro after arriving back in
Niceville from the courthouse
gathering. "How can it be possi-
ble that two men might have gone
to jail for praying?"
According to Morrow, had the
men been found guilty of con-
tempt, a Class B misdemeanor,
consequences could have been a
$5,000 fine and six months in jail.
"There was a lot of praying
going on and singing, most of
which was led by hundreds of
Pace High School students," said
Niceville resident Tammy
McCown of the crowd that met
outside the courthouse. "But what


By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
It was a video by David Barton,
a controversial Christian historian,
that prompted Tom Jones, a mem-
ber of Niceville Church of Christ,
to alert some Okaloosa County
ministers to a trial in Pensacola in
which two Santa Rosa County
educators were charged with crim-
inal contempt after they prayed
over lunch at a school-sponsored
event.
In a case that attracted national
attention, the two educators were
found not guilty Thursday by U.S.
District Judge M. Casey Rodgers.
Some members of the
Niceville church were taking a
class based on Barton's view that
today's strict interpretation of the
doctrine of separation of church
and state is not consistent with the
views of the nation's founders,
said Jones.
"What their intent was and how


the courts have now misconstrued
the original meaning is a 180-
degree tumaround," Jones said.
"We need to be concerned as a
nation, that the rights guaranteed
to citizens in the Constitution and
specifically the First Amendment,
are slowly being taken from us.'
Two van loads of Church of
Christ members, as well as many
others from the local area, went to
Pensacola Thursday and joined an
estimated 2,000 from as far away
as Meridian, Miss., in support of
the defendants, Pace High School
Principal Frank Lay and Pace
High Athletic Director Robert
Freeman.
"The whole area in front of the
courthouse as far as you can see is
lined with people," said Jones, by
telephone outside the courthouse
Thursday.
The crowds gathered in the rain
at the Palafox Street federal court-
house spent the day praying,


Photo by Pam Cassady
A demonstrator outside the federal courthouse Thursday as
two educators stood trial for violating an injunction against
school prayer in Santa Rosa County.


singing, cheering and encouraging
one another as Rodgers tried Lay
and Freeman inside and, late in the
day, delivered her verdict.
Rodgers declared the two edu-
cators not guilty of willfully defy-
ing her injunction against spon-
soring prayer in Santa Rosa
County public schools, said Dixie
Morrow, managing assistant U.S.
Attomey, Pensacola.
Jones, who called the decision


"very exciting," said: "The judge
said our presence had no impact
on her decision, but in the back of
my mind it had to have some
effect."
Although the educators were
found not guilty of criminal con-
tempt, Rodgers reaffirmed her
previously-issued injunction
against organized school prayer
Announcing her decision, she
declared that Lay, as principal,


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College launches


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Page A-3


lay the foundation for a successful
presidency that will carry this col-
lege into the future-not just serve
asanationalrecruiterforqualified
candidates," said Pickelman. He
also said the first step in the
process, to be done within the next
few weeks, willbe to organize and
obtain input from focus groups,
including faculty, students, alum-
ni, business and community lead-
ers, and the general public.
Under Pickelman's guidance,
the college will also host forums
and provide an online method for
people to register their views
about the college's future needs
and priorities, as well as the
desired characteristics and talents
for the next president. As part of
the process, said an NWFSC press
release, the college will soon
launch a presidential search web
site that will keep the community
informed about the search
process.
Board members agreed to a
September 2009 to July 1, 2010
timeline for the entire process, but
said the timeline may be extended
if needed to ensure that the best
possible applicants are recruited.
Applicants will be initially evalu-
ated by the Presidential Search
Advisory Committee (PSAC),
which will include NWFSC
trustees Wesley Wilkerson and
Marijo Strauss, as well as other
members yet to be named, includ-
ing one community member from
Okaloosa and one from Walton
County, one NWFSC student,
four faculty members, two admin-
istrator/supervisors, and two other
career service staff members of
the college. After the PSAC has
narrowed the field of applicants to
between three and five finalists,
the Board of Trustees will inter-
view those candidates and make a
final selection of the new presi-
dent.
Also during the Sept. 15 meet-
ing, White formally announced
that she will retire Feb. 28, 2010,
after 13 years at the college and 44
years in education. White has said
she plans to continue at NWFSC
as a part-time professor, however,
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By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Northwest Florida State
College trustees formally began
the process for choosing the
school's next president during
their Sept. 15 meeting, when they
approved a list of desired qualifi-
cations for the new president.
They also approved a list of
responsibilities and structure of a
Presidential Search Advisory
Committee (PSAC) as well as a
code of ethics for the committee.
The qualifications list, PSAC
structure, and code of ethics were
all recommended to the trustees
by John E. Pickelman, a consult-
ant with Academic Search, an
executive "headhunter" firm
based in Washington, D.C, which
specializes in helping colleges
hire presidents and other senior
executives.
In an Aug. 31 meeting, the
trustees had hired Academic
Search to help with the hiring
process for the next permanent
president for NWFSC. The firm is
also assisting Florida State
University in its presidential
search.
Earlier this year, the trustees
fired NWFSC President Bob
Richburg after he was indicted by
a state grand jury on charges of
perjury and official misconduct
related to plans to build a new
multi-purpose college facility at
the Destin Airport that the grand
jury said was really an airplane
hangar for a wealthy businessman.
Richburg is currently awaiting
trial, as are fellow defendants Ray
Sansom, the former Speaker of the
Florida House of Representatives,
and Jay Odom, the businessman.
All three have denied any wrong-
doing, and Richburg is contesting
his firing.
Richburg's successor, interim
President Jill White, will retire
early next year.
Pickelman also gave the
trustees a proposed timeline to
guide the search, with an initial
goal for the new president to
assume his or her duties before the
end of July 2010, before the next
academic year begins.
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of supervision.
She pleaded guilty earlier this year


to helping Morris in his scheme to
milk sheriffs employees for kick-
backs in return for bonuses.
Adams, 50, of Niceville, was also
ordered to pay restitution of
$212,537, according to Dixie
Morrow, managing assistant U.S.
Attorney in Pensacola.
Morrow explained that the
amount of restitution was based on
the amount of money lost to


Okaloosa County as a result of the
phony employee bonus-kickback
scheme run by Morris and Adams.
The amount of restitution ordered
for Adams is the same as that Morris
was ordered to pay, jointly and sever-
ally, during his sentencing last month.
Morrow explained that means both
individuals are responsible for repay-
ment.
Adams was ordered to forfeit


$194,002, which will be applied
against the $212,537 in restitution,
Morrow said.
As sheriff, Morris gave workers
thousands of dollars in so-called per-
formance bonuses, then asked a few
employees at the administrative level
to return some of the bonus money to
Morris. Adams was key in carrying
out the kickback scheme, often assur-
ing targeted employees that the kick-


backs were legal and would be used
for charitable causes or to help
unnamed fellow employees facing
financial problems.
Morris and Adams were arrested
by the FBI Feb. 27 after a few
employees at the sheriffs office alert-
ed the FBI to the kickback scheme
and agreed to wear a wire to gather
Please see AIDE, page A-5


