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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00099641/00201
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Title: The Bay beacon
Portion of title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: 02-27-2013
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
lccn - sn 98001910
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System ID: UF00099641:00210

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By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Three single-family homes could be added to Niceville property rolls under an annexation and zoning request by Walter Spence of Spence Brothers Properties. Spence has submitted a request that the city annex the land at 631 Fir Ave., three-quarters of an acre currently in an unincorporated area of Okaloosa County, into Niceville and zone it R-1B, to allow single-family homes. Jerry Spence, also of Spence Brothers Properties, said the county currently zones the land R-2, to allow for singleor multiple-family homes. Jerry Spence said he plans to construct three one-family houses ranging from about 1,370 to 1,650 square feet and sell them for between $185,000 and $235,000 each. He said he is building due to a market need for houses in that price range. here; it will still be our county.” “We must clean house,” said Boyles, “and fix our problems, but we must also get our message out. We must be circumspect in articulating about Okaloosa County.” Boyles did not specify any housecleaning measures or fixes.. County officials have stated that only recently have they received permission from criminal investigators to start their own internal probe. During a question-and-answer session following Boyles' address, he was asked about federal Restore Act funding for Okaloosa County. “We don’t know yet,” he said, how much money the county will actually receive as its share of BP clean-water penalties stemming from the 2010 oil spill.By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Okaloosa County Commissioner Nathan Boyles said officials must "clean house" in the wake of the TDC scandal, but that they "must be circumspect" lest the county's reputation be further damaged. Speaking to members of the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, in Niceville Feb. 19, Boyles said, “The issue on our forefront right now" is the scandal surrounding the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council, an agency overseen by the county commission. Despite the scandal, said Boyles, “The big message is that we are Okaloosa County—all of us.” “At the end of the day,” he said, “this will blow over and we’ll still beBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer A bill that would transfer control of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (MBBA) to an Okaloosa-Bay Regional Tollway Authority was filed in the Florida Senate Friday. Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Pinellas County Republican, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, submitted Senate Bill 1132, which would also establish procedures for creation of new regional tollway authorities. Not coincidentally, the MBBA, which opposes the measure, on Thursday hired a Tallahassee lobbyist for the first time. The Senate bill states "[t]he assets, facilities, tangible and intangible property and any rights in such property, and any other legal rights of the (Mid-Bay) bridge authority, including the bridge system operated by the authority, are transferred to the regional authority." The bill states the powers of the locally governed authority would be handed to a new region-By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Valparaiso City Commission last week has smiled on a request from Michael Harris, owner of the Compass Rose restaurant, to expand on the waterfront. Harris, whose restaurant lies along the north shore of Toms Bayou near John Sims Parkway, has requested city permission to construct an "oyster bar" and dock on the shoreline, next to the restaurant. Harris addressed the commission Feb. 18 concerning his proposal. He showed commissioners a survey map of his property to help illustrate his plan. Commissioners expressed uncertainty, however, about whether they can grant such permission without being certain whether the city itself or waterfront landowners actually hold legal title to the shoreline itself. Commissioner Joe Morgan said the city should not grant such permission without first knowing who owns the shoreline. Harris addressed the commission, saying that he wants to open an oyster bar and dock for his customers. He said the dock T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50¢Wednesday, February 27, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 42 Pages, 3 Sections, 4 Inserts Please see TDC, page A-5 Please see BILL, page A-2 Please see BUILDER, page A-3 Please see VALP., page A-6 Police BlotterPage A-4Bill would tap bridge tolls for other projectsBuilder proposes three new houses Valp. restaurant seeks expansion to bayou shore Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser The Compass Rose restaurant, shown here partly hidden by vegetation, center right, has proposed extending its operation to the shore of Toms Bayou with an oyster bar and dock. 2013 S pring Su m m er 2 0 13  Su p ple m ent to T he Ba y Be aco n Nice vi lle -Val p araiso Flor ida The Bay Beacon’s and Community Directory NEWCOMER GUIDE Inside ... Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. Learn about Black Seminoles in a free history lecture “The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles,” with Dr. Rosalyn Howard at Northwest Florida State College Niceville. Thursday, 10 a.m. See the opening of the free Arnie Hart Juried student and Northwest Florida State College faculty art exhibition in the McIlroy and Holzhauer galleries at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Run for a good cause while listening to the Niceville High School Chorus at its 2nd Annual Grand Staff 5K Run/Walk fundraiser at the Niceville High School. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Hear the New Directions Veterans Choir from all branches of the U.S. military sing a cappella at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Get help in a free college financial aid workshop “Cash 4 College,” at the Student Services Center, Northwest Florida State College Niceville. See Calendar, B-2. COMING UP Airline pays county fees of $117,000By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Okaloosa County has received a $117,000 check from Vision Airlines following the lodging of a criminal complaint against the airline for alleged nonpayment. Okaloosa County Commissioner Dave Parisot Feb. 20 provided the Beacon with a copy of a check for $117,659.98 from Vision Airlines to Okaloosa County, in payment for passenger facilities charges owed to the county. The airline, which had been Familiar faces retire from post officePatricia Vines and Eugene Teichert, pictured, as well as David Young retired from the Niceville Post Office Jan. 31 after a total of 85 years of federal service. Story, page B-1. Beacon photo by Anna Kavanaugh Photo by Cycnut.com Cindy Janazzo of Niceville was among over 100 runners who pushed through heavy rain Saturday in the Bluewater Bay Duathlon, which raised more than $2,000, to benefit the EOD community and Emerald Coast Triathlon Club. The bike portion was canceled due to the weather, but 112 runners participated in 5K or 10K courses. The area was drenched by upwards of 10 inches of rain in recent days. Race results, page B-2.Rainy day runner Please see AIRLINE, page A-2 Nathan Boyles ‘We must clean house’ in TDC scandalBut commissioner urges caution to protect Okaloosa County s reputation The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992

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al tollway authority, and the operation and maintenance of the bridge system would be placed under the new authority's control. The bill also states revenues collected by the bridge system may be considered regional tollway revenues, meaning funds collected by the Mid-Bay Bridge could be used to fund highway projects in Okaloosa, Walton and Bay counties. Ananth Prasad, FDOT secretary, announced Jan. 16 that a bill of this nature would be filed for the 2013 session of the Florida Legislature, which will convene March 5. Prasad said the bill would create tollways in order to generate more funds for the state's Transportation Trust Fund, which officials claim has been starved by a decline in motor-fuels tax collections stemming from more fuelefficient vehicles and a poor economy. MBBA Chairman Gordon Fornell, who opposes the Senate bill, expressed concern that it was filed without any opportunity for discussion with the MBBA. In 2011 and again in 2012, bills to put the Mid-Bay Bridge under FDOT control died in committee. "I don't see why we can't discuss these things," Fornell said. "It'd be great if [the FDOT] would take the time explain this a little better." Those earlier bills were backed by Sen. Don Gaetz, a Niceville Republican in whose district the bridge is sited. This year Gaetz begins a two-year term as president of the Senate, one of the three most powerful state posts in Tallahassee. Gaetz has argued that the MBBA pays its top executive too much, and that the state could allocate its toll revenues to the wider good of the motoring public. Fornell, who like other MBBA members serves without pay, said he doesn't see why control of the Mid-Bay Bridge should change hands. The 19-year-old toll span linking Niceville and Destin was financed and built by the MBBA, an autonomous arm of the state whose five-member governing board is appointed by the governor. The members must reside in Okaloosa County. By contrast, under the Senate proposal, the bridge would be governed, and its toll revenues possibly tapped for other projects, by an appointed board from Okaloosa, Walton and Bay counties. "I don't see any objection to the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority's performance," Fornell said. "We've paid all the debts we need to pay and funded all the projects we've been obligated to fund. We've been used as a model for this type of operation all across the country." According to the filed bill, a regional tollway authority would have a governing board named by the governor, the FDOT and the individual counties in the authority's franchise area. The county commission of each county serviced by the authority would appoint a resident. The governor would appoint a number of members to the board equal to that appointed by the counties. The FDOT would name one of its employees as a member, tipping the voting balance to appointees named by Tallahassee. At an MBBA meeting Thursday in Destin, Vest said the authority had hired Southern Strategy Group, a lobbying firm with an office in Tallahassee, for $5,000 a month for February through June, 2013. Vest said the firm would "be looking after [the MBBA's] interests" in the Florida Legislature and will help "stay abreast of legislative actions" concerning the MBBA. Vest said the MBBA will "piggyback" on a contract Southern Strategy Group has with another independent toll authority, the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA). That means the MBBA contract will have the same terms as that with OOCEA. Vest said the authority did this because the OOCEA has interests similar to those of the MBBA, and the OOCEA had already gone through the competitive bidding process. Vest said the MBBA has had registered lobbyists looking after its interest in the state legislature before, but they have always been the in-house legal counsel hired by the authority. BILLFrom page A-1issued a criminal summons for allegedly failing to pay the money, countered that it is owed several times that sum by the county. The check followed an announcement from Florida State Attorney Bill Eddins and Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley that the state was issuing a criminal summons to Las Vegasbased Vision Airlines because of the company’s alleged failure to pass along facilities charges it collected from passengers it flew to and from the county's Northwest Florida Regional Airport. The Beacon has obtained comments from county and state officials as well as from a spokesman for Vision Airlines. “The tactics by Okaloosa County are nonsense,” stated Vision Airlines executive David Meers in an e-mail responding to a query from the Beacon. “There is zero basis for this. Vision Airlines has been in business since 1994 and has always paid its bills. The amount in question will be paid.” “However,” Meers wrote, “perhaps the same principles and tactics should be applied to the outstanding amounts owed to Vision Airlines by the Okaloosa County TDC and the airport at Ft Walton Beach.” “Unpaid reimbursement for advertising expenses and failures to follow thru on their commitments made continuing operations there very difficult,” Meers stated. “According to the numbers provided by Visit Florida,” Meers added, “Vision Airlines had over $100 million in economic impact in the market. Unfortunately, the county will collect all of its funds and apparently has no plans to pay its debt to Vision. The county will have received every dollar it is due but Vision Airlines is owed more than $55,000 by the TDC and over $400,000 by the airport.” Vision began operations at the airport with much hoopla in 2010. It left in July 2012, leaving what county officials asserted was a pile of unpaid bills. Inquiries by the Beacon to county officials last week produced a response from Okaloosa County Commissioner Nathan Boyles. “I don't believe the payment satisfies the entire amount alleged due and owing," Boyles stated. "While I don't have specifics, I believe, at a minimum, interest and attorney's fees remain outstanding at this time.” As for Vision Airlines’ claim that Okaloosa County owes money to the airline, Boyles stated, “If Vision believes Okaloosa County owes it money, I would encourage the entity to file suit and allow its claims to be vetted in a court of law.” “I expect that the next step will be a presentation from staff and counsel regarding a current accounting between Vision and the County. I'll need to see the numbers before passing judgment on what comes next.” In a phone conversation with the Bay Beacon Friday, State Attorney Bill Eddins, who announced the criminal case against Vision Feb. 18, said that his office was in discussion with the company. Eddins said the prosecutor in charge of the case, Russ Edgar, was reaching out to Vision to resolve the criminal case since the money has been paid. Interim Okaloosa County airports director Dino Villani Tuesday responded to Meers’ assertion that Northwest Florida Regional Airport owes money to Vision Airlines. Villani said that when the airport contracted with Vision in 2010, the airport agreed to defer some startup fees and to provide up to $800,000 in advertising to help the airline promote its services. In return, Vision Airlines was to maintain those services to a certain number of cities, Villani said. During the first year, said Villani, the airport provided about $443,000 in advertising to Vision. However, said Villani, it was not long before Vision began cutting back its ambitious schedule to many of the cities it had originally promised to serve. “Vision abruptly dropped many of its services during June and July 2011,” said Villani. “Vision didn’t provide the services as agreed. 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Clark, MD, FAAD Board Certi ed Dermatologist VOTED BESTDermatology Practice on the Emerald Coast AIRLINE From page A-1 Page A-2 Wednesday, February 27, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Vision Airlines check to Okaloosa County for delinquent airport fees. Beacon photo Some of the money collected at the Mid-Bay Bridge toll booths would be diverted to highway projects in three counties under a bill submitted to the Florida Senate Friday.

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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent A gun show held last weekend at the fairgrounds in Fort Walton Beach drew what organizers called a record crowd. This year's edition of the annual show, which offered scores of firearms for sale, came as many dealers reported shortages of guns and ammunition because of stepped-up sales to customers concerned about new federal proposals to restrict possession of certain highcapacity, rapid-fire weapons. The fairgrounds event featured large displays of pistols, rifles, shotguns and other weapons offered for sale. Eddie Monk, a gun dealer at the show, said that most of the weapons for sale at the event were offered by licensed gun dealers such as him. A common misunderstanding about gun shows, Monk said, is the false belief that most of the guns sold at such shows do not require identification or background checks of purchasers. In fact, he said, all of his gun sales must include positive identification and a background check, as well as a three-day waiting period before the weapon can be given to the purchaser. The only weapon sales that do not require identification and background checks, he said, are those between private individuals. Although such sales may take place at gun shows, said Monk, they may also take place in private homes. Gun show organizer Lindy Gasdorf, of Florida Gun Shows, said the purpose of the event was to promote access to guns and knowledge of how to protect oneself and one's family. When asked what he would consider “reasonable gun control,” Monk said that reasonable laws would be those that control people’s behavior, not those that attempt to control guns themselves. He said that most guns used in crimes were not purchased from licensed gun dealers, but were obtained by “breaking a window and stealing a gun,” or by buying and selling guns illegally, through underground sales between people who were already criminals. He said he supports criminal background checks and restrictions against gun sales to criminals, juveniles, or the mentally incompetent. Both Monk and Gasdorf said that the weekend show, although no headcount had been taken as of Sunday afternoon, appeared to draw a larger crowd than similar shows during past years, either in Fort Walton, Pensacola, or Panama City. They said that the larger than usual crowds probably resulted from recent publicity and controversy about proposed federal gun laws, which have made prospective gun owners more anxious to obtain guns now, because they fear that their right to own a gun may be restricted in the near future. The additional restrictions were proposed in the wake of the massacre of 26 schoolchildren and teachers in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14 by a deranged gunman. In addition to displays and sales of firearms, another key feature of this week’s gun show was the opportunity for people to take a training class to qualify themselves for a Florida concealed carry permit for handguns. Charlie Berrane, the instructor of the concealed carry class, said he has been teaching such courses for over 20 years, as well as being a firearms instructor for law enforcement organizations. Berrane said that he is licensed through the Florida Department of Agriculture. “I really like being an instructor,” he said, “because I help to prevent accidents, and have helped some of my students to protect themselves.” Berrane said that he knows of at least two cases in which his former students successfully used their firearm to protect themselves or another person from death or serious harm. He said that he thinks many more of his students have done so. One of the students in the concealed carry class was Niceville resident Bobbi Jean Stiles. Asked why she chose to take the class, Stiles replied, “I want to be able to take my guns and go shooting. I also want to be able to protect myself and my family, and my pets.” Stiles said she has handled guns all her life, previously had a carry permit when she lived in Huntsville, Ala., and was obtaining a Florida carry permit now because the gun show provided a convenient opportunity to do so. Another student in the concealed carry class was Navarre resident Alonso Campos. He said he was obtaining a concealed carry permit for his personal protection and that of his family. He said that although he has had no recent problems or threats from anyone, as a restaurant owner he sometimes must transport large sums of cash, and that like any business owner, he sometimes receives angry threats from disgruntled employees. “When you are the boss,” he said, “you have to hire, and sometimes fire people, and that can make you seem like the bad guy.” Campos said he found the concealed carry class to be “extremely easy, but also very informative.” He said most of the material presented and tested in the class was common sense. “I was surprised,” Campos said, “to learn how many other states accept a Florida concealed carry permit just as if it were a permit issued in those states.” He said he had learned that 37 other states do this. 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G un show draws big crowdFears of U.S. curbs drive sales Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Spence Brothers Properties has asked the city of Niceville to annex its property at 631 Fir Ave. The firm plans to tear down this house and build three more."Demand is so strong right now for affordable housing," Jerry Spence said. An 898-square-foot unoccupied single-family house that currently sits on the land would be torn down. It was built in 1957, according to the Okaloosa County Property Appraiser. The Niceville Building Inspector's office said Spence Brothers could build the desired single-family housing on the land even if the city doesn't remove it from county jurisdiction by annexation. Jerry Spence said he wants the land to be part of the city of Niceville to make the future houses there more marketable. "People like being part of the city," Jerry Spence said. "It's mainly a perception thing." He also said it makes more sense to have the land annexed into the city because of the convenience of nearby city services that land would otherwise not receive. "That land is right near the [Niceville] Police Department," Spence said. "But if that land is in the county, and someone there dials 911, dispatch is going to connect them to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's and some deputy who might not be real close. It just makes more sense to have it in the city." The request will go before the Niceville Planning Commission at its meeting March 4. If the commission approves the request. it would make a recommendation to the Niceville City Council, which would vote on the request at three separate public readings. BUILDERFrom page A-1

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ArrestsDavid Lee Moore, a pizza delivery driver, 20, of 4019 13th St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 14 on charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. A Niceville officer saw three men standing near the back of the business at 410 E. John Sims Parkway around 9:30 p.m. Feb. 14. The officer observed that one of the men, later identified as Moore, appeared nervous when the officer made contact with the men. The officer asked Moore if he had anything that could get him into trouble, and Moore allegedly said he had "a little bit of weed." Moore retrieved from his pocket approximately two grams of a substance in a plastic bag, which later tested positive for the presence of THC. He also retrieved a glass smoking pipe with burnt marijuana residue on it. Moore's required court appearance is scheduled March 5. *** Kevin Michael Knisley, unemployed, 24, of 509 23rd St. Lot 4, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 13 on a charge of possession of marijuana over 20 grams. On Feb. 13, an officer was parked at King Street and Paradise Avenue, observing the area. Another Niceville officer, who was on 23rd Street, called the parked officer, asking him to stop a blue car that he had observed driving 35 mph in a 25 mph zone with an extinguished tag light. The parked officer saw the car and followed it as it drove east on 23rd Street. The driver failed to use a turn signal as the car pulled into the trailer area at 509 23rd St. The officer performed a traffic stop and issued the driver a verbal warning and told her she was free to leave. The officer then stepped away from the vehicle but stepped back and asked for consent to search the car. The driver consented to a search, but the passenger, later identified as Knisley, allegedly yelled "they need a warrant." An officer asked Knisley and the driver out of the car, and an officer who had responded as backup saw a bag containing a green leafy substance under the passenger's seat in plain view. Knisley said the bag was his. Knisley was found to contain 112 grams of marijuana, which tested positive for the presence of THC. Knisley's required court appearance is scheduled March 26. *** Dennis Aaron Griswold, unemployed, 18, of 211 Cadillac Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 15 on a charge of disorderly intoxication. An officer responded to 211 Cadillac Ave. and found a man later identified as Griswold, whom the officer determined was intoxicated because of Griswold's slurred speech, inability to stand without swaying and the odor of alcohol coming from him. Griswold allegedly refused lawful commands and attempted to engage another person in a fight. The officer restrained Griswold to prevent him from attacking the other person. Griswold's required court appearance is scheduled March 5. *** Joseph Anthony Boulden, a delivery worker, 31, of 503 Johnson St. Lot E, Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 19 on charges of possession of new legend drug without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. A deputy responded to Boulden's residence regarding a warrant which had been made active Feb. 7. After speaking to the deputy outside the residence, Boulden asked the deputy to come inside so Boulden could get socks. The deputy allegedly observed a marijuana smoking pipe which later tested positive for THC, three marijuana roaches which later tested positive for THC and 6 white pills later identified as 800 mg Ibuprofen pills. The deputy reported 800 mg Ibuprofen is not a controlled substance, but requires a prescription, which Boulden said he did not have. Boulden's required court appearance is scheduled March 12. *** Abubakr Cristobal, 18, of 1247 Whitewood Way, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 19 on a charge of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. A deputy conducted a citizen contact with a person later identified as Cristobal on Woodlands Drive at White Point Road. The deputy asked for identification and Cristobal gave him his Florida driver's license. The deputy ran Cristobal's license through the National Crime Information Center and found Cristobal was on probation for possession of marijuana. The deputy asked Cristobal if he was in possession of marijuana, and he said no. Cristobal then gave the deputy permission to search his person, and the deputy found a plastic bag containing 1.5 grams of suspected marijuana, which later tested positive for the presence of THC. Cristobal's required court appearance is scheduled March 12. *** Shawn Anthony Logsdon, 39, of 207 Yacht Club Drive, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 14 on a Walton County warrant for the original charge of fraud. TheftsA Niceville resident of the 600 block of Bullock Boulevard reported Feb. 13 someone broke into his house and stole his safe, video game console and other items. *** A Niceville resident of the 500 block of 23rd Street reported Feb. 17 someone stole her friend's Xbox 360 worth $100 and her rechargeable battery stand with two batteries worth $30. The complainant said the incident occurred sometime 511 p.m. She said all the doors were locked in her residence, and when she came home the back door was not locked and the chain was off. The complainant filled out an affidavit of complaint for the battery stand and batteries, but the owner of the Xbox did not wish to fill out an affidavit of complaint for the Xbox. Police noted this is the third time they have responded to that residence for the theft of the same items. *** A Niceville resident of the 300 block of Reeves Street reported Feb. 17 someone stole his bicycle from his front yard. The complainant said he was inside his home at approximately 11 p.m. when he heard his bicycle's kick stand click into place. He chased a suspect but could not catch him. The bicycle had not been secured and was left in an area well lit by a street light. *** A Niceville resident reported Feb. 16 an unknown person stole his saxophone case, which contained his friend's saxophone, from the back seat of his van at the Northwest Florida State College campus. *** A security guard at the Twin Cities Hospital at 2190 N. Highway 85, Niceville, reported Feb. 15 someone had broken the window of another employee's car at the hospital. Police contacted the car's owner, who reported nothing was missing from the vehicle. *** A Valparaiso resident of the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue reported someone stole his firearm from his home sometime Nov. 22, 2012Feb. 10. The complainant said the firearm is a semi-automatic 9 mm Kel-Tec handgun, model P11 worth approximately $300. The complainant said he put the gun in a cabinet Nov. 22, 2012 and noticed it was missing when he went to clean it Feb. 10. *** A Valparaiso resident of the 200 block of Montana Avenue reported Feb. 14 someone stole 45 7.5 mg hydrocodone pills, for which she has a prescription, from her nightstand.Criminal MischiefA Niceville resident of the 700 block of Cypress Avenue reported an unknown person smashed the passenger's side window of his car sometime 9:10-10 p.m. Feb. 12. Kevin M. Knisley Fire Department ReportsThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 18, 2013 through February 24, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Parkside Cir....................................Public assist..............................2/18/13.............02:00 Windward Way...............................Medical......................................2/18/13.............03:02 N. White Point Rd..........................Dispatched & cancelled...........2/18/13.............04:14 Martinique Cove............................Smoke detector activation.......2/18/13.............10:28 Scenic Hwy. 98..............................Dispatched & cancelled...........2/18/13.............13:53 N. White Point Rd..........................Medical assist...........................2/19/13.............10:21 N. John Sims Pkwy.......................Dispatched & cancelled...........2/19/13.............16:40 E. Hwy. 20......................................Dispatched & cancelled...........2/19/13.............23:05 Troon Dr. W....................................Medical......................................2/20/13.............19:44 Cedar St.........................................Medical......................................2/21/13.............08:05 E. Rosewood Way.........................Public assist..............................2/21/13.............10:10 Cedar St.........................................Public assist..............................2/21/13.............12:26 N. White Point Rd..........................Medical......................................2/22/13.............05:54 Meadowbrook Ct...........................Medical......................................2/22/13.............09:26 Lancaster Dr/E.Hwy.20.................Vehicle accident........................2/22/13.............14:00 N. White Point Rd..........................Medical......................................2/22/13.............17:35 S. Dominica Cir..............................Medical......................................2/23/13.............00:41 N. White Point Rd..........................Medical......................................2/23/13.............00:44 Ridgewood Way............................Medical......................................2/23/13.............15:45 Hwy. 85 N.......................................Building fire...............................2/24/13.............11:26 Kathleen Ct....................................Dispatched & cancelled...........2/24/13.............21:55 Wren Way......................................Lightening strike........................2/24/13.............23:19 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.North Bay Niceville Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. The Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 18, 2013 through February 24, 2013. 0 Structure Fire20 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire3 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn4 Other Emergency Calls 3 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Linden Ave......................................Medical............................2/18/13........................08:01 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical............................2/18/13........................11:18 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical............................2/18/13........................14:23 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Vehicle crash..................2/18/13........................14:26 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical............................2/18/13........................23:20 Pontevedra Lane...........................Medical............................2/19/13........................16:34 Powell Dr........................................Medical............................2/20/13........................08:36 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Vehicle crash..................2/20/13........................11:41 Judith Ave.......................................Medical............................2/20/13........................12:15 Royal Palm Dr................................Medical............................2/20/13........................19:52 S. Cedar Ave..................................Medical............................2/21/13........................05:02 Tamara Cove..................................Medical............................2/21/13........................11:20 Rue De Palms................................Medical............................2/21/13........................18:08 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical............................2/21/13........................21:13 Crestview Ave................................Medical............................2/22/13........................07:38 Nathey Ave.....................................Service call......................2/22/13........................13:36 SR 85 N..........................................Medical............................2/22/13........................14:54 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical............................2/22/13........................16:24 Reeves St.......................................Medical............................2/22/13........................17:01 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Alarm activation..............2/22/13........................18:00 37 th Street......................................Medical............................2/22/13........................22:21 SR 85 N..........................................Vehicle crash..................2/22/13........................23:20 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical............................2/24/13........................01:48 Als Drive.........................................Medical............................2/24/13........................09:10 SR 85 N..........................................Overheat.........................2/24/13........................11:25 Valparaiso Blvd..............................Alarm activation..............2/24/13........................17:17 Camellia Place...............................Medical............................2/24/13........................18:21 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Alarm activation..............2/24/13........................21:52 Kathleen Ct.....................................Lightening strike.............2/24/13........................21:53 Wren Way ......................................Lightening strike.............2/24/13........................23:18 Weekly Safety Tip: Watch What You Heat. Stay with the stove when you are cooking. The reason most cooking fires happen is that someone leaves the kitchen when there is something cooking on the stove. Watch the stove so you ll be able to respond quickly if food bubbles up or if something goes wrong. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook 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 texting “TIP214 plus the message” to CRIMES (274637)Okaloosa seeks fugitivesThis information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. Name: Meagan Leigh Oliver Wanted for: VOP-Obtain Substance by Fraud &Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia Height: 5-feet, 3-inches Weight: 135 Age: 28 Date of birth: 06-23-1984 Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Name: Everett Hairston Wanted for: VOP-Grand Theft Auto Height: 5-feet, 9-inches Weight: 170 Age: 30 Date of birth: 07-13-1982 Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Name: Emmanuel Uribe Martinez Wanted for: VOP-Resisting an Officer with Violence & Loitering & Prowling Height: 5-feet, 6-inches Weight: 160 Age: 29 Date of birth: 01-01-1984 Hair: Black Eyes: BrownPage A-4 Wednesday, February 27, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Call or visit usPOWELL AGE N CY, I N C.Complete Insurance Service110 N. Partin Drive  Niceville  678-2514 600 John Sims Pkwy., E. • Niceville (Across from FUMC)Call (850) 678 1795 MARK S. HARBER, M.D.Adult & Adolescent Primary CareRetired USAF MC Same day appointmentsWe le most insurance Medicare acceptedSelf Pay Discount School, DOT & Other Physical Exams AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE With Coupon Only. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith “I don t depend on any government programs, so I probably won t be affected.” “I think Congress should start helping the President out.” Cario Cherry, 25, Niceville, cook Matthew Boes, 34, Niceville, salesman David Rodrigues, 72, Valparaiso, retired Junior M. Hester, 84, Niceville, retired Martha McDonald, Niceville, retired Brittney Marshall, 22, Niceville, food serviceWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.How would sequestration affect you? “I don t see it affecting me in any way, but we do need to make cuts somewhere.” Location: Kmart “It might be harder to keep my job or find a new one.” THEBAYBEACONWednesday, February 27, 2013 Page A-5 Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon For fragile, broken hair CLIMATE CONTROL SPECIAL Receive1/2OFFFirst MonthOR ONEMonth FREE! 1466 Cedar St., Niceville AffordableClimate Control Mini Storage Rental Available* Storage Supplies/Boxes Call for Details(850) 897-3314 $8800SPECIAL(NON-CLIMATE) 209 Government Ave., Niceville • 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. Serving Niceville-Valparaiso for 50 years Browse our selection of Hardwood & Laminate “I don t know how it will affect me—I get a civil service pension—but there will be more people on local highways if government workers are furloughed one day a week.” “The government might make up the money through extra taxes. Overall, it doesn t sound too horrible, although our roads may not get the attention they need.”The Restore Act, passed by Congress in 2012, established a Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund in the U.S. Treasury in which 80 percent of the Clean Water Act penalties from the Deep Horizon Oil Spill will be distributed to impacted areas for recovery. A percentage of the federal penalty money is expected to be funneled to the governments of Okaloosa County and other counties affected by the spill. Officials have said they expect Okaloosa's share to be millions of dollars. Whatever the final total, said Boyles, it “is frankly a windfall for Okaloosa County—one that may have a lasting impact on county infrastructure.” Boyles said that he does not expect the state of Florida to interfere with Okaloosa receiving money in accordance with the Restore Act. He said that the state legislature has already decided that the bulk of such money will go to the eight counties most affected by the BP oil spill, including Okaloosa. Boyles said that he is concerned about the possibility of “an end run at the state level” regarding Okaloosa funding due to fallout from the TDC scandal, in which much of a previous BP windfall, as well as significant sums of local bed-tax revenues under county commission stewardship, were found to have been stolen, squandered or unlawfully spent after entering public coffers. However, added Boyles, who took office after the scandal came to light last year, “State Rep. Matt Gaetz and I communicate regularly,” and the best way to prevent such an end run, he said, “is to fix our problems so no one else can say ‘We can manage that money better than you.’” A legislative committee has subpoenaed TDC and other county officials to testify about the scandal in Tallahassee March 4. In previous hearings, the lawmakers, including Gaetz, have subjected Okaloosa County officials to blistering attacks for allegedly failing to hold anyone accountable for the scandal other than the TDC's former executive director, who killed himself shortly after the conduct began to come to light in 2012. Boyles told the chamber of commerce that the process of preventing any future scandal is underway. The way the TDC does business today, he said, is fundamentally different than in the past. Boyles said that he is active in the process of reforming the agency. “I made the motion for TDC advisory council members to resign,” he said, “and we received three out of the four resignations asked for.” Boyles said that even if the TDC members had done nothing wrong, it would still be helpful for them to “step out of the way” because the TDC needs a “fundamental fresh start.” “We must perform on a statelevel stage,” said Boyles, and Okaloosa County must therefore demonstrate its ability to manage funds properly. He affirmed that the Tourist Development Council and the bed-tax funds it collects are appropriate activities for Okaloosa County. TDCFrom page A-1 online business of jewelry & accessoriesHoneysucklelaneboutique.bigcatel.comWilloughby Enterprises, LLC www.nicevilleinsurance.com