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*,,om"al'$adve May 19 after pleading
Morris and Adams still face state charges
of racketeering, along with three other for-
mer sheriffs office employees: former chief
deputy Michael J. Coup, 52, of Mary
Esther, Sandra G. Norris, 44, of Crestview,
former finance administrator at the sheriffs
office, and James David Yacks, 46, of
Niceville, the former assistant director of
Information techin-lo-c. at the sheriffs
office. A sixth person, Sabra A. Thornton,
48, of Tallahassee, former director of
Homeland Security under Morris, was
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By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The trial of Rep. Ray
Sansom, former college pres-
ident James R. Richburg, and
developer Jay Odom has been
postponed until Oct. 26, from
Sept.29.
Sansom, Richburg and
Odom each face a felony
charge of official misconduct
in connection with a $6 mil-


lion appropriation by the
Florida Legislature to
Northwest Florida State
College, Niceville, in 2007.
The money was earmarked
for construction of a joint-use
training and emergency-oper-
ations center building that
prosecutors claim was really
intended as an airport hangar
that would have benefited
Odom and one of his compa-


nies, Destin Jet.
Sansom, of Destin, and
Richburg, of Niceville, were
indicted for official miscon-
duct April 17. Odom, of
Destiny, was indicted May 27.
Richburg and Sansom were
also indicted on perjury
charges stemming from their
testimony before a Leon
County grand jury that issued
the misconduct charges. All


three men have pleaded not
guilty.
Sansom, whose legislative
district also includes
Niceville and Valparaiso,
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fellow Republicans to step
down as Speaker of the
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Okaloosa seeks fugitives

This information is from reports by the
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Name: Martin Du ran Macias
Wanted for: failure to appear on
the original charges of ampheta-
mine trafficking, possession of
marijuana and possession of
drug paraphernalia. Macias' last
known address was in Fort
Walton Beach.
Height: 5-feet, 2-inches
Weight: 165 pounds
Age: 41
Date of birth: 05-16-68
Hair: black
Eyes: brown
Name: Nicholas James Sotraidis
Wanted f or: violation of proba-
tion on the original charges of . *
possession of cocaine and pos- ; a
session of a controlled sub-
stance, failure to appear on the
original charge of habitual driv-
ing with a suspended or revoked
license and he is also wanted for
non-payment of child support.
Sotraidis' last known address
was in Destin.
Height: 6-feet, 2-inches
Weight: 230 pounds
Age: 54
Date of birth: 12-30-54
Hair: gray, Eyes: brown

This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast
Crime Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information
can also be provided anonymously by testing "TIP214
plus the message" to CRIMES (274637)


Fire Department ports
-- Niceville

Sh ille Fire De m t responded to following calls Sept. 14 through
0 ructu ire 11 Emergency M ical Gal(
1Vehicl Vehicle Crash \
0 Ot Crash Extricatio -
0 Illegal Burn 4 Other Emergen Call
0 False Alarms 2 Hazardous Conditons ,
Location Situation Date Time
Christy Drive . . . . . .Medical . . . . . . . .9/14/09 . . . .06:32
Linden Avenue . . . . . .Medical . . . . . . . .9/14/09 . . . .08:36
E. John Sims Parkway . .Vehicle accident . . . . .9/14/09 . . . .13:24
E.o ch eParkway inceeiretrical . . . . . . . . .
E. John Sims Parkway . .Vehicle accident . . . . .9/15/09 . . . .09:09
St. Charles/Florida Street .Smoke scare . . . . . .9/15/09 . . . .10:19
Bullock Boulevard . . . .Alarm activaton . . . . .9/15/09 . . . .11:49
E. John Sims Parkway . .Medical . . . . . . . .9/15/09 . . . .11:59
Als Drive . . . . . . . .Medical . . . . . . . .9/15/09 . . . .15:02
W. John Sims Parkway . .Medical . . . . . . . .9/16/09 . . . .05:28
E. John Sims Parkway . .Vehicle accident . . . . .9/16/09 . . . .09:04
E. College Boulevard . . .Vehicle accident . . . . .9/17/09 . . . .07:22
W. John Sims Parkway . .Alarm activaton . . . . .9/17/09 . . . .08:54
Jh parkway . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Camellia Place . . . . .Medical . . . . . . . .9/18/09 . . . .16:03
23rd Street . . . . . . .Medical . . . . . . . .9/18/09 . . . .18:54
Kelly Road . . . . . . .Medical . . . . . . . .9/19/09 . . . .14:13
Reeves Street . . . . . .Medical . . . . . . . .9/19/09 . . . .22:56
RedoMap mWa V accident /
Lincoln Avenue . . . . .Distpatched/canceled . . .9/20/09 . . . .19:48
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froom the leading causes of home fires.
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The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls Sept. 13 through
Sept. 21.
Location Situation Date Time
Calindr ane E ng v M
Oakmont Place . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .9/14/09 . . . .00:32
Commercial Drive . . .Smoke scare/odor of smoke . .9/14/09 . . . .10:18
Ansley Drive . . . . .Vehicle accident . . . . . . .9/14/09 . . . .13:15
Range Road/building .Alarm activaton . . . . . . .9/14/09 . . . .16:06
Pine Street . . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .9/15/09 . . . .14:21
Oakmont Place . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .9/15/09 . . . .15:51
Hi re2t0 . . . . . e lacsc ent
N. White Point Road . .Medical assist . . . . . . . .9/16/09 . . . .23:30
Turnberry Place . . . .Structure fire . . . . . . . .9/17/09 . . . .07:30
Napa Way . . . . . .Vehicle fire . . . . . . . . .9/17/09 . . . .08:49
Bluewater Boulevard . .Vehicle accident . . . . . . .9/17/09 . . . .16:16
Antique Way . . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .9/18/09 . . . .13:00
Range Road/building .Alarm activaton . . . . . . .9/18/09 . . . .13:11
N. White Point Road . .Dispatched/canceled . . . . .9/18/09 . . . .14:21
Range Road/building .Detector activation/no fire . . .9/18/09 . . . .20:30
Merchants Way . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .9/18/09 . . . .22:39
Oakmont Place . . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .9/18/09 . . . .23:06
Range Road/building .Alarm activaton . . . . . . .9/19/09 . . . .01:12
White Point Road . . .EMS excluding vehicle . . . .9/19/09 . . . .07:24
Mark Twain Court . . .Medical assist . . . . . . . .9/19/09 . . . .11:20
White Point Road . . .Service calVother . . . . . .9/19/09 . . . .11:50
Marina Cove Drive . .Medical assist . . . . . . . .9/19/09 . . . .20:00