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-6 Wednesday, February 27, 2013 THEBAYBEACONwould be intended mainly as a public service, since he plans to allow the public to fish from or tie boats to the dock free of charge. City Administrator Carl Scott said that before the city can grant permission to construct a dock, Harris must get permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and from the Army Corps of Engineers. After some discussion, commissioners agreed to allow Harris to build the oyster bar and dock, if he first obtains the state and federal permits and signs an encroachment agreement with the city, which he said he would do. In another matter relating to shoreline property rights, the commission Feb. 18 authorized its lawyers to offer another property owner, Keith Roberts, $16,000 to drop his lawsuit against the city. Roberts sued the city seeking an order recognizing that waterfront property adjoining his home is his, not the city's. The decision Feb. 18 followed a similar discussion held by the commission in late January, in which the commissioners initially decided to seek a settlement rather than appeal a November 2012 court decision in favor of Roberts. On Dec. 10, 2012, the commission had voted 3-1 to appeal a Nov. 20 judgment against the city by Circuit Court Judge Thomas Remington, in the lawsuit by Roberts, who had sought title to a small parcel of land between his property and Toms Bayou that had been platted as part of “Bayshore Drive” in a survey dated July 12, 1919. The city claimed it had an easement on that small parcel, although the City of Valparaiso was not incorporated until May 6, 1921, and that section of Bayshore Drive was never built. In a decision with implications for some other Valparaiso property owners, Judge Remington ruled that the city had not proved an original intent to dedicate the disputed property to public use, and had abandoned the property, thereby effectively granting title to the landward owner, now Roberts. At a Jan. 23, 2013, meeting, the commission reversed its earlier decision to appeal, and approved a motion to negotiate with Roberts in an attempt to reach a settlement. The Feb. 18 meeting confirmed that decision, and also mentioned a specific potential settlement amount—$16,000— for the first time. The Roberts' land is on the south side of Toms Bayou, across from the Compass Rose. VALP.From page A-1 Dull moments are few and far between at Image Maker Hair Salon & Boutique. “We like to have a good time at work. After all, what quality is there in life without fun?” Owner Jackie Wright smiles as she explains the workplace dynamic. “If you don t hear laughter and blow dryers when you walk in, we aren t open!” Jackie and her sisters have owned Image Maker for the entirety of its existence. Now, 30plus years running, Jackie is the sole owner of the salon. “This business has been successful for three decades because of family. Our family is close, especially my brothers, sisters and I. When times are hard, we always have each other s back. I will continue to run Image Maker the way it has been for years, and my family will continue to support the business just the same.” For over 20 years, Image Maker has been located at the intersection of Palm boulevard and John Sims Parkway, in the heart of Niceville. The location of the salon was ideal because its long standing clientele are mostly comprised of Niceville natives. It was important to the sisters that the salon embodied the same characteristics that its hometown was founded upon; friendly faces, family, good times and a laid-back atmosphere that s comfortable and familiar. “Our clientele ranges from individuals in their 80s, to little one s getting their first haircut. No matter their age, they all leave the same way they came in, smiling, but with better hair of course!” For Image Maker, the business module speaks for its success. A little southern hospitality goes a long way in a small town. Image Maker Hair Salon & Boutique is a REDKEN salon, with 10 hair stylists, that offers a wide range of hair services and facial waxing. Unlike most salons, they are open six days a week; Monday through Saturday. The extra day gives their scheduled and walk-in clients flexibility in their personal schedules. “We want every individual to have the opportunity to look great and feel great about themselves, regardless of their scheduling issues. When our clients leave feeling good about their look, we have done our job.” In addition, the salon offers a variety of styling products for all hair types. These products include, REDKEN, Deva Curl, Keratin Complex, Nioxin and more. A few years ago, the salon introduced a boutique, to include jewelry, handbags, hair accessories and various other small gift items for sale. “The idea was to not only have our clients leave with great hair, but to give them the opportunity to complete their look via accessories or styling product.” Image Maker achieves this with all the components listed. If you mix all the ingredients Image Maker Hair Salon & Boutique has to offer, you will have happy clients that return again and again. If 30-plus years of business isn t enough proof that the salon has it down to a science, see for yourself firsthand what Image Maker can do for your look. Call for an appointment today at 850-678-1066 or stop by 910 S. 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By Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville Post Office said goodbye to three of its longstanding employees Jan. 31. David Young, Eugene Teichert and Patricia Vines shared a total of 85 years of federal service and are getting used to their slightly early retirement. “I still feel like I’m on vacation,” Teichert, Niceville’s former maintenance custodian, said. The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service offered retirement incentives to senior employees to encourage them to retire by Jan. 31, 2013. To qualify for the incentive, employees must have at least 20 years tenure at 50 years old, or have worked at least 25 years, according to a statement by the American Postal Workers Union. “I was ready,” Young said. “I had planned on retiring this year or next year, but the incentive helped me along. I decided to take advantage of that.” Young, 60, grew up in Fort Deposit, Ala., and joined the military as an F-4 jet mechanic after high school. He began his post office 38-year career as a clerk in Fort Deposit. During his career Young transferred to post offices in Montgomery, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Tallahassee and Valparaiso. Young transferred for the second time to the Niceville Post Office eight years ago as a clerk. Young said the postal service has changed dramatically over the years, including the equipment. He used to fill out the nightly paperwork by hand, but now everything is automated and processed by machines, he said. “I started as a window clerk and did all the transactions by pencil,” Young said. “I had an adding machine and had to look up the rates in a book.” Young plans to spend his time with his family, to include his wife, Teresa, and their four children: Erik, Kevin, Nathan and Chelsea. Teichert, 64, originally from Minnesota, retired from the Air Force in 1989 after serving 22 years as an aircraft mechanic. He then began his postal career in 1991 in Tampa as a maintenance custodian and retired after 21 years. Teichert transferred from Tampa to the Destin Post Office in 1998 and when the opportunity came, moved to the Niceville Post Office in 2001, where he lives. “My job never really changed,” Teichert said. “Well we have better equipment; the work takes less time.” Teichert will stay busy as an AMVETS Post 78 and American Legion member. He plans to spend more time with his wife, Pat, grandson, and expecting grandchild in Palm Bay. Vines, 57, of Crestview, began her postal career in 1984 in Fairbanks, Alaska, operating a sorting machine. Her husband, Wayne, was stationed at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, but it wasn’t long before he asked for a transfer to Eglin AFB. The moved to care for Vines’ father, Louis Evans, a former Valparaiso Post Office letter carrier for 25 years. “I come from a postal family,” Vines said. Vines’ grandfather carried mail by horseback for a short time in the Blue Ridge North Carolina mountains, she said. Shortly after moving to Niceville, Vines began working at the Niceville Post Office as a clerk. She spent the next 27 years as a clerk there until she retired Jan. 31. Vines is a well known friendly face in the community, who always greeted customers with a smile, Kelly Lanning, postmaster of the Niceville Post Office, said. “She was always willing to help or offer words of encouragement to anyone who needed it,” Lanning said. Vine plans to enjoy her time off with her newly retired husband. She will spend more time with granddaughters, Jaden, 3, and Taylor, threeweeks old, as well as her mother, she added. “Life is wonderful,” Vines said. The Twin Cities Girl Scouts Service Unit held a self defense day Jan. 28 at the Martial Arts Combat Academy, Niceville. There were two sessions held. The first session discussed stranger danger and age appropriate self defense techniques for kindergarteners to third grade girls. The second session taught fourth grade to high school girls self defense techniques, as well as the pros and cons of pepper spray and Tasers. Instructor John Lee demonstrated the “calm waters” technique to the older girls to defuse situations, such as bullying in school. The Crestview S.W.A.T. team demonstrated many of their devices and tactical gear to the girls. After the demonstration, the Girl Scouts were allowed inside the team’s van. A total of 56 NicevilleValparaiso Girl Scouts participated, to include Troops 247, 685, 670, 683, 761, 102, 151, 910, 977 and 1121. 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Chamber hiring fair The Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and JobsPlus will host a public, seasonal hiring fair Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 204 N. Partin Drive, Niceville. Twenty-five employers will be present including defense contractors, manufacturing, retail, food service, law enforcement, hospitality and many other career fields. Contact Jerry McDaniel at 833-7587 ext. 217. Black Seminoles lecture Northwest Florida State College will present a free, public guest lecture, “The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles,” Feb. 27, 4:30 p.m., at the Student Services Center, Room 132, at the college in Niceville. The lecture will feature Dr. Rosalyn Howard, an anthropology professor from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, and focus on her research. Alzheimer s support group Alzheimer’s Family Services support group will meet Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m., at the Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. The group is free and limited respite care is available. To make arrangements for respite during the meeting, contact 866-478-7790 in advance. Republican meeting The Okaloosa County Republican Club will meet Feb. 28, 6:15 p.m., social hour, 7 p.m., meeting, at the American Legion Hall, Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. County commissioners Dave Parisot and Don Amunds, tax collector Ben Anderson and clerk of court Don Howard will speak. Register for a $12 dinner with Jane Dale at 651-5049. NWFSC art exhibition See the Arnie Hart Juried student and NWFSC faculty exhibition for free Feb. 28-April 5, at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center galleries, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. The exhibit will showcase the best in NWFSC student and faculty artworks in both the McIlroy and Holzhauer galleries. The galleries are open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and 90 minutes prior to most Mattie Kelly Arts Center Mainstage and Sprint Theater performances. Quilt guild retreat and show The Flying Needles Quilt Guild will host its “At the Beach” retreat and quilt show Feb. 28-March 2, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, at the Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center, Destin. There will be three days of classes from national and regional teachers, free demonstrations, public miniclasses, a Quilts of Valor invitational block party and after-lunch program. Contact Donna, 613-6589. Blazefest 2013 Apex Broadcasting’s 103.1 The Blaze will host a one-day rock concert, “Blazefest 2013,” May 25, 11 a.m., at the Mullet Grounds, Niceville. Bands include Sevendust, Saving Abel, Hellyeah and more. Beer and food will be available for purchase. Tickets go on sale March 1 at www.blazefestrocks.com and are $24 per person for the first 72 hours, $27.50 for advance tickets and $35 the day of the show. Active duty military can purchase tickets for $20, plus TicketWeb and Eglin service fees, at the ITT Center on Eglin AFB. NHS Chorus 5K Run/Walk The Niceville High School chorus will host its 2nd Annual Grand Staff 5K Run/Walk fundraiser March 2, 8:30 a.m., at the Niceville High School. The race begins and ends at the school and medals will be awarded to the top three overall male and female winners, top master male and female, top grandmaster male and female, and top three place awards in 15 age brackets. Register online at active.com for $25 until race day. Participants will receive a t-shirt and there will be post race refreshments and entertainment by Opus One and the NHS Singers. Contact Kirk Herzog at 897-5174. DYW competition The Distinguished Young Women scholarship program is accepting high school senior girl applicants from Okaloosa County to compete in the DYW Okaloosa County competition July 27, 7 p.m., at the Fort Walton Beach City Auditorium. Girls will be judged on their grades, fitness, talent, interview and public speaking. The overall winner will be named DYW of Okaloosa County and will advance to the state competition in central Florida. Contact carolebyrd911@yahoo.com to apply by March 1. Museum education program The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will host “Home School Fridays and Hands on History Saturdays” education program “Can you dig it,” March 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-noon, at the museum, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. The program is for grades K-6 and for home school families on Friday and for families of the general public on Saturday. The cost is $7 per child, or $5 for museum family members. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Contact 678-2615. CIC Charity golf classic The 7th Annual CIC Children’s Neighborhood Charity Golf Classic will be held March 1, 11 a.m. checkin and lunch, noon shot-gun start, at the Fort Walton Beach Golf Club, Pines course. The cost is $100 per person or $400 for a four-person team. T-Box sponsorships are $100. There will be five hole-in-one prizes, including a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, trophies for the top three foursomes, door prizes, free golf shirts and more. Contact Natalie at 864-4242 to register a team. Girl Scouts fundraiser The Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle and the Emerald Grande will host a dessert fundraiser, “Destin Desserts,” March 1, 6 p.m., at the Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village, Destin. Eight local chefs will create a dessert using a Girl Scout cookie to be voted on by attendees. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $50 and will count as one vote. Tickets can be purchased at Southern Agenda, 4522 Highway 20 E, Niceville, or gscfp.org. Audubon bird walk The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will host a free bird walk at Point Washington March 2, 7:40 a.m., at Winn Dixie, Bluewater Bay. Tom Greene, a biologist who specializes in wet prairies, bogs and rare plant species, will lead the walk. Contact Walt Spence at 582-7064. Pamper Me event Enjoy a relaxing morning with food, beverages, door prizes and soothing music at the Friends of the Niceville Public Library’s “Pamper Me” program for women March, 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Niceville Community Center. Admission is $2 per person, ages 12 and older. Library book signing Best-selling author Tim Dorsey will speak on his new book, “Riptide Ultra-Glide” March 2, 6 p.m., in the Niceville Community Center, 204 N. Partin Drive. A book signing will follow and there will be Serge items for sale. Contact 279-4863, ext. 1504. Church yard sale fundraiser The First Presbyterian Church of Niceville will host a yard sale to benefit Haiti orphans March 2, 8 a.m.noon, inside the church’s Gathering Grounds and Fellowship Hall. There will be furniture, clothing, toys, and more for sale. The proceeds will go towards the Cavallion Orphanage in Haiti. Sailing regatta The Bluewater Bay Sailing Club and the Eglin Yacht Club will host a Kick-off Regatta March 2, noon, on the Choctawhatchee Bay, near Bear Lake and Eglin Yacht Club. There will be a captain’s meeting March 1, 5:30 p.m., at Bluewater Bay Marina to register, as well as the club’s spring meeting, 6 p.m. The cost for the race is $35 and $30 for members of the U.S. Sailing or Bluewater Bay Sailing Club. Contact Bill Deming at 678-7223 or bdeming@cox.net New Directions concert Emerald Coast Concert Association presents New Directions Veterans Choir March 2, 7:30 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Veterans from all branches of the U.S. military will perform a cappella. Proceeds benefit the New Directions program for veterans. Contact 362-9356 or emeraldcoastconcerts.org. to purchase tickets. Coaches charity softball game The Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball Association will host a Coaches for Charity softball game to benefit Covenant Hospice March 2, 9 a.m., at the Niceville Softball Complex. Financial aid workshop Northwest Florida State College will hold its fourth annual free “Cash 4 College” workshop for any individual who will need help requesting financial aid, regardless of which college they will attend, March 3, 1-4 p.m., at the Student Services Center, at the college. Students and parents can complete the free application for federal student aid, FAFSA. Participants, including parents, must bring a driver’s license, social security numbers, 2012 tax return and W-2 and any untaxed income information, such as child support or social security. Contact NWFSC Financial Aid at 729-5370 or bennettp@nwfsc.edu. NHS Rugby game The Niceville High School 18U Rugby Club will play March 3, 11 a.m., at the Twin Oaks Complex, Niceville. The winner will advance to the state playoffs. Ruckel orientation Ruckel Middle School will hold an orientation and informational program for incoming fifth grade students March 5, 6 p.m., at the school gym. Students and parents can learn about classes, sports and activities offered at the school. Multi-Chamber business expo The Niceville-Valparaiso, Destin and Fort Walton Beach Chambers of Commerce will host a free, public, business expo and Taste of Okaloosa County event March 5, 4-7 p.m., at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Niceville High School senior Carter Herman received a $500 scholarship from the Emerald Coast Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and plans to attend Florida State University in the fall to study criminology. To qualify, applicants must be licensed hunters and are judged on their scholastic achievements, leadership abilities, community involvement and demonstrated commitment to conservation. Herman is eligible for the $1,000 state award and if he advances, he will be eligible for the national $10,000 scholarship. *** Xi Beta Pi, Niceville Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, crowned Sharon Hargreaves of Niceville as queen at the Greater Fort Walton Beach Playground City Council’s annual Valentine Ball Feb. 9. She was also crowned overall queen of the Playground City Council. Chapter queens are voted by all members of each chapter for dependability, poise, inner beauty and personality. Sharon joined the chapter two years ago and is the chapter’s corresponding secretary. *** John Collins of Niceville obtained his State of Florida Board of Professional Engineers license. Collins is a civil engineer for AVCON, Inc., and has performed the design and construction management for several important infrastructure projects, including the Qwest Air Parts hangar and the Sunshine Aero Industries hangar at Bob Sikes Airport. CHURCH DIRECTORY The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Who’s News E-mail items to: info@baybeacon.com 2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 E-mail items to info@baybeacon.com CALE N DAR Page B-2 Wednesday, February 27, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserCub Scouts visit BeaconTiger Cub Scout Den 7 members Declan Harrison, Owen Smith and Tyler Dudley, Pack 553, toured the Bay Beacon office Jan. 29 and learned how the weekly newspaper operates. Hiring fair todayThe Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and JobsPlus will host a public, seasonal hiring fair Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 204 N. Partin Drive, Niceville. Carter Herman Sharon Hargreaves John Collins IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9 a.m. Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 2-711:01 a.m. Walk In…Worship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion)Nursery & Sunday School providedImmanuel Anglican Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8p.m. @ The ShedHang out; engage; worship; growwww.iacdestin.org “Pointing The Way To Jesus” 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin | Church Office: 850-837-6324 St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool Sunday Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Nursery Provided. Wednesday Lenten Services 7:00 p.m. “God’s work. Our hands.”1407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL 444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study • 9:30am Celebration Service • 11:00am Discipleship • 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children • 6:00pm 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 • Fax 1-888-520-9323 email: info@baybeacon.comTh e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n Ex pr essStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistAnna KavanaughEditorial AssistantIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeCheryle ValentineReceptionistKaron DeyBookkeeper The Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as midWalton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s NewspaperSara KentMarketing DirectorBluewater Bay Duathlon resultsThe Emerald Coast Triathlon Club held its second Bluewater Bay Duathlon Saturday in Bluewater Bay. The original 15.5mile bike portion was canceled due to the heavy rain and weather conditions. Runners had the option to participate in either a 5K or 10K race instead. The event raised more than $2,000 to benefit the Triathlon Club, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Foundation, Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation and the Airman’s Attic of Eglin Air Force Base. Niceville-Valparaiso 5K winners are: first place male overall Michael Moroz; first place male ages 15-19 John Marta; third place female ages 25-29 Julie Stark; female ages 30-34, first place Amy Wusterbarth, second place Julie Houtman, third place Heather Robinson, fourth place Michelle Blom, fifth place Johanna Martin, sixth place Paige Floyd, seventh place Julie Kimsey; third place male ages 3034 Tim Spaulding; female ages 35-39, second place Caren Hunter, third place Sandra Christensen, fourth place Jeani Pendergraft, fifth place Jill Hill; male ages 35-39, first place David Ohearn, third place Deward L. Cummings III; female ages 4044, second place Deanna Matthews, third place Tresha Robison; male ages 40-44, second place Jim Collins, third place Brad Butler; second place female ages 45-49 Denise Provost; male ages 45-49, second place Randy Ross, fourth place David Bikker, fifth place Christopher Olson; second place female ages 50-54 June Robbins; male ages 50-54, third place Dennis Samac, fourth place Randy Welsch; and second place female ages 55-59 Cindy Jannazo. Niceville-Valparaiso 10K winners are: first place male ages 2024 Ryan Bresson; female ages 2529, first place Lindsay Schlechter, third place Vita Ng; male ages 2529, first place Stephen Ascher, sixth place Luther Sackett; second place male ages 30-34 Phillip Bauer; first place female ages 3539 Alyson Gabrys; female ages 40-44, second place Susan Kloos, third place Ann Bowers-Evangel, fifth place Tara Butler; male ages 40-44, third place John Eller, fifth place Mike Nunley; male ages 45-49, first place Michael Harris, second place John Schwab, third place Kurt Heitman; first place male ages 50-54 Paul Phillips; and first place male ages 65-69 Eric Snyder. Photo by Cycnut.com Runners fight through the rain Saturday to finish the second Bluewater Bay Duathlon to benefit the Emerald Coast Triathlon Club, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Foundation, Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation and the Airman s Attic of Eglin Air Force Base.

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Melissa Ann Hansen-CowellJan. 19. 1966-Feb. 15, 2013Melissa Ann Hansen-Cowell went to be with her Lord on Feb. 15, 2013, after losing her 12 year battle with cancer. Melissa is survived by her parents Dennis and Artrilla Hansen of Satellite Beach; husband Steve Cowell; son Douglas Hansen; and daughter Serrena Cowell of Niceville. The family would like to thank her many friends who gave support and comfort through the years of treatment and her final days. A celebration of life for Melissa will be held March 1, 2013, at the Niceville United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 10 a.m.Billy H. Dunn Sr.March 8, 1941-Dec. 7, 2012Billy H. Dunn Sr. died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville. Mr. Dunn was born March 8, 1941, in Adel, Ga., and was the son of the late John Wesley Dunn Sr. and Tinnie Vye Crawford Dunn. Mr. Dunn was retired from the U.S. Army and served two tours in Vietnam as a medevac pilot. After retiring, he worked as a shrimper and a web page designer. Mr. Dunn was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Dunn. Survivors include son, Billy Harmon Dunn Jr. of Niceville; three daughters and sons-inlaws, Sherri and Richard Arthur of Choctaw, Okla., Brenda and William Wright, and Leslie Dunn all of Niceville; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Mark Dunn of El Paso, Texas; and sister, Nina Wilder of Moultrie. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Obituaries Billy H. Dunn Sr. NHS Latin Club 2nd in regionalsThe Niceville High School Junior Classical League placed second overall in the regional forum Feb. 9. Twenty-three students received ribbons. Members: Nicole Escoffier, Sarah Pabst, Ella Ruth Hill, Morgan Ringel, Zack Todd, Michael Patrick, Madison Brake, Anna Maria Vaccaro, Maddy Smith, Georgan Williams, Erin Ringel, Kelsey Sisk, Georgia Pearce, Katherine Ammon, Ian Anderson, Joichiro Williams, Margaret Jacobs, Sophia Bergmann, Caleb Spears, Matthew Nelson, Paul Talty, Hudson Pearce, Renish Contractor, Ricky Gal, and Monica and Maddie Hsiang. CADILLAC 2003 DeVille, tan, fully loaded, one owner, 75,000 miles, $6,500 or Best Offer. 850-8652888. Experienced stylist needed for Fridays and Saturdays in BWB. 897-4897 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 driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. 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Limited number of vendor tables may be reserved for $25 by calling Gloria Hall (6782966) or Carol Elliot (729-7870). Furniture, appliances, household products. 406 Greenwood Way, Niceville. 8-1 Saturday Mar. 3rd. If you want Niceville to know, say it in the Beacon. Help Wanted Homes for Rent Autos for Sale Yard Sales Homes for Sale Help Wanted CLASSIFIEDS B eaco n "Where Buyers and Sellers Meet!" Help Wanted Help Wanted Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Office Space Homes for Sale OWNERSNeed Help Managing Your Investment Property? 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-4 Wednesday, February 27, 2013 THEBAYBEACON RBCS first in Brain BowlRocky Bayou Christian Academy Varsity Academic A Team placed first in the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Annual State Brain Bowl Academic Competition Feb. 7 and 8, in Orlando. Co-captains senior Audrey Stevens and junior Noah Kerstein led sophomores Ian Kampert and James Sung, and freshmen Priscilla Baum to the state win. The RBCS middle school team, eighth graders, captain Ben Esses, Brenda Baum, Zack Johns, Ariel Schesniak and seventh grader, Mary Brannon, placed first in the state in their divison. Priscilla won first place for individual toss-ups answered in the two-day competition and first place for toss-ups answered only in the finalist round on day two. Sophomore and B team captain Cameron Esses took third place for individual toss-ups and led his team, senior Amanda Hart, sophomores Josh Birdsong and Harrison Martin, and freshman Seth Kerstein, to the finalist round. Senior Jessica Sandlin led a new team, junior Christian Yun, sophomore Wade Wiederhold, and freshman Ethan Harris, to the consolation round. Ruckel Rams county champsThe Ruckel Middle School boys soccer team was named Okaloosa County champions with an undefeated record of 10-0. From left: front row, Dan Abel, Cooper Bair, Caleb Stalnaker, Hagan Lewis, Evan Steele, Ethan Reid, Taylor Kennington, Brendan Ernsberger; middle row, Chase Mixson, Connor McClay, Alexander Nalovic, Nicholas Kennington, Connor Allen, Devin Drake; back row, Christopher Halprin, Seth Rung, Jordan Richardson, Patrick Poate, Judd Barth, Zac Jordan, Kasen Stephensen, Edward Shelikoff, Jesse Johnson, Joey Gianelloni, Nathan Fehrenbach and Coach Zac Keeler. Traveling Eagles take first placeThe Niceville 12U Traveling Eagles Baseball team placed first in the 11th Annual USSSA Peach State Diamond Sports Freeze Out tournament Feb. 10, Valdosta, Ga. From left: front row, Tristan Keith, Connor Walsh, Brandon Cromwell, Adam Mistretta, Derek Vogel, back row, manager Taylor Woodard, Zach Coldsnow, Chandler Plourd, Sean Goodwin, Owen Williams, Coach Brian Walsh, Trent Walker, and Coach Kriengsak Vogel. Rocky Bayou wins openerThe Rocky Bayou Christian School baseball team beat Poplar Springs High School 10-1 in their season opener Feb. 19. Left, RBCS pitcher Tyler Paskell winds up for the pitch.Photo by Lisa Downing Niceville wrestler third in stateNiceville High School wrestler and team captain Taylor Bartleson placed third in the state at the FHSSA Wrestling Finals Feb. 15 and 16 at the Lakeland Convention Center, Lakeland, with a record of 49-4. Niceville Library takes snapshotThe Florida Library Association, in partnership with the Division of Library and Information Services, hosted a snapshot day where libraries across Florida took photos, collected statistics and members’ comments of how Floridians utilize their libraries Jan. 30. The Niceville Public Library participated and discovered on Jan. 30 that 543 people visited the library, 717 items were checked out, 30 people used a computer, 15 people were taught computer skills, 60 people received answers to their questions, five job seekers received help, 39 children attended a program, 10 teens enjoyed a movie, 27 people were issued new library cards and 16 people received tax assistance. The library also collected comments from patrons. “This library is fantastic! It’s one of the major things that make’s Niceville so ‘Nice,’” Lynnette Pearce said. “From the youngest pre-readers to seniors, there are activities and programs to meet every need.” “I love the library! I get so much done here,” Diana Chairez said. “I love having a place where I can use the internet, send a fax, check out DVDS and books. Plus the library always has some great activity going on.” A collection of all the libraries’ statistics will be featured on www.flalib.org. Children flocked to play educational games on the Niceville Public Library s new computers for Florida Library Association s snapshot day Jan. 30. Libraries all over Florida documented their statistics for the day to represent what goes on in the library on a normal day. The Rocky Bayou Christian School varsity and junior academic teams placed first in the State Brain Bowl Academic Competition Feb. 7 and 8 in Orlando.Ruckel places 2ndRuckel Middle School took second place in the Liza Jackson Middle School Academic Tournament Feb. 2, at the school. The team, Chloe Kokenes, Randy Tyson, Ella Wright, Will Murray, Matthew Murphey and Macray Simmers, was coached by Sonja Love and Geoffrey Watson. Antonia Poate The Emerald Coast Junior Golf Tour continued Feb. 16 at the Pensacola Country Club. Niceville finishers are: ages1618 boys division, Andrew Smith, second place, and Crystian Hopper, seventh place; ages 14-15 boys division, Mark Connelly, fourth place, Patrick Poate, tied for 16th place, and Heath Topel, 19th place; ages 12-14 girls division, Lauren Miller, second place, and Meg Horrigan, eighth place; ages 1518 girls division, Antonia Poate, second place. G olf tour results

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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Twin CitiesŽ of Niceville and Valparaiso live up to their names. It really is nice in Niceville, and Valparaiso, which means Vale of Paradise,Ž offers a quality of life as close to paradise as one is likely to find this side of the real thing. Originally the area was known as Boggy Bayou,Ž or simply Boggy,Ž due to the proximity of Boggy Bayou, an inlet that leads to Choctawhatchee Bay and from there to the Gulf of Mexico. The bayou, however, is not the weedy swamp the name implies, and is today a pleasant and popular place for swimming, sailing, water skiing, and fishing. Along the shores of Boggy Bayou, as well as another creek-fed inlet called Rocky Bayou, and the north shore of Choctawhatchee Bay, nestle Niceville, Valparaiso, and such neighboring communities as Bluewater Bay, Seminole, and Choctaw Beach. The area attracts people who seek a warm climate, friendly communities, and plenty of activities ranging from hunting, fishing and water sports to art galleries, concerts, and stage plays. The local climate is a big attractor for new residents as well as vacationers. There is no hard winter, by northern standards. Spring begins with the first camellia blossoms in January. A long hot summer starts around the first of June. A colorful, leisurely autumn extends from early October through Christmas. Outdoor activities abound, with such sports as tennis and golf available yearround. One can drive over the Mid-Bay Bridge to the busy nightlife of Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and the sugar-white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, or take ones children to calmer waters at beaches in Valparaisos Lincoln Park and the military recreation area at White Point. In Niceville, you can visit the clear, cool swimmin holes of Turkey Creek Park, or walk along the parks mile-long boardwalk through the swamp and jungle-like forest of the true Florida.Ž New residents are also attracted by the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of local communities, where people feel safe riding bicycles, pushing baby strollers or taking walks at any hour of the day or evening. Judy Alley has lived in Niceville since 1981, when she came here with her husband who was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base. We loved the area,Ž she said. It always felt like home.Ž The 1981 assignment was a return, she said, because the couple was stationed at Eglin once before, in 1971-74. We knew then that we wanted to come back, and eventually retire here,Ž she said. This is a very family-oriented area. In other places we have lived, everyone seemed focused on business and careers, but here, people focus on their families. Its a pleasant, wholesome environment, and the weather is nice.Ž Economic opportunities abound. Although the area was once a center of fishing, turpentine harvesting, and agriculture, the economic base nowadays is Eglin Air Force Base, one of the Americas largest military installationsNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 3 ALSO IN THIS GUIDE You are never far from the water in Niceville or Valparaiso. Boggy Bayou (pictured), Rocky Bayou, Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico offer a vast playground for boaters, swimmers and anglers. Twin Cities community a magnet for families and retirees alike Schools in a nutshell..............10 Turn on the utilities................13 Business directory..................15 Area map....................................16,17 Government services...........18 Join a club..................................20 Things to do, places to go ...23Cover: Having fun at White Point. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith Beacon photos by Mike Griffith “I love it here,” says Maria Young, Bluewater Bay with children Ashley, 4, and Philip, 5. “It s great for the kids. I feel safe."Small-town charm, city amenities Continued on page 5 Judy Alley

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Management and staff of the Ritz Salon would like to welcome you to the area! We have been located in the Niceville Community of Bluewater Bay for over 17 years. We are your friends, neighbors and full service family hair care providers. We are proud of our community and wish to beautify it... one head at a time. Welcome to Niceville! Mid-Bay Plaza Bluewater Bay897-4466 Find us on Facebook The Newcomer Guide, a supplement to The Bay Beacon Page 4 Spring-Summer 2013

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and a center of research, development and testing of new, advanced weapons systems. It is also home to such elite military training and operational units as the 33rd Fighter Wing, which trains pilots and maintainers for the F-35 Joint Strike fighter, the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, the Army Ranger School, and the Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). The base attracts many of the nations top defense contractors, engaged in advanced scientific and technical research and development programs. In recent years, local business and government leaders have also been actively seeking to attract other hightechnology industries to the area, in such fields as aerospace, pharmaceuticals, and medical technology„industries that are attracted by the abundance of technically-trained people, as well as by the high quality of life along the north Florida coast. Transportation in the local area includes the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, as well as airports in Destin and Crestview. Main traffic arteries include local highways connecting to Interstate 10, and a highway bypass is being built around Niceville to speed traffic to and from the Mid-Bay Bridge and Destin by early 2014. Commercial and charter fishing also remain important parts of the local economy, and help to attract tourists and vacationers to the area. Local history can be studied at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, the Air Force Armament Museum, and other nearby facilities. Numerous archeological sites can be found in the area, to include the remains of early settlers' cabins and sawmills, and the earthen ceremonial mounds of the first American Indians to inhabit northern Florida. Niceville resident Melissa Welch said she has been here for about a year with her husband, who is in the Air Force. We love it,Ž she said of Niceville as she visited the citys Childrens Park with her three sons Jackson, 4, Oliver, 2, and George, 1. Its very kid-friendly, close to Destin and the beaches, and it has lots of parks. Its quiet.Ž Education is also an important part of the community. Local schools from elementary through middle and high school are consistently ranked among the highest in Florida in college entrance exam scores. Advanced middle school students can attend the Science, Technology, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) Center in Valparaiso, and other schools offer special programs in fields ranging from auto mechanics to computer technology and aeronautics. In addition to public education, private schools are also available, such as Rocky Bayou Christian School, which teaches students from early grades through high school and is top-rated academically. For higher education, there is Northwest Florida State College From page 3 Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 5 Continued on page 7 Beacon photos by Mike Griffith The emerald waters of the Gulf beaches, just 20 minutes away by car, beckon Twin Cities residents.A few minutes from Gulf beaches Lowest College Tuition in NW FL 5 Bachelors Degree Programs Associate Degrees & Career Certificates GED/ Adult Education Collegiate High School ROTC eCampus/ Distance Learning Financial Aid Available www.nwfsc.edu Niceville Campus: (850) 729-6922 Fort Walton Campus: (850) 863-6500 Eglin AFB Center: (850) 200-4180 Hurlburt Field Center: (850) 200-4190Chautauqua Center, DeFuniak Springs: (850) 200-4100 South Walton Center: (850) 200-4160 Sikes Center, Crestview: (850) 200-4141 Melissa Welch

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INTHEDININGROOMSeafood € Steak € Pasta € and moreONTHEPATIOBILGEPUBLOUNGEEarly Bird Specials: 4:30 till 6pm € 7 days a week Also Offering: Childrens and Gluten free menus Live Entertainment: Fri. and Sat. 6-10pm Happy Hour: 3-6pm, Mon.-Sat. in the lounge Private Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, & Receptions 124 John Sims Pkwy € 850-678-2805On the water ~ just over the Niceville line in Valparaisowww.theboathouselanding.com ROOMSFORPRIVATEPARTIES BOATHOUSE LANDING BOATHOUSE LANDING The The Reservations Accepted The Newcomer Guide, a supplement to The Bay Beacon Page 6 Spring-Summer 2013

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(NWFSC), which offers both twoand four-year degrees in such fields as nursing, education, medical technology, law enforcement and business management, and also serves as a launching pad for students who prefer to complete their first two years of college close to home, then transfer to one of Floridas big universities. Nicevilles Twin Cities Hospital has a state of the art emergency room, 65 beds for in-patient care, and is top-ranked for patient satisfaction. Other nearby medical facilities include the Eglin Air Force Base regional medical center, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, and Sacred Heart Hospital near Destin. There are also numerous outpatient clinics, and several local assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and a memory care facility for people with Alzheimers. The NWFSC campus in Niceville is also home to the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center, where symphony concerts and touring Broadway-caliber shows routinely entertain local audiences. The school also offers one of the nations best education programs in art, music, and drama. Maria Young, of Bluewater Bay, enjoys bringing her children Ashley, 4, and Philip, 5, to the childrens park in Niceville. She said she and her Army husband have been in the area for about a year. I love it here,Ž said Young. Its great for the kids. I feel safe, especially when my husband has to leave. I never hear of anything bad happening in our neighborhood." "Both my children are enrolled in Rocky Bayou Christian School,Ž she said, and there are plenty of local activities for them, such as basketball and gymnastics.Ž Niceville resident Tom Churan said he has lived in Niceville for the last 11 years. I was stationed here with the military, twice,Ž he said. Then, I worked here as a civil servant for the Air Force. I have also lived in Fort Walton Beach and Shalimar." Churan said his feelings about Niceville are very favorable. In olden days, this was just a fishing community, and not very soughtafter.Ž Now, he said, Niceville is more developed, but still keeps its quiet, fishing village charm. I like the community itself. Its very friendly, and it has the nicest library I have seen in a long while. There are plenty of restaurants, and its a very pleasant place to live.Ž Mary Morken, also of Niceville, said she has lived here for 16 years, ever since her husband came to the area to coach basketball at Northwest Florida State College. Its great here,Ž she said. Its a friendly place, the crime rate is low, and there is plenty of access to beaches.Ž Morken said that her threeNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 7 A -rated schools win state, U.S. honors Continued on page 9 Northwest Florida State College offers a variety of degrees, from two-year community-college diplomas to four-year programs in nursing and teaching. Now registering Grades K-6th for the Rocky Bayou Christian School Destin Campus. For more information and a campus tour call the Admissions Director at 850.279.3727. From page 5 Tom Churan

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children are all students at Niceville High School. Niceville is a great place to raise kids,Ž she said. The academic expectations are very high, and the school district here is very good. Nearly all the local schools are rated A or A-plus. Here advice to newcomers, Morken said, is, Get out and about. Meet people. Go to the college and the arts center. Sporting events here are very cheap or free. Visit the childrens park. There are also lots of churches, with community outreach programs, like the community center at First United Methodist Church.Ž In Valparaiso, Ronnell Barbour said he has lived in that city for five years. He said he came to the small city because it was a good place to operate his home remodeling business. I like the environment here, Its peaceful,Ž said Barbour. You can raise a family here without being worried.Ž Asked what he liked best about Valparaiso, Barbour replied, I like the Valparaiso library, and the city has great parks. There are friendly people, with a great sense of hospitality.Ž Barbour said he also enjoys fishing in local waters, where he catches bass, as well as catching saltwater fish. Eleven-year-old Celeste Shipley was also at the Valparaiso library, where she was studying and visiting her uncle, Tony Shipley, who is the director of the library, although they both live in nearly Fort Walton Beach. I go to school at the STEMM Center here in Valparaiso, Celeste said. Its a lot of fun. Some of the academic material is tough, but once its explained, it gets better, because then you know whats going on. My science classes are two grade levels above the actual grade Im in.Ž I love aviation,Ž she added. I especially like the flight lab, which has flight simulators.Ž Tony Shipley said he enjoys working in Valparaiso. Its a nice community. The people are friendly, and they really support the library, through visits and book checkouts as well as with donations.Ž Asked what advice he would give a newcomer to Valparaiso, Shipley, who is also a board member for the Heritage Museum in Valparaiso, said, There is a lot of local history to explore. The city also has some great community festivals, like Saturday in the Park and the annual Fourth of July celebration.Ž Asked what advice she would offer new classmates at the STEMM Center, Celeste said, When you feel like youre failing, just keep studying and trying your best. The teachers are also available for tutoring after class each day. Believe in yourself. You can do it.Ž Beacon photos by Mike Griffith "The people are friendly," says Tony Shipley, director of the Valparaiso Library, whose daughter Celeste attends school in the city. From page 7‘Such a great place to raise children’Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 9 Family Dental CareCompassionate Personalized CareRestore Your Smile, Keep Your ScheduleBeautiful Smiles Begin Here CEREC delivers top quality restorations in one visit, so you can get back to what matters most.Same Day CrownsComplimentary Second Opinion(Includes Free X-Ray, D0220, D9310)• Comprehensive Family Care • Advanced Sterilization Techniques • Luma Arch Whitening In Office • Cosmetic Veneers/Bonding • Preventative Dentistry • Custom Crowns/ Bridges • Implant Restoration • Gentle Nitrous Oxide • Digital X-Rays CONVENIENT SCHEDULING Monday Thursday 7:30am-5:30pm Friday: Closed Ralf P. Zapata, DDS Thomas Grant, DMD We Welcome New Patients & Emergencies729-1223www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com 908 S. Palm Blvd., Niceville Ronnell Barbour

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—800 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville —nicevillehighschool.org —Grades: 9-12 —Phone: 833-4114 —Hours: 7 a.m.-1:45 p.m. —Principal: Rodney Nobles —Enrollment: 1927 —Staff: 101 professional —Booster president: Jim Evans —SAC chair: Leslie Sheekley —Volunteer coordinator: Rebekah Ellis —420 volunteers —Designated “A” school by Florida Department of Education —Ranked in top 10% of all Florida high schools —Ranked No. 2 high school in state of Florida among traditional public high schools which have no restrictive admissions requirements. —Ranked #163 by Washington Post out of 1,898 schools across the U.S. —Class of 2012 earned $10,227,789.00 in scholarships —Advanced Studies students earn up to 60 college credits —71% of students at NHS took at least one or more Advanced Placement or Cambridge AICE exams in May/June 2012. —183 Advanced Placement Scholars in 2012 —15 National Scholars in 2012 —70% school-wide pass rate on all Advanced Placement exams in 2012 —73% school-wide pass rate on all Cambridge AICE exams in 2012 —5 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists for 2012 —4 National Merit Scholarship recipients for 2012 —3 U. S. Military Academy appointments for 2012 —Leading-edge Information Technology Institute —Award-winning Performing Arts Programs —Innovative Intensive Studies Programs —Winning athletic teams recognized statewide —Special facilities or programs: Advanced International Certificate of Education, Advanced Placement, Honors, Gifted, and dual enrollment, CHOICE (Information Technology, Aviation), Family and Consumer Science, JROTC, Leadership, Executive Internship, ESE, Intensive Studies programs, journalism, music, award-winning Fine Arts. —Clubs and activities: Student Government, Academic team/Knowledge Masters, College Readiness; Bands—Jazz, Marching, Symphonic, Chess Club, Chorus, Creative Writing, Art Club, Culinary Club, Debate, Drama, Dance Team, Majorettes, Entr Nous, Future Educators of America, Interact Club, Junior Classical League, Key Club, Kitty Hawk Air Society, American Sign Language, Literary Guild, Math Club, EARTH Club, Minority Council, National Honor Society, Ocean Science Club, Philosophy Club, Step Team, French Club, Spirit Club, S.A.D.D., Robotics Team, Young Democrats, Young Republicans, Photoshop Club,Yearbook. —College board average scores: ACT composite, 24.1; SAT writing 514; SAT math 544, SAT critical reading 536.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 10 Spring-Summer 2013 Rocky Bayou Christian School Ruckel Middle School Collegiate High School at NWF State College—100 E. College Blvd., Niceville (Northwest Florida State College) —nwfcollegiatehigh.org —Grades: 10-12 —Phone: 729-4949 —Hours: 9:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. —Director: Anthony Boyer —Enrollment: 275 —Staff: 17 plus Northwest Florida State College faculty —This public charter high school allows students the opportunity to complete their high school diploma and earn college credit simultaneously. Students participate in college classes alongside college-age students. Students who cannot meet the rigors of dual enrollment participate in a precollegiate curriculum. —Special facilities or programs: All NWFSC student facilities are open to Collegiate High School students. —Collegiate HS students may participate in extracurricular activities at their home school. Sports, bands, clubs: All NWFSC student organizations are open to Collegiate High School students. The Collegiate High School also has its own organizations such as yearbook, student government, academic team and thespians. —Average college board scores: ACT composite, 26.1; SAT critical reading, 589; SAT math, 593; SAT writing, 563. —2101 N. Partin Drive, Niceville —201 Beach Drive, Destin —www.rbcs.org —Grades: Kindergarten through 12, plus VPK and K-3 -K-4 —Phone: 729-7227 —Hours: 8:05 a.m.-3:15 p.m. —Superintendent: Michael Mosley —Enrollment: 741 students —Staff: 140 teachers —College preparatory K3-12 program, offering 13 Advanced Placement courses. —Special facilities or programs: Special Services Department certified by National Institute for Learning Disabilities serves special needs students, home school assistance, summer camp programs, full service transportation. Accepts Florida McKay scholarships, as well as Step Up for Students; dual-enrollment & AP classes taught on campus. —Extracurricular: Elementary school band, middle school band, high school band (which performed in 2012 at Sugar Bowl half-time), jazz band, concert band, chamber choir, middle school choir, concert choir, praise band, football, cross-country, track, swimming, tennis, wrestling, baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, golf, cheerleading, weightlifting, drama, chapel, Missions Club, Junior Classical League, Academic Team, Math Club, Leadership Trek. —College board average scores: ACT composite, 25; SAT combined 1662 —$2.4 million in scholarships offered to 52 graduates in 2012. a Niceville High SchoolOverviews of public, private schools • Ages 6 weeks to 12 years • Creative Curriculum • Sneak-A-Peek/Secured Internet Viewing • Safety Cameras & Telephones in Classroom • Before & After School Care & Transportation • VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program) • School Age Summer Camp 850-678-0600www.kidsdiscovery.net74 N. John Sims Pkwy., ValparaisoOpen: Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. FREEVPK Program Locally Owned & Operated Lic# C01OK0118 SUMMER CAMP Enrollment and Splash Pad —201 N. Partin Drive, Niceville —ruckelmiddleschool.com —Grades: 6-8 —Phone: 833-4142 —Fax: 883-3291 —Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:20 p.m. —Principal: Debra Collins Goolsby —Assistant Principal: Dennis Samac —Enrollment: 950 students —Staff: 70 faculty and staff —Counselor: Laura Long —State report card grade: 14th Consecutive A —Ranked #10 out of 587 Florida Middle Schools —PTO president: Barbie Council —SAC chair: Joseph Bowers —More than 500 volunteers —Special facilities or programs: Portable and regular computer labs and Robotics labs Course offerings: Remediation, regular, advanced and gifted core classes Courses for high school credit: Introduction to Technology, Web Design, Algebra I Honors, Geometry and Physical Science Honors Ram Stars Remediation Program (Strategies That Achieve Real Success) in reading. ElectivesBand, Chorus, Advanced Art, Physical Education, Physical Fitness, Advanced Spanish, Introduction to Technology, Multimedia Production and Web Design. Sixth gradeexploratory wheel includes Spanish, Art and Computers. Facilities: Portable and regular computer labs, and Robotics lab. Programs: Real world and Academics Meet (RAM) Science and Social Studies classes connect their content to a realworld application/experience. Sixth grade Challenger Center, Seventh grade Health Fair, Eighth grade Robotics, Science Fair and Success Center after school tutoring. —Sports: football, cross-country track, baseball, softball, volleyball, track, basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, swimming, cheerleading and dance team. —Arts: Football band, concert/symphonic band, jazz band, Ambassadors select chorus, 5th-grade band program, majorettes. Both band and chorus participate in the All County and All State musical programs. —Clubs: Math Counts, National Junior Honor Society, Knowledge Masters, Multicultural Club, Books and Breakfast Book Club, Academic Team, Math Team, Yearbook, Chess Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Literary Guild.

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 11Okaloosa STEMM Academy“School of Choice” for science, technology, engineering, math and medicine studies. —379 Edge Ave., Valparaiso —www.okaloosaschools.com/STEMM —Grades: sixth grade —Principal: Rick Soria —Phone: 833-4120 —Fax: 833-4177 —Hours: 7:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. —Enrollment: 88 students —Staff: 8 (faculty and staff) —4545 Range Road, Niceville —okaloosa.k12.fl.us/bluewater —Grades: Pre-KD through 5 —Phone: 833-4240 —Fax: 833-4232 —Hours: 8:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m. —Principal: Connie Hall —Assistant Principal: Amy Klugh —Enrollment: 855 students —Staff: 85 (faculty and staff) —State report card grade: A —Full-time Counselor —Part-time Literacy Coach: Angelle Crosby —Sports, music programs, clubs, Student Council (grades 3-5), Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Full time music and art program, Accelerated Reader, IXL Math, Bluewater Green Team, Young Astronauts Club, Camp Invention and Art summer camps, Safety Patrol. Day Care, Art class and Green Team activities available on early release days —Full-time immersion class for gifted students in grades 1 through 5 —Daycare hours: 6:15-8:45 a.m., 3:15-6 p.m. Daycare coordinator: Gina White —PTO co-president:s: Kelli Vandenboom and Shere Tuckey —SAC chair: Gary Turner —Volunteer coordinator: Pat Licursi —350 volunteers. Received Golden School Award for volunteer program. —Consistently scores in the top 1 percent of all tested Florida schools. —Early release for Teacher Professional Development first Thursday of each month with dismissal at 12:50 p.m. —Member of the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Nutshell descriptions of area schoolsDestin Middle School Lewis School—4608 Legendary Marina Drive, Destin —www.okaloosa.k12.fl.us/destinm —Grades: 5-8 —Phone: 833-7655 —Hours: 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. —Principal: Diane Kelley, Ed.D. —Enrollment: 605 —Staff: 59 —State report card grade: A —SAC Chair: Joy Makela —Volunteer coordinator: Judy Hall —Special facilities or programs: emphasis in technology and fine arts (band, dance, media production, tumbling, Spanish, visual arts, graphic art and design), "School of Choice" for Bluewater community, football stadium, lighted fields, weight room with state-of-theart fitness equipment, two networked Internet-accessible computer labs, tech lab, Splash TV studio, art studio, air-conditioned gym, certified counselor, Accelerated Math. —Sports: cross-country, volleyball, football, basketball, soccer, swim, tennis, softball, baseball, track, cross country, golf. —Exemplary programs: cheer/dance team, tumbling, band, academic team, Builders Club, yearbook, Knowledge Masters, art exhibit, Accelerated Reader program, Beta Club, state science fair finalists, Boat Race (7th grade), jazz band, marching band, symphonic band, beginning and intermediate band, algebra, web design, algebra for high school credit, biology, Intro to IT for high school credit, anti-bullying campaign, gifted/advanced courses, community mentoring program and Math Counts. —300 N. Highway 85, Niceville —www.okaloosaschools.com/edge/ —Phone: 833-4138 —Hours: 8:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m. —Principal: Dr. Samantha Dawson —Enrollment: 570 students —Staff: 65 (faculty and staff) —State report card grade: A —PTO President: Kellee Dali —SAC chairperson: Joseph Bowers —Volunteer Coordinators: Maria Lewis and Debby Gardner —400+ volunteers —Sports, band, clubs: chorus, K-Kids, Tiger News Crew Television network, Paw Print Express (schoolwide post office). Leadership Clubs, Edge Mile Club —Gifted classes, speech occupational therapy, physical therapy. —Closed circuit TV studio, computer lab. —Mentor, tutoring programs, quarterly awards program (academics and character). —Day care hours: 6:30-8 a.m., 2:50-6 p.m. —Summer day care program, including off campus field trips. Bluewater Elementary School Edge Elementary School—281 Mississippi Ave., Valparaiso —www.okaloosaschools.com/lewis —Grades: K-8 —Phone: 833-4130 —Hours: 7:30 a.m.-2:05 p.m. —Principal: Mike Fantaski —Enrollment: 620 students —Staff: 70 teachers and staff —State report card grade: A —PTO president: Heather Bentley —SAC chair: Jo Culberson and Julie Magnotti —Volunteers & Mentors: Pang Shaffer —200 volunteers —Special facilities or programs: art suite, technology girls' varsity complex, soccer, baseball, softball complex, band suite, air-conditioned gym and wellness room, exceptional education, television studio, networked and Internet-accessible computer lab. —Incorporated Stem Programs in science, technology and math. —Sports: cross-country, volleyball, football, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, softball, baseball, track, swimming, cheerleading, dance team, summer sports. Many opportunities for fifth and sixth graders. —Exemplary programs: Encore fine arts program including marching band and two symphonic bands, beginning band, jazz band, exploratory wheel, drama, select chorus, show choir, advanced art, Web design, Spanish, television/radio/multi-media production. Accelerated, meritorious and enhancement courses in all grade levels. Intensive reading, writing and math, talented and gifted, STEM research, high school credit courses, pre-AP curriculum. —Co-curricular activities: Earth Club, Builders Club, National Junior Honor Society, Young Astronauts, Sign Language Club, Recycling Club, student council, academic team, and yearbook Let us help you find yourPiece ofParadise! • Residential • Commercial • New Construction • Property Management • Vacation Rentals • Military Relocation Specialists www.EmeraldDunesRealEstate.com 902 C PALM BLVD. 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—220 Pine Ave., Niceville —www.okaloosaschools.com/plew/ —Grades Pre-K through 5 —Phone: 833-4100 —Hours: 8:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m. —Principal: Carolyn McAllister —Enrollment: 690 students —Staff: 45 teachers —State report card grade: A —Chorus, Young Astronauts (5th), Knowledge Masters, Spanish Club, Mile Club, Oval Art, Smiley Math, Accelerated Reader., Accelerated Math. —PLA: Ammy Hansen president; Lori Plourd, vice president. —SAC chair: Michelle Tredway —Volunteer coordinator: Melissa Berry — 500 volunteers —Day care hours: 6:30-8:20 a.m., 2:50-6 p.m. Summer day care hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.Freeport Middle School Eglin Elementary School Freeport High SchoolPortraits of Twin Cities schools —360 Kylea Laird Drive, Freeport —walton.k12.fl.us/schools/fms/ —Hours: 7:27 a.m.-2:20 p.m. —Grades: 5-8 —Phone: 892-1221 —Principal: Charlie Morse —Enrollment: 427 —Staff: teachers: 30; staff 21 —State report card grade: A —SIT chair: Kristy Moody —Programs: Academic Team, Drama Club, TV Productions, 3 state of the art networked computer labs, Youth for Christ, after school tutoring as needed. —Sports: lighted football field, weight rooms, air-conditioned gym, girls volleyball, basketball soccer and softball, boys baseball, basketball soccer and football. —Also offered are beginning band, advanced band and career education. —12615 BusinessHwy. 331, Freeport —fhs.walton.k12.fl.us/ —Grades: 9-12 —Phone: 892-1201 —Hours: 7:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m. —Principal: Shirley Foster —Assistant principal: Joshua Harrison —Enrollment: 345 —Faculty and staff: 48 —SIP Chair: Gloria Miller —Volunteer Carla Hunt, media specialist and volunteer coordinator —Counselor: Jessica Obert —Special programs: Various dual enrollment classes, DCT, teacher assisting program, Web design, Engineering classes and business computer classes, FCAT remediation and grade retrieval programs. —Extra-curricular programs: Band, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, softball, track, volleyball, tennis, weightlifting, academic team, yearbook, Ambassador Program, Anchor Club, Youth for Christ, History Club, National Honor Society, newspaper. —College board average scores: ACT composite, 21; SAT combined scores, 1130. —200 Gaffney Road, Eglin AFB —okaloosa.k12.us/eglin —Pre-K with disabilities 4th grade —Phone: 833-4320 —Hours: 8:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. —Principal: Dr. Karyn M. Combs —Enrollment: 484 —Staff: 50 —State report card grade: A —150 volunteers —A+ School 10 consecutive years (Florida School Recognition Award) —Accelerated Reader Program —Jump Rope for Heart —Gifted education K-4 —Mentor program —Pre-kindergarten disabilities classes —Reading, math and writing remediation —Character trait education —State-of-the-art science lab Plew Elementary School Freeport Elementary School—15381 Business 331, Freeport —walton.k12.fl.us/FES/default.com —Grades: Pre-K-4 —Phone: 892-1211 —Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. —Principal: Pam Jones —TSA: Wyndy Crozier —Guidance Counselor: Laurie Holt —Enrollment: 530 —Staff: 72 —State report card grade: B —Volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Currie —PTO Presidents: Ann Glass and Retha Laird —Mascot: Wildcats —Special programs: gifted, accelerated reading, FES Student Council, music, art, Positive Behavior System. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 12 Spring-Summer 2013 CARING, COMPETENTPROFESSIONALSHELPINGYOUTOA SWIFTRECOVERY NICEVILLE 850-897-80811950 Bluewater Blvd., Suite 100DESTIN850-662-37137720 Hwy. 98 W. Suite 200CRESTVIEW850-897-8081550 W. Redstone Ave., Suite 320ACCEPTS MOST INSURANCEwww.bluewaterorthopedics.com Joint Replacement • Sports Injury • Fracture Care • Arthroscopic Surgery Thomas M. Fox, D.O. Orthopedic Surgeon Board Certified William J Markowski, M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon Board Certified Steven S. Donchey, M.D. Musculoskeletal Medicine Sports Medicine Board Certified Bradley J. Goeke, M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon Board Certified Rustin G. Sorensen, P.A.-C Physician Assistant Erin N. Robinson, P.A.-C Physician Assistant The team at Bluewater Orthopedics wants to welcome you to the area!

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(Area code: 850)Electricity Cities of Niceville, Valparaiso and areas west of Rocky Bayou bridgeGulf Power Co. 1057 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 800-225-5797 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. gulfpower.comBluewater Bay and other areas east of Rocky Bayou bridgeChoctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (CHELCO) 1401 Cat-Mar Road Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 800-342-0990 Local: 850-892-2111 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. chelco.comNatural gas Okaloosa Gas District P.O. Box 548 364 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-4700 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. okaloosagas.comWater and sewer Niceville and adjacent unincorporated areas between Valparaiso and Rocky Bayou bridgeNiceville City Hall Utility Billing & Finance Dept. 208 N. Partin Drive Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 279-6436 ext/1100 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Public Works Dept.: 729-4064 ext. 2004 Fax: 279-4897 920 S. Cedar Ave., Bldg. B Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. publicworks@niceville.orgValparaisoValparaiso City Hall 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5402 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.orgAreas east of Rocky Bayou bridge to Okaloosa County lineOkaloosa Co. Water & Sewer 1804 Lewis Turner Blvd. Suite 300 Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 Phone: 651-7171 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 812 James Lee Blvd. (same bldg. as Health Dept.) Crestview, FL 32539 Phone: 689-7922 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m. okaloosaws.comVilla Tasso & Choctaw BeachNorth Bay Water System 112 Highway 20 West Freeport, FL 32439 Phone: 835-2822 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. freeportflorida.govGarbage and other waste Niceville city limitsNiceville City Hall Utility Billing 208 N. Partin Dr.. Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 279-6436 ext. 1100 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. cityofniceville.orgValparaiso city limitsValparaiso City Hall 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5402 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.orgUnincorporated areas in Okaloosa and Walton countiesWaste Management 108 Hill Ave. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 862-7141 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon wm.comHousehold hazardous waste, countywide, Okaloosa CountyOkaloosa County Recycling Office Public Works Continued on page 14 Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 13 Two electric utilities, Gulf Power and Chelco, serve the Twin Cities area. Beacon photoObtaining utilities and other service s Jean Floyd 865-8548 Kelly Shephard 543-7353 Bernie Busovne830-3463 Pam Weeks 259-3886 Lynn Bowling 259-0448 Mary Coger 319-3502 Chris Schwantz368-4280 Judy Griffin 685-8595 Debbie Collins 375-0555Susan Rood 855-7411 Susan Jordan 461-8112 Shirley Wohleber 830-6222 Linda Zickler 621-7233 Clara Miles 543-1092 Janice Busovne 598-9497 Warren Meigs 428-1595 Myke Triebold 305-6256 Amanda Housand218-5582 Dag Davenport 797-3721 Melissa Floyd 830-1937 Krystal Mitchell 225-3991 Now partnering with Emerald Coast Property Management Call 850-279-4332 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.Experience you can count on fromYour Neighborhood Agents! & Debbie Stretch 218-8312Bob Stretch 218-6374& www.nicevillekw.com

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South County Public Works Yard, 2 doors down from 84 Ready Ave. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 651-7394 By appointment: Thursday, 1-3 p.m., and the third Saturday of each month, 7-11 a.m. Crestview drop: 1759 S. Ferdon Blvd. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. No appt. needed Phone: 689-5772 co.okaloosa.fl.us (see drop listings)Used motor oilCity of Niceville Niceville residents only (county residents, call 651-7395) 723 27th St. Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 279-6436 ext. 2004 Publicworks@niceville.org Public Works: Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Oil dropped off by appointment, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Auto Zone 193 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 678-3881 Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Pennzoil Lubrication Center 1198 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 729-3333 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon Recycling newspapers, cans, bottles, weekly curbside pickupAll areas Waste Management 108 Hill Ave. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 862-7141 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.noon Call for pickup schedule for your street. wm.comRecycling to benefit fireworksAll areas To help fund the July 4th fireworks display, donate your aluminum cans anytime in the recycling bin behind Niceville City Hall Compex 208 N. Partin Drive. Also benefiting the fireworks, the City of Valparaiso collects aluminum cans at Valparaiso City Hall, at 465 Valparaiso Parkway, open 24/7. Lewis School collects cans only at 281Mississippi Ave. Valparaiso, FL 32580Telephone CenturyLink Local phone: 811 Long distance: 1-800-339-1811 centurylink.com Cox Communications Parkway East Plaza 1173 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 866-463-0892 Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. cox.comCable television All areas except ValparaisoCox Communications Parkway East Plaza 1173 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 866-463-0892 Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. cox.comValparaisoValparaiso Communication Systems 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5404 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.netNewspapers The Bay Beacon (weekly) 1181 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. baybeacon.com Northwest Florida Daily News (daily) 2 Eglin Parkway NE Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 863-1111 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. nwfdailynews.com N E W S From page 13Garbage and recycling collection Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 14 Spring-Summer 2013 Twice-weekly curbside garbage pickup is the norm in the area. In Valparaiso, however, city sanitation crews collect garbage from cans from residential backyards. Beacon photo Smile with Confidence again! To us, dentistry is a science and an art that can create a beautiful smile and restore your health. We provide gentle, quality, cosmetic dentistry and oral health care in a friendly and comfortable setting.CROWNS & BRIDGES € DENTURES DENTAL IMPLANTS € ROOT CANALS GULF COAST DENTAL • New Patients Welcome • Latest Technology Air Abrasion • Comprehensive Hygiene Dept. • Full Service Dentistry • Emergency Service Available • Assistance With All Insurance • Highest Quality Sterilization Procedures • Cigna P.P.O. Accepting Care Credit • Intra-Oral Camera See your mouth the way we can5% OFF COPAYS WITH MILITARY I.D. Steven G. Robinette D.D.S.Practicing in NW Florida with more than 22 years of experience. IntroducingLaser Periodontal Therapy for treating Gum Disease STEVEN G. ROBINETTE D.D.S. ZOOM2! Professional Whitening System 4566 HWY 20 East, Ste 108 • Courtyard Plaza/Bluewater Bay • Niceville, FL 32578 www.gulfcoastdental.net850-897-9600Like usonFACEBOOK

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Carr, Riggs & Ingram (850) 897-4333 4502 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. A Niceville, FL 32578 www.cripa.com Holt Phillips Services, Inc. (850) 897-5559 531 County Line Rd. Niceville, FL 32578 holtphillipsservices@hotmail.com www.holtphillips.com The Arts & Design Society (850) 244-1271 17 S.E. First St. Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548 www.artsdesignsociety.org Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair (850) 729-6629 610 Elm St. Niceville, FL 32578 www.twincitiesautomotiverepair.com Mullins Auto Body (850) 678-0056 1419 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 Coastal Bank & Trust (850) 729-5500 Synovus Mortgage Corp. (850) 664-9580 1001 John C. Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 4300 Hwy. 20 East Niceville, FL 32578 23 S. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.coastalbankandtrust.com Hair Express (850) 678-4555 1019 E. John Sims Pkwy. Palm Plaza Niceville, FL 32578 Hair Illusions (850) 897-4897 4400 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 309 Niceville, FL 32578 Ritz Salon (850) 897-4466 4550 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. E Niceville, FL 32578 The Summit II in Hair (850) 678-1977 101 E John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.summit2inhair.com Freedom Boat Club (850) 218-8533 290 Yacht Club Drive Niceville, Fl 32578 www.Freedomboatclub.com Okaloosa Heart & Vascular Center Mark J. Katzenstein, MD Joseph A. Pedone, MD Michael L. Yandel MD Juan Carlos Zarate, MD Marcello A. Borzatta, MD (850) 279-4426 552 Twin Cities Blvd., Suite A Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 862-1753 1032 Mar-Walt Drive, Suite 110 Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 (850) 682-7212 129 E. Redstone Ave., Suite A Crestview, FL 32536 850-682-7212 4415 US Hwy. 331 South DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435 www.okaloosaheart.com Kids Discovery Quality Learning Center (850) 678-0600 74 N. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.kidsdiscovery.net First Baptist Church of Niceville (850) 678-4621 622 Bayshore Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.fbcniceville.org Immanuel Anglican Church (850) 837-6324 250 Indian Bayou Trail Destin, FL 32541 www.iacdestin.org Rocky Bayou Baptist Church (850) 678-6062 2401 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.rockybayoubaptist.org Rosemont Baptist Church (850) 678-1611 1601 27th St. Niceville, FL 32578 www.RBCniceville.org St. Paul Lutheran Church (850) 678-1298 St. Paul Preschool (850) 678-1298 1407 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.stpaulniceville.com Northwest Florida State College (850) 729-6922 100 College Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.nwfsc.edu Happy Computers (850) 729-7845 1107 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 Rocky Bayou Country Club (850) 678-3270 600 Golf Course Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.rockybayoucc.com Gulf Coast Dental (850) 897-9600 4566 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 108 Niceville, FL 32578 www.gulfcoastdental.net Niceville Family Dental Ralf P. Zapta, DDS Thomas Grant, DMD (850) 729-1223 908 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com Supercuts (850) 897-9933 4520 Highway 20 E. Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 423-1177 3379 Ferdon Blvd. S. Crestview, FL 33536 (850) 683-8000 2262 South Ferdon Blvd. Crestview, FL 33536 (850) 654-9911 16055 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Destin, FL 32541 www.supercuts.com Emerald Coast Health Institute (850) 729-6949 4566 E. Hwy. 20, Suite 105 Niceville, FL 32578 www.echidoc.com Food Depot (850) 678-6912 1015 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 Food World (850) 678-7075 1104 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.food-world.com Winn-Dixie (850) 897-3535 4512 E. Hwy. 20 Niceville, FL 32578 www.winn-dixie.com Bay Area Better Hearing(850) 279-4545 4400 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 211 Merchants Walk. Niceville, FL 32578 www.bayareabetterhearing.com EarCare Associates, Inc. Niceville Hearing Center (850) 678-3277 1001 W. College Blvd., Bldg. 2, Ste. I Twin Cities Medical Plaza Niceville, FL 32578 www.nicevillehearingcenter.com Fort Walton Beach Medical (850) 862-1111 1000 Mar-Walt Dr. Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547 www.fwbmc.com Twin Cities Hospital (850) 678-4131 2190 N. Hwy. 85 Niceville, FL 32578 www.TCHospital.com Fine Jewelry by Sherrie (850) 423-4538 2256 South Ferdon Blvd. Crestview, FL 32536 BDB Custom Motorcycles (850) 897-1769 93 John C Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 The Bay Beacon (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@baybeacon.com The Eglin Flyer (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@eglinflyer.com The Green Beret (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@theberet.net The Hurlburt Patriot (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@hurlburtpatriot.com Emerald Coast Nursery (850) 897-0111 1405 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 Bluewater Orthopedics Thomas M. Fox, DO William J. Markowski, MD Steven S. Donchey, MD Bradley J. Goeke, MD (850) 897-8081 1950 Bluewater Blvd., Ste. 100 Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-8081 550 W. Redstone Ave. Ste. 320 Crestview, FL 32579 (850) 662-3713 7720 U.S. W. Hwy. 98, Ste. 200 Destin, FL 32541 www.bluewaterorthopedics.com Laura's Pet & Horse Supply (850) 678-2270 Palm Plaza 1051 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 Bay Area Psychological Consultants Benshoof & Tallman, P.A. Bonnie G. Benshoof, Ph.D., M.S.C.P. Michael L. Tallman Ph.D., M.S.C.P. (850) 729-0303 1417 N. Partin Drive, Ste. 1 Niceville, FL 32578 www.bayareapsychconsult.com Baywalk Real Estate, Inc. (850) 897-1101 4566 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 104 Niceville, FL 32578 www.baywalk2.com Carriage Hills Realty (850) 678-5178 • (800) 874-8929 1821 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.carriagehills.com realtor@carriagehills.comEmerald Dunes Real Estate & Development(850) 678-5498 Toll Free (866) 678-5498 902-C S. Palm Blvd. (near Subway) Niceville, FL 32578 www.EmeraldDunesRealEstate.comERA American Realty of Northwest Florida, Inc.(850) 585-2303, (850) 865-5455 1069 E. John Sims Pkwy. #5 Niceville, FL 32578 Keller Williams Realty (850) 279-4332 4534 Hwy. 20 E. Niceville, FL 32578 www.nicevillekw.com Boathouse Landing Restaurant (850) 678-2805 124 John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.theboathouselanding.com Caf Bienville (850) 678-2233 314 Bayshore Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.cafebienville.com Compass Rose (850) 389-2125 303 Glen Ave. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.compassrosevalp.com McDonald s Costa Enterprises Bluewater Bay McDonald's (850) 897-7353 4570 E. Hwy. 20 Niceville, FL 32578 Niceville McDonald's (850) 678-1844 1090 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.mcdmc.com Old Mexico Mexican Restaurant (850) 729-1127 1177 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 PoFolks (850) 729-2262 1170 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.pofolks.com Rocky Bayou Christian School (850) 678-7358 2101 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.rbcs.org Cool Fish Seafood Market (850) 729-3474 104 Redwood Ave. Niceville, FL 32578 Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (850) 897-1428 4400 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 403 Niceville, FL, 32578 www.mid-bay.comChoctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CHELCO) Bluewater Bay (850) 892-2111 • (800) 342-0990 1350 W. Baldwin Ave. DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435 www.chelco.com ACCOUNTING AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING ART CENTERS AUTO REPAIR AUTO BODY BANKS BEAUTY SALONS BOAT MEMBERSHIPS CARDIOLOGISTS CHILD LEARNING CENTERS CHURCHES COLLEGES COMPUTER REPAIR COUNTRY CLUBS DENTISTS FAMILY HAIR SALONS GROCERY STORES HEARING AIDS HOSPITALS JEWELRY MOTORCYCLES NEWSPAPERS NURSERIES ORTHOPEDICS PET SUPPLIES PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES REAL ESTATE RESTAURANTS SCHOOLS REAL ESTATE FAMILY MEDICINE SEAFOOD MARKETS TOLL BRIDGES UTILITIES DENTISTS THEBAYBEACONSCOMMUNITYDIRECTORY