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IVIotorcyclist

hurt in crash

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Valparaiso resident
Stephen Carrier, 21, was
listed in critical but sta-
ble condition at Fort
Walton Beach Medical
Center as of Tuesday
morning, after surviving
a motorcycle accident
some time before 3 a.m.
Saturday along State
Road 85 near the 20-mile
marker between
Niceville and Crestview.
According to a report
from the Florida
Highway Patrol, Carrier
was driving south in the
inside lane of SR 85



ne
to rest in the inside lane
of SR 85, while Carrier
landed on the west shoul-
der of the highway,
according to the FHP.
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cated that the crash was
RICOhol-related, and that
CRTrief WRS not wearing a
helmet. Carrier's motor-
cycle sustained about
$1,000 worth of damage,
RCCOrding to the FHP
report, which indicated
that the crash remained
under investigation.


l- A Niceville resident from the
y 100 block of Red Maple Way
f reported to Niceville police that
a large truck struck his convert-
ible while it was parked in front
d of his residence around 5:15
s) a.m., Sept. 5. The collision
n knocked the victim's car mto
l- the neighbor's yard. The truck
y drove off without stopping.
- Police determined that the
n same truck ran off the road sev-
il eral times and damaged two
pedestrian crossing signs.
The dual-wheeled truck left
tire marks at the scene that
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scene of a large truck that was
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the Eglin reservation, about 150
yards off College Boulevard,
Niceville, about 6:05 a.m. the
same mornmg.
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Arrests
Raymond Olivarez, unem-
ployed, 25, of 46 Winfield St.,
Villa Tasso, was arrested by
Okaloosa County sheriff 's
deputies Sept. 10 for violation of
probation on the original misde-
meanor charges of battery.

Kerry Shawn Jordan, a heavy-
equipment operator, 46, of 453
Satsuma Road, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies Sept.
12 on a worthless-check charge.


618JamestP s on pt dvl '
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
Sept. 10 for misdemeanor theft
that allegedly occurred in April.
Hampton was also arrested the
same date for violation of proba-
tion on the original charges of
fraudulent and illegal uses of cred-
it card.

A 17-year-old Valparaiso boy'
unemployed, was arrested by
Valparaiso police Sept. 10 for bat-
tery, domestic violence. The boy's
uncle was allegedly involved in a
verbal dispute with the boy about
the boy's alleged disrespect
toward him, when the 17-year-old
grabbed the victim around the
neck and tried to choke him.
* *


Lukas Edward Wahl, 20, with
a current at-laroe address and a
permanent address of 519
Linden Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police Sept.
12 for retail theft and resisting a
merchant. Wahl allegedly stole
two bottles of wine valued
together at $39, from a grocery
store, 1104 E. John SimS
Parkw ay.
lor Roberts, 19 of
Tay Ray
2115 Bay shore Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
Sept. 12 for resisting an officer.
After being advised that a busi-
ness owner had requested a tres-
pass warning be issued to
Roberts, Roberts refused to give
the officer required personal
information. After his third
refusal, Roberts allegedly resisted
as police tried to handcuff him.
* *
Christopher Thomas Thoni,
46, of 5850 E. Milton Road,
Milton, was arrested by Niceville

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4548 Wolftrack Ridge Road,
Crestview, was arrested by
Niceville police Sept. 8 for
grand theft and passing a forged
bill or promissory note. On
March 17, Smith was allegedly
one of three people who cashed
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Niceville bank.
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of 4600 Range Road, Apt. 106,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
deputies ept. for aggra-
vated battery on a pregnant per-
son and felony battery, domestic
violence by strangulation.

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of 1137 Finck Road, Niceville
was arrested by sheriff'
deputies Sept. 10 for battery,
domestic violence.
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I got five, six, seven calls,"
Wise said. "I tried to answer
everyone I could. But some people
don't leave their names."
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce
Arnold did not get an invitation to
join the coalition. That was prob-
ably a good thing.
"I would be opposed to any-
thing of that nature," Arnold told
the Beacon, referring to efforts to
restrict gun ownership.
According to published
reports, Mayors Against Illegal
Guns is a brainchild of New York
City Mayor Michael Bloomberg,

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From page A-6

e ve
A Niceville resident from the
1000 block of Lakeway Drive
reported the theft of 10 tablets
of Lortab missing from inside
the residence sometime Sept. 8-
10.
.
Criminal Mischief
The Florida Club Condo
Association, 4270 Calinda
Lane, Niceville, reported that an
unknown person broke the lock
of a gate leading to the pool


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Progress continues as planned
for road-building projects leading
to and from the Mid-Bay Bridge,
members of the bridge's govern-
ing authority were told during
their monthly meeting, held at
Niceville City Hall Sept. 17.
Bob Kellner, an engineering
consultant with HDR
Engineering, the firm overseeing
theprojectsonbehalf of theMid-
BayBridgeAuthoritytoldMBBA
members that work on the first
phase of the Mid-Bay Bridge
Connector has reached the stage of
installing curbs and gutters, the
first actual pavement to become
part of the new road that will con-
nect the north end of the toll
bridge over Choctawhatchee Bay
to State Road 20 and Range Road.
Later phases of the connector
are now at nearly the 30 percent
planning and design stage and will
eventually connect the bridge with
State Road 85 north of Niceville.
Curbs and gutters have been
installed from the north end of the
bridge to Lakeshore Road, said
Kellner, and some time this week
a "test pile" will be driven, to
determine how local soil reacts to
bridge pilings that will support
overpasses to be built at locations
where the new road will cross


Lakeshore Road and SR 20.
By driving the test pile, said
Kellner, engineers will be able to
determine how deep such pilings
may be driven into the soil, and
how large, deep and numerous
they must be to properly support
the overpasses. Construction of
earthen embankments for the
overpasses is also expected to
begin this week.
By mid-October, Kellner said,
constructionwillbeginoftwonew
lanes for SR 20 between White
Point Road and the Walton County
line, converting the road from two
lanes to a divided four lane high-
way similar to that which now
exists between Niceville and
White Point Road. Kellner later
told the Beacon that the four-lan-
ing construction work is not
expected to impede traffic along
SR 20 while the work is in
progress.
During Thursday's meeting,
members of the MBBA voted to
approve a right-of way agreement
with the Florida Department of
Transportation that allows work to
begin to pave an access road just
south of Seminole, connecting
several residential streets with a
traffic signal to be installed on SR
20, which will allow easier access
for Seminole residents who live
south of SR 20 to make left turns


grant.
Another factor that may help
support the grant application,
they said, is that the construction
of the U.S. Army 7th Special
Forces Group base at Duke Field
along SR 85 between Niceville
and Crestview requires the addi-
tion of a trame signal on SR 85
near Duke Field. This will help
traffic enter and leave the new
base safely, but will also tend to
slow through traffic on SR 85,
reducing its capacity to carry
new traffic.
This will also help justify the
need for federal funds to make
improvements such as an over-
pass on SR 85 to replace the traf-
fic signal. Kellner told the
MBBA members that about $1.5
billion is available nationally for
such TIGER grants, but that he
did not know how much, if any,
of that money may eventually
reach Okaloosa County. More
information about the TIGER
grant program and Okaloosa
County's application is posted on
the county web site at
www.co.okaloosa.fl.us, Kellner
said.
The next meeting of the Mid-
Bay Bridge Authority is sched-
uled for 9 a.m., Oct. 15 at Destin
City Hall, 4200 Indian Bayou
Trail in Destin.