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Vehicle registrationAll motor vehicles in Florida must be registered and/or titled within 10 days of becoming employed, placing children in public school, or establishing residency in Florida. Trailers which weigh 2,000 pounds or more must be registered and titled; trailers under 2,000 pounds need only to be registered. Trailers under 2,000 pounds will need a bill of sale and last registration from previous owner; if not a new purchase, current owner's registration is needed. Sales tax may be applicable. In some cases they will need a certified weight slip as well. The county tax collector, as an agent for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, processes registrations and titles and collects the necessary fees. To obtain a Florida vehicle title and registration, motorists must bring the current vehicle title, proof of Florida insurance, the vehicle itself and current state identification to any office of the Okaloosa County Tax Collector. Proof of insurance from a certified Florida agent or broker (binder, policy or card) is required to purchase and renew a license plate in Florida. The vehicle owner must present at a Tax Collector's office documentation of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in the amount of at least $10,000 and Protection Damage Liability (PDL) insurance in the amount of $10,000. Motorcycles, mobile homes, vessels and trailers are exempt from the insurance requirement. To transfer a Florida title, the seller must complete the transfer information on the current title, including purchaser's name, the selling price and the odometer reading at the time of the sale. A bill of sale may be submitted as proof of purchase price. Sales tax will be collected if applicable, such as when a vehicle was purchased out of state less than six months prior and the state it was purchased in has a reciprocal sales tax (such as Alabama) on any new purchase. All transfers must be completed within 30 days of the date the vehicle is assigned by the seller or a fee is levied at the time of transfer. Out-of-state titled vehicles must be physically present when applying for tag and title. Members of the U.S. armed forces who are stationed in Florida, but maintain their legal residence outside of Florida, are classified as nonresident military and are eligible for lower registration fees. To qualify for the lower military nonresident rates, the owner must submit a copy of military orders and provide their driver license or state ID. Proof of Florida insurance is mandatory. Military personnel who file for nonresident status on a vehicle will not be eligible to file for a $50,000 homestead exemption in Florida. Call the property appraiser's office, 651-7240, for information. The local Okaloosa County Tax Collector office and hours: Niceville 506 Highway 85 North Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 850-651-7300 Mon., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Website: OkaloosaTax.com. There are also tax collector's offices in Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and Eglin Air Force Base. Florida vehicle registrations may also be renewed online at OkaloosaTax.com.Driver's licenseA Florida motor vehicle operator's license is required within 30 days after becoming a permanent resident of the state (i.e., children enrolled in school system, employment established, etc.). Those with a valid license from another state may get a Class E non-commercial Florida license by passing a visual exam and paying a transfer fee. No written or driving test is required.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 18 Spring-Summer 2013 Visit the tax collector s office to transfer vehicle titles and registration, and for driver s license services. Continued on page 19 World-Class Service... With A Hometown Touch The Christmas Lady Debbie LewisCertified Residential Specialist Direct: 850.678-5355 Text: 850.865.5455Email: Debbie.Lewis@ERA.com www.DebbieKLewis.comCathy Alley Office: 850.678.1196 Mobile / Text: 850.585.2303Email: eracj@cox.net www.CathyAlley.com American Realty of Northwest Florida Inc.1069 E John Sims Parkway Suite 105 Niceville, FL 32578 • Military Relocation Experts. Both Wives of Retired Military Men • Getting a car tag or a driver’s license 850-897-5559 531 Countyline Rd. Niceville, Florida www.holtphillips.com SERVICES OFFERED • Residential service & replacement of Air Conditioning and Heating Systems • Marine Air • Electrical • Air Quality • Locally Owned & Operated • Serving the area for over 30 years • Fully licensed & insured • Factory trained technicians • Free second opinions Holt Phillips Services, Inc.Your Total Service Center Hwy. 20to Freeport to NicevilleCounty Line Rd. Homestead St.Hwy 293T o Mid-Bay Bridge

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The Florida license is valid for six to eight years for immigrants and U.S. Citizens and up to one year for nonimmigrants. Documents required, but not limited to, are a current U.S. passport or an original U.S. birth certificate (legal name change document may be required), an out-of-state driver's license and Social Security card. In addition, two proofs of residential address are required. Examples include: a piece of mail with your address, a mortgage statement or a rental lease agreement. Utility bills will also be accepted. Call 651-7300 or visit GatherGoGet.com to find out the necessary documents needed. Driver license manuals may be obtained from county tax collector's offices or www.OkaloosaTax.com. Available at Okaloosa County Tax Collector's offices are most services, such as original and renewal licenses, change of name or address and learner's tests. Full service driver license services are offered in Niceville, Crestview and Fort Walton Beach, with limited services available in the Destin office. There is also a Tax Collector branch on Eglin AFB. Contact the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's office for a more detailed list of services offered, 651-7300.Auto insuranceFlorida law requires that all automobile operators have no-fault insurance, also known as personal injury protection. Under the no-fault law, a motorist's insurance company pays for treatment of any personal injuries received as a result of an auto accident, no matter who is at fault, up to $10,000. You must show proof of this insurance, along with property damage liability in the amount of $10,000, to obtain automobile tags.Boat registrationWhen purchasing a boat Florida residents have 30 days to get their vessel titled and registered. New Florida residents must title and register their vessel within 90 days. Active duty-non residents are exempt from changing their out of state vessel registration to Florida, unless the registration expires. Register at the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's office in Niceville, 506 Highway 85 North. For more information, call 651-7300.Voter registrationRegister to vote at either of the Supervisor of Elections offices located at 302 Wilson St. N, Suite 102, Crestview, or 1804 Lewis Turner Blvd., Suite 404, Fort Walton Beach. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call the Crestview office, 689-5600, or the Fort Walton Beach office, 651-7272, for additional information. Forms may also be obtained at and submitted to Niceville City Library, 206 N. Partin Drive, and at the Valparaiso Community Library, 459 Valparaiso Parkway. Forms may also be picked up and turned in at other Okaloosa County public libraries, Department of Children and Families Services centers, Department of Labor offices serving people with disabilities (such as Division of Vocational Rehabilitation), driver's license offices and armed forces recruiting offices. Registration forms can also be completed and printed off the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections website, govoteokaloosa.com. In addition, voters can use the new online lookup tool to check registration status, view absentee requests, find assigned precinct and view sample ballots. Contact the Elections Office with any questions. Eligibility to register is defined on the form, and no witnessing or administration of an oath is required. Voters must be registered at least 29 days before an election to cast a ballot. Absentee voting, military and overseas voting and early voting information is available online and at the Supervisor of Elections office. For more information, visit the Supervisor of Elections website at govoteokaloosa.com or find them on Facebook. From page 18 Register at least 29 days prior to an election to cast a ballot. Forms are available throughout the county. Register at least 29 days before election Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 19 1 4 0 5 S P A L M B L V D • N I C E V I L L E F L 3 2 5 7 8 • ( 8 5 0 ) 8 9 7 0 1 1 1 • ( 8 5 0 ) 8 9 7 0 1 1 2 f a xA N N U A L S € P E R E N N I A L S € H E R B S 1 0 0 0  so f P l a n t s JOHN SIMS PKWY. HWY. 20VALPARAISO BLVD.PALM BLVD. 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4-H Club 689-5850, Haley Worley, okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu Adventure Club Clarice Hebinck 581-4591 AF Armament Museum Foundation 651-1808, afarmamentmuseum.com After school Program Niceville Library 279-4863, ext. 1514 Aglow International aglow.org Niceville 678-3117 Janet Thomason Ft. Walton Bch. 259-3641 Cynthia Holbrook Alaqua Animal Refuge 880-6399, AlaquaAnimalRefuge.org Alcoholics Anonymous 244-2421 All Sports Association allsportsassociation.org Alzheimer's Family Services 478-7790, Alzfamserv.org American Assn. of University Women Freida Spence 678-2900 American Cancer Society 244-3813, cancer.org American Girls History Mystery Book Club 279-4863, ext. 1514 American Flag in your yard Bill Brunkow, Kiwanis Club, 897-4396 American Legion Post 221 678-2682 Post 235 243-0221 American Red Cross of NWF 800-773-7620 AmVets Post 78 678-3828 Arts and Design Society 244-1271, artsdesignsociety.org Awana Clubs: First Presbyterian Church of Niceville 678-2521 Forest Lake Bible Church 797-0677 Rocky Bayou Baptist Church 678-6062 Baby Bookworms Program 279-4863, ext. 1514 Bass Club Stan Chandler 585-8237 Big Brothers Big Sisters 664-KIDS (5437) bbbsnwfl.org Blue Knights Law Enf. Motorcycle Club blueknightsfl26.org Bluewater Bay's Nine-Hole Ladies Golf League Diane Chiquett 89704498 Bluewater Bay Men's Golf Assoiciation Art Jean 897-3658 Bluewater Bay Sailing Club commodore@bbsc.com bbsc.com or Pat Ballasch at pballasch@dagarchetics.com Bluewater Elementary School PTO 833-4240 Bowling Leagues Hurricane Lanes 654-5251 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast 862-1616, bgcec.com Bridgeway Center 24 Hr. Crisis Line 244-9191 or 682-0101 Building Industry Association Jennifer Fleming 863-5107 Button Club Barbara or Don Lanier 729-7594 Camp Timpoochee 897-2224 Cancer Support Club of BWB Patti Cole 376-5778 Choctawhatchee Audubon Society Wallter Spence 678-3965 Choctawhatcheeaudubon.org Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance 200-4171; basinalliance.org Civil Air Patrol National HQ Maxwell A.F.B. 877-227-9142 Coast Aquatics 461-7012, coastaquatics.org Covenant Hospice 729-1800, covenanthospice.org Cribbage Club Pete Seda 678-0153 Daughters of the American Revolution Dottie Burdick 796-0783 fssdarchapters.org/choctawhatcheebay Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services 1-877-245-2457, dhhsnwfl.org Democratic Women's Club Trish Rowe 678-0871 Disabled American Veterans Ch. 112 897-1456; davmembersportal.org/chapters/fl/112 Ducks Unlimited Jim Stalls 729-2623; ducksunlimited.org Economic Development Council 362-6467 or 800-995-7374; florida-edc.org Edge Elementary School PTO Kellee Dali 729-3254 or 582-4533 Elder Services 833-9165; elder-services.org Elks Lodge 729-3557; elks.org Embroiderer's Guild Laura Gamble 496-3466 Emerald Coast Chorus Ed Simpson 897-7025; emeraldcoastchorus.com Emerald Coast Children s Advocacy Julie Hurst 833-9237, ext. 223; eccac.org Emerald Coast Concert Association 362-9356; emeraldcoastconcerts.com Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers 863-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-654-TIPS Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 20 Spring-Summer 2013 Rotarians are among the many volunteers serving the community.Take part in the community—join a club Continued on page 21 off Any purchase storewide, $10.00 or more.(Excludes all animal feed.) Must present ad to receive discount. Expires August 31, 2013.1051 John Sims Pkwy. (Palm Plaza) 678-2270 HOURS: M-F 9am-7pm € Sat 9am-6pm € Sun 12pm-6pm PETS € WILDLIFE € BIRDS € HORSES € LIVESTOCK € FEED € SUPPLIES € ADVICE Ask us how to get FREE* DOG FOOD *See store for detailsVery knowledgeable & friendly staff. If we dont have it in stock well try to order it for you. Grain Free/Holistic dog and cat food available.

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Emerald Coast Cyclists John Stamp 897-6862; eccyclists.com Emerald Coast Pipes & Drums Leslie Matheson 243-2879 Emerald Coast Sailing Association George Goodall 862-7276, ecsasailing.com Emerald Coast Tennis Council Steven Czonstka 897-4775 Emerald Coast Woodturning Guild Earnest Nettles 585-6064 Emerald Coast Writers emeraldcoastwriters.org Faithfully Fit Exercise Program Barbara Wilder 678-4411, ext. 123 Fla. Anthropological Society Pat Balanzategui 862-8968; faswe.org/chapters/emeraldcoast Fla. Council on Compulsive Gambling 1-888-ADMIT-IT (236-4848) Fla. Retired Educators Association info@frea.org Flying Needles Quilt Guild Sharon Jacobs, 897-0663 Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks 269-1062 Fresh Start for Children & Families 243-5648; freshstarrtforchildrenandfamilies.com Friends of the Museums Inc. 833-9595; friendsofthemuseums.org Friends of the Niceville Library 729-4070, libraryfriends@niceville.org Ft. Walton Sail and Power Squadron 315-0686; fwsps.com Garden Club, Bluewater Bay jjldl1@cox.net; bluewaterbaygardenclub.com Garden Club, Niceville Marsha Palmer 850-573-2422 Garden Club, Valparaiso marieharrison@valp.net GED Classes NW FL State College 729-5387 Genealogical Society Pat Pruett 678-2023 Girl Scout Council of FL Panhandle gscfp.org Goodwill Industries 729-2330 Grief Support Chris Krebs 729-1800, ext.4642 Habitat for Humanity Christy Jones 315-0025 habitatfwb.org Heritage Museum 678-2615; heritage-museum.org Junior League of the Emerald Coast 862-2665, jlec.org Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso Bill Brunkow 897-4396; niceville-valparaisokiwanis.org/ Knights of Columbus #7667 Ellis Boudreaux 678-3013 Knights of Columbus #13527 Larry Falk-650-5426, larryfalk1@yahoo.com Lewis School PTO 833-4130 League of Women Voters of Okaloosa County Mary Blackwell 621-4088; lwvokaloosa.org Lions Club of Niceville-Valparaiso 729-4000 Local Color Artists Club Amy Jo Rosati 678-4813 Lupus Support 897-3360 Masonic Lodge #312 678-7935 or 729-3197 Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation 650-2226; mattiekellyartsfoundation.or Mentor Program Diane Meredith 833-7614 meredithd@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us Military Order of the World Wars John Cahoon 862-5078 Narcotics Anonymous 850-496-1673 Nicotine Anonymous Andy C or Gwynn A 897-4721; nicotine-anonymous.org Niceville Community Guild Connie Naftel 678-7595 Niceville Exchange Club Dorothy Milller 678-4984 Niceville High School Booster Club Shirley McElroy 729-1737 or James Evens 897-4678 Niceville Library Main 279-4863, ext. 1500; Youth, ext. 1514 Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce 678-2323; nicevillechamber.org Niceville-Valparaiso Little League Baseball nvllb.net Niceville-Valparaiso Tea Party Joseph Pascarella 729-2874; emeraldcoastpatriots.com N. Okaloosa Republicans Ben White 797-9821 North Bay Society of the SwordRobert Drake 678-9190; northbayfencing.weebly.com North Florida Symphony Guild Jan Stogsdill 621-2323 NW Florida Astronomy Association Tom Haugh 678-6483; nwfastro.org Okaloosa Citizens Alliance 315-4646; oca1787.org Okaloosa Chamber Singers Marilyn Overturf 682-9651; okaloosachambersingers.org From page 20Contacting clubs and other organizationsNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 21 Scouting is one of many activities for young people. Continued on page 22 CRIis a regional CPA “ rm o ering accounting, auditing, and tax services… but thats justof the iceberg.the tip From government contracting to accounting outsourcing to business valuations, CRIs team o ers a depth of business consulting services delivered by a regional “ rm of collective expertise that is always focused on client service … and proactively addressing whats directly ahead. 4502 Highway 20 East Suite A Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-4333 CRIcpa.com blog.cricpa.com 3 4 5 Year Olds FREE … VPK PROGRAM Serving the Twin Cities since 1983 Now enrolling for Fall 2013SAINT PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH Ministering to the Twin Cities area since 1979 1407 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville 850-678-1298www.stpaulniceville.com Sunday Worship Hours 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.WE OFFER:€ Personalized classes € All teachers and staff, degreed & experienced € Age & developmentally appropriate materials € Secure facility € Parent enrichment program € Field trips and classroom guests € Christ-centered curriculum St. PaulPRESCHOOLSt. Paul Lutheran Church1407 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville 850-678-1298www.stpaulniceville.com/preschool.phpMember Evangelical Lutheran Education Association A Florida VPK Provider CO1OK0064 God’s work. Our hands.

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Okaloosa County Commission on the S tatus of Women www.occsw.org Okaloosa County Head Start Niceville 678-8461 or 651-0645 okaloosaheadstart.org Okaloosa Democratic Exec. Committee Darlo Kiely 609-3367; okaloosademocrats.com Okaloosa Republican Exec. Committee 609-4401; Gaye Ellis -Chairwoman Okaloosa/Walton Child Care Services 833-9330 Overeaters Anonymous 863-9659 or 428-0119. Ask for Bernice PAL Soccer Howard Hill 678-2182 nicevillepalsoccer.org Panhandle Animal Welfare Society 243-1525; paws-shelter.com Physician Referral Twin Cities Hospital 729-9468 Plew Elementary Parent Leader Assn. 833-4100; plew.org Preschool Story Time 279-4863, ext. 1514 Republican Women Okaloosa Federated Jean Dutton 862-3327; rwof.org Rocky Bayou Christian School PTF Amy Shaw or Nancy Jerrell 729-7227 rbcsptf@rbcs.org Rotary, Mid-Bay Dave Underwood 240-4599 Rotary, Niceville-Valparaiso Jimmie Boisjolie 699-0045 Ruckel Middle School PTO Barbie Councel833-4142 Salvation Army 243-4531 Sharing and Caring 729-3600; sharing-n-carring.org Shelter House Domestic Violence Center 243-1201; shelterhousenwfl.org Hotline: 863-4777 or 1-800-44-Abuse Silver Sands Republican Women Libby Hill 678-2182 Singles/Single Again (Niceville UMC) Pam Ellisor 678-4411, ext. 128 Sons of the American Revolution Leslie Matheson 243-2879 John Cahoon 862-5078 Sports Leagues at Niceville UMC Adult, Youth and Kidss 678-4411 ext. 145; nicevilleumc.org/recreation Stage Crafters Community Theater 243-1101, option 3; stagecrafters.com Stockstarters Club Stan Chandler 585-8237 Team Kids Northbay Baptist Church 897-3612 Toastmasters, Emerald Coast Herman Maranon 803-3249; emeraldcoast.toastmastersclubs.org TOPS 111 Michelle Hawver 678-2863 Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary Bobby Humphrey or Kelly Light 729-9463 Twin Cities Seniors Club Patricia Daniel 543-0869 Twin Cities Woman's Club Patty Mixon 897-7585 United Cerebral Palsy 863-9833 United Way, First Call for Help 243-9111 United Way of Okaloosa Walton 2 43-0315; united-way.org Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball vngsa.org White Sands Bowling Center Bowling league 863-2193 Work Force Development Board 651-2315 Xi Beta Pi Cathy Hess 279-4418 YMCA, Niceville 897-9622Eglin AFB clubsAuto Hobby Shop 882-2484 Bayview Club 651-1010 Eglin Aero Club 882-5148; eglinaeroclub.com Eglin Aero Modellers Pres. Mike Plummer 897-8648; V.P. Rod Campbell 897-1864; eglinaeromodellers.org Eglin Assoc. of Chief Master Sergeants Steve Sabin 729-1857 Eglin Bowling Center 882-3352 Eglin Base Library 882-5016 Eglin ConsolidatedClub 678-5127 Eglin Pet Welfare 678-5066; petwelfare.net Eglin Spouses' Club www.eglinsc.com Eglin Youth Programs 882-8212 Honor Guard 882-2156 or 882-2157 Outdoor Recreation 882-5058 Sand and Spur Riding Club 240-1821 Yacht and Dive Club 651-3122Is your organization missing from this list? Email info@baybeacon.com wth "Newcomer club listing update" in the subject line.Participating in community associations Sharing & Caring holds fundraisers, such as the Letter Carriers food drive, throughout the year to help the needy. From page 21Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 22 Spring-Summer 2013 FORT WALTON BEACH850-862-17531032 Mar-Walt Dr. Suite 110CRESTVIEW850-682-7212129 E. Redstone Ave. Suite A www.OkaloosaHeart.com NICEVILLE850-279-4426552 Twin Cities Blvd. Suite ADEFUNIAK SPRINGS850-682-72124415 U.S. Hwy. 331 South Mark J. Katzenstein, MD FACC, FSCAI Joseph A. Pedone, MD FACC, FACP, FSCAI, CCDS Michael L. Yandel, MD FACC, FSCAI Juan Carlos Zarate, MD FACC, FSCAI Marcello A. Borzatta, MD FACS 24-HOURTURNAROUND TIME for reporting diagnostic imaging studies Cardiac Peripheral Vascular Disease Specialists No Referral Necessary New Patient Appointments Available Immediately Bonnie G. Benshoof, Ph.D., M.S.C.P. Michael L. Tallman, Psy.D., M.S.C.P. Licensed Psychologists Joy Damen Makela, L.M.H.C., L.S.P., N.C.C. Licensed Mental Health Counselor Licensed School Psychologist Angela McManus, L.C.S.W. Michael McManus, L.C.S.W. Licensed Clinical Social Workers Linda Hartman, L.M.F.T. Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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Niceville Turkey Creek Walk„20-acre conservation area. Nature walk, boardwalk, areas, pavilions. Free. „South end: W. John Sims Pkwy. at Evans Street, Niceville. North end: off College Blvd. west of Highway 85 North. „Daily, 6:30 a.m.-dark. „642-0072 or cityofniceville.orgNiceville Children's Park„One-acre playground, picnic pavilions, seasonal sprinkler. Free. „N. Partin Dr., next to Civic Center. „Wednesday-Sunday. Hours vary. „642-3535 or cityofniceville.orgLions Park„Two-acre park on Boggy Bayou, boat ramp, pavilions. Free. „Bayshore Dr., Niceville. „729-4062 or cityofniceville.orgYouth Center„Five-acre skate park with ramps, skate track, observation area. No fee, helmet required (rentals available). Bikes, skateboards and in-line skates welcome. Ages 6 and older. „Campbell Drive off North Palm Blvd. „Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. „729-0758 or cityofniceville.orgFred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park„357-acre state park. Picnic area, playground, camping, boat ramp, kayak and canoe rentals, nature trails. Fee. „4281 Hwy. 20, east of Rocky Bayou. „8 a.m.-sunset daily. „833-9144 or floridastateparks.org.Eglin Reservation„280,000 acres for recreational use, biking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing. „Annual permit required (fee); maps. „Eglin Natural Resources office, 107 Highway 85 N., Niceville. „Monday-Saturday. Hours vary. „882-4164White Point Recreation Area„74-acre bayfront park on Eglin Reservation. Swimming, fishing, picnic tables. Eglin permit required (annual fee). „White Point Rd., northwest of MidBay Bridge. „Eglin Natural Resources office, 107 Highway 85 N., Niceville. „Monday-Saturday. Hours vary. „882-4164Niceville Public Library„Youth services, story time, reference, large print collection, books, magazines, study areas, DVDs, music CDs, books on CD, Internet access. „206 N. Partin Dr. „Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sunday & Monday „729-4070 or cityofniceville.orgArts Center Galleries, NW Florida State College„Changing exhibits. „100 College Blvd., Niceville „Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Also open 90 minutes before each theatrical show. Free. „729-6044 or nwfstatecollege.eduNiceville YMCA„11,000 square feet, wellness center, nursery, youth fitness, pool, sauna, hot-tub, classes. „1031 E. John Sims Pkwy. „Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Closed Sunday „Various membership rates, discounts. „897-YMCA (9622) or ecymca.orgEglin Golf Course„36-hole course open to all. „Fairway Drive off Hwy 85 N. Many attractions within easy reach Continued on page 24 On a hot day, it s hard to beat a float trip down Turkey Creek in Niceville. The park features a 20-acre conservation area with boardwalk, nature walk, swimming areas, and picnic pavilion. Beacon photo Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 23 Coastal Bank and Trust is a division of Synovus Bank. Synovus Bank, Member FDIC, is chartered in the state of Georgia and operates under multiple trade names across the Southeast. Divisions of Synovus Bank are not separately FDIC-insured banks. The FDIC coverage extended to deposit customers is that of one insured bank. a division of Synovus Bank, Member FDIC www.coastalbankandtrust.com Putting people first, providing the banking products and convenience you deserve and supporting the community you call home …it all comes from a commitment to service from a team who really cares. At Coastal Bank and Trust, we have a trust to keep. And, nothing is more important to us.We have a trust to keep.

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„6 a.m.-6 p.m. summer & 6 a.m-5 p.m winter „678-8726 for tee timesValparaiso Florida Park„4.7-acre park on Boggy Bayou. Swimming, pavilions. „South Bayshore Dr., Valparaiso „Sun up to sun set daily. Boat launching and recovery, as well as pier fishing. „City offices, 729-5402Lincoln Park„7.1-acre park on Boggy Bayou. Boat ramp, swimming, pavilions, playground. „North Bayshore Dr., Valparaiso. „Sun up to sun set daily. Boat launching and recovery anytime. „729-5402 „Check quality before swimming.Valparaiso Public Library„More than 41,000 items, books, reference materials, DVDs, VHS videos and music CDs. One of the largest genealogy collections in Fla. Panhandle. „Children's area and 18 public computers with Internet access. „459 Valparaiso Pkwy. „Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. „729-5406 or vcl.valp.orgHeritage Museum of Northwest Florida„Exhibits show region's history. Fee. „115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso „Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. „678-2615 or heritage-museum.orgBluewater Bay Bluewater Bay Golf Resort„Four 9-hole courses, sports bar. „Open to the public, driving range, golf memberships. „2000 Bluewater Blvd. „7 a.m.-6 p.m. (golf shop) „Golf shop, 897-3241. Sports bar, 8972583 or bwbresort.comBluewater Bay Marina Complex„Beach area, boat slips, restaurant, Ship store and Tackle Store, fishing & hunting licences offered. „290 Yacht Club Dr., Bluewater Bay „Open daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. „897-2821 or bluewaterbaymarina.comBluewater Bay swimming„Recreation Services sells swim memberships to Bluewater Bay pools. „1050 Bay Dr., Bluewater Bay „Seasonal. Weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. „897-3664Bluewater Bay Tennis Center„12 lighted clay courts. „777 Bay Dr., Bluewater Bay „Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. „897-8010 or bluewaterbaytennis.comDestin Destin History and Fishing Museum„Artifacts and photos illustrating the history of Destin's fishing industry. Fee. „108 Stahlman Ave., Destin „Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sundays & Mondays. „837-6611 or destinhistoryandfishingmuseum.org.Destin Army Recreation Area„A beach recreation area for military. „Hotel, RV sites, community center, 200-foot fishing pier, marina, rental equipment, charter fishing, pool, playgrounds. „557 Calhoun Ave., Destin. „Lodging: daily, check-in after 4 p.m. Marina: Hours are seasonal. „4militaryfamilies.com/military vacationspots.htm or 837-6423.Henderson Beach State Park„208-acre state park on the Gulf of Mexico. Beach, camping, pavilions, playground, A.D.A. accessible. Fee. „17000 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. „8 a.m.-sunset daily. „837-7550 or floridastateparks.orgPlenty to do in the Twin Cities area From page 23 Continued on page 25 Beacon photo Dolphin cruises are a hit with tourists and locals alike. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 24 Spring-Summer 2013 Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.Your Hometown REALTOR For 31 Years! Welcome to the Neighborhood !Relocating? Ready to Buy? We can help!Our Realtors have the experience & knowledge to help you find what you need! Looking for Rentals? Property Management? We can help with that too. 4 Full-time Rental Agents with over 75 years combined experience. CALL (850) 678-5178 or VISIT www.CarriageHills.com.CARRIAGE HILLS REALTY, INC. 1821 John Sims Parkway • Niceville, FL 32578 REALTOR@CarriageHills.com • www.CarriageHills.com (850) 678-5178 • 1 (800) 874-8929 FULL SERVICE HAIR CARE € WALK-INS WELCOME € AMPLE PARKING Tues. Fri. 9:00 5:00 | Sat. 9:00 3:00 | Evenings by AppointmentThe friendly staff at welcomes you to Niceville! CALL TODAY FOR AN APPOINTMENT! (850) 897-4897PATOwnerSUE ANNEvening Appts. BRENDAMens Cuts & BeardsELLEN25 Years ExperienceMARIAReceptionist

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James Lee Park„Gulf-front park in Destin. Beach, pavilions, swimming, restrooms. Free. „3510 Scenic Hwy. 98, Destin. „Dawn-dusk daily. „689-5772 or co.okaloosa.fl.us/dept_pw_resources_parks _james_lee.htmlParasailing Sun Dogs „Single, double and triple riders. Fee. „Sun Dogs is located behind AJ's, 116 Harbor Blvd. (Highway 98), Destin „8 a.m. to sunset daily, MarchNovember. „850-259-1898 or sundogsparasail.com sundogsparasail@hotmail.com Just Chute Me „194 U.S. Highway 98 in Destin „March-October, 8 a.m.-sunset daily. „850-650-4630 or parasaildestin.com. The Track Family Recreation„Go-karts, bumper boats, mini golf, kids games, arcade, bungee jumping. Fee. „1125 Highway 98, E., Destin „Hours vary. Call ahead or visit website. „850-654-4668 or destintrack.comGator Beach„View100 alligators. Free. Feeding and photos available at a charge. „At Fudpucker's Restaurant, 20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin „850-837-4781 or gatorbeach.comBig Kahuna's Water Park„25-acre park with 40+ water attractions, mini-golf, go-karts. Fee. „1007 Highway 98 East, Destin „Water park opens May 23-end of September. Open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. „837-8319 or bigkahuna.comOkaloosa Island John Beasley Park„25-acre park on Okaloosa Island. Swimming, pavilions, restrooms. Free. „Highway 98, Fort Walton Beach „1 hr.before sunrise-1 hr. after sunset daily. „689-5772 or co.okaloosa.fl.us/dept_pw_resources_par ks_beasley.htmlOkaloosa Island Fishing Pier„1,262' fishing pier, Pole rentals, bait & tackle, snacks &beverages. Fees vary. „1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy. E. Ft. Walton Beach. „Hours vary. Call or visit website. „244-1023 or okaloosaislandpier.comEglin Beach Park(DoD ID required.) „Gulf beach on Okaloosa Island just west of the Destin bridge. „Open Apr.1-May 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily,May24-Sep 2, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.daily, Sept. 3-30 Thurs.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct.1-31, Fri.Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.(closed Nov.March) to all DoD personnel with proper ID„all ranks, retirees, family members, civilian personnel (including all federal employees regardless of duty station) and federal facility contractors„and their guests. „Four large pavilions, central deck area, two sets of restrooms with showers, and access to the Gulf. „April through November, admission fee is $3 per vehicle weekdays and $5 per vehicle weekends. Pavilions II, III, IV may be used free, first come, first served. Pavilion I may be reserved for a $200 fee with a $50 reimbursable cleaning fee. „Eglin Outdoor Recreation: 850-882-Activities for the young and old From page 24 Check out Battleship Park in Mobile, which includes the WWII battleship Alabama, the USS Drum submarine, many aircraft and a Soviet-built T-55 tank. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 25 Quickest Way to Destin. www.Mid-Bay.comP.O. Box 5037 4400 Hwy. 20 E. Suite 403 Niceville, FL 32578 € 850-897-1428 Ft. Walton Beach Valparaiso Destin Niceville Crestview De Funiak Springs FL. 293 FL. 293 Mid-Bay Bridge Mid-Bay Bridge FL. 293 Mid-Bay Bridge Mid-Bay Bridge Mid-Bay Bridge Connector Connector Mid-Bay Bridge Connector 10 98 20 285 85 10 331 85 The quickest way to Destin and the beaches is the Mid-Bay Bridge. From Interstate 10 take Exit 56 … Hwy. 85 at Crestview, exit 70 at Hwy. 285 or exit 85 at Hwy 331. to Hwy. 20.Mid-Bay Bridge Connector Opening 2014The new Mid-Bay Bridge Connector will be opening in 2014 saving you even more time. Access the Connector north of Niceville for quick direct access to the Mid-Bay Bridge. The new Mid-Bay Bridge Connector will be an all electronic, toll-by-plate, no cash toll road. Continued on page 26