Mid-Bay Bridge Authority members listened to a brief ing from Executive Director Jim Vest.
toward Niceville. while toll revenue increased by 1.9 local communities make im
MBBA Executive Director Jim percent. However, traffic ments to their local traffic sy
Vest told the MBBA members that remained below prerecession ley- that are significant in supp
traffic continues to increase slowly els. regional and national trans


over the Mid-Bay Bridge, which
connects the Niceville area to
Destiny by crossing
Choctawhatchee Bay. Traffic over
the bridge during August of this
year was up very slightly over traf-
fic during the same month in 2008,


tion needs.
The fact that the Mid-Bay
Bridge Connector will eventually
help connect SR 85 with U.S.
Highway 90 in Destin, the men
said, helps the county justify its
application for such a federal


prove-
stems
sorting
porta-


Vest and Kellner also said they
have recently been working with
Okaloosa County officials to help
the county apply for a U.S.
Department of Transportation
"TIGER" grant, a type of federal
grant intended to help states and


long an advocate of stringent gun
control.
A Washington Post article
said Bloomberg has sunk $2.9
million of his estimated $16 bil-
lion fortune-Forbes Magazine
has listed him as the world's 17th
richest man-into the effort.
The Mayors Against Illegal
Guns Web site says the coalition
supports the Second Amendment
and the rights of citizens to own
guns and acknowledges that "a
policy that is appropriate for a
small town in one region of the
country is not necessarily appro-
priate for a big city in another
region of the country." It says the
group's goal is not to ban guns
altogether, but "pra elilling crimi-
Sept. 13. The lock will cost an
estimated $200 to replace. The
victim stated that approximately
two weeks earlier an unknown
person took the lock apart but
caused no lasting damage, and
the lock was reassembled.
* *
Vandals) caused an estimat-
ed $1,500 damage to a home
under construction in the 300
block of Grove Park Drive,
Niceville, it was reported Aug.
26. A garage door was kicked
open and a brick thrown at a
double-pane, hurricane-resist-
ant window that left a mark but
did not break it. A brick was


nals from illegally obtaining guns
and using them."
The National Rifle
Association takes exception to
the group's goals.
The NRA stated: "Over the
past few years, even as they con-
tinue to claim they are only con-
cemed with 'illegal' guns, MAIG
has worked to impose new
restrictions on law-abiding gun
owners by regulating gun shows,
supporting reckless lawsuits
against the firearm industry, and
opposing the right of self-defense
for law-abiding Americans with
carry permits."
"Mayor Bloomberg, who sets
the agenda for this radical group,
is dedicated to the passage of
also thrown at another double-
pane rear window, breaking the
outside pane, causing an esti-
mated $1,500 damage.

Other
Angel A. Browning, a sales
clerk, 27, of 304 Reeves St., Lot
B-10, Niceville, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies Sept. 10 for retail theft.
Browning was allegedly
observed concealing $55 worth
of miscellaneous items without
paying for them at the Wal-Mart
store, 748 N. Beal Parkway,
Fort Walton Beach.


highly restrictive gun laws," the
NRA stated. "In an appearance
on 'Meet the Press,' Bloomberg
announced that he would raise
money to counter the influence of
the NRA."
One example, said NRA
spokesperson Rachel Parsons, is
the organization's opposition to
an amendment submitted by for-
mer Republican South Dakota
Rep. John Thune, which would


have permitted anyone with a
concealed carry permit from one
state to carry weapons in other
states. The amendment was nar-
rowly defeated.
"It was not a bill that had any-
thing to do with crime, illegal
guns or criminals getting guns,"
Parsons said. "It would have
expanded the rights of
Americans."
Wise is not alone in resigning


from the group. The NRA has
calculated that 73 mayors have
quit as of last Friday, Parsons
said, some under pressure from
constituents who received mail-
ings from the NRA and others,
like Wise, who decided the group
was not forthcoming in its stated
goals.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
did not respond to attempts to
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North Bay Fire District mill age rises
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however, a group of citizens led by
Johnnie Pritchard persuaded the
commission to cut next year's
village to 2.05, up 0.2673 mills.
About 10 other residents also
attended the commission meeting,
and some asked questions about
why the proposed village hike
was necessary, but none were as
outspoken as Pritchard, who
demanded that commissioners
explain why they planned to
increase the village by 23 percent
over the previous rate.
Commissioner Tom Stapleton
replied that actual expenditures
are only planned to increase by
about 2.5 percent, most of that for
unavoidable increases in such
expenses as life and health insur-
ance for file lighle s s, who have
agreed not to ask for pay hikes for


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to an unofficial zoning map that
existed in city hall, Scott said.
ThatmaphadamixofR-2,multi-
residential zoning, C-2, commer-
cial and I-2 industrial zoning for
the affected area, he said.
Scott said that the proposed I-
2 zoning should not be a problem
for existing property owners in
the area because I-2, the least
restrictive zoning, allows for any
development that is allowed in
more restrictive districts, includ-
ing residential and commercial.
Scott made the recommenda-
tion to zone the acreage I-2 during
a city commission meeting Sept.


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zoning, Scott said. Zoning would
be set by ordinance.
Scott said he hopes to com-
plete the proposed zoning actions
and then move on to finalizing the
city's Future Land Use Map by
January so that the city can also
submit the EAR report to state
officials.
The EAR was due to the
Florida Department of
Community Affairs in June 2008.
The former administrator, Lisa
Algiere, said the EAR delays
were caused by uncertainty about
land-use recommendations from a
regionwide Joint Land Use Study.
The JLUS study, which was final-
ized last month, made land-use
recommendations for Valparaiso
and other jurisdictions near Eglin
Air Force Base. The aim is to



on t
recommended land uses because
most of the affected 85 acres are
under an Eglin runway-approach
lane and are designated Accident
Potential Zone 2, at higher risk of
airplane crashes. The Air Force
recommends low-density devel-
opment, such as small manufac-
turing, agricultural, limited com-
mercial or single family homes at
a maximum density of one or two
homes per acre in APZ 2.
Separately, City
Commissioner Heyward Strong
asked Scott why Indian Shores, a
single-family home development
at the extreme south end of the
city, had not been rezoned to R-
1A. The existing zoning for the
area remains R-2, multi-family
residential. Scott replied that
rezoning that subdivision would
require that each resident of the
wea request rezomng.


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By Mike Griffith
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The Valparaiso City
Commission raised the village
by 10.9 percent, to 4.1591
mills, and approved a budget of
$6,721,741, for the fiscal year
to begin Oct. 1
The commission acted dur-
ing the final public hearing on
the city's budget and property
tax rate for fiscal year 2009-10
heldMondayatValparaisoCity
Hall. Commissioners also
approved increases in city
water and sewer fees.
A property tax rate of
4.1591 mills means that proper-
ty owners will pay about $4.16
in property tax for every $1,000
appraised, taxable value of their
property after deductions such
as homestead exemptions are
taken into account.
For example, the owner of a
home appraised at $200,000
after deductions would pay
$831.82 in property tax to the
City of Valparaiso, in addition
to city fees for such services as
water and sewer and the cit 's
cable TV and Internet service,
plus taxes to other jurisdictions
such as the state and county'
The property tax rate in FY
2008-09 was 3.75, although
most property in the city was
appraised at higher values dur-



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after a sometimes-tense discu

Early in the meeting, Mayor
Bruce Arnold proposed a mill-
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bility of cutting it to 4.2, while
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favored cutting the village to
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4.0577, which would produce
the same amount of property
tax revenue as was collected
during FY 2008-09.
One item of contention
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employees, something Smith
opposed.
Raising taxes to pay for
raises for city employees is
wrong," said Smith. "The aver-
age person paying taxes in
Valparaiso is not getting a pay
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commissioners and mayor
agreed to giving city employees
a 2 percent cost-of-living raise
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FY 2010 or 2011. Cuts are being
made in several parts of the budg-
et, he said, including equipment
purchases, personnel training, and
supplies, and several repairs to the
fire station are being postponed.
Further cuts, said Stapleton and
commission chairman Jim Miller,
would require laying off firefight-
ers, which would invalidate the
fire district's recently instituted
ability to provide Advanced Life
Support, a higher level of emer-
gency medical care at the scenes
of fires, accidents and medical
emergencies.
In response to a question from
Pritchard, Miller said North Bay
file flight is miral starting salaries of
about $35,000 per year, about the
average of salaries for fist lighle ss
in Okaloosa County.
Pritchard remained uncon-
vinced, however, and told the fire
commission, "You're raping the
taxpayers, and you won't get by


mously to compromise by trim-
ming the village to 2.05.
At 2.05, North Bay property
Owners will pay $2.05 for every
$1,000 of appraised, taxable value
Of their property, after homestead
OXemptions and other deductions
have been taken into account. For
example, the owner of a home
with a taxable value of $200,000
will pay $410 in ad valorem taxes
to the North Bay Fire District, in
addition to other property taxes
and fees collected by Okaloosa
County.
In addition to the planned
budget, said Miller, the fire district
has applied for state and federal
grant money to help fund repairs
and improvements to the fire sta-
tron. But Miller said he is not opti-
mistic that such grants will actual-
ly be given to the fire district. He
said he wanted to keep taxes as
low as possible, but is concerned
that "if we keep nibbling at our
reserves," the fire district may not
be able to pay for new fire trucks
in the future, and cannot delay
repairs to the firehouse indefinite-
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"Lots of other taxpayers in this
district feel the same way I do,"
Pritchard added. "I'm just the only
one willing to come here tonight
and make a fool of myself."
Former commissioner Brett
Hinely, who served as district
treasurer when in office, also
spoke to the fire commission.
Hinely said that by reducing the
amount of money held in reserve,


the district could afford to cut the
village to the "rollback" rate of
1.9017, which would produce as
much property tax revenue as was
collected in FY 2008-09, when the
village was 1.7827 but property
values in the North Bay fire dis-
trict were appraised at about $60
million more than at present.
After hearing from Pritchard,
Hinely, and other residents, the
fire commissioners voted unani-


14. The commission gave him
direction to proceed as planned,
sending the recommendation for
zoning to the city's planning
board for a first public hearing.
That body will probably consider
the issue next month, Scott said.
First the city has to send letters to
any property owner within 400
feet of the proposed zoning
action. There about 90 such own-
ers in this case, Scott said.
The city's engineer is develop-
ing a legal description of the land
to be zoned, a measure that's also
needed before letters to affected
property owners are mailed.
After a hearing before the
planning board the city commis-
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NICE VILLE
From page A-1

land, but touching the city limits at
its southwestern corner, is by far
the largest undeveloped nonfeder-
al property south of Crestview.
Roughly equivalent in size to
the already-developed areas of
Rocky Bayou, the property is
close to the route of a planned lim-
ited-access highway that one day
will join the Mid-Bay Bridge to
Destiny with Highway 85 North to
Crestview. Its 1.7 square miles is
15.5 percent the size of the city's
current 10.9 square miles.
Cruttenden said she does not
know what advantage Ruckel
Properties hopes to gain from
being annexed by the city rather
than remaining under county juris-
diction for zoning and develop-
mentpurposes.
Okaloosa County Growth
Management Director Elliot
Kampert said that Ruckel may
hope to gain "better access to city
services" by putting the property
under city jurisdiction. However,
he said, if annexed by Niceville,
changing the land's zoning from
its current county zoning of
Residential General Development
to C-PUD, a new category, would
require the city to amend its
Comprehensive Land Use Plan,
which would require state
approval.
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which means that any develop-
ment there must be done in a way
that protects the local watershed
by not destroying wetlands or
important wildlife habitat.
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resource designation, Jemigan
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units per acre, and also allows
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"They might be able to go higher
than that with the city," he said.
In any case, said Jemigan, the
property near the airport is valu-
able. "It's the last vacant land of
any consequence in the south end
of the county."
Ruckel Properties did not
retum phone calls seeking com-
ment.
According to Cruttenden, the
city's proposed new C-PUD zon-
ing differs from existing PUD
zoning in that,"It offers more flex-
ibility." With existing PUD zon-
ing, she said, a developer must
declare specifies of their develop-
ment plan, such as how much land
will be residential and colmner-
cial, and parking plans. With C-
PUD, she said, the developer need
not declare such specifies until
they actually decide to build
wnsellailly. then seek the city's
approval for their specific devel-
opment plan. Since the Ruckel
land has not yet been annexed into
the city, she said, "It's too early for
-
specifics.


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Source: City of Niceville


2009-10, as opposed to
$1,695,930 for the current year,
down 9.7 percent.
By far the largest portion of the
2009-10budgetedexpendituresis
payroll. City employees, none of
whom will receive general pay
increases next year, are budgeted
to receive $5,057,090 in salary
during the year. That figure is
lower than that of the current fis-
cal year, $5,208,957, said City
I do ti 1 1 i 's (i fc
through attrition,
We did a lot of reducing this
year" said Doucet. He said the
city received one piece of good
financial news-an expected
medical-insurance premium
increase did not take place.
Doucet said many of the city
expenditures are designed to
improve quality of life.
"If you look around the city,
you see where the money is
going," he said. "The Children s
Park, the library, the Youth Center.
Other cities in the area don t have
all of these benefits."