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5058. www.eglinforcesupport.comGulfarium„Live dolphin shows, marine animal demonstrations and interactions. Fee. „1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy. Okaloosa Island „Daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., last show at 3 p.m. „850-243-9046 or gulfarium.comFort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center„Indian Temple Mound Museum. Fee. Sept.-May, M-F, noon-4:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June-Aug. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m-4:30 p.m. „ Camp Walton Schoolhouse, Garnier Post Office, Civil War exhibits. Fee. Variable hours. „139 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE, FWB „Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. „833-9595 or fwb.orgEmerald Coast Science Center„Hands-on science museum. Fee. „139 Brooks St., FWB Landing „Summer hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. Call for winter hours. „664-1261 or ecscience.orgFort Walton Skating Center„Roller rink with snack bar. „202 Racetrack Road NW, Fort Walton Beach „Specializes in birthday parties and has roller and in-line skates for sale. „Hours vary, call for times. „863-1223 or fortwaltonskate.comGoofy Golf„Mini golf, two 18-hole courses. Fee. „401 North Eglin Pkwy., FWB „Summer: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Winter: Monday-Friday, 3 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, Sundays and holidays, 10 a.m.8 p.m. Hours may vary. „862-4922 or goofygolffwb.comShalimar Air Force Armament Museum„More than 1,500 artifacts on exhibit, armament, aircraft. Gift shop. Free. „Highway 85 south of Eglin. „Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed federal holidays. „882-4062North Okaloosa County Baker Block Museum„Post office and general store museums showcase local history. Free. „1307 Georgia Ave., intersection of Route 189 and Highway 4 in Baker „Tuesday-Friday and every third Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. „537-5714 or bakerblockmuseum.org.Berry farms, Baker„Akers of Strawberries at 1054 Melton Road., Baker; 537-2768. Seasonal you pick it. Fee. „Bouvier Farms, 1577 Vinson Ray Road, Baker; 865-6470.Blackwater River State Park„600 acres, 30 campsites. Pavilions, trails, fishing, swimming. Fee. „7720 Deaton Bridge Rd, Holt „8 a.m.-sunset year-round. „983-5363 or floridastateparks.orgEmerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park, Crestview„Zoo with 125 animals. Fee. „5262 Deer Springs Rd., off Hwy. 90, 8 miles east of Crestview near Mossy Head. „Seasonal (call first), Saturday„650-1880Walton County Grayton Beach Recreation Area„Nearly 2,000-acre state park on the Gulf of Mexico. Beach, nature trails, boat ramp, fishing, camping, picnic area. Fee. „Hwy. 30-A, Grayton Beach „8 a.m.-sunset daily. „267-8300 or floridastateparks.orgDeer Lake State Park„172 acres of beach and lake area, east of Seagrove Beach off Hwy. 30-A. „1,700 acres of hiking trails through native vegetation, hiking, picnic tables, swimming, beaches, fishing. Fee. „267-8300 or floridastateparks.orgTopsail Hill State Park„1640 acres with 3.2 miles of beach. Campsite, cottage rentals, fishing, trails, bicycling, pavilions, swimming. Fee. „7525 Hwy. 30-A, Santa Rosa Beach „8 a.m.-sunset daily. „267-8330, Reservations: 800-3263521 or floridastateparks.org/topsailhill From page 25 Continued on page 27 Things to see on Emerald Coast Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 26 Spring-Summer 2013 Niceville Bluewater Bay Freeport Crestview Ft. Walton Beach Navarre Pensacola 30-A € Destin Panama City Beach Relocations Investments & International Real EstateJane H. Rainwater Realtor Premier Real Estate Professionals Specializing in Florida’s Emerald Coast Communities 850-897-1101 € 4566 Highway 20E., Suite 104, Niceville, Floridawww.baywalk2.com € janehr@aol.comBAYWALKREALESTATE, INC Choose Baywalk... You deserve the best!

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Seaside„This small, planned community in Walton County gives a sense of an oldfashioned Southern town. Restaurants, shops, art galleries. "The Truman Show" was filmed in Seaside. „Hwy. 30-A in Walton County „888-Seaside or cottagerentalagency.comEden State Gardens„163-acre. Gardens, fishing, historic mansion, boating, picnic area. Fee. „CR 395, Point Washington. „8 a.m.-sunset daily. „267-8320 or floridastateparks.orgMuscogee Creek Museum„Roadside museum exhibits the history of the Muscogee American Indians of Fla. Home of tribal council chambers. „278 Church Road, Bruce. „Donations welcome. „Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. „835-2078 or email muscogeenation@aol.comPanhandle Opry„Live country music from local bands. „657 Deshoza Rd., Mossy Head „Shows every first and third Saturday, 7:30-9 p.m. Fee. „892-4050 or panhandleopry.comChautauqua Vineyard & Winery„40-acre vineyard, fall grape harvest. „I-10 and Hwy. 331, DeFuniak Springs „9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. „892-5887 or chautauquawinery.comGulfside Trail Rides„20 acre horse ranch. Horses available for any age or ability. Picnic area & camping. Fee „613 C.R. 393 S. Santa Rosa Beach. „8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily „208-3114 or gulfsidetrailrides.comJolee Island/Baytowne Wharf„Jolee Island 5 acres, playground, hiking trail, picnic area „Baytowne Wharf activities, shops, restaurants & entertainment. „Admission to both is free „Hwy. 98 past Destin to Sandestin. Turn on Sandestin Blvd. „267-8000 or baytownewharf.com „Events hotline 267-8117Santa Rosa County Gulf Breeze Zoo„5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. „9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily March-Sept., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct.-Feb. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Fee. „932-2229 or gulfbreezezoo.orgNavarre Pier„8579 Gulf Blvd.,Navarre „Fees for fishing or walking. „Open daily. March-April 5 a.m.-8 p.m., May-Oct. 5 a.m.-10 p.m., Nov.-Feb. Sunrise-Sunset. „936-1794 or santarosa.fl.gov/navarrebeachpier Panhandle Butterfly House„View 12-20 species of butterflies. „8581 Navarre Parkway, Navarre „Admission fee by donation „April 17-Labor Day, ThursdaySaturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. „623-3868 or panhandlebutterflyhouse.org.Blackwater Heritage Trail„8.1 miles of paved 12-feet wide multiuse trail between Milton and NAS Whiting Field. „Connects to the 1.5 mile, 8-feet wide paved Military Heritage Trail. „5533 Alabama St., Milton „Open sunrise to sunset. Free. „983-5338West Florida Railroad Museum„The museum is at what was once Milton's train station. Shows what passenger travel used to be like and the importance of railroads to small towns. „5003 Henry St., Milton „Free, donations are accepted. „Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Special group tours can be arranged. „623-3645 or wfrm.orgSouthern Raceway„Auto races, concessions, playground. „9359 Nichols Lake Rd., Milton „Saturday nights from Feb.-Nov. Fee. „623-2333 or southernraceway.comPensacola Wildlife Sanctuary of NW Fla.„105 North "S" Street, Pensacola „Self-guided tours, aviaries, animals in their natural habitat, pond and outdoor exhibits, observation deck.Wed.-Sat., 12 p.m. 3:30 p.m. „433-9453 or pensacolawildlife.comPensacola Museum of Art„Works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Kathe Kollwitz, Alexandra Nechita and many others, all displayed in what used to be a jail and courthouse. Fee. „407 S. Jefferson St., Pensacola. „Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, noon-5 p.m. „432-6247, pensacolamuseumofart.org From page 26 Continued on page 28Parks, libraries, museums, fun spotsNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 27 Apalachicola, a small fishing town which lies about two hours east, is renowned for its quaint shops and fresh seafood. We like to think of our website as more than just a place to get valueable information on your energy service. It’s where members can connect with us. That’s why in addition to information on costs and services, you’ll also find community news, volunteer opportunities even recipes that members want to share. Our website is one of the many ways we help make our community stronger.

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National Museum of Naval Aviation„Historic naval, marine and Coast Guard aircraft, Blue Angel Atrium, and IMAX theater. Free admission. „1750 Radford Blvd., Bldg. 3465, Pensacola Naval Air Station „9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed holidays. „452-3604 or 452-3606 navalaviationmuseum.orgHistoric Pensacola Village„Museum complex in the heart of downtown Pensacola. Within walking distance to other historic sites, Pensacola waterfront, Seville Quarter, shopping, historic downtown. „205 E. Zaragoza St. „Historic Pensacola is a ticketed venue. Tours offered 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Special tours may be arranged. Fee. „Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. „595-5993 or historicpensacola.orgPensacola Ice Flyers hockey„Hockey team based out of Pensacola. „Games are held at the Pensacola Civic Center. „Ticket prices vary. „850-466-3111 „pensacolaiceflyers.comFort Barrancas„ The third of four forts built to protect the Pensacola Navy Yard, includes National Historic Landmark Bateria de San Antonio, saw action and is now a part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Free. „Pensacola Naval Air Station. „March-October, 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. November-February, 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Closed Thanksiving, Christmas and New Year Day. „455-5167; nps.gov/guisPerdido Key State Park„247 acre barrier island park. Beach, birding,saltwater fishing, picnic, scuba diving & snorkeling. Fee. „15301 Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL „8 a.m. sunset daily „492-1505 or floridastateparks.orgPensacola Blue Wahoos„Minor League baseball. Fee „Vince Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park „April to Early September „Ticket prices vary „934-8444 or bluewahoos.comSam's Fun City„Rides, miniature golf, laser tag, arcade games, eateries, handicap accessible. Free park entrance, Activity prices vary. See website for full listing. „6709 Pensacola Blvd. Pensacola, FL „Thurs-Sunday, 11 a.m. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. 9 p.m. „505-0800 or samsfuncity.comBecks Lake Fish Camp & Nature Park„Boat launch, fishing, camping, horse and bike trails. Fees vary by activity. „2020 Becks Lake Rd., Cantonment, FL „6 a.m. to sunset daily „435-5557 or beckslakefishcamp.comPanama City Camp Helen State Park„180 acres. Trails, beaches, fishing, picnic area, wildlife viewing. Fee. „Highway 98 just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge, Panama City. „8 a.m.-sunset daily. „233-5059 or floridastateparks.orgRipley's Believe It or Not! Museum„Museum of the strange but true. Fee. „9907 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL „10 a.m. Closing times vary. „230-6113 or ripleyspanamacitybeach.comScience & Discovery Center of Northwest Florida„Hands-on science center on 12 acres of wooded swamp. Includes pioneer homestead, nature trail, butterfly garden and opportunity for hands on exploration. From page 27 Taking time to explore the area Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 28 Spring-Summer 2013 Visit southern Walton County to enjoy beaches, shops, and 161-acre Eden Gardens State Park with a mansion open for tours. www.bayareabetterhearing.com HIGH QUALITY • LOW PRICES • EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE (Not affiliated with Niceville Hearing Center) Call 850-279-4545FOR YOUR FREE HEARING EVALUATION & Demonstration of Resound Hearing Technology. Complimentary service of all make Hearing Aids. MJ Stiles, HAS, BC-HIS The Merchants Walk • Bluewater Bay 4400 Hwy. 20 East • Suite 211, Niceville, FL 32578TM 101 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville € Tues-Fri 9-6, Sat 8-2 € Facebook.com/SummitIIinHairEvening Appointments Upon Request Hair Styling € Hi/Low Lites € Perms Shades/Redken Hair Color & Products Brazilian Keratin Fusion Straightener Kenra Haircare Products Call Today! 678-1977 Full Service HairFor Ladies & MenCorrena Susan, J ulie, De bbie & Ron 20% OFFIN HOUSE LABORCoupon must be present at time of check-in. Expires: August 21, 2013. HHHH NEW LOCATION1107 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville(Parkway East Shopping Center) Voted Finest on the Emerald Coast!Serving Okaloosa County & surrounding areas for 8 years. Call Us Today! (850) 729-7845 € NEW SYSTEMS/UPGRADES € LAPTOP/DESKTOP REPAIRS ALL MAKES & MODELS € LAPTOP SCREEN REPLACEMENT € LAPTOP POWERJACK REPLACEMENT € SPYWARE/VIRUS REMOVAL € ON SITE HOME & BUSINESS SERVICE € SERVICE CONRACTS AVAILABLE € DATA RECOVERY Waterfront Dining in Valparaiso Weddings / Rehearsal Dinners / Groups / Special Events 850-389-2125 / www.CompassRoseValp.comHappy Hour: Tue-Fri 4-7pm (Bar) / 4-6pm (Dining Room) Lunch starting at $6 / Dinner starting at $10 Lunch Hours: Tue-Fri 10:30am-2pm Dinner Hours: Tue-Fri 5pm-Close / Sat 5pm-Close Award-Winning Sunday Brunch: 10am-3pm 303 Glen Avenue / Valparaiso, Florida Gift Cards Available Continued on page 29

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„308 Airport Road, Panama City „Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. „769-6128 or sdcnwfl.orgGulf World Marine Park„Marine and avian shows. Fee „15412 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach „Summer months9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.Fall, winter and spring months 9:30 a.m. 5 p.m. daily. „gulfworldmarinepark.com, 234-5271.Zoo World„Over 260 exotic animals. Fee. „9008 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach „Daily, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Call for specific seasonal operating hours. „230-1243 or zooworldpcb.netCoconut Creek Family Fun Park„ Tropical 18-hole mini-golf and football field-size maze, Panama City. „Open daily year-round. Times vary. Closed Christmas Eve, Day. Fee. „9807 Front Beach Road, Panama City „888-764-2199 or coconutcreekfun.comHolmes County Ponce de Leon Springs„68-degree water; 14 million gallons produced daily, trails, guided tours, fishing, grills and pavilions. Fee. „2860 Ponce de Leon Springs Road, Ponce de Leon „8 a.m.-sunset daily. „836-4281 or floridastateparks.orgWashington County Falling Waters State Park„Florida's tallest waterfall, sinkholes, lakes, fishing, nature trails, camping, amphitheater, picnic areas. Fee. „1130 State Park Rd., Chipley „8 a.m.-sunset daily. „638-6130 or floridastateparks.orgSeacrest Wolf Preserve„Wolves, Arctic Fox, skunks, raccoons. Largest wolf preserve in southeast U.S., small animal adventures. „3449 Bonnett Pond Road, Chipley „Public tours, Saturdays year round. Private tours by appointment. Call for schedules. „773-2897 or seacrestwolfpreserve.orgPine Log State Forest„Hiking, horse trail, swimming, camping, off-road biking, fishing. Fee. „Highway 79 near Ebro „535-2888 or floridaforestservice.com/state_forest/pine_l og.htmlJackson County Florida Caverns State Park„Camping, cave tours, bicycling, boating, fishing, trails, playground, swimming, visitor center. Fee. „State Road 166 North, Marianna „8 a.m.-sunset daily. „482-1228 or floridastateparks.orgCalhoun County Panhandle Pioneer Settlement„A living history museum in Sam Atkins Park, off Hwy. 20 (enter Silas Green Road at Lindy's Fried Chicken), 1.2 miles west of Blountstown. „Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. „Fees vary for tours and events. „674-2777 or panhandlepioneer.org From page 28 Penguins are among attractions at the Gulfarium, Okaloosa Island. Beacon photo Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 29 Continued on page 30Attractions here and elsewhere AUTO BODY AUTO BODY Commitment to QualityŽ Collision Specialists 1419 North Partin Dr. € Niceville, FL 32578(850) 678-0056 • Fax 729-3161 Your Neighborhood Club600 Golf Course Drive € Niceville, FL 32578 Club Includes:€ Dining facility serves Lunch daily Dinner every Friday night Breakfast Saturday & Sunday Monthly Pasta & Prime Rib nights € Game Night € Large pool and sun deck € Six Fishing Lakes € And much much more!850.678.3270, email apotter@rockybayoucc.com or visit our website at www.rockybayoucc.comFor more information contact Andy Potter, Club Manager & PGA Golf Professional MEMBERSHIPS AS LOW AS$50 PER MONTH! Memberships: Family Single Military Youth Young Adult Social Pool Only Emerald Coast Health InstituteFamily & Preventative Medicine“Your Health, Our Passion!” www.echidoc.com Hours of Operation: Mon.-Thurs. 8-12 & 1-4:30 Phone: 850-279-6949 | Fax: 850-279-6033 4566 E Hwy. 20, Ste. 105 | Niceville, FL 32578 Thomas L. McKnight, M.D., MPH Family & Preventative MedicineNew Patient Availability Most Insurances Accepted

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Franklin County Apalachicola Fishing Village„A historic setting on Apalachicola Bay, protected state and federal reserves. „Local history, animal life at Gorrie Museum and National Estuarine Research Reserve. Both free. „653-9419 or apalachicolabay.org. „3 hours from Niceville.Alabama Florala Florala State Park„Beach on Lake Jackson, 500-acre lake, swimming, boating, camping. „439 Victoria Lane, Florala, Ala. „7 a.m.-sunset daily. „334-858-6425 or alapark.com/Florala/City of Florala„Antique stores, Lake Jackson parks. „North of Crestview on SR 85, at Florida-Alabama state line. „Chamber of Commerce 334-8586252. „Florala State Park 334-856-6425 or alapark.comFort Rucker U.S. Army Aviation Museum„More than 3,000 exhibits. Free. „Fort Rucker, Ala. (Daleville) „Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. „334-598-2508 or armyavnmusum.orgFoley Foley Archives and History Museum„Baldwin County, Ala. Features an old train station, train museum and large model train setup. Free.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 30 Spring-Summer 2013 Continued on page 31 From page 29Make memories close to home Discover A Fiesta Of Flavor. South Of The Border Style. DAILY SPECIALS Mon.: Kids Eat for 99¢ w/ combo dinner purchase Mon. Thurs.: Specials starting at $5.75 +up Sun.: 10% OFF Your total HOMEMADE AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD! PREPARED FRESH DAILY! DINE-IN CARRY OUT Daily Specials Free Drink RefillsNICEVILLE Parkway East Shopping Center 729-1127 BDB Custom MotorcyclesAmerican V-Twin Service BDB T-Shirts • Power Coat Available Parts & AccessoriesFull Service Motorcycle Shop93 John C Sims Pkwy. • Niceville • (850) 897-1769 CooL FishSEAFOOD MARKETNicevilles #1 Seafood MarketNICEVILLE 104 Redwood Ave.Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm729-FISH(3474) FREE-RANGE Chickens€ Scallops € Octopus € Snow Crab € Shrimp € Oysters € Filet Mignon € Alligator € Steaks € Ribeye VARIETYofFRESHFISH OneStopShopforSeafood Candice LeggeGraphic ArtistKaron DeyBookkeeperLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeAnna KavanaughEditorial AssistantIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistSara KentMarketing DirectorStephen W. Kent Editor and Publisher Cheryle ValentineReceptionist The Bay Beacon & Beacon Express1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 • Fax: 1-888-520-9323 Email: info@baybeacon.com IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHwww.iacdestin.org Pointing The Way To JesusŽ 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin | Church Office: 850-837-6324Sunday Morning Services 9 a.m. Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 2-711:01 a.m. Walk In…Worship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion)Nursery & Sunday School providedImmanuel Anglican Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8p.m. @ The ShedHang out; engage; worship; grow

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„125 E. Laurel Ave. Foley, Ala. „Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; train exhibit Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. „251-943-1818Eufaula Shorter Mansion„Historic home was part of Eufaula Pilgrimage. Fee. „340 N. Eufaula Ave., Eufaula, Ala. „Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. „334-687-3793 or eufaulapilgrimmage.com „3 hours from Niceville.Mobile USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park„Tour the Battleship USS Alabama and the USS Submarine Drum. View over 25 rare historic aircraft and much more. Fee. „2703 Battleship Pkwy., Mobile, Ala. „April-September, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; October-March. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day. „1-800-426-4929 or ussalabama.comGulf Coast Exploreum Science Center„ Hands-on science with regular and changing exhibits. IMAX theater, virtual reality exhibits, Bio Lab, hands-on hall & chem lab. „65 Government St., Mobile, Ala. „Tuesday Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. „Fee for Exploreum and IMAX „877-625-4FUN or exploreum.comMuseum of Mobile„111 South Royal St., Mobile, Ala. „Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays & holidays. Fee. „251-208-7569; museumofmobile.com.Ft. Conde and Phoenix Fire Museum„Fort Conde, 150 South Royal St., Mobile, Ala.; Phoenix Fire Museum: 203 South Claiborne St. „Fort Conde, 150 South Royal St., Mobile, Ala.; Phoenix Fire Museum: 203 South Claiborne St. „Fort Conde (replica of 1/3 of French original): 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. daily. Phoenix Fire Museum (restored building housing horse-drawn fire engines and other exhibits): Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. „These attractions in downtown Mobile are within a few blocks of each other, and of the Museum of Mobile. „251-208-7569; museumofmobile.comOakleigh House„300 Oakleigh Place, Mobile, Ala. „Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. Closed major holidays. Fee. „251-432-1281 or historicmobile.org.Bellingrath Gardens and Home„65-acre estate garden blooms all year. Bird sanctuary, gift shop, cafe. Fee. „12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, Ala. (southwest of Mobile) „8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily but Christmas. „251-973-2217 or bellingrath.org „2.5 hours from Niceville.Mobile Zoo„Small zoo in rural setting 45 minutes west of Mobile. „15161 Ward Road, Wilmer, Ala. „9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (6 p.m. in summer). Fee. „251-649-1845; www.mobilezoo.cc/ „3 hours from Niceville From page 30 Beacon photo The area s uncrowded beaches offer cool breezes, white sand, emerald waters, and plenty of sunshine.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 31Venture off the beaten path Hours: Tues-Sat: 11am-7pm • Sun: 12pm-6pm • Mon: closed314 Bayshore Dr., Niceville • 678-CAF(2233) Experience the Most Delicious, Affordable Cuisine & Coffee in the Niceville Areawww.cafebienville.com Sandwiches, Sensational Salads, Delightful Daily Specials, Homemade Desserts, Delectable Coffee & Much More! Military, Police and Firefighters Receive 10% OFF and GENERAL REPAIR IN TUNE WITH THE FUMESŽSniffing Out Car Problems Since 2000Zen Masters, Guard Dogs, Welcoming Committee PEPPERŽ TONYŽPeppers Assistant • Expert, Certified Techs • Quality Parts • Detailed Estimates • Friendly Service • Brakes • Water Pumps • Timing Belts • Struts/Shocks (850)729-6629€ 610 Elm Street € Niceville 2256 South Ferdon Blvd. • 850-423-4538Crestview Publix Shopping CenterMon.-Fri. 10-5 Sat. 10-3, Closed Sun. Find us on Facebook!Fine Jewelry • Custom Jewelry Jewelry Repair Mariana, Pandora, Gabriel & Co., and Galatea

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By Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer Three single-family homes could be added to Niceville property rolls under an annexation and zoning request by Walter Spence of Spence Brothers Properties. Spence has submitted a request that the city annex the land at 631 Fir Ave., three-quarters of an acre currently in an unincorporated area of Okaloosa County, into Niceville and zone it R-1B, to allow single-family homes. Jerry Spence, also of Spence Brothers Properties, said the county currently zones the land R-2, to allow for singleor multiple-family homes. Jerry Spence said he plans to construct three one-family houses ranging from about 1,370 to 1,650 square feet and sell them for between $185,000 and $235,000 each. He said he is building due to a market need for houses in that price range. here; it will still be our county. We must clean house, said Boyles, and fix our problems, but we must also get our message out. We must be circumspect in articulating about Okaloosa County. Boyles did not specify any housecleaning measures or fixes.. County officials have stated that only recently have they received permission from criminal investigators to start their own internal probe. During a question-and-answer session following Boyles' address, he was asked about federal Restore Act funding for Okaloosa County. We dont know yet, he said, how much money the county will actually receive as its share of BP clean-water penalties stemming from the 2010 oil spill.By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Okaloosa County Commissioner Nathan Boyles said officials must "clean house" in the wake of the TDC scandal, but that they "must be circumspect" lest the county's reputation be further damaged. Speaking to members of the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, in Niceville Feb. 19, Boyles said, The issue on our forefront right now" is the scandal surrounding the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council, an agency overseen by the county commission. Despite the scandal, said Boyles, The big message is that we are Okaloosa Countyall of us. At the end of the day, he said, this will blow over and well still beBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer A bill that would transfer control of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (MBBA) to an Okaloosa-Bay Regional Tollway Authority was filed in the Florida Senate Friday. Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Pinellas County Republican, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, submitted Senate Bill 1132, which would also establish procedures for creation of new regional tollway authorities. Not coincidentally, the MBBA, which opposes the measure, on Thursday hired a Tallahassee lobbyist for the first time. The Senate bill states "[t]he assets, facilities, tangible and intangible property and any rights in such property, and any other legal rights of the (Mid-Bay) bridge authority, including the bridge system operated by the authority, are transferred to the regional authority." The bill states the powers of the locally governed authority would be handed to a new region-By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Valparaiso City Commission last week has smiled on a request from Michael Harris, owner of the Compass Rose restaurant, to expand on the waterfront. Harris, whose restaurant lies along the north shore of Toms Bayou near John Sims Parkway, has requested city permission to construct an "oyster bar" and dock on the shoreline, next to the restaurant. Harris addressed the commission Feb. 18 concerning his proposal. He showed commissioners a survey map of his property to help illustrate his plan. Commissioners expressed uncertainty, however, about whether they can grant such permission without being certain whether the city itself or waterfront landowners actually hold legal title to the shoreline itself. Commissioner Joe Morgan said the city should not grant such permission without first knowing who owns the shoreline. Harris addressed the commission, saying that he wants to open an oyster bar and dock for his customers. He said the dock T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, February 27, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 42 Pages, 3 Sections, 4 Inserts Please see TDC, page A-5 Please see BILL, page A-2 Please see BUILDER, page A-3 Please see VALP., page A-6 Police BlotterPage A-4Bill would tap bridge tolls for other projectsBuilder proposes three new houses Valp. restaurant seeks expansion to bayou shore Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser The Compass Rose restaurant, shown here partly hidden by vegetation, center right, has proposed extending its operation to the shore of Toms Bayou with an oyster bar and dock. 2013 S pring Su m m er 2 0 13 Su p ple m ent to T he Ba y Be aco n Nice vi lle -Val p araiso Flor ida The Bay Beacons and Community Directory NEWCOMER GUIDE Inside ... Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. Learn about Black Seminoles in a free history lecture The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles, with Dr. Rosalyn Howard at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. Thursday, 10 a.m. See the opening of the free Arnie Hart Juried student and Northwest Florida State College faculty art exhibition in the McIlroy and Holzhauer galleries at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Run for a good cause while listening to the Niceville High School Chorus at its 2nd Annual Grand Staff 5K Run/Walk fundraiser at the Niceville High School. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Hear the New Directions Veterans Choir from all branches of the U.S. military sing a cappella at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Niceville. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Get help in a free college financial aid workshop Cash 4 College, at the Student Services Center, Northwest Florida State College Niceville. See Calendar, B-2. COMINGUP Airline pays county fees of $117,000By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Okaloosa County has received a $117,000 check from Vision Airlines following the lodging of a criminal complaint against the airline for alleged nonpayment. Okaloosa County Commissioner Dave Parisot Feb. 20 provided the Beacon with a copy of a check for $117,659.98 from Vision Airlines to Okaloosa County, in payment for passenger facilities charges owed to the county. The airline, which had been Familiar faces retire from post officePatricia Vines and Eugene Teichert, pictured, as well as David Young retired from the Niceville Post Office Jan. 31 after a total of 85 years of federal service. Story, page B-1. Beacon photo by Anna Kavanaugh Photo by Cycnut.com Cindy Janazzo of Niceville was among over 100 runners who pushed through heavy rain Saturday in the Bluewater Bay Duathlon, which raised more than $2,000, to benefit the EOD community and Emerald Coast Triathlon Club. The bike portion was canceled due to the weather, but 112 runners participated in 5K or 10K courses. The area was drenched by upwards of 10 inches of rain in recent days. Race results, page B-2.Rainy day runner Please see AIRLINE, page A-2 Nathan Boyles We must clean house in TDC scandalBut commissioner urges caution to protect Okaloosa County s reputation The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992

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al tollway authority, and the operation and maintenance of the bridge system would be placed under the new authority's control. The bill also states revenues collected by the bridge system may be considered regional tollway revenues, meaning funds collected by the Mid-Bay Bridge could be used to fund highway projects in Okaloosa, Walton and Bay counties. Ananth Prasad, FDOT secretary, announced Jan. 16 that a bill of this nature would be filed for the 2013 session of the Florida Legislature, which will convene March 5. Prasad said the bill would create tollways in order to generate more funds for the state's Transportation Trust Fund, which officials claim has been starved by a decline in motor-fuels tax collections stemming from more fuelefficient vehicles and a poor economy. MBBA Chairman Gordon Fornell, who opposes the Senate bill, expressed concern that it was filed without any opportunity for discussion with the MBBA. In 2011 and again in 2012, bills to put the Mid-Bay Bridge under FDOT control died in committee. "I don't see why we can't discuss these things," Fornell said. "It'd be great if [the FDOT] would take the time explain this a little better." Those earlier bills were backed by Sen. Don Gaetz, a Niceville Republican in whose district the bridge is sited. This year Gaetz begins a two-year term as president of the Senate, one of the three most powerful state posts in Tallahassee. Gaetz has argued that the MBBA pays its top executive too much, and that the state could allocate its toll revenues to the wider good of the motoring public. Fornell, who like other MBBA members serves without pay, said he doesn't see why control of the Mid-Bay Bridge should change hands. The 19-year-old toll span linking Niceville and Destin was financed and built by the MBBA, an autonomous arm of the state whose five-member governing board is appointed by the governor. The members must reside in Okaloosa County. By contrast, under the Senate proposal, the bridge would be governed, and its toll revenues possibly tapped for other projects, by an appointed board from Okaloosa, Walton and Bay counties. "I don't see any objection to the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority's performance," Fornell said. "We've paid all the debts we need to pay and funded all the projects we've been obligated to fund. We've been used as a model for this type of operation all across the country." According to the filed bill, a regional tollway authority would have a governing board named by the governor, the FDOT and the individual counties in the authority's franchise area. The county commission of each county serviced by the authority would appoint a resident. The governor would appoint a number of members to the board equal to that appointed by the counties. The FDOT would name one of its employees as a member, tipping the voting balance to appointees named by Tallahassee. At an MBBA meeting Thursday in Destin, Vest said the authority had hired Southern Strategy Group, a lobbying firm with an office in Tallahassee, for $5,000 a month for February through June, 2013. Vest said the firm would "be looking after [the MBBA's] interests" in the Florida Legislature and will help "stay abreast of legislative actions" concerning the MBBA. Vest said the MBBA will "piggyback" on a contract Southern Strategy Group has with another independent toll authority, the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA). That means the MBBA contract will have the same terms as that with OOCEA. Vest said the authority did this because the OOCEA has interests similar to those of the MBBA, and the OOCEA had already gone through the competitive bidding process. Vest said the MBBA has had registered lobbyists looking after its interest in the state legislature before, but they have always been the in-house legal counsel hired by the authority. BILLFrom page A-1issued a criminal summons for allegedly failing to pay the money, countered that it is owed several times that sum by the county. The check followed an announcement from Florida State Attorney Bill Eddins and Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley that the state was issuing a criminal summons to Las Vegasbased Vision Airlines because of the companys alleged failure to pass along facilities charges it collected from passengers it flew to and from the county's Northwest Florida Regional Airport. The Beacon has obtained comments from county and state officials as well as from a spokesman for Vision Airlines. The tactics by Okaloosa County are nonsense, stated Vision Airlines executive David Meers in an e-mail responding to a query from the Beacon. There is zero basis for this. Vision Airlines has been in business since 1994 and has always paid its bills. The amount in question will be paid. However, Meers wrote, perhaps the same principles and tactics should be applied to the outstanding amounts owed to Vision Airlines by the Okaloosa County TDC and the airport at Ft Walton Beach. Unpaid reimbursement for advertising expenses and failures to follow thru on their commitments made continuing operations there very difficult, Meers stated. According to the numbers provided by Visit Florida, Meers added, Vision Airlines had over $100 million in economic impact in the market. Unfortunately, the county will collect all of its funds and apparently has no plans to pay its debt to Vision. The county will have received every dollar it is due but Vision Airlines is owed more than $55,000 by the TDC and over $400,000 by the airport. Vision began operations at the airport with much hoopla in 2010. It left in July 2012, leaving what county officials asserted was a pile of unpaid bills. Inquiries by the Beacon to county officials last week produced a response from Okaloosa County Commissioner Nathan Boyles. I don't believe the payment satisfies the entire amount alleged due and owing," Boyles stated. "While I don't have specifics, I believe, at a minimum, interest and attorney's fees remain outstanding at this time. As for Vision Airlines claim that Okaloosa County owes money to the airline, Boyles stated, If Vision believes Okaloosa County owes it money, I would encourage the entity to file suit and allow its claims to be vetted in a court of law. I expect that the next step will be a presentation from staff and counsel regarding a current accounting between Vision and the County. I'll need to see the numbers before passing judgment on what comes next. In a phone conversation with the Bay Beacon Friday, State Attorney Bill Eddins, who announced the criminal case against Vision Feb. 18, said that his office was in discussion with the company. Eddins said the prosecutor in charge of the case, Russ Edgar, was reaching out to Vision to resolve the criminal case since the money has been paid. Interim Okaloosa County airports director Dino Villani Tuesday responded to Meers assertion that Northwest Florida Regional Airport owes money to Vision Airlines. Villani said that when the airport contracted with Vision in 2010, the airport agreed to defer some startup fees and to provide up to $800,000 in advertising to help the airline promote its services. In return, Vision Airlines was to maintain those services to a certain number of cities, Villani said. During the first year, said Villani, the airport provided about $443,000 in advertising to Vision. However, said Villani, it was not long before Vision began cutting back its ambitious schedule to many of the cities it had originally promised to serve. Vision abruptly dropped many of its services during June and July 2011, said Villani. Vision didnt provide the services as agreed. So, why would we spend advertising funds for Vision Airlines if they were not providing the services they had agreed to? The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Emerald Coast Health InstituteFamily & Preventative Medicine Dr. McKnight & his staff invite you to their RSVP to: dollie@echidoc.comWhen: Thurs., Feb. 28 Time: 4-6 p.m. 4566 E Hwy. 20, Ste. 105 Bluewater Bay Courtyard Plaza www.echidoc.com Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8-12 & 1-4:30 Phone: 850-279-6949 | Fax: 850-279-6033 4566 E Hwy. 20, Ste. 105 | Niceville, FL 32578 EYEWEAR UNLIMITEDIN BUSINESS SINCE 1970 Charles Henriott, Optician 35 years experience 678-0099 678-6211All doctors prescriptions filled Welds & Repairs Bi-Focals Tri-Focals Progressives Sunglasses Varilux Hoya Shamir Zeiss ...and its allergy seasonPollen is in the air...Do you suffer from red, itchy eyes?Dr. Amanda Brenci can help! 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Clark, MD, FAAD Board Certi ed Dermatologist VOTED BESTDermatology Practice on the Emerald Coast AIRLINE From page A-1 Page A-2 Wednesday, February 27, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Vision Airlines check to Okaloosa County for delinquent airport fees. Beacon photo Some of the money collected at the Mid-Bay Bridge toll booths would be diverted to highway projects in three counties under a bill submitted to the Florida Senate Friday.