V
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From page A-1
,,
bones budgets at the behest of
top city officials, allecling an
expected decrease in state revenue
sharinganddecliningtaxrollsdue
to reverses in property values.
The biggest influx of money to
the city next year is expected to
come from charges for services,
including sanitation, water, sewer,

andMdramage fees, for a total of
Business taxes are budgeted at
$81,000, utility taxes at $1.065
million, gasoline taxes at
$257,000 and franchise taxes at
$1.095 million, for a total of
$2,498,000, down from this year's
$2,755,690.
Decreases in budgeted expen-
ditures from this fiscal year to next
range from a 1.4 percent decrease
in the code inspector's office,
from $51,080 to $50,350, to a
51.7 percent cut from the Youth
Center budget, from $255,900 to
$123,620. The city police depart-
ment budgeted $1,532,010 for


Okaloosa County
Aerial photo of northeast Niceville shows, bounded by box,
1,100 acres which Ruckel Properties has proposed for city
annexation.


don't know the thinking" of the
developers, and that he has only
recently learned of the plan to
develop the property near the air-
port, and therefore cannot be sure
of the relative advantages or disad-
vantages of annexation to
Niceville.
In the past, developers of unin-
corporated vacant land contiguous
with city of Niceville boundaries
have sought city annexation prior


to development because, they said,
they found city planning rules
generally more favorable than
those of the county. In incorporat-
ing such property into city limits,
Niceville, in tum, has swelled its
tax coffers.
Terry Jemigan, another county
growth management official, said
the land proposed for annexation
is designated as a Natural
Resource Development Area,


state allotment (Public Education
Capital Outlay), originally desig-
nated for college-wide renova-
tion and repairs, to reimburse
state PECO funds disbursed for
the Destin Airport project that
resulted in Richburg's indict-
ment. After the indictment, Gov.
Charlie Crist demanded that the
college repay the state for monies
already spent on the project. The
college trustees indicated that as
the funds were allocated from
PECO monies that "reimburse-
ment is most appropriately made
with PECO funds", and while
there would be an impact on the
college, it would have the least
effect on students or the college's
programs and services. Trustees
also reiterated that the funds had
been spent in good faith for an
approved state project.
-Approved the NWFSC
Collegiate High School Annual
report, which noted the successes
of the innovative charter school
which has completed nine years
of operation and ranked fourth
among all high schools in Florida
in the state's school grading sys-
tem and first in Florida among all
charter schools. Trustees also
approved a 15-year contract
extension for the school that was


previously approved by the
Okaloosa County School Board
for the school to continue its
charter with the district through
2027.
-Approved various con-
struction change orders related to
finalizing construction of the
college's new center in South
Walton County, with a new com-
pletion date anticipated by the
end of October 2009. The col-
lege plans to begin classes and
activities at the South Walton
Center, the college's seventh area
location, in January 2010.
-Approved two competitive
bids, $197,677 and $86,302, to
replace aging electrical switch
gears which control the electrici-
ty for the entire Niceville cam-
pus. The college's architect,
David Alsop, noted that parts are
no longer made for the 40-year-
old gears and that the replace-
ment work will occur during the
upcoming Christmas holiday
break to avoid disruption of cam-
pus activities.
-Approved an increase in
the hourly pay of work-study
students employed by the college
to $8 per hour from $7 per hour.
The next regular business
meeting of the college's trustees


is set for Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in
the College Mall Gallery on the
Niceville Campus. Trustees are
the goveming board of the col-
lege with authority over all per-
sonnel, finance and programs of
th lle co ge.


CO GL LE E
From page A-3
The trustees discussed a prior ree-
olmnendation from Dr. White that
the college hire an outside interim
president to lead the college fol-
lowing her retirement and until a
permanent president takes office.
In other business, the trustees
heard a briefing from NWFSC
attomey Joseph Lorenz regard-
ing their responsibilities under
Florida's Govemment in the
Sunshine law. The law, he said,
includes requirements that all
trustees meetings be announced
in advance, held in public places,
and that trustees may not discuss
college business with one anoth-
er except in such public meet-
ings.
Documents, e-mails, and
other communications among
trustees are public records, and
must therefore be preserved and
made available to the public. The
search for a new college presi-
dent, including meetings of the
PSAC, is subject to the Sunshine
Law, he said.
In other action, trustees also:
-Approved reallocation of
$310,000 of the college's PECO


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Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Barnhart; second, Judy
Boykin; third, Helen Kirby;
fourth, (tie) Debbie Chase,
Marilyn Reisenwitz. Third
flight: first, Emily Maheu; sec-
ond, Rosemary Monahan; third,
Jeanne Shaw. Fourth flight: first,
Naomi Fortenberry; second,
Janet Kouris; third, (tie) Linda
Moore, Beth Franz, Gloria Hall.
Fifth flight: first, Connie Ryan;
second, Carole Campis; third,
Margie Jonas. Chip-ins: hole 11,
Debbie Chase; hole 13, Sally
Berth,


Three Pine Forest
defenders con-
verged on
Niceville running
ck R mFi h to
Finch still man-'
aged to finish
Friday's game
with 199 yards
gained, helping
Niceville to a 28-
20 victory.

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The Franklin County
Seahawks had their way with
the Knights from Rocky Bayou
on Friday night, outscoring the
Knights 40-0.
The Knights, led by Chris
Behnken's 68 rushing yards,
mounted solid drives in the first
half, but faltered and were
unable to score. Injuries and the
Knights' lack of depth were
telling factors in the later stages
of the game, as 10 of 11 offen-
sive starters were also starting
on defense.
With two of the Knights'


starters out with injuries, they
struggled to mount an effective
defense to stop the Seahawks
and the injuries kept coming as
tight end/free safety Shawn
Maxwell was likely lost for the
seasonwithabrokenarm.
The Knights are now 0-3 in
this, their second season of
football action.
Rocky Bayou next faces the
Jefferson County Tigers Friday
at 7 p.m. at Destin Middle
School. That team, from
Monticello, Fla., is 0-3 on the
season.


Rocky Bayou Country Club
Ladies Golf Association weekly
play, par 3 tournament, handicap,
Sept. 8.
First flight: First, Carol
Elliott; second, Pat Bell; third,
Fran Jacobs; fourth, (tie)
Barbara Hamilton, Sue Belli.
Second flight: first, Diane


a a


Staff reports
The Niceville High School
Eagles got some much-appreci-
ated revenge Friday night, best-
ing Pine Forest, 28-20, in a
barnburner.
Pine Forest victimized
Niceville last year, defeating it
in the regular season, 31-28,
then did it again, knocking
Niceville out of the Region 1-
5A semifinal playoffs, 21-18.
For a while, it looked as if
Niceville would have an easy
time of it as the Eagles put 14
unanswered points on the
board, scoring on a 13-play, 70-
yard drive, recovering a fumble
on the first snap of the Pine
Forest sequence, and parlaying
that into a 15-yard scoring pass
from Kyle McDorman to Kody
Williams, all in the first quarter.
Niceville padded its lead to
21-6 in the third quarter on a 9-
yard touchdown dash by Roy
Finch, but Pine Forest scored
from 51 yards out on a nice
screen pass play to make it 21-
12.
Niceville countered with a
64-yard run by Finch for a
score, but Pine Forest's Victor
Brown scampered 91 yards for


a score as time ran out in the
third quarter to make it 28-20.
With just over 10 seconds
remaining in the game, Pine
Forest ran out of downs and
punted and Niceville ran out the
clock for a nail-biting victory
over last year's nemesis.