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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent A gun show held last weekend at the fairgrounds in Fort Walton Beach drew what organizers called a record crowd. This year's edition of the annual show, which offered scores of firearms for sale, came as many dealers reported shortages of guns and ammunition because of stepped-up sales to customers concerned about new federal proposals to restrict possession of certain highcapacity, rapid-fire weapons. The fairgrounds event featured large displays of pistols, rifles, shotguns and other weapons offered for sale. Eddie Monk, a gun dealer at the show, said that most of the weapons for sale at the event were offered by licensed gun dealers such as him. A common misunderstanding about gun shows, Monk said, is the false belief that most of the guns sold at such shows do not require identification or background checks of purchasers. In fact, he said, all of his gun sales must include positive identification and a background check, as well as a three-day waiting period before the weapon can be given to the purchaser. The only weapon sales that do not require identification and background checks, he said, are those between private individuals. Although such sales may take place at gun shows, said Monk, they may also take place in private homes. Gun show organizer Lindy Gasdorf, of Florida Gun Shows, said the purpose of the event was to promote access to guns and knowledge of how to protect oneself and one's family. When asked what he would consider reasonable gun control, Monk said that reasonable laws would be those that control peoples behavior, not those that attempt to control guns themselves. He said that most guns used in crimes were not purchased from licensed gun dealers, but were obtained by breaking a window and stealing a gun, or by buying and selling guns illegally, through underground sales between people who were already criminals. He said he supports criminal background checks and restrictions against gun sales to criminals, juveniles, or the mentally incompetent. Both Monk and Gasdorf said that the weekend show, although no headcount had been taken as of Sunday afternoon, appeared to draw a larger crowd than similar shows during past years, either in Fort Walton, Pensacola, or Panama City. They said that the larger than usual crowds probably resulted from recent publicity and controversy about proposed federal gun laws, which have made prospective gun owners more anxious to obtain guns now, because they fear that their right to own a gun may be restricted in the near future. The additional restrictions were proposed in the wake of the massacre of 26 schoolchildren and teachers in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14 by a deranged gunman. In addition to displays and sales of firearms, another key feature of this weeks gun show was the opportunity for people to take a training class to qualify themselves for a Florida concealed carry permit for handguns. Charlie Berrane, the instructor of the concealed carry class, said he has been teaching such courses for over 20 years, as well as being a firearms instructor for law enforcement organizations. Berrane said that he is licensed through the Florida Department of Agriculture. I really like being an instructor, he said, because I help to prevent accidents, and have helped some of my students to protect themselves. Berrane said that he knows of at least two cases in which his former students successfully used their firearm to protect themselves or another person from death or serious harm. He said that he thinks many more of his students have done so. One of the students in the concealed carry class was Niceville resident Bobbi Jean Stiles. Asked why she chose to take the class, Stiles replied, I want to be able to take my guns and go shooting. I also want to be able to protect myself and my family, and my pets. Stiles said she has handled guns all her life, previously had a carry permit when she lived in Huntsville, Ala., and was obtaining a Florida carry permit now because the gun show provided a convenient opportunity to do so. Another student in the concealed carry class was Navarre resident Alonso Campos. He said he was obtaining a concealed carry permit for his personal protection and that of his family. He said that although he has had no recent problems or threats from anyone, as a restaurant owner he sometimes must transport large sums of cash, and that like any business owner, he sometimes receives angry threats from disgruntled employees. When you are the boss, he said, you have to hire, and sometimes fire people, and that can make you seem like the bad guy. Campos said he found the concealed carry class to be extremely easy, but also very informative. He said most of the material presented and tested in the class was common sense. I was surprised, Campos said, to learn how many other states accept a Florida concealed carry permit just as if it were a permit issued in those states. He said he had learned that 37 other states do this. Asked what advice he would give a prospective concealed gun owner, Campos said, Get your training done. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Page A-3 Low rates are just around the corner. 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G un show draws big crowdFears of U.S. curbs drive sales Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Spence Brothers Properties has asked the city of Niceville to annex its property at 631 Fir Ave. The firm plans to tear down this house and build three more."Demand is so strong right now for affordable housing," Jerry Spence said. An 898-square-foot unoccupied single-family house that currently sits on the land would be torn down. It was built in 1957, according to the Okaloosa County Property Appraiser. The Niceville Building Inspector's office said Spence Brothers could build the desired single-family housing on the land even if the city doesn't remove it from county jurisdiction by annexation. Jerry Spence said he wants the land to be part of the city of Niceville to make the future houses there more marketable. "People like being part of the city," Jerry Spence said. "It's mainly a perception thing." He also said it makes more sense to have the land annexed into the city because of the convenience of nearby city services that land would otherwise not receive. "That land is right near the [Niceville] Police Department," Spence said. "But if that land is in the county, and someone there dials 911, dispatch is going to connect them to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's and some deputy who might not be real close. It just makes more sense to have it in the city." The request will go before the Niceville Planning Commission at its meeting March 4. If the commission approves the request. it would make a recommendation to the Niceville City Council, which would vote on the request at three separate public readings. BUILDERFrom page A-1

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ArrestsDavid Lee Moore, a pizza delivery driver, 20, of 4019 13th St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 14 on charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. A Niceville officer saw three men standing near the back of the business at 410 E. John Sims Parkway around 9:30 p.m. Feb. 14. The officer observed that one of the men, later identified as Moore, appeared nervous when the officer made contact with the men. The officer asked Moore if he had anything that could get him into trouble, and Moore allegedly said he had "a little bit of weed." Moore retrieved from his pocket approximately two grams of a substance in a plastic bag, which later tested positive for the presence of THC. He also retrieved a glass smoking pipe with burnt marijuana residue on it. Moore's required court appearance is scheduled March 5. *** Kevin Michael Knisley, unemployed, 24, of 509 23rd St. Lot 4, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 13 on a charge of possession of marijuana over 20 grams. On Feb. 13, an officer was parked at King Street and Paradise Avenue, observing the area. Another Niceville officer, who was on 23rd Street, called the parked officer, asking him to stop a blue car that he had observed driving 35 mph in a 25 mph zone with an extinguished tag light. The parked officer saw the car and followed it as it drove east on 23rd Street. The driver failed to use a turn signal as the car pulled into the trailer area at 509 23rd St. The officer performed a traffic stop and issued the driver a verbal warning and told her she was free to leave. The officer then stepped away from the vehicle but stepped back and asked for consent to search the car. The driver consented to a search, but the passenger, later identified as Knisley, allegedly yelled "they need a warrant." An officer asked Knisley and the driver out of the car, and an officer who had responded as backup saw a bag containing a green leafy substance under the passenger's seat in plain view. Knisley said the bag was his. Knisley was found to contain 112 grams of marijuana, which tested positive for the presence of THC. Knisley's required court appearance is scheduled March 26. *** Dennis Aaron Griswold, unemployed, 18, of 211 Cadillac Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police Feb. 15 on a charge of disorderly intoxication. An officer responded to 211 Cadillac Ave. and found a man later identified as Griswold, whom the officer determined was intoxicated because of Griswold's slurred speech, inability to stand without swaying and the odor of alcohol coming from him. Griswold allegedly refused lawful commands and attempted to engage another person in a fight. The officer restrained Griswold to prevent him from attacking the other person. Griswold's required court appearance is scheduled March 5. *** Joseph Anthony Boulden, a delivery worker, 31, of 503 Johnson St. Lot E, Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 19 on charges of possession of new legend drug without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. A deputy responded to Boulden's residence regarding a warrant which had been made active Feb. 7. After speaking to the deputy outside the residence, Boulden asked the deputy to come inside so Boulden could get socks. The deputy allegedly observed a marijuana smoking pipe which later tested positive for THC, three marijuana roaches which later tested positive for THC and 6 white pills later identified as 800 mg Ibuprofen pills. The deputy reported 800 mg Ibuprofen is not a controlled substance, but requires a prescription, which Boulden said he did not have. Boulden's required court appearance is scheduled March 12. *** Abubakr Cristobal, 18, of 1247 Whitewood Way, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 19 on a charge of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. A deputy conducted a citizen contact with a person later identified as Cristobal on Woodlands Drive at White Point Road. The deputy asked for identification and Cristobal gave him his Florida driver's license. The deputy ran Cristobal's license through the National Crime Information Center and found Cristobal was on probation for possession of marijuana. The deputy asked Cristobal if he was in possession of marijuana, and he said no. Cristobal then gave the deputy permission to search his person, and the deputy found a plastic bag containing 1.5 grams of suspected marijuana, which later tested positive for the presence of THC. Cristobal's required court appearance is scheduled March 12. *** Shawn Anthony Logsdon, 39, of 207 Yacht Club Drive, Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Feb. 14 on a Walton County warrant for the original charge of fraud. TheftsA Niceville resident of the 600 block of Bullock Boulevard reported Feb. 13 someone broke into his house and stole his safe, video game console and other items. *** A Niceville resident of the 500 block of 23rd Street reported Feb. 17 someone stole her friend's Xbox 360 worth $100 and her rechargeable battery stand with two batteries worth $30. The complainant said the incident occurred sometime 511 p.m. She said all the doors were locked in her residence, and when she came home the back door was not locked and the chain was off. The complainant filled out an affidavit of complaint for the battery stand and batteries, but the owner of the Xbox did not wish to fill out an affidavit of complaint for the Xbox. Police noted this is the third time they have responded to that residence for the theft of the same items. *** A Niceville resident of the 300 block of Reeves Street reported Feb. 17 someone stole his bicycle from his front yard. The complainant said he was inside his home at approximately 11 p.m. when he heard his bicycle's kick stand click into place. He chased a suspect but could not catch him. The bicycle had not been secured and was left in an area well lit by a street light. *** A Niceville resident reported Feb. 16 an unknown person stole his saxophone case, which contained his friend's saxophone, from the back seat of his van at the Northwest Florida State College campus. *** A security guard at the Twin Cities Hospital at 2190 N. Highway 85, Niceville, reported Feb. 15 someone had broken the window of another employee's car at the hospital. Police contacted the car's owner, who reported nothing was missing from the vehicle. *** A Valparaiso resident of the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue reported someone stole his firearm from his home sometime Nov. 22, 2012Feb. 10. The complainant said the firearm is a semi-automatic 9 mm Kel-Tec handgun, model P11 worth approximately $300. The complainant said he put the gun in a cabinet Nov. 22, 2012 and noticed it was missing when he went to clean it Feb. 10. *** A Valparaiso resident of the 200 block of Montana Avenue reported Feb. 14 someone stole 45 7.5 mg hydrocodone pills, for which she has a prescription, from her nightstand.Criminal MischiefA Niceville resident of the 700 block of Cypress Avenue reported an unknown person smashed the passenger's side window of his car sometime 9:10-10 p.m. Feb. 12. Kevin M. Knisley Fire Department ReportsThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 18, 2013 through February 24, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Parkside Cir....................................Public assist..............................2/18/13.............02:00 Windward Way...............................Medical......................................2/18/13.............03:02 N. White Point Rd..........................Dispatched & cancelled...........2/18/13.............04:14 Martinique Cove............................Smoke detector activation.......2/18/13.............10:28 Scenic Hwy. 98..............................Dispatched & cancelled...........2/18/13.............13:53 N. White Point Rd..........................Medical assist...........................2/19/13.............10:21 N. John Sims Pkwy.......................Dispatched & cancelled...........2/19/13.............16:40 E. Hwy. 20......................................Dispatched & cancelled...........2/19/13.............23:05 Troon Dr. W....................................Medical......................................2/20/13.............19:44 Cedar St.........................................Medical......................................2/21/13.............08:05 E. Rosewood Way.........................Public assist..............................2/21/13.............10:10 Cedar St.........................................Public assist..............................2/21/13.............12:26 N. White Point Rd..........................Medical......................................2/22/13.............05:54 Meadowbrook Ct...........................Medical......................................2/22/13.............09:26 Lancaster Dr/E.Hwy.20.................Vehicle accident........................2/22/13.............14:00 N. White Point Rd..........................Medical......................................2/22/13.............17:35 S. Dominica Cir..............................Medical......................................2/23/13.............00:41 N. White Point Rd..........................Medical......................................2/23/13.............00:44 Ridgewood Way............................Medical......................................2/23/13.............15:45 Hwy. 85 N.......................................Building fire...............................2/24/13.............11:26 Kathleen Ct....................................Dispatched & cancelled...........2/24/13.............21:55 Wren Way......................................Lightening strike........................2/24/13.............23:19 Visit northbayfd.org for more information.North Bay Niceville Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails.The Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from February 18, 2013 through February 24, 2013. 0 Structure Fire20 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire3 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn4 Other Emergency Calls 3 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Linden Ave......................................Medical............................2/18/13........................08:01 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical............................2/18/13........................11:18 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical............................2/18/13........................14:23 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Vehicle crash..................2/18/13........................14:26 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Medical............................2/18/13........................23:20 Pontevedra Lane...........................Medical............................2/19/13........................16:34 Powell Dr........................................Medical............................2/20/13........................08:36 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Vehicle crash..................2/20/13........................11:41 Judith Ave.......................................Medical............................2/20/13........................12:15 Royal Palm Dr................................Medical............................2/20/13........................19:52 S. Cedar Ave..................................Medical............................2/21/13........................05:02 Tamara Cove..................................Medical............................2/21/13........................11:20 Rue De Palms................................Medical............................2/21/13........................18:08 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical............................2/21/13........................21:13 Crestview Ave................................Medical............................2/22/13........................07:38 Nathey Ave.....................................Service call......................2/22/13........................13:36 SR 85 N..........................................Medical............................2/22/13........................14:54 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical............................2/22/13........................16:24 Reeves St.......................................Medical............................2/22/13........................17:01 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Alarm activation..............2/22/13........................18:00 37 th Street......................................Medical............................2/22/13........................22:21 SR 85 N..........................................Vehicle crash..................2/22/13........................23:20 N. Partin Dr.....................................Medical............................2/24/13........................01:48 Als Drive.........................................Medical............................2/24/13........................09:10 SR 85 N..........................................Overheat.........................2/24/13........................11:25 Valparaiso Blvd..............................Alarm activation..............2/24/13........................17:17 Camellia Place...............................Medical............................2/24/13........................18:21 E. John Sims Pkwy........................Alarm activation..............2/24/13........................21:52 Kathleen Ct.....................................Lightening strike.............2/24/13........................21:53 Wren Way ......................................Lightening strike.............2/24/13........................23:18 Weekly Safety Tip: Watch What You Heat. Stay with the stove when you are cooking. The reason most cooking fires happen is that someone leaves the kitchen when there is something cooking on the stove. Watch the stove so you ll be able to respond quickly if food bubbles up or if something goes wrong. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook 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 texting TIP214 plus the message to CRIMES (274637)Okaloosa seeks fugitivesThis information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. Name: Meagan Leigh Oliver Wanted for: VOP-Obtain Substance by Fraud &Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia Height: 5-feet, 3-inches Weight: 135 Age: 28 Date of birth: 06-23-1984 Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Name: Everett Hairston Wanted for: VOP-Grand Theft Auto Height: 5-feet, 9-inches Weight: 170 Age: 30 Date of birth: 07-13-1982 Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Name: Emmanuel Uribe Martinez Wanted for: VOP-Resisting an Officer with Violence & Loitering & Prowling Height: 5-feet, 6-inches Weight: 160 Age: 29 Date of birth: 01-01-1984 Hair: Black Eyes: BrownPage A-4 Wednesday, February 27, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Call or visit usPOWELL AGE NCY, I NC.Complete Insurance Service110 N. Partin Drive Niceville 678-2514 600 John Sims Pkwy., E. Niceville (Across from FUMC)Call (850) 678 1795MARK S. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike Griffith I don t depend on any government programs, so I probably won t be affected. I think Congress should start helping the President out. Cario Cherry, 25, Niceville, cook Matthew Boes, 34, Niceville, salesman David Rodrigues, 72, Valparaiso, retired Junior M. Hester, 84, Niceville, retired Martha McDonald, Niceville, retired Brittney Marshall, 22, Niceville, food serviceWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.How would sequestration affect you? I don t see it affecting me in any way, but we do need to make cuts somewhere. Location: Kmart It might be harder to keep my job or find a new one. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, February 27, 2013 Page A-5 Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon For fragile, broken hair CLIMATE CONTROL SPECIAL Receive1/2OFFFirst MonthOR ONEMonth FREE!1466 Cedar St., Niceville AffordableClimate Control Mini Storage Rental Available* Storage Supplies/BoxesCall for Details(850) 897-3314 $8800SPECIAL(NON-CLIMATE) 209 Government Ave., Niceville 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. Serving Niceville-Valparaiso for 50 yearsBrowse our selection of Hardwood & Laminate I don t know how it will affect meI get a civil service pensionbut there will be more people on local highways if government workers are furloughed one day a week. The government might make up the money through extra taxes. Overall, it doesn t sound too horrible, although our roads may not get the attention they need.The Restore Act, passed by Congress in 2012, established a Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund in the U.S. Treasury in which 80 percent of the Clean Water Act penalties from the Deep Horizon Oil Spill will be distributed to impacted areas for recovery. A percentage of the federal penalty money is expected to be funneled to the governments of Okaloosa County and other counties affected by the spill. Officials have said they expect Okaloosa's share to be millions of dollars. Whatever the final total, said Boyles, it is frankly a windfall for Okaloosa Countyone that may have a lasting impact on county infrastructure. Boyles said that he does not expect the state of Florida to interfere with Okaloosa receiving money in accordance with the Restore Act. He said that the state legislature has already decided that the bulk of such money will go to the eight counties most affected by the BP oil spill, including Okaloosa. Boyles said that he is concerned about the possibility of an end run at the state level regarding Okaloosa funding due to fallout from the TDC scandal, in which much of a previous BP windfall, as well as significant sums of local bed-tax revenues under county commission stewardship, were found to have been stolen, squandered or unlawfully spent after entering public coffers. However, added Boyles, who took office after the scandal came to light last year, State Rep. Matt Gaetz and I communicate regularly, and the best way to prevent such an end run, he said, is to fix our problems so no one else can say We can manage that money better than you. A legislative committee has subpoenaed TDC and other county officials to testify about the scandal in Tallahassee March 4. In previous hearings, the lawmakers, including Gaetz, have subjected Okaloosa County officials to blistering attacks for allegedly failing to hold anyone accountable for the scandal other than the TDC's former executive director, who killed himself shortly after the conduct began to come to light in 2012. Boyles told the chamber of commerce that the process of preventing any future scandal is underway. The way the TDC does business today, he said, is fundamentally different than in the past. Boyles said that he is active in the process of reforming the agency. I made the motion for TDC advisory council members to resign, he said, and we received three out of the four resignations asked for. Boyles said that even if the TDC members had done nothing wrong, it would still be helpful for them to step out of the way because the TDC needs a fundamental fresh start. We must perform on a statelevel stage, said Boyles, and Okaloosa County must therefore demonstrate its ability to manage funds properly. He affirmed that the Tourist Development Council and the bed-tax funds it collects are appropriate activities for Okaloosa County. TDCFrom page A-1 online business of jewelry & accessoriesHoneysucklelaneboutique.bigcatel.comWilloughby Enterprises, LLC www.nicevilleinsurance.com

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-6 Wednesday, February 27, 2013 THEBAYBEACONwould be intended mainly as a public service, since he plans to allow the public to fish from or tie boats to the dock free of charge. City Administrator Carl Scott said that before the city can grant permission to construct a dock, Harris must get permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and from the Army Corps of Engineers. After some discussion, commissioners agreed to allow Harris to build the oyster bar and dock, if he first obtains the state and federal permits and signs an encroachment agreement with the city, which he said he would do. In another matter relating to shoreline property rights, the commission Feb. 18 authorized its lawyers to offer another property owner, Keith Roberts, $16,000 to drop his lawsuit against the city. Roberts sued the city seeking an order recognizing that waterfront property adjoining his home is his, not the city's. The decision Feb. 18 followed a similar discussion held by the commission in late January, in which the commissioners initially decided to seek a settlement rather than appeal a November 2012 court decision in favor of Roberts. On Dec. 10, 2012, the commission had voted 3-1 to appeal a Nov. 20 judgment against the city by Circuit Court Judge Thomas Remington, in the lawsuit by Roberts, who had sought title to a small parcel of land between his property and Toms Bayou that had been platted as part of Bayshore Drive in a survey dated July 12, 1919. The city claimed it had an easement on that small parcel, although the City of Valparaiso was not incorporated until May 6, 1921, and that section of Bayshore Drive was never built. In a decision with implications for some other Valparaiso property owners, Judge Remington ruled that the city had not proved an original intent to dedicate the disputed property to public use, and had abandoned the property, thereby effectively granting title to the landward owner, now Roberts. At a Jan. 23, 2013, meeting, the commission reversed its earlier decision to appeal, and approved a motion to negotiate with Roberts in an attempt to reach a settlement. The Feb. 18 meeting confirmed that decision, and also mentioned a specific potential settlement amount$16,000 for the first time. The Roberts' land is on the south side of Toms Bayou, across from the Compass Rose. VALP.From page A-1 Dull moments are few and far between at Image Maker Hair Salon & Boutique. We like to have a good time at work. After all, what quality is there in life without fun? Owner Jackie Wright smiles as she explains the workplace dynamic. If you don t hear laughter and blow dryers when you walk in, we aren t open! Jackie and her sisters have owned Image Maker for the entirety of its existence. Now, 30plus years running, Jackie is the sole owner of the salon. This business has been successful for three decades because of family. Our family is close, especially my brothers, sisters and I. When times are hard, we always have each other s back. I will continue to run Image Maker the way it has been for years, and my family will continue to support the business just the same. For over 20 years, Image Maker has been located at the intersection of Palm boulevard and John Sims Parkway, in the heart of Niceville. The location of the salon was ideal because its long standing clientele are mostly comprised of Niceville natives. It was important to the sisters that the salon embodied the same characteristics that its hometown was founded upon; friendly faces, family, good times and a laid-back atmosphere that s comfortable and familiar. Our clientele ranges from individuals in their 80s, to little one s getting their first haircut. No matter their age, they all leave the same way they came in, smiling, but with better hair of course! For Image Maker, the business module speaks for its success. A little southern hospitality goes a long way in a small town. Image Maker Hair Salon & Boutique is a REDKEN salon, with 10 hair stylists, that offers a wide range of hair services and facial waxing. Unlike most salons, they are open six days a week; Monday through Saturday. The extra day gives their scheduled and walk-in clients flexibility in their personal schedules. We want every individual to have the opportunity to look great and feel great about themselves, regardless of their scheduling issues. When our clients leave feeling good about their look, we have done our job. In addition, the salon offers a variety of styling products for all hair types. These products include, REDKEN, Deva Curl, Keratin Complex, Nioxin and more. A few years ago, the salon introduced a boutique, to include jewelry, handbags, hair accessories and various other small gift items for sale. The idea was to not only have our clients leave with great hair, but to give them the opportunity to complete their look via accessories or styling product. Image Maker achieves this with all the components listed. If you mix all the ingredients Image Maker Hair Salon & Boutique has to offer, you will have happy clients that return again and again. If 30-plus years of business isn t enough proof that the salon has it down to a science, see for yourself firsthand what Image Maker can do for your look. Call for an appointment today at 850-678-1066 or stop by 910 S. Palm Blvd., Niceville, FL, 32578.Advertising Feature The staff of Image Maker Hair Salon and Boutique.Image Maker Hair SalonFamily owned for over 30 years Jackie Wright (850) 678-1066 M-F 9-6 Sat 9-3$5OFFANYSERVICE**Must present coupon. New clients only.910 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville, FL 32518 and GENERAL REPAIRBrakes Water Pumps Timing Belts Struts/Shocks We Now Have General MotorsFACTORY SCAN TOOLfor Dealer DiagnosticPEPPER & TONYZen masters, guard dogs, & welcoming committee Expert, Certified Techs Quality Parts Detailed Estimates Friendly Service(850)729-6629 SPECIALISTS IN MEMORY CARE 2300 North Partin Drive, Niceville, FL 32578 SUPERIORRESIDENCESofNicevilleDo you know someone dealing withAlzheimers orDementia? 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By Anna Kavanaugh Beacon Staff Writer The Niceville Post Office said goodbye to three of its longstanding employees Jan. 31. David Young, Eugene Teichert and Patricia Vines shared a total of 85 years of federal service and are getting used to their slightly early retirement. I still feel like Im on vacation, Teichert, Nicevilles former maintenance custodian, said. The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service offered retirement incentives to senior employees to encourage them to retire by Jan. 31, 2013. To qualify for the incentive, employees must have at least 20 years tenure at 50 years old, or have worked at least 25 years, according to a statement by the American Postal Workers Union. I was ready, Young said. I had planned on retiring this year or next year, but the incentive helped me along. I decided to take advantage of that. Young, 60, grew up in Fort Deposit, Ala., and joined the military as an F-4 jet mechanic after high school. He began his post office 38-year career as a clerk in Fort Deposit. During his career Young transferred to post offices in Montgomery, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Tallahassee and Valparaiso. Young transferred for the second time to the Niceville Post Office eight years ago as a clerk. Young said the postal service has changed dramatically over the years, including the equipment. He used to fill out the nightly paperwork by hand, but now everything is automated and processed by machines, he said. I started as a window clerk and did all the transactions by pencil, Young said. I had an adding machine and had to look up the rates in a book. Young plans to spend his time with his family, to include his wife, Teresa, and their four children: Erik, Kevin, Nathan and Chelsea. Teichert, 64, originally from Minnesota, retired from the Air Force in 1989 after serving 22 years as an aircraft mechanic. He then began his postal career in 1991 in Tampa as a maintenance custodian and retired after 21 years. Teichert transferred from Tampa to the Destin Post Office in 1998 and when the opportunity came, moved to the Niceville Post Office in 2001, where he lives. My job never really changed, Teichert said. Well we have better equipment; the work takes less time. Teichert will stay busy as an AMVETS Post 78 and American Legion member. He plans to spend more time with his wife, Pat, grandson, and expecting grandchild in Palm Bay. Vines, 57, of Crestview, began her postal career in 1984 in Fairbanks, Alaska, operating a sorting machine. Her husband, Wayne, was stationed at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, but it wasnt long before he asked for a transfer to Eglin AFB. The moved to care for Vines father, Louis Evans, a former Valparaiso Post Office letter carrier for 25 years. I come from a postal family, Vines said. Vines grandfather carried mail by horseback for a short time in the Blue Ridge North Carolina mountains, she said. Shortly after moving to Niceville, Vines began working at the Niceville Post Office as a clerk. She spent the next 27 years as a clerk there until she retired Jan. 31. Vines is a well known friendly face in the community, who always greeted customers with a smile, Kelly Lanning, postmaster of the Niceville Post Office, said. She was always willing to help or offer words of encouragement to anyone who needed it, Lanning said. Vine plans to enjoy her time off with her newly retired husband. She will spend more time with granddaughters, Jaden, 3, and Taylor, threeweeks old, as well as her mother, she added. Life is wonderful, Vines said. The Twin Cities Girl Scouts Service Unit held a self defense day Jan. 28 at the Martial Arts Combat Academy, Niceville. There were two sessions held. The first session discussed stranger danger and age appropriate self defense techniques for kindergarteners to third grade girls. The second session taught fourth grade to high school girls self defense techniques, as well as the pros and cons of pepper spray and Tasers. Instructor John Lee demonstrated the calm waters technique to the older girls to defuse situations, such as bullying in school. The Crestview S.W.A.T. team demonstrated many of their devices and tactical gear to the girls. After the demonstration, the Girl Scouts were allowed inside the teams van. A total of 56 NicevilleValparaiso Girl Scouts participated, to include Troops 247, 685, 670, 683, 761, 102, 151, 910, 977 and 1121. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y F F e e b b r r u u a a r r y y 2 2 7 7 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Manor crowns coupleEssie and Glen Reeves, Bluewater Bay Manor residents, were crowned the manor s 2013 Valentine s King and Queen Feb. 14. The couple has been married for more than 50 years. Garden club gives $500The Bluewater Bay Garden Club presented a $500 check to Gloria Price to benefit Sharing and Caring, Niceville. From left: Joan Bowman, Karen Williams, Price, Joan McCarthy and Marge Free. NHS Band raises $2,500 More than 200 runners, including, from left, Paige Perez, Nick Morken, Patrick McNair, and Josh Riley, participated in the 4th annual Band on the Run 5K/Mile Fun Run Feb. 16 at the Niceville High School. The fundraiser raised more than $2,500 to benefit the NHS Eagle Pride Band. 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Chamber hiring fair The Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and JobsPlus will host a public, seasonal hiring fair Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 204 N. Partin Drive, Niceville. Twenty-five employers will be present including defense contractors, manufacturing, retail, food service, law enforcement, hospitality and many other career fields. Contact Jerry McDaniel at 833-7587 ext. 217. Black Seminoles lecture Northwest Florida State College will present a free, public guest lecture, The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles, Feb. 27, 4:30 p.m., at the Student Services Center, Room 132, at the college in Niceville. The lecture will feature Dr. Rosalyn Howard, an anthropology professor from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, and focus on her research. Alzheimer s support group Alzheimers Family Services support group will meet Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m., at the Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. The group is free and limited respite care is available. To make arrangements for respite during the meeting, contact 866-478-7790 in advance. Republican meeting The Okaloosa County Republican Club will meet Feb. 28, 6:15 p.m., social hour, 7 p.m., meeting, at the American Legion Hall, Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. County commissioners Dave Parisot and Don Amunds, tax collector Ben Anderson and clerk of court Don Howard will speak. Register for a $12 dinner with Jane Dale at 651-5049. NWFSC art exhibition See the Arnie Hart Juried student and NWFSC faculty exhibition for free Feb. 28-April 5, at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center galleries, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville. The exhibit will showcase the best in NWFSC student and faculty artworks in both the McIlroy and Holzhauer galleries. The galleries are open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and 90 minutes prior to most Mattie Kelly Arts Center Mainstage and Sprint Theater performances. Quilt guild retreat and show The Flying Needles Quilt Guild will host its At the Beach retreat and quilt show Feb. 28-March 2, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, at the Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center, Destin. There will be three days of classes from national and regional teachers, free demonstrations, public miniclasses, a Quilts of Valor invitational block party and after-lunch program. Contact Donna, 613-6589. Blazefest 2013 Apex Broadcastings 103.1 The Blaze will host a one-day rock concert, Blazefest 2013, May 25, 11 a.m., at the Mullet Grounds, Niceville. Bands include Sevendust, Saving Abel, Hellyeah and more. Beer and food will be available for purchase. Tickets go on sale March 1 at www.blazefestrocks.com and are $24 per person for the first 72 hours, $27.50 for advance tickets and $35 the day of the show. Active duty military can purchase tickets for $20, plus TicketWeb and Eglin service fees, at the ITT Center on Eglin AFB. NHS Chorus 5K Run/Walk The Niceville High School chorus will host its 2nd Annual Grand Staff 5K Run/Walk fundraiser March 2, 8:30 a.m., at the Niceville High School. The race begins and ends at the school and medals will be awarded to the top three overall male and female winners, top master male and female, top grandmaster male and female, and top three place awards in 15 age brackets. Register online at active.com for $25 until race day. Participants will receive a t-shirt and there will be post race refreshments and entertainment by Opus One and the NHS Singers. Contact Kirk Herzog at 897-5174. DYW competition The Distinguished Young Women scholarship program is accepting high school senior girl applicants from Okaloosa County to compete in the DYW Okaloosa County competition July 27, 7 p.m., at the Fort Walton Beach City Auditorium. Girls will be judged on their grades, fitness, talent, interview and public speaking. The overall winner will be named DYW of Okaloosa County and will advance to the state competition in central Florida. Contact carolebyrd911@yahoo.com to apply by March 1. Museum education program The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will host Home School Fridays and Hands on History Saturdays education program Can you dig it, March 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-noon, at the museum, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. The program is for grades K-6 and for home school families on Friday and for families of the general public on Saturday. The cost is $7 per child, or $5 for museum family members. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Contact 678-2615. CIC Charity golf classic The 7th Annual CIC Childrens Neighborhood Charity Golf Classic will be held March 1, 11 a.m. checkin and lunch, noon shot-gun start, at the Fort Walton Beach Golf Club, Pines course. The cost is $100 per person or $400 for a four-person team. T-Box sponsorships are $100. There will be five hole-in-one prizes, including a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, trophies for the top three foursomes, door prizes, free golf shirts and more. Contact Natalie at 864-4242 to register a team. Girl Scouts fundraiser The Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle and the Emerald Grande will host a dessert fundraiser, Destin Desserts, March 1, 6 p.m., at the Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village, Destin. Eight local chefs will create a dessert using a Girl Scout cookie to be voted on by attendees. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $50 and will count as one vote. Tickets can be purchased at Southern Agenda, 4522 Highway 20 E, Niceville, or gscfp.org. Audubon bird walk The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will host a free bird walk at Point Washington March 2, 7:40 a.m., at Winn Dixie, Bluewater Bay. Tom Greene, a biologist who specializes in wet prairies, bogs and rare plant species, will lead the walk. Contact Walt Spence at 582-7064. Pamper Me event Enjoy a relaxing morning with food, beverages, door prizes and soothing music at the Friends of the Niceville Public Librarys Pamper Me program for women March, 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Niceville Community Center. Admission is $2 per person, ages 12 and older. Library book signing Best-selling author Tim Dorsey will speak on his new book, Riptide Ultra-Glide March 2, 6 p.m., in the Niceville Community Center, 204 N. Partin Drive. A book signing will follow and there will be Serge items for sale. Contact 279-4863, ext. 1504. Church yard sale fundraiser The First Presbyterian Church of Niceville will host a yard sale to benefit Haiti orphans March 2, 8 a.m.noon, inside the churchs Gathering Grounds and Fellowship Hall. There will be furniture, clothing, toys, and more for sale. The proceeds will go towards the Cavallion Orphanage in Haiti. Sailing regatta The Bluewater Bay Sailing Club and the Eglin Yacht Club will host a Kick-off Regatta March 2, noon, on the Choctawhatchee Bay, near Bear Lake and Eglin Yacht Club. There will be a captains meeting March 1, 5:30 p.m., at Bluewater Bay Marina to register, as well as the clubs spring meeting, 6 p.m. The cost for the race is $35 and $30 for members of the U.S. Sailing or Bluewater Bay Sailing Club. Contact Bill Deming at 678-7223 or bdeming@cox.net New Directions concert Emerald Coast Concert Association presents New Directions Veterans Choir March 2, 7:30 p.m., at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Veterans from all branches of the U.S. military will perform a cappella. Proceeds benefit the New Directions program for veterans. Contact 362-9356 or emeraldcoastconcerts.org. to purchase tickets. Coaches charity softball game The Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball Association will host a Coaches for Charity softball game to benefit Covenant Hospice March 2, 9 a.m., at the Niceville Softball Complex. Financial aid workshop Northwest Florida State College will hold its fourth annual free Cash 4 College workshop for any individual who will need help requesting financial aid, regardless of which college they will attend, March 3, 1-4 p.m., at the Student Services Center, at the college. Students and parents can complete the free application for federal student aid, FAFSA. Participants, including parents, must bring a drivers license, social security numbers, 2012 tax return and W-2 and any untaxed income information, such as child support or social security. Contact NWFSC Financial Aid at 729-5370 or bennettp@nwfsc.edu. NHS Rugby game The Niceville High School 18U Rugby Club will play March 3, 11 a.m., at the Twin Oaks Complex, Niceville. The winner will advance to the state playoffs. Ruckel orientation Ruckel Middle School will hold an orientation and informational program for incoming fifth grade students March 5, 6 p.m., at the school gym. Students and parents can learn about classes, sports and activities offered at the school. Multi-Chamber business expo The Niceville-Valparaiso, Destin and Fort Walton Beach Chambers of Commerce will host a free, public, business expo and Taste of Okaloosa County event March 5, 4-7 p.m., at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Niceville High School senior Carter Herman received a $500 scholarship from the Emerald Coast Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and plans to attend Florida State University in the fall to study criminology. To qualify, applicants must be licensed hunters and are judged on their scholastic achievements, leadership abilities, community involvement and demonstrated commitment to conservation. Herman is eligible for the $1,000 state award and if he advances, he will be eligible for the national $10,000 scholarship. *** Xi Beta Pi, Niceville Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, crowned Sharon Hargreaves of Niceville as queen at the Greater Fort Walton Beach Playground City Councils annual Valentine Ball Feb. 9. She was also crowned overall queen of the Playground City Council. Chapter queens are voted by all members of each chapter for dependability, poise, inner beauty and personality. Sharon joined the chapter two years ago and is the chapters corresponding secretary. *** John Collins of Niceville obtained his State of Florida Board of Professional Engineers license. Collins is a civil engineer for AVCON, Inc., and has performed the design and construction management for several important infrastructure projects, including the Qwest Air Parts hangar and the Sunshine Aero Industries hangar at Bob Sikes Airport. CHURCH DIRECTORY The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Whos News E-mail items to: info@baybeacon.com 2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 E-mail items to info@baybeacon.comCALE NDARPage B-2 Wednesday, February 27, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Beacon photo by Daniel ElsesserCub Scouts visit BeaconTiger Cub Scout Den 7 members Declan Harrison, Owen Smith and Tyler Dudley, Pack 553, toured the Bay Beacon office Jan. 29 and learned how the weekly newspaper operates. Hiring fair todayThe Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and JobsPlus will host a public, seasonal hiring fair Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 204 N. Partin Drive, Niceville. Carter Herman Sharon Hargreaves John Collins IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9 a.m. Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 2-711:01 a.m. Walk InWorship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion)Nursery & Sunday School providedImmanuel Anglican Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8p.m. @ The ShedHang out; engage; worship; growwww.iacdestin.org Pointing The Way To Jesus 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin | Church Office: 850-837-6324 St. Paul Lutheran & PreschoolSunday Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Nursery Provided. Wednesday Lenten Services 7:00 p.m. Gods work. Our hands.1407 John Sims Pkwy E. Niceville, FL 32578 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study 9:30am Celebration Service 11:00am Discipleship 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children 6:00pm 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax 1-888-520-9323 email: info@baybeacon.comTh e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n Ex pr essStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistAnna KavanaughEditorial AssistantIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeCheryle ValentineReceptionistKaron DeyBookkeeper The Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as midWalton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52.Niceville s NewspaperSara KentMarketing DirectorBluewater Bay Duathlon resultsThe Emerald Coast Triathlon Club held its second Bluewater Bay Duathlon Saturday in Bluewater Bay. The original 15.5mile bike portion was canceled due to the heavy rain and weather conditions. Runners had the option to participate in either a 5K or 10K race instead. The event raised more than $2,000 to benefit the Triathlon Club, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Foundation, Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation and the Airmans Attic of Eglin Air Force Base. Niceville-Valparaiso 5K winners are: first place male overall Michael Moroz; first place male ages 15-19 John Marta; third place female ages 25-29 Julie Stark; female ages 30-34, first place Amy Wusterbarth, second place Julie Houtman, third place Heather Robinson, fourth place Michelle Blom, fifth place Johanna Martin, sixth place Paige Floyd, seventh place Julie Kimsey; third place male ages 3034 Tim Spaulding; female ages 35-39, second place Caren Hunter, third place Sandra Christensen, fourth place Jeani Pendergraft, fifth place Jill Hill; male ages 35-39, first place David Ohearn, third place Deward L. Cummings III; female ages 4044, second place Deanna Matthews, third place Tresha Robison; male ages 40-44, second place Jim Collins, third place Brad Butler; second place female ages 45-49 Denise Provost; male ages 45-49, second place Randy Ross, fourth place David Bikker, fifth place Christopher Olson; second place female ages 50-54 June Robbins; male ages 50-54, third place Dennis Samac, fourth place Randy Welsch; and second place female ages 55-59 Cindy Jannazo. Niceville-Valparaiso 10K winners are: first place male ages 2024 Ryan Bresson; female ages 2529, first place Lindsay Schlechter, third place Vita Ng; male ages 2529, first place Stephen Ascher, sixth place Luther Sackett; second place male ages 30-34 Phillip Bauer; first place female ages 3539 Alyson Gabrys; female ages 40-44, second place Susan Kloos, third place Ann Bowers-Evangel, fifth place Tara Butler; male ages 40-44, third place John Eller, fifth place Mike Nunley; male ages 45-49, first place Michael Harris, second place John Schwab, third place Kurt Heitman; first place male ages 50-54 Paul Phillips; and first place male ages 65-69 Eric Snyder. Photo by Cycnut.com Runners fight through the rain Saturday to finish the second Bluewater Bay Duathlon to benefit the Emerald Coast Triathlon Club, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Foundation, Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation and the Airman s Attic of Eglin Air Force Base.

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Melissa Ann Hansen-CowellJan. 19. 1966-Feb. 15, 2013Melissa Ann Hansen-Cowell went to be with her Lord on Feb. 15, 2013, after losing her 12 year battle with cancer. Melissa is survived by her parents Dennis and Artrilla Hansen of Satellite Beach; husband Steve Cowell; son Douglas Hansen; and daughter Serrena Cowell of Niceville. The family would like to thank her many friends who gave support and comfort through the years of treatment and her final days. A celebration of life for Melissa will be held March 1, 2013, at the Niceville United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 10 a.m.Billy H. Dunn Sr.March 8, 1941-Dec. 7, 2012Billy H. Dunn Sr. died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville. Mr. Dunn was born March 8, 1941, in Adel, Ga., and was the son of the late John Wesley Dunn Sr. and Tinnie Vye Crawford Dunn. Mr. Dunn was retired from the U.S. Army and served two tours in Vietnam as a medevac pilot. After retiring, he worked as a shrimper and a web page designer. Mr. Dunn was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Dunn. Survivors include son, Billy Harmon Dunn Jr. of Niceville; three daughters and sons-inlaws, Sherri and Richard Arthur of Choctaw, Okla., Brenda and William Wright, and Leslie Dunn all of Niceville; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Mark Dunn of El Paso, Texas; and sister, Nina Wilder of Moultrie. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Obituaries Billy H. Dunn Sr. NHS Latin Club 2nd in regionalsThe Niceville High School Junior Classical League placed second overall in the regional forum Feb. 9. Twenty-three students received ribbons. Members: Nicole Escoffier, Sarah Pabst, Ella Ruth Hill, Morgan Ringel, Zack Todd, Michael Patrick, Madison Brake, Anna Maria Vaccaro, Maddy Smith, Georgan Williams, Erin Ringel, Kelsey Sisk, Georgia Pearce, Katherine Ammon, Ian Anderson, Joichiro Williams, Margaret Jacobs, Sophia Bergmann, Caleb Spears, Matthew Nelson, Paul Talty, Hudson Pearce, Renish Contractor, Ricky Gal, and Monica and Maddie Hsiang. CADILLAC 2003 DeVille, tan, fully loaded, one owner, 75,000 miles, $6,500 or Best Offer. 850-8652888. Experienced stylist needed for Fridays and Saturdays in BWB. 897-4897 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 driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) Niceville. 3-bd, 2-ba. 1568sf $1100. Call 6782324 or 830-7879. See news happening? Call the Bay Beacon at 850-678-1080. *FIXER UPPERS* Bargains, lowest prices. These homes need work. Call for a free computerized list with pictures. www.okaloosa waltonhomeinfo.com or Free recorded message 1-866-234-3321, ID#1048. 10 things you must know BEFORE you hire an agent. Free report reveals the questions you should be asking. www.okaloosawalton homeinfo.com or Free recorded message 1-866-234-3321, ID #1006. Golf Course Indoor Yard Sale. Rocky Bayou Country Club Ladies Golf Association will hold an indoor yard sale March 2, 8am-2pm at the Clubhouse. 600 Golf Course Dr., Niceville. Golf and exercise equipment, household items, jewelry, clothes, and more will be available for sale. Limited number of vendor tables may be reserved for $25 by calling Gloria Hall (6782966) or Carol Elliot (729-7870). Furniture, appliances, household products. 406 Greenwood Way, Niceville. 8-1 Saturday Mar. 3rd. If you want Niceville to know, say it in the Beacon. Help Wanted Homes for Rent Autos for Sale Yard Sales Homes for Sale Help Wanted CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! Help Wanted Help Wanted Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Office Space Homes for Sale OWNERSNeed Help Managing Your Investment Property? 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-4 Wednesday, February 27, 2013 THEBAYBEACON RBCS first in Brain BowlRocky Bayou Christian Academy Varsity Academic A Team placed first in the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Annual State Brain Bowl Academic Competition Feb. 7 and 8, in Orlando. Co-captains senior Audrey Stevens and junior Noah Kerstein led sophomores Ian Kampert and James Sung, and freshmen Priscilla Baum to the state win. The RBCS middle school team, eighth graders, captain Ben Esses, Brenda Baum, Zack Johns, Ariel Schesniak and seventh grader, Mary Brannon, placed first in the state in their divison. Priscilla won first place for individual toss-ups answered in the two-day competition and first place for toss-ups answered only in the finalist round on day two. Sophomore and B team captain Cameron Esses took third place for individual toss-ups and led his team, senior Amanda Hart, sophomores Josh Birdsong and Harrison Martin, and freshman Seth Kerstein, to the finalist round. Senior Jessica Sandlin led a new team, junior Christian Yun, sophomore Wade Wiederhold, and freshman Ethan Harris, to the consolation round. Ruckel Rams county champsThe Ruckel Middle School boys soccer team was named Okaloosa County champions with an undefeated record of 10-0. From left: front row, Dan Abel, Cooper Bair, Caleb Stalnaker, Hagan Lewis, Evan Steele, Ethan Reid, Taylor Kennington, Brendan Ernsberger; middle row, Chase Mixson, Connor McClay, Alexander Nalovic, Nicholas Kennington, Connor Allen, Devin Drake; back row, Christopher Halprin, Seth Rung, Jordan Richardson, Patrick Poate, Judd Barth, Zac Jordan, Kasen Stephensen, Edward Shelikoff, Jesse Johnson, Joey Gianelloni, Nathan Fehrenbach and Coach Zac Keeler. Traveling Eagles take first placeThe Niceville 12U Traveling Eagles Baseball team placed first in the 11th Annual USSSA Peach State Diamond Sports Freeze Out tournament Feb. 10, Valdosta, Ga. From left: front row, Tristan Keith, Connor Walsh, Brandon Cromwell, Adam Mistretta, Derek Vogel, back row, manager Taylor Woodard, Zach Coldsnow, Chandler Plourd, Sean Goodwin, Owen Williams, Coach Brian Walsh, Trent Walker, and Coach Kriengsak Vogel. Rocky Bayou wins openerThe Rocky Bayou Christian School baseball team beat Poplar Springs High School 10-1 in their season opener Feb. 19. Left, RBCS pitcher Tyler Paskell winds up for the pitch.Photo by Lisa Downing Niceville wrestler third in stateNiceville High School wrestler and team captain Taylor Bartleson placed third in the state at the FHSSA Wrestling Finals Feb. 15 and 16 at the Lakeland Convention Center, Lakeland, with a record of 49-4. Niceville Library takes snapshotThe Florida Library Association, in partnership with the Division of Library and Information Services, hosted a snapshot day where libraries across Florida took photos, collected statistics and members comments of how Floridians utilize their libraries Jan. 30. The Niceville Public Library participated and discovered on Jan. 30 that 543 people visited the library, 717 items were checked out, 30 people used a computer, 15 people were taught computer skills, 60 people received answers to their questions, five job seekers received help, 39 children attended a program, 10 teens enjoyed a movie, 27 people were issued new library cards and 16 people received tax assistance. The library also collected comments from patrons. This library is fantastic! Its one of the major things that makes Niceville so Nice, Lynnette Pearce said. From the youngest pre-readers to seniors, there are activities and programs to meet every need. I love the library! I get so much done here, Diana Chairez said. I love having a place where I can use the internet, send a fax, check out DVDS and books. Plus the library always has some great activity going on. A collection of all the libraries statistics will be featured on www.flalib.org. Children flocked to play educational games on the Niceville Public Library s new computers for Florida Library Associations snapshot day Jan. 30. Libraries all over Florida documented their statistics for the day to represent what goes on in the library on a normal day. The Rocky Bayou Christian School varsity and junior academic teams placed first in the State Brain Bowl Academic Competition Feb. 7 and 8 in Orlando.Ruckel places 2ndRuckel Middle School took second place in the Liza Jackson Middle School Academic Tournament Feb. 2, at the school. The team, Chloe Kokenes, Randy Tyson, Ella Wright, Will Murray, Matthew Murphey and Macray Simmers, was coached by Sonja Love and Geoffrey Watson. Antonia Poate The Emerald Coast Junior Golf Tour continued Feb. 16 at the Pensacola Country Club. Niceville finishers are: ages1618 boys division, Andrew Smith, second place, and Crystian Hopper, seventh place; ages 14-15 boys division, Mark Connelly, fourth place, Patrick Poate, tied for 16th place, and Heath Topel, 19th place; ages 12-14 girls division, Lauren Miller, second place, and Meg Horrigan, eighth place; ages 1518 girls division, Antonia Poate, second place. G olf tour results

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2013 Spring-Summer 2013 Supplement to The Bay Beacon Niceville-Valparaiso, Florida The Bay Beacons and Community Directory NEWCOMER GUIDE

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 2 Spring-Summer 2013

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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Twin Cities of Niceville and Valparaiso live up to their names. It really is nice in Niceville, and Valparaiso, which means Vale of Paradise, offers a quality of life as close to paradise as one is likely to find this side of the real thing. Originally the area was known as Boggy Bayou, or simply Boggy, due to the proximity of Boggy Bayou, an inlet that leads to Choctawhatchee Bay and from there to the Gulf of Mexico. The bayou, however, is not the weedy swamp the name implies, and is today a pleasant and popular place for swimming, sailing, water skiing, and fishing. Along the shores of Boggy Bayou, as well as another creek-fed inlet called Rocky Bayou, and the north shore of Choctawhatchee Bay, nestle Niceville, Valparaiso, and such neighboring communities as Bluewater Bay, Seminole, and Choctaw Beach. The area attracts people who seek a warm climate, friendly communities, and plenty of activities ranging from hunting, fishing and water sports to art galleries, concerts, and stage plays. The local climate is a big attractor for new residents as well as vacationers. There is no hard winter, by northern standards. Spring begins with the first camellia blossoms in January. A long hot summer starts around the first of June. A colorful, leisurely autumn extends from early October through Christmas. Outdoor activities abound, with such sports as tennis and golf available yearround. One can drive over the Mid-Bay Bridge to the busy nightlife of Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and the sugar-white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, or take ones children to calmer waters at beaches in Valparaisos Lincoln Park and the military recreation area at White Point. In Niceville, you can visit the clear, cool swimmin holes of Turkey Creek Park, or walk along the parks mile-long boardwalk through the swamp and jungle-like forest of the true Florida. New residents are also attracted by the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of local communities, where people feel safe riding bicycles, pushing baby strollers or taking walks at any hour of the day or evening. Judy Alley has lived in Niceville since 1981, when she came here with her husband who was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base. We loved the area, she said. It always felt like home. The 1981 assignment was a return, she said, because the couple was stationed at Eglin once before, in 1971-74. We knew then that we wanted to come back, and eventually retire here, she said. This is a very family-oriented area. In other places we have lived, everyone seemed focused on business and careers, but here, people focus on their families. Its a pleasant, wholesome environment, and the weather is nice. Economic opportunities abound. Although the area was once a center of fishing, turpentine harvesting, and agriculture, the economic base nowadays is Eglin Air Force Base, one of the Americas largest military installationsNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 3 ALSO IN THIS GUIDE You are never far from the water in Niceville or Valparaiso. Boggy Bayou (pictured), Rocky Bayou, Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico offer a vast playground for boaters, swimmers and anglers. Twin Cities community a magnet for families and retirees alike Schools in a nutshell..............10 Turn on the utilities................13 Business directory..................15 Area map....................................16,17 Government services...........18 Join a club..................................20 Things to do, places to go ...23Cover: Having fun at White Point. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith Beacon photos by Mike Griffith I love it here, says Maria Young, Bluewater Bay with children Ashley, 4, and Philip, 5. It s great for the kids. I feel safe."Small-town charm, city amenities Continued on page 5 Judy Alley

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Management and staff of the Ritz Salon would like to welcome you to the area! We have been located in the Niceville Community of Bluewater Bay for over 17 years. We are your friends, neighbors and full service family hair care providers. We are proud of our community and wish to beautify it... one head at a time. Welcome to Niceville! Mid-Bay Plaza Bluewater Bay897-4466 Find us on FacebookThe Newcomer Guide, a supplement to The Bay Beacon Page 4 Spring-Summer 2013

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and a center of research, development and testing of new, advanced weapons systems. It is also home to such elite military training and operational units as the 33rd Fighter Wing, which trains pilots and maintainers for the F-35 Joint Strike fighter, the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, the Army Ranger School, and the Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). The base attracts many of the nations top defense contractors, engaged in advanced scientific and technical research and development programs. In recent years, local business and government leaders have also been actively seeking to attract other hightechnology industries to the area, in such fields as aerospace, pharmaceuticals, and medical technologyindustries that are attracted by the abundance of technically-trained people, as well as by the high quality of life along the north Florida coast. Transportation in the local area includes the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, as well as airports in Destin and Crestview. Main traffic arteries include local highways connecting to Interstate 10, and a highway bypass is being built around Niceville to speed traffic to and from the Mid-Bay Bridge and Destin by early 2014. Commercial and charter fishing also remain important parts of the local economy, and help to attract tourists and vacationers to the area. Local history can be studied at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, the Air Force Armament Museum, and other nearby facilities. Numerous archeological sites can be found in the area, to include the remains of early settlers' cabins and sawmills, and the earthen ceremonial mounds of the first American Indians to inhabit northern Florida. Niceville resident Melissa Welch said she has been here for about a year with her husband, who is in the Air Force. We love it, she said of Niceville as she visited the citys Childrens Park with her three sons Jackson, 4, Oliver, 2, and George, 1. Its very kid-friendly, close to Destin and the beaches, and it has lots of parks. Its quiet. Education is also an important part of the community. Local schools from elementary through middle and high school are consistently ranked among the highest in Florida in college entrance exam scores. Advanced middle school students can attend the Science, Technology, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) Center in Valparaiso, and other schools offer special programs in fields ranging from auto mechanics to computer technology and aeronautics. In addition to public education, private schools are also available, such as Rocky Bayou Christian School, which teaches students from early grades through high school and is top-rated academically. For higher education, there is Northwest Florida State College From page 3 Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 5 Continued on page 7 Beacon photos by Mike Griffith The emerald waters of the Gulf beaches, just 20 minutes away by car, beckon Twin Cities residents.A few minutes from Gulf beaches Lowest College Tuition in NW FL 5 Bachelors Degree Programs Associate Degrees & Career Certificates GED/ Adult Education Collegiate High School ROTC eCampus/ Distance Learning Financial Aid Available www.nwfsc.edu Niceville Campus: (850) 729-6922 Fort Walton Campus: (850) 863-6500 Eglin AFB Center: (850) 200-4180 Hurlburt Field Center: (850) 200-4190Chautauqua Center, DeFuniak Springs: (850) 200-4100 South Walton Center: (850) 200-4160 Sikes Center, Crestview: (850) 200-4141 Melissa Welch

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(NWFSC), which offers both twoand four-year degrees in such fields as nursing, education, medical technology, law enforcement and business management, and also serves as a launching pad for students who prefer to complete their first two years of college close to home, then transfer to one of Floridas big universities. Nicevilles Twin Cities Hospital has a state of the art emergency room, 65 beds for in-patient care, and is top-ranked for patient satisfaction. Other nearby medical facilities include the Eglin Air Force Base regional medical center, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, and Sacred Heart Hospital near Destin. There are also numerous outpatient clinics, and several local assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and a memory care facility for people with Alzheimers. The NWFSC campus in Niceville is also home to the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center, where symphony concerts and touring Broadway-caliber shows routinely entertain local audiences. The school also offers one of the nations best education programs in art, music, and drama. Maria Young, of Bluewater Bay, enjoys bringing her children Ashley, 4, and Philip, 5, to the childrens park in Niceville. She said she and her Army husband have been in the area for about a year. I love it here, said Young. Its great for the kids. I feel safe, especially when my husband has to leave. I never hear of anything bad happening in our neighborhood." "Both my children are enrolled in Rocky Bayou Christian School, she said, and there are plenty of local activities for them, such as basketball and gymnastics. Niceville resident Tom Churan said he has lived in Niceville for the last 11 years. I was stationed here with the military, twice, he said. Then, I worked here as a civil servant for the Air Force. I have also lived in Fort Walton Beach and Shalimar." Churan said his feelings about Niceville are very favorable. In olden days, this was just a fishing community, and not very soughtafter. Now, he said, Niceville is more developed, but still keeps its quiet, fishing village charm. I like the community itself. Its very friendly, and it has the nicest library I have seen in a long while. There are plenty of restaurants, and its a very pleasant place to live. Mary Morken, also of Niceville, said she has lived here for 16 years, ever since her husband came to the area to coach basketball at Northwest Florida State College. Its great here, she said. Its a friendly place, the crime rate is low, and there is plenty of access to beaches. Morken said that her threeNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 7 A -rated schools win state, U.S. honors Continued on page 9 Northwest Florida State College offers a variety of degrees, from two-year community-college diplomas to four-year programs in nursing and teaching. Now registering Grades K-6th for the Rocky Bayou Christian School Destin Campus. For more information and a campus tour call the Admissions Director at 850.279.3727. From page 5 Tom Churan

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children are all students at Niceville High School. Niceville is a great place to raise kids, she said. The academic expectations are very high, and the school district here is very good. Nearly all the local schools are rated A or A-plus. Here advice to newcomers, Morken said, is, Get out and about. Meet people. Go to the college and the arts center. Sporting events here are very cheap or free. Visit the childrens park. There are also lots of churches, with community outreach programs, like the community center at First United Methodist Church. In Valparaiso, Ronnell Barbour said he has lived in that city for five years. He said he came to the small city because it was a good place to operate his home remodeling business. I like the environment here, Its peaceful, said Barbour. You can raise a family here without being worried. Asked what he liked best about Valparaiso, Barbour replied, I like the Valparaiso library, and the city has great parks. There are friendly people, with a great sense of hospitality. Barbour said he also enjoys fishing in local waters, where he catches bass, as well as catching saltwater fish. Eleven-year-old Celeste Shipley was also at the Valparaiso library, where she was studying and visiting her uncle, Tony Shipley, who is the director of the library, although they both live in nearly Fort Walton Beach. I go to school at the STEMM Center here in Valparaiso, Celeste said. Its a lot of fun. Some of the academic material is tough, but once its explained, it gets better, because then you know whats going on. My science classes are two grade levels above the actual grade Im in. I love aviation, she added. I especially like the flight lab, which has flight simulators. Tony Shipley said he enjoys working in Valparaiso. Its a nice community. The people are friendly, and they really support the library, through visits and book checkouts as well as with donations. Asked what advice he would give a newcomer to Valparaiso, Shipley, who is also a board member for the Heritage Museum in Valparaiso, said, There is a lot of local history to explore. The city also has some great community festivals, like Saturday in the Park and the annual Fourth of July celebration. Asked what advice she would offer new classmates at the STEMM Center, Celeste said, When you feel like youre failing, just keep studying and trying your best. The teachers are also available for tutoring after class each day. Believe in yourself. You can do it. Beacon photos by Mike Griffith "The people are friendly," says Tony Shipley, director of the Valparaiso Library, whose daughter Celeste attends school in the city. From page 7Such a great place to raise childrenNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 9 Family Dental CareCompassionate Personalized CareRestore Your Smile, Keep Your ScheduleBeautiful Smiles Begin Here CEREC delivers top quality restorations in one visit, so you can get back to what matters most.Same Day CrownsComplimentary Second Opinion(Includes Free X-Ray, D0220, D9310) Comprehensive Family Care Advanced Sterilization Techniques Luma Arch Whitening In Office Cosmetic Veneers/Bonding Preventative Dentistry Custom Crowns/ Bridges Implant Restoration Gentle Nitrous Oxide Digital X-RaysCONVENIENT SCHEDULINGMonday Thursday 7:30am-5:30pm Friday: Closed Ralf P. Zapata, DDS Thomas Grant, DMDWe Welcome New Patients & Emergencies729-1223www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com 908 S. Palm Blvd., Niceville Ronnell Barbour

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E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville nicevillehighschool.org Grades: 9-12 Phone: 833-4114 Hours: 7 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Principal: Rodney Nobles Enrollment: 1927 Staff: 101 professional Booster president: Jim Evans SAC chair: Leslie Sheekley Volunteer coordinator: Rebekah Ellis volunteers Designated A school by Florida Department of Education Ranked in top 10% of all Florida high schools Ranked No. 2 high school in state of Florida among traditional public high schools which have no restrictive admissions requirements. Ranked #163 by Washington Post out of 1,898 schools across the U.S. Class of 2012 earned $10,227,789.00 in scholarships Advanced Studies students earn up to 60 college credits % of students at NHS took at least one or more Advanced Placement or Cambridge AICE exams in May/June 2012. Advanced Placement Scholars in 2012 National Scholars in 2012 % school-wide pass rate on all Advanced Placement exams in 2012 % school-wide pass rate on all Cambridge AICE exams in 2012 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists for 2012 National Merit Scholarship recipients for 2012 U. S. Military Academy appointments for 2012 Leading-edge Information Technology Institute Award-winning Performing Arts Programs Innovative Intensive Studies Programs Winning athletic teams recognized statewide Special facilities or programs: Advanced International Certificate of Education, Advanced Placement, Honors, Gifted, and dual enrollment, CHOICE (Information Technology, Aviation), Family and Consumer Science, JROTC, Leadership, Executive Internship, ESE, Intensive Studies programs, journalism, music, award-winning Fine Arts. Clubs and activities: Student Government, Academic team/Knowledge Masters, College Readiness; BandsJazz, Marching, Symphonic, Chess Club, Chorus, Creative Writing, Art Club, Culinary Club, Debate, Drama, Dance Team, Majorettes, Entr Nous, Future Educators of America, Interact Club, Junior Classical League, Key Club, Kitty Hawk Air Society, American Sign Language, Literary Guild, Math Club, EARTH Club, Minority Council, National Honor Society, Ocean Science Club, Philosophy Club, Step Team, French Club, Spirit Club, S.A.D.D., Robotics Team, Young Democrats, Young Republicans, Photoshop Club,Yearbook. College board average scores: ACT composite, 24.1; SAT writing 514; SAT math 544, SAT critical reading 536.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 10 Spring-Summer 2013 Rocky Bayou Christian School Ruckel Middle School Collegiate High School at NWF State College E. College Blvd., Niceville (Northwest Florida State College) nwfcollegiatehigh.org Grades: 10-12 Phone: 729-4949 Hours: 9:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Director: Anthony Boyer Enrollment: 275 Staff: 17 plus Northwest Florida State College faculty This public charter high school allows students the opportunity to complete their high school diploma and earn college credit simultaneously. Students participate in college classes alongside college-age students. Students who cannot meet the rigors of dual enrollment participate in a precollegiate curriculum. Special facilities or programs: All NWFSC student facilities are open to Collegiate High School students. Collegiate HS students may participate in extracurricular activities at their home school. Sports, bands, clubs: All NWFSC student organizations are open to Collegiate High School students. The Collegiate High School also has its own organizations such as yearbook, student government, academic team and thespians. Average college board scores: ACT composite, 26.1; SAT critical reading, 589; SAT math, 593; SAT writing, 563. N. Partin Drive, Niceville Beach Drive, Destin www.rbcs.org Grades: Kindergarten through 12, plus VPK and K-3 -K-4 Phone: 729-7227 Hours: 8:05 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Superintendent: Michael Mosley Enrollment: 741 students Staff: 140 teachers College preparatory K3-12 program, offering 13 Advanced Placement courses. Special facilities or programs: Special Services Department certified by National Institute for Learning Disabilities serves special needs students, home school assistance, summer camp programs, full service transportation. Accepts Florida McKay scholarships, as well as Step Up for Students; dual-enrollment & AP classes taught on campus. Extracurricular: Elementary school band, middle school band, high school band (which performed in 2012 at Sugar Bowl half-time), jazz band, concert band, chamber choir, middle school choir, concert choir, praise band, football, cross-country, track, swimming, tennis, wrestling, baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, golf, cheerleading, weightlifting, drama, chapel, Missions Club, Junior Classical League, Academic Team, Math Club, Leadership Trek. College board average scores: ACT composite, 25; SAT combined 1662 $2.4 million in scholarships offered to 52 graduates in 2012. a Niceville High SchoolOverviews of public, private schools Ages 6 weeks to 12 years Creative Curriculum Sneak-A-Peek/Secured Internet Viewing Safety Cameras & Telephones in Classroom Before & After School Care & Transportation VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program) School Age Summer Camp850-678-0600www.kidsdiscovery.net74 N. John Sims Pkwy., ValparaisoOpen: Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. FREEVPK Program Locally Owned & OperatedLic# C01OK0118SUMMER CAMP Enrollment and Splash Pad N. Partin Drive, Niceville ruckelmiddleschool.com Grades: 6-8 Phone: 833-4142 Fax: 883-3291 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:20 p.m. Principal: Debra Collins Goolsby Assistant Principal: Dennis Samac Enrollment: 950 students Staff: 70 faculty and staff Counselor: Laura Long State report card grade: 14th Consecutive A Ranked #10 out of 587 Florida Middle Schools PTO president: Barbie Council SAC chair: Joseph Bowers More than 500 volunteers Special facilities or programs: Portable and regular computer labs and Robotics labs Course offerings: Remediation, regular, advanced and gifted core classes Courses for high school credit: Introduction to Technology, Web Design, Algebra I Honors, Geometry and Physical Science Honors Ram Stars Remediation Program (Strategies That Achieve Real Success) in reading. ElectivesBand, Chorus, Advanced Art, Physical Education, Physical Fitness, Advanced Spanish, Introduction to Technology, Multimedia Production and Web Design. Sixth gradeexploratory wheel includes Spanish, Art and Computers. Facilities: Portable and regular computer labs, and Robotics lab. Programs: Real world and Academics Meet (RAM) Science and Social Studies classes connect their content to a realworld application/experience. Sixth grade Challenger Center, Seventh grade Health Fair, Eighth grade Robotics, Science Fair and Success Center after school tutoring. Sports: football, cross-country track, baseball, softball, volleyball, track, basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, swimming, cheerleading and dance team. Arts: Football band, concert/symphonic band, jazz band, Ambassadors select chorus, 5th-grade band program, majorettes. Both band and chorus participate in the All County and All State musical programs. Clubs: Math Counts, National Junior Honor Society, Knowledge Masters, Multicultural Club, Books and Breakfast Book Club, Academic Team, Math Team, Yearbook, Chess Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Literary Guild.