Beacon photo by Arnaldo Fonseca
Rocky Bayou Christian School wingback Chris Behnken
gains yardage Friday against Franklin County, but the
Knights fell to the Seahawks, 40-0.


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.
NHS Homecommg Court
Friday is the Niceville High School Homecoming, with the King and Queen scheduled to be
named at halftime in the football game against Godby. From left: back row, Denzel
Applewhite, Terrence Parsons, Chris Marco, Evan Wright, Juan Carlos Alba, Bobby Smith
and Taylor Nixon; front row, Ally Young, Francesca Pugliese, Chelsea Tansey, Meghan
Suydan, Montana Hobbs, Katy Dawson and Gina Mork.


Wine fest to help March of Dimes


From staff reports
The 15th annual Oktoberfest
is just around the corner.
Festivities will again be held
at The Marketplace at
Bluewater Bay, in front of
Winn-Dixie in Bluewater Bay
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26
and 26. Admission is free.
Oktoberfest is sponsored by
the Mid-Bay Rotary Club. It
was originated by the
Heidleberg House restaurant,
but the club took over when the
eatery went out of business.
Among the attractions will
be live music, arts and crafts
booths, children's activities,

bGeemanntfood ad Ohobedest
Saturday.
The annual event begins
Friday at 5 p.m. with music by
accordionist Walter Kasprzyk,
followed by the High Steppers
dance team. The Enal two
hours will feature German
polka music by the Joe
Occhipinti Band.
On the menu will be grilled
bratwurst, homemade authentic
German sauerkraut from an old
Bavarian family recipe and
German Oktoberfest beer.
Traditional festival fare and soft
drinks will also be available.
Volunteers from the Niceville
High School Rotary-sponsored
Interact Service Club will help
with concessions.
The Rotary sponsors
Oktoberfest each year to raise
money for its many charitable
endeavors.
We support a nursing
scholarship at the college the
high school programs. We do
whatever they're looking for,',
said Mid-Bay Rotary
spokesman Bert Melnick. "And
the Children's Advocacy Center
and Sharing and Caring. We
have about 20 charities we sup-
,,
,"Vhile Oktoberfest raises a
signiHeant amount of money
each year, "We don't keep any
of the money," Melnick said.


File photo
Coco the Clown entertains children with balloon animals.

Oktoberfest 2009 entertainment schedule
Frida Se t. 25
5-7:15 p.m.-Accordionist Walter Kasprzyk
7:15-8 p.m.-Highsteppers
8-10p.m.-Joe Occhipinti German band
Saturday, Sept. 26
2-4 p.m.-Musician Tom Phillips
4-5:30 p.m.-Accordionist Walter Kasprzyk
4:30-6:30 p.m.-Coco The Clown
5:30-7:15 p.m.-Joe Occhipinti German band
7:15-8 p.m.-High Steppers
8-10 p.m.-Joe Occhipinti German band


"We have a separate account
for charity and everything we
make over and above expenses
goes to that account. We put it
,,
all back into the community.
Saturday, the entertainment
starts at 11 a.m. with folk musi-
cian Tom Phillips, accordionist
Walter Kasprzyk, Coco the
Clown State Show, the High
Steppers and the Joe Occhipinti
Band.
A wide variety of arts and
craft items such as oil paint-
ings, woodcrafts, jewelry, pot-
tery, embroidery, Christmas


crafts, flowers and toys will be
available for purchase.
Children's activities will
include face painting, balloon
animals and clowns, giant
slides, mountain climbers and
orbitron rides. On Saturday,
North Bay fist lig-bit is will have
a Gre engine and other Gre
safety displays.
About 9,000 people attended
last year's event. Together, vol-
unteers sold more than 2,000
bratwurst dinners, which
included 150 gallons of sauer-
kraut.


The March of Dimes of the
Emerald Coast will host a
Harvest Wine Festival and
silent auction, Saturday, Oct.
3, 7-10 p.m .at the Sunset
Beach Clubhouse in Bluewater
Bay.


The event will feature
numerous wines for tasting as
well as food catered by Cuvee
Beach and desserts provided
by Melting Pot.
Tickets are $15 per person
and can be purchased at:


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Bay, the Bluewater Bay Tennis
Center, Bayou Book Company,
Niceville or by calling 678-
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POWER of God /


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF VALPARAISO
Lead Pastor T.J. Dollar "Engaging...God
Connecting...withothers
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SUNDAYs WEDNESDAY
Study Pr d eevce


444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.org
(Located 5 Minutes from the Eglin East Gate, across from the Valparaiso City Hall)


Anglican Church of The Resurrection
"Reachi o vieh theC asusforming

The Rev. Fr. Gregory Mashburn, Rector
fr.greg@canada.com
Sunday: Holy Communlon 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Theology on Tap 6:30 p.m. In Rectory
Tuesday: Morning Prayer 9 a.m.
ANGLICAN CHURCH Wednesday: Holy Communlon 12 p.m. (noon)
IN NO RT HAMERICA Thursday: Evensong 6 p.m., Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: Contemporary VIgil Communlon 4:30 p.m.


Niceville Church of God

Sunda Everyone Welcome!As a.m.
Worship . . . . . . .10:45 a.m.
Wednesday . . . . . . .7:00 p.m.
Ministry for All Ages!

Pastor Tony Taylor ~ pastor@ncog.gccoxmail.com
206 Palm BLvd N. ~ Church: 850-729-1221


NEw LIFE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
130 N. MARTIN DR., NICEVILLE
CHURCH OFFICE (850) 729-0733

Sunday Moming Bible Study 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Moming Worship 11:15 a.m.


BiWednesday)Bible StSurdy S7' Orp m.tor
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Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Matt 28:19




Please email items of interest
about your church to info@baybeacon.com,
along with church name, address,
contact number/email.


S o yUEDu 8 am & OHa m
Christian Education 9:15 a.m.

Men's Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Sewing Guild 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Dinner 5:15 p.m.
Adult, Youth Sc Childrens Classes 6:00 p.m.
678-7013 200 N. Martin Drive, Niceville
(across from Ruckel Middle School) www.stjudes.us* info@stjudes.us

The more you tell, the more you sell!
Call 678-1080 to advertise today.


Sunday Service Times
Sunday School: 9:00 A.M.
Worship Service: 10:30 A.M.