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 11Okaloosa STEMM AcademySchool of Choice for science, technology, engineering, math and medicine studies. Edge Ave., Valparaiso www.okaloosaschools.com/STEMM Grades: sixth grade Principal: Rick Soria Phone: 833-4120 Fax: 833-4177 Hours: 7:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Enrollment: 88 students Staff: 8 (faculty and staff) Range Road, Niceville okaloosa.k12.fl.us/bluewater Grades: Pre-KD through 5 Phone: 833-4240 Fax: 833-4232 Hours: 8:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m. Principal: Connie Hall Assistant Principal: Amy Klugh Enrollment: 855 students Staff: 85 (faculty and staff) State report card grade: A Full-time Counselor Part-time Literacy Coach: Angelle Crosby Sports, music programs, clubs, Student Council (grades 3-5), Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Full time music and art program, Accelerated Reader, IXL Math, Bluewater Green Team, Young Astronauts Club, Camp Invention and Art summer camps, Safety Patrol. Day Care, Art class and Green Team activities available on early release days Full-time immersion class for gifted students in grades 1 through 5 Daycare hours: 6:15-8:45 a.m., 3:15-6 p.m. Daycare coordinator: Gina White PTO co-president:s: Kelli Vandenboom and Shere Tuckey SAC chair: Gary Turner Volunteer coordinator: Pat Licursi volunteers. Received Golden School Award for volunteer program. Consistently scores in the top 1 percent of all tested Florida schools. Early release for Teacher Professional Development first Thursday of each month with dismissal at 12:50 p.m. Member of the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Nutshell descriptions of area schoolsDestin Middle School Lewis School Legendary Marina Drive, Destin www.okaloosa.k12.fl.us/destinm Grades: 5-8 Phone: 833-7655 Hours: 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. Principal: Diane Kelley, Ed.D. Enrollment: 605 Staff: 59 State report card grade: A SAC Chair: Joy Makela Volunteer coordinator: Judy Hall Special facilities or programs: emphasis in technology and fine arts (band, dance, media production, tumbling, Spanish, visual arts, graphic art and design), "School of Choice" for Bluewater community, football stadium, lighted fields, weight room with state-of-theart fitness equipment, two networked Internet-accessible computer labs, tech lab, Splash TV studio, art studio, air-conditioned gym, certified counselor, Accelerated Math. Sports: cross-country, volleyball, football, basketball, soccer, swim, tennis, softball, baseball, track, cross country, golf. Exemplary programs: cheer/dance team, tumbling, band, academic team, Builders Club, yearbook, Knowledge Masters, art exhibit, Accelerated Reader program, Beta Club, state science fair finalists, Boat Race (7th grade), jazz band, marching band, symphonic band, beginning and intermediate band, algebra, web design, algebra for high school credit, biology, Intro to IT for high school credit, anti-bullying campaign, gifted/advanced courses, community mentoring program and Math Counts. N. Highway 85, Niceville www.okaloosaschools.com/edge/ Phone: 833-4138 Hours: 8:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Principal: Dr. Samantha Dawson Enrollment: 570 students Staff: 65 (faculty and staff) State report card grade: A PTO President: Kellee Dali SAC chairperson: Joseph Bowers Volunteer Coordinators: Maria Lewis and Debby Gardner + volunteers Sports, band, clubs: chorus, K-Kids, Tiger News Crew Television network, Paw Print Express (schoolwide post office). Leadership Clubs, Edge Mile Club Gifted classes, speech occupational therapy, physical therapy. Closed circuit TV studio, computer lab. Mentor, tutoring programs, quarterly awards program (academics and character). Day care hours: 6:30-8 a.m., 2:50-6 p.m. Summer day care program, including off campus field trips. Bluewater Elementary School Edge Elementary School Mississippi Ave., Valparaiso www.okaloosaschools.com/lewis Grades: K-8 Phone: 833-4130 Hours: 7:30 a.m.-2:05 p.m. Principal: Mike Fantaski Enrollment: 620 students Staff: 70 teachers and staff State report card grade: A PTO president: Heather Bentley SAC chair: Jo Culberson and Julie Magnotti Volunteers & Mentors: Pang Shaffer volunteers Special facilities or programs: art suite, technology girls' varsity complex, soccer, baseball, softball complex, band suite, air-conditioned gym and wellness room, exceptional education, television studio, networked and Internet-accessible computer lab. Incorporated Stem Programs in science, technology and math. Sports: cross-country, volleyball, football, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, softball, baseball, track, swimming, cheerleading, dance team, summer sports. Many opportunities for fifth and sixth graders. Exemplary programs: Encore fine arts program including marching band and two symphonic bands, beginning band, jazz band, exploratory wheel, drama, select chorus, show choir, advanced art, Web design, Spanish, television/radio/multi-media production. Accelerated, meritorious and enhancement courses in all grade levels. Intensive reading, writing and math, talented and gifted, STEM research, high school credit courses, pre-AP curriculum. Co-curricular activities: Earth Club, Builders Club, National Junior Honor Society, Young Astronauts, Sign Language Club, Recycling Club, student council, academic team, and yearbook Let us help you find yourPiece ofParadise! Residential Commercial New Construction Property Management Vacation Rentals Military Relocation Specialistswww.EmeraldDunesRealEstate.com 902 C PALM BLVD. S (NEAR SUBWAY) OFFICE: 850-678-5498 TOLL FREE: 866-678-5498 FAX: 850-6 78-6705 Emerald Dunes Real Estateyour affordable new construction headquarters with100% FINANCING OPTIONS AVAILABLE! Its business as usual... only better! ~REDWOOD VILLAGE Only 15 lots left to build in this family friendly neighborhood in the heart of Niceville. ~PARISH AT BLUEWATER POINT Only 5 lots left to build in this beautiful waterfront community near Bluewater Bay. ~FIR AVENUE Lots (3) conveniently located near Northwest Florida State College being built by Spence Brothers Properties. ~ADDITIONAL LOTS AVAILABLE FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION ~ALSO NUMEROUS RESALE PROPERTIES AVAILABLE

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Pine Ave., Niceville www.okaloosaschools.com/plew/ Grades Pre-K through 5 Phone: 833-4100 Hours: 8:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Principal: Carolyn McAllister Enrollment: 690 students Staff: 45 teachers State report card grade: A Chorus, Young Astronauts (5th), Knowledge Masters, Spanish Club, Mile Club, Oval Art, Smiley Math, Accelerated Reader., Accelerated Math. PLA: Ammy Hansen president; Lori Plourd, vice president. SAC chair: Michelle Tredway Volunteer coordinator: Melissa Berry 500 volunteers Day care hours: 6:30-8:20 a.m., 2:50-6 p.m. Summer day care hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.Freeport Middle School Eglin Elementary School Freeport High SchoolPortraits of Twin Cities schools Kylea Laird Drive, Freeport walton.k12.fl.us/schools/fms/ Hours: 7:27 a.m.-2:20 p.m. Grades: 5-8 Phone: 892-1221 Principal: Charlie Morse Enrollment: 427 Staff: teachers: 30; staff 21 State report card grade: A SIT chair: Kristy Moody Programs: Academic Team, Drama Club, TV Productions, 3 state of the art networked computer labs, Youth for Christ, after school tutoring as needed. Sports: lighted football field, weight rooms, air-conditioned gym, girls volleyball, basketball soccer and softball, boys baseball, basketball soccer and football. Also offered are beginning band, advanced band and career education. BusinessHwy. 331, Freeport fhs.walton.k12.fl.us/ Grades: 9-12 Phone: 892-1201 Hours: 7:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m. Principal: Shirley Foster Assistant principal: Joshua Harrison Enrollment: 345 Faculty and staff: 48 SIP Chair: Gloria Miller Volunteer Carla Hunt, media specialist and volunteer coordinator Counselor: Jessica Obert Special programs: Various dual enrollment classes, DCT, teacher assisting program, Web design, Engineering classes and business computer classes, FCAT remediation and grade retrieval programs. Extra-curricular programs: Band, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, softball, track, volleyball, tennis, weightlifting, academic team, yearbook, Ambassador Program, Anchor Club, Youth for Christ, History Club, National Honor Society, newspaper. College board average scores: ACT composite, 21; SAT combined scores, 1130. Gaffney Road, Eglin AFB okaloosa.k12.us/eglin Pre-K with disabilities 4th grade Phone: 833-4320 Hours: 8:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Principal: Dr. Karyn M. Combs Enrollment: 484 Staff: 50 State report card grade: A volunteers A+ School 10 consecutive years (Florida School Recognition Award) Accelerated Reader Program Jump Rope for Heart Gifted education K-4 Mentor program Pre-kindergarten disabilities classes Reading, math and writing remediation Character trait education State-of-the-art science lab Plew Elementary School Freeport Elementary School Business 331, Freeport walton.k12.fl.us/FES/default.com Grades: Pre-K-4 Phone: 892-1211 Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Principal: Pam Jones TSA: Wyndy Crozier Guidance Counselor: Laurie Holt Enrollment: 530 Staff: 72 State report card grade: B Volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Currie PTO Presidents: Ann Glass and Retha Laird Mascot: Wildcats Special programs: gifted, accelerated reading, FES Student Council, music, art, Positive Behavior System. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 12 Spring-Summer 2013 CARING, COMPETENTPROFESSIONALSHELPINGYOUTOA SWIFTRECOVERYNICEVILLE 850-897-80811950 Bluewater Blvd., Suite 100DESTIN850-662-37137720 Hwy. 98 W. Suite 200CRESTVIEW850-897-8081550 W. Redstone Ave., Suite 320ACCEPTS MOST INSURANCEwww.bluewaterorthopedics.comJoint Replacement Sports Injury Fracture Care Arthroscopic Surgery Thomas M. Fox, D.O. Orthopedic Surgeon Board Certified William J Markowski, M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon Board Certified Steven S. Donchey, M.D. Musculoskeletal Medicine Sports Medicine Board Certified Bradley J. Goeke, M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon Board Certified Rustin G. Sorensen, P.A.-C Physician Assistant Erin N. Robinson, P.A.-C Physician Assistant The team at Bluewater Orthopedics wants to welcome you to the area!

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(Area code: 850)Electricity Cities of Niceville, Valparaiso and areas west of Rocky Bayou bridgeGulf Power Co. 1057 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 800-225-5797 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. gulfpower.comBluewater Bay and other areas east of Rocky Bayou bridgeChoctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (CHELCO) 1401 Cat-Mar Road Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 800-342-0990 Local: 850-892-2111 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. chelco.comNatural gas Okaloosa Gas District P.O. Box 548 364 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-4700 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. okaloosagas.comWater and sewer Niceville and adjacent unincorporated areas between Valparaiso and Rocky Bayou bridgeNiceville City Hall Utility Billing & Finance Dept. 208 N. Partin Drive Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 279-6436 ext/1100 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Public Works Dept.: 729-4064 ext. 2004 Fax: 279-4897 920 S. Cedar Ave., Bldg. B Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. publicworks@niceville.orgValparaisoValparaiso City Hall 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5402 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.orgAreas east of Rocky Bayou bridge to Okaloosa County lineOkaloosa Co. Water & Sewer 1804 Lewis Turner Blvd. Suite 300 Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 Phone: 651-7171 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 812 James Lee Blvd. (same bldg. as Health Dept.) Crestview, FL 32539 Phone: 689-7922 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m. okaloosaws.comVilla Tasso & Choctaw BeachNorth Bay Water System 112 Highway 20 West Freeport, FL 32439 Phone: 835-2822 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. freeportflorida.govGarbage and other waste Niceville city limitsNiceville City Hall Utility Billing 208 N. Partin Dr.. Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 279-6436 ext. 1100 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. cityofniceville.orgValparaiso city limitsValparaiso City Hall 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5402 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.orgUnincorporated areas in Okaloosa and Walton countiesWaste Management 108 Hill Ave. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 862-7141 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon wm.comHousehold hazardous waste, countywide, Okaloosa CountyOkaloosa County Recycling Office Public Works Continued on page 14 Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 13 Two electric utilities, Gulf Power and Chelco, serve the Twin Cities area. Beacon photoObtaining utilities and other service s Jean Floyd 865-8548 Kelly Shephard 543-7353 Bernie Busovne830-3463 Pam Weeks 259-3886 Lynn Bowling 259-0448 Mary Coger 319-3502 Chris Schwantz368-4280 Judy Griffin 685-8595 Debbie Collins 375-0555Susan Rood 855-7411 Susan Jordan 461-8112 Shirley Wohleber 830-6222 Linda Zickler 621-7233 Clara Miles 543-1092 Janice Busovne 598-9497 Warren Meigs 428-1595 Myke Triebold 305-6256 Amanda Housand218-5582 Dag Davenport 797-3721 Melissa Floyd 830-1937 Krystal Mitchell 225-3991Now partnering with Emerald Coast Property Management Call 850-279-4332 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.Experience you can count on fromYour Neighborhood Agents! & Debbie Stretch 218-8312Bob Stretch 218-6374&www.nicevillekw.com

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South County Public Works Yard, 2 doors down from 84 Ready Ave. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 651-7394 By appointment: Thursday, 1-3 p.m., and the third Saturday of each month, 7-11 a.m. Crestview drop: 1759 S. Ferdon Blvd. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. No appt. needed Phone: 689-5772 co.okaloosa.fl.us (see drop listings)Used motor oilCity of Niceville Niceville residents only (county residents, call 651-7395) 723 27th St. Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 279-6436 ext. 2004 Publicworks@niceville.org Public Works: Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Oil dropped off by appointment, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Auto Zone 193 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 678-3881 Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Pennzoil Lubrication Center 1198 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 729-3333 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon Recycling newspapers, cans, bottles, weekly curbside pickupAll areas Waste Management 108 Hill Ave. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 862-7141 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.noon Call for pickup schedule for your street. wm.comRecycling to benefit fireworksAll areas To help fund the July 4th fireworks display, donate your aluminum cans anytime in the recycling bin behind Niceville City Hall Compex 208 N. Partin Drive. Also benefiting the fireworks, the City of Valparaiso collects aluminum cans at Valparaiso City Hall, at 465 Valparaiso Parkway, open 24/7. Lewis School collects cans only at 281Mississippi Ave. Valparaiso, FL 32580Telephone CenturyLink Local phone: 811 Long distance: 1-800-339-1811 centurylink.com Cox Communications Parkway East Plaza 1173 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 866-463-0892 Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. cox.comCable television All areas except ValparaisoCox Communications Parkway East Plaza 1173 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 866-463-0892 Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. cox.comValparaisoValparaiso Communication Systems 465 Valparaiso Parkway Valparaiso, FL 32580 Phone: 729-5404 Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. valp.netNewspapers The Bay Beacon (weekly) 1181 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 678-1080 Fax: 729-3225 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. baybeacon.com Northwest Florida Daily News (daily) 2 Eglin Parkway NE Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548 Phone: 863-1111 Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. nwfdailynews.com NEWS From page 13Garbage and recycling collection Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 14 Spring-Summer 2013 Twice-weekly curbside garbage pickup is the norm in the area. In Valparaiso, however, city sanitation crews collect garbage from cans from residential backyards. Beacon photo Smile with Confidenceagain! To us, dentistry is a science and an art that can create a beautiful smile and restore your health. We provide gentle, quality, cosmetic dentistry and oral health care in a friendly and comfortable setting.CROWNS & BRIDGES DENTURES DENTAL IMPLANTS ROOT CANALSGULF COAST DENTAL New Patients Welcome Latest Technology Air Abrasion Comprehensive Hygiene Dept. Full Service Dentistry Emergency Service Available Assistance With All Insurance Highest Quality Sterilization Procedures Cigna P.P.O. Accepting Care Credit Intra-Oral Camera See your mouth the way we can5% OFF COPAYS WITH MILITARY I.D. Steven G. Robinette D.D.S.Practicing in NW Florida with more than 22 years of experience. IntroducingLaser Periodontal Therapy for treating Gum Disease STEVEN G. ROBINETTE D.D.S. ZOOM2!Professional Whitening System 4566 HWY 20 East, Ste 108 Courtyard Plaza/Bluewater Bay Niceville, FL 32578www.gulfcoastdental.net850-897-9600Like usonFACEBOOK

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Carr, Riggs & Ingram (850) 897-4333 4502 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. A Niceville, FL 32578 www.cripa.com Holt Phillips Services, Inc. (850) 897-5559 531 County Line Rd. Niceville, FL 32578 holtphillipsservices@hotmail.com www.holtphillips.com The Arts & Design Society (850) 244-1271 17 S.E. First St. Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548 www.artsdesignsociety.org Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair (850) 729-6629 610 Elm St. Niceville, FL 32578 www.twincitiesautomotiverepair.com Mullins Auto Body (850) 678-0056 1419 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 Coastal Bank & Trust (850) 729-5500 Synovus Mortgage Corp. (850) 664-9580 1001 John C. Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 4300 Hwy. 20 East Niceville, FL 32578 23 S. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.coastalbankandtrust.com Hair Express (850) 678-4555 1019 E. John Sims Pkwy. Palm Plaza Niceville, FL 32578 Hair Illusions (850) 897-4897 4400 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 309 Niceville, FL 32578 Ritz Salon (850) 897-4466 4550 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. E Niceville, FL 32578 The Summit II in Hair (850) 678-1977 101 E John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.summit2inhair.com Freedom Boat Club (850) 218-8533 290 Yacht Club Drive Niceville, Fl 32578 www.Freedomboatclub.com Okaloosa Heart & Vascular Center Mark J. Katzenstein, MD Joseph A. Pedone, MD Michael L. Yandel MD Juan Carlos Zarate, MD Marcello A. Borzatta, MD (850) 279-4426 552 Twin Cities Blvd., Suite A Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 862-1753 1032 Mar-Walt Drive, Suite 110 Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 (850) 682-7212 129 E. Redstone Ave., Suite A Crestview, FL 32536 850-682-7212 4415 US Hwy. 331 South DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435 www.okaloosaheart.com Kids Discovery Quality Learning Center (850) 678-0600 74 N. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.kidsdiscovery.net First Baptist Church of Niceville (850) 678-4621 622 Bayshore Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.fbcniceville.org Immanuel Anglican Church (850) 837-6324 250 Indian Bayou Trail Destin, FL 32541 www.iacdestin.org Rocky Bayou Baptist Church (850) 678-6062 2401 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.rockybayoubaptist.org Rosemont Baptist Church (850) 678-1611 1601 27th St. Niceville, FL 32578 www.RBCniceville.org St. Paul Lutheran Church (850) 678-1298 St. Paul Preschool (850) 678-1298 1407 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.stpaulniceville.com Northwest Florida State College (850) 729-6922 100 College Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.nwfsc.edu Happy Computers (850) 729-7845 1107 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 Rocky Bayou Country Club (850) 678-3270 600 Golf Course Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.rockybayoucc.com Gulf Coast Dental (850) 897-9600 4566 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 108 Niceville, FL 32578 www.gulfcoastdental.net Niceville Family Dental Ralf P. Zapta, DDS Thomas Grant, DMD (850) 729-1223 908 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.nicevillefamilydentalcenter.com Supercuts (850) 897-9933 4520 Highway 20 E. Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 423-1177 3379 Ferdon Blvd. S. Crestview, FL 33536 (850) 683-8000 2262 South Ferdon Blvd. Crestview, FL 33536 (850) 654-9911 16055 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Destin, FL 32541 www.supercuts.com Emerald Coast Health Institute (850) 729-6949 4566 E. Hwy. 20, Suite 105 Niceville, FL 32578 www.echidoc.com Food Depot (850) 678-6912 1015 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 Food World (850) 678-7075 1104 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.food-world.com Winn-Dixie (850) 897-3535 4512 E. Hwy. 20 Niceville, FL 32578 www.winn-dixie.com Bay Area Better Hearing (850) 279-4545 4400 E. Hwy 20, Ste. 211 Merchants Walk. Niceville, FL 32578 www.bayareabetterhearing.com EarCare Associates, Inc. Niceville Hearing Center (850) 678-3277 1001 W. College Blvd., Bldg. 2, Ste. I Twin Cities Medical Plaza Niceville, FL 32578 www.nicevillehearingcenter.com Fort Walton Beach Medical (850) 862-1111 1000 Mar-Walt Dr. Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547 www.fwbmc.com Twin Cities Hospital (850) 678-4131 2190 N. Hwy. 85 Niceville, FL 32578 www.TCHospital.com Fine Jewelry by Sherrie (850) 423-4538 2256 South Ferdon Blvd. Crestview, FL 32536 BDB Custom Motorcycles (850) 897-1769 93 John C Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 The Bay Beacon (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@baybeacon.com The Eglin Flyer (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@eglinflyer.com The Green Beret (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@theberet.net The Hurlburt Patriot (850) 678-1080 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 info@hurlburtpatriot.com Emerald Coast Nursery (850) 897-0111 1405 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 Bluewater Orthopedics Thomas M. Fox, DO William J. Markowski, MD Steven S. Donchey, MD Bradley J. Goeke, MD (850) 897-8081 1950 Bluewater Blvd., Ste. 100 Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-8081 550 W. Redstone Ave. Ste. 320 Crestview, FL 32579 (850) 662-3713 7720 U.S. W. Hwy. 98, Ste. 200 Destin, FL 32541 www.bluewaterorthopedics.com Laura's Pet & Horse Supply (850) 678-2270 Palm Plaza 1051 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 Bay Area Psychological Consultants Benshoof & Tallman, P.A. Bonnie G. Benshoof, Ph.D., M.S.C.P. Michael L. Tallman Ph.D., M.S.C.P. (850) 729-0303 1417 N. Partin Drive, Ste. 1 Niceville, FL 32578 www.bayareapsychconsult.com Baywalk Real Estate, Inc. (850) 897-1101 4566 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 104 Niceville, FL 32578 www.baywalk2.com Carriage Hills Realty (850) 678-5178 (800) 874-8929 1821 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.carriagehills.com realtor@carriagehills.comEmerald Dunes Real Estate & Development(850) 678-5498 Toll Free (866) 678-5498 902-C S. Palm Blvd. (near Subway) Niceville, FL 32578 www.EmeraldDunesRealEstate.comERA American Realty of Northwest Florida, Inc.(850) 585-2303, (850) 865-5455 1069 E. John Sims Pkwy. #5 Niceville, FL 32578 Keller Williams Realty (850) 279-4332 4534 Hwy. 20 E. Niceville, FL 32578 www.nicevillekw.com Boathouse Landing Restaurant (850) 678-2805 124 John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.theboathouselanding.com Caf Bienville (850) 678-2233 314 Bayshore Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.cafebienville.com Compass Rose (850) 389-2125 303 Glen Ave. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.compassrosevalp.com McDonald s Costa Enterprises Bluewater Bay McDonald's (850) 897-7353 4570 E. Hwy. 20 Niceville, FL 32578 Niceville McDonald's (850) 678-1844 1090 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.mcdmc.com Old Mexico Mexican Restaurant (850) 729-1127 1177 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 PoFolks (850) 729-2262 1170 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.pofolks.com Rocky Bayou Christian School (850) 678-7358 2101 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.rbcs.org Cool Fish Seafood Market (850) 729-3474 104 Redwood Ave. Niceville, FL 32578 Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (850) 897-1428 4400 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 403 Niceville, FL, 32578 www.mid-bay.comChoctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CHELCO) Bluewater Bay (850) 892-2111 (800) 342-0990 1350 W. Baldwin Ave. DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435 www.chelco.com ACCOUNTING AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING ART CENTERS AUTO REPAIR AUTO BODY BANKS BEAUTY SALONS BOAT MEMBERSHIPS CARDIOLOGISTS CHILD LEARNING CENTERS CHURCHES COLLEGES COMPUTER REPAIR COUNTRY CLUBS DENTISTS FAMILY HAIR SALONS GROCERY STORES HEARING AIDS HOSPITALS JEWELRY MOTORCYCLES NEWSPAPERS NURSERIES ORTHOPEDICS PET SUPPLIES PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES REAL ESTATE RESTAURANTS SCHOOLS REAL ESTATE FAMILY MEDICINE SEAFOOD MARKETS TOLL BRIDGES UTILITIES DENTISTS THEBAYBEACONSCOMMUNITYDIRECTORY

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Vehicle registrationAll motor vehicles in Florida must be registered and/or titled within 10 days of becoming employed, placing children in public school, or establishing residency in Florida. Trailers which weigh 2,000 pounds or more must be registered and titled; trailers under 2,000 pounds need only to be registered. Trailers under 2,000 pounds will need a bill of sale and last registration from previous owner; if not a new purchase, current owner's registration is needed. Sales tax may be applicable. In some cases they will need a certified weight slip as well. The county tax collector, as an agent for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, processes registrations and titles and collects the necessary fees. To obtain a Florida vehicle title and registration, motorists must bring the current vehicle title, proof of Florida insurance, the vehicle itself and current state identification to any office of the Okaloosa County Tax Collector. Proof of insurance from a certified Florida agent or broker (binder, policy or card) is required to purchase and renew a license plate in Florida. The vehicle owner must present at a Tax Collector's office documentation of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in the amount of at least $10,000 and Protection Damage Liability (PDL) insurance in the amount of $10,000. Motorcycles, mobile homes, vessels and trailers are exempt from the insurance requirement. To transfer a Florida title, the seller must complete the transfer information on the current title, including purchaser's name, the selling price and the odometer reading at the time of the sale. A bill of sale may be submitted as proof of purchase price. Sales tax will be collected if applicable, such as when a vehicle was purchased out of state less than six months prior and the state it was purchased in has a reciprocal sales tax (such as Alabama) on any new purchase. All transfers must be completed within 30 days of the date the vehicle is assigned by the seller or a fee is levied at the time of transfer. Out-of-state titled vehicles must be physically present when applying for tag and title. Members of the U.S. armed forces who are stationed in Florida, but maintain their legal residence outside of Florida, are classified as nonresident military and are eligible for lower registration fees. To qualify for the lower military nonresident rates, the owner must submit a copy of military orders and provide their driver license or state ID. Proof of Florida insurance is mandatory. Military personnel who file for nonresident status on a vehicle will not be eligible to file for a $50,000 homestead exemption in Florida. Call the property appraiser's office, 651-7240, for information. The local Okaloosa County Tax Collector office and hours: Niceville 506 Highway 85 North Niceville, FL 32578 Phone: 850-651-7300 Mon., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Website: OkaloosaTax.com. There are also tax collector's offices in Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and Eglin Air Force Base. Florida vehicle registrations may also be renewed online at OkaloosaTax.com.Driver's licenseA Florida motor vehicle operator's license is required within 30 days after becoming a permanent resident of the state (i.e., children enrolled in school system, employment established, etc.). Those with a valid license from another state may get a Class E non-commercial Florida license by passing a visual exam and paying a transfer fee. No written or driving test is required.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 18 Spring-Summer 2013 Visit the tax collector s office to transfer vehicle titles and registration, and for driver s license services. Continued on page 19 World-Class Service... With A Hometown Touch The Christmas Lady Debbie LewisCertified Residential Specialist Direct: 850.678-5355 Text: 850.865.5455Email: Debbie.Lewis@ERA.com www.DebbieKLewis.comCathy Alley Office: 850.678.1196 Mobile / Text: 850.585.2303Email: eracj@cox.net www.CathyAlley.comAmerican Realty of Northwest Florida Inc.1069 E John Sims Parkway Suite 105 Niceville, FL 32578 Military Relocation Experts. Both Wives of Retired Military Men Getting a car tag or a drivers license 850-897-5559 531 Countyline Rd. Niceville, Florida www.holtphillips.comSERVICES OFFERED Residential service & replacement of Air Conditioning and Heating Systems Marine Air Electrical Air Quality Locally Owned & Operated Serving the area for over 30 years Fully licensed & insured Factory trained technicians Free second opinions Holt Phillips Services, Inc.Your Total Service Center Hwy. 20to Freeport to NicevilleCounty Line Rd. Homestead St.Hwy 293T o Mid-Bay Bridge

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The Florida license is valid for six to eight years for immigrants and U.S. Citizens and up to one year for nonimmigrants. Documents required, but not limited to, are a current U.S. passport or an original U.S. birth certificate (legal name change document may be required), an out-of-state driver's license and Social Security card. In addition, two proofs of residential