Pastor: Chris Phillips (Graduate of the Master's Seminary)


Traditional: 8:15 & 11:00 a.m. Contemporary:9:40, 9:42, 11:02 a.m.


Program room.
It will include stories, music, fin-
ger plays, poetry, and a take-home
craft
Bring a favorite Teddy bear if you
wish. Info: 729-4554.
Civil War ironies program
"Ironies Of The Great American
Civil War," a free lecture presented by
H. Dann Wallis, will take place
Thursday, Sept. 24, at noon at the
Heritage Museum of Northwest
Florida, 115 Westview Ave.,
Valparaiso. Bring a sack lunch. This
lecture is free and open to the public.
To reserve a seat, call 678-2615.
Info:heritage-museum.org.
Festival of the Arts
The 14th Annual Destin Festival
of the Arts will return to Henderson
Beach State Park Oct. 24 and 25. The
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will
host a volunteer reception at 6 p.m.
Sept. 22 in the West Pavilion at
Henderson Beach State Park to recruit
community volunteers for a variety of
positions. To volunteer, contact
Jennifer Lovell at 650-5014 or e-mail
jenniferlovell@coastalbankandtrust.
com.
JobsPlustrucktovisit
The JobsPlus Mobile One-Stop
will be at the Niceville Valparaiso
Chamber of Commerce Office, 1055
East John Sims Pkwy., Sept. 24, 9
a.m.- 2 p.m. JobsPlus will also offer
two one-hour classes in the chamber
conference room: a "resume work-
shop" at 10 a.m. and "job searching
and interviewing" at 1 p.m. The activ-
ities are open to the public.
Coast Guard boat course
The America's Safe Boating
Course, conducted by the United
States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla
1-4, will be held 9 a.m. (registration
8:30 a.m.), Saturday, Sept. 26, Coast
Guard Station Destin, 2000 Miracle
Strip Pkwy., Destin. Cost is $35 and


includes the text, lunch, tour of the
station and examination. This course
meets the requirements of the Florida
Boater Education law for anyone
under 21 years of age. Students will
receive a certificate and a wallet card
upon successful completion of this
course. Info and registration: Stan
Smith, 865-9130.
FWB library book sale
The Fort Walton Beach Public
Library will hold a fall book sale
Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Info: 833-9590.
Authors to sign books
Bayou Book co. in Niceville will
host a signing for two area authors
Saturday, Sept. 26, 1-3 p.m.
Destiny resident Brenda Jones will
sign copies of "Standing Up," a book
describing some of the trials which
face middle school-age kids today. It
is a "humorous and inspiring book"
on intimidation and courage.
Another Destin resident, Don
Schroeder, will sign "Air Raid Nights
& Radio Days." This work explores
"the sharp contrast between the dark
nightsandbrightchildhoodmemories
that opened the doors for a boy grow-
ing up as part of the Silent
Generation.
Info: 678-1593 or bayoubook-
company@aol.com.
Library photo exhibit
The Niceville Public Library is
featuring adpbhotog-

rap 1 pheo o h
ocal West rpa
Phpou h Se t. 28.
Opal has been
doing freelance
photography for more than 20 years.
She is a member of The International
Library of Photography and has had
several photos published in their
books. She is also a member of The
Nature Conservancy.


Haunted house volunteers
The Fort Walton Beach Jaycees
are looking for volunteers for the
2009 Haunted House at 20011
Emerald Coast Pkwy. in Sunsations
on the second floor in Destin, next to
Fudpuckers. Help is needed with con-
de
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9, ,sle6,17 22, 23, 4, 2 , 30 antd
31, 7 p.m. un everyone is scare


away. Some benefits: T-shirt, food
and drinks and prizes for best at sea-
son end.
Info: 642-5292 or fortwalton
beachjaycees@yahoo.com or visit
fwbjaycees.org or myspace.com/fwb
jaycees.
Oktoberiest in September
The 15th annual Oktoberfest will
take place in Bluewater Bay. with live
music, entertainment for adults and
children, arts and crafts, soft drinks,


bratwurst, and beer. Friday, Sept. 25,
5-10 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 26, 11
a.m.-10 p.m. at Market Place near
Winn-Dixie on Highway 20,
Bluewater Bay. Sponsored by the
Mid-Bay Rotary Club. Proceeds go to
local charities. Free admission.
Preschool storytime
Preschool (ages 3-5) story time is
planned for the Niceville Public
Library Wednesdays and Thursdays
at 10:30 a.m., in the Youth Services


Service 11:00 a.m.
Evening Bible Study
5:00 p.m.


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Living Faith
Christian Center
Holiday Inn Express (Niceville)
Sunday 10 a.m.
.
WWW.lfCC.Info


Wednesday
AWANA
4:30-7:30 P.M.


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* Worship 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009


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chamber

honors CA RS

chairman
Bruce Pellnitz, seated, receives the
'Bui ding the i-u e CAwaa erfron
Commerce President Brian Walsh.
Pellnitz is chairman of the board and ;
icycma g )for Christa zAt Rh ir
has given away more than 615 cars and
repaired more than 1,100 more. It will
c iitsth11th antniversarydSept 30.
"a Chamber member who does some-
thing good for the community."
Beacon photo by Kenneth Books ,


NEWSPAPER DELIVERY
Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or
more each week in your spare time!
The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable
independent contractor to insert,
bag, and deliver newspapers
Tuesday night. You must be over 21
and have a reliable vehicle, a good
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license, and proof of current liability
insurance. No collecting duties.
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The Elks National
Foundation will award
$2.296 million in scholar-
ships this year, giving stu-
dents a chance to earn a col-
lege education without
incurring insurmountable
loans. The Foundation
awards 18 top winners
scholarships ranging from
$8,000 to $60,000 over four
years through an essay con-
test. The remaining 482 run-
ners-up receive $4,000
scholarships over four years.
The cost of college is for-


midable, preventing many
deserving students from
attending at all and leaving
many others to graduate
with an overwhelming bur-
den of debt. Last year, the
average tuition at a private
four-year institution rose 5.9
percent, reaching $25,143,
and the average cost of
attending a public four-year
university increased 6.4 per-
cent. The Elks National
Foundation's Most valuable
Student Scholarship contest,
which launched Sept. 1,


aims to alleviate this burden
for 500 ambitious students.
Completed applications
must be turned in to Twin
Cities Elks Lodge No. 2747,
224 Seminole Ave.,
Valparaiso, by Nov. 2.
Contact Belinda
Leatherwood, Twin Cities
Elks Lodge No. 2747, at
830-3062 for information.
Applications for the 2010
contest are available at Elks
Lodges, local high schools,
and for download at
elks.org/enf/scholars.


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State Hwy 20W Choctaw Beach, 3/2 home total-
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Citadel Lane Iron Gate S/D Crestview, 4/2. Built
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Destiny: Short Sale Shirah Street in Cr stal
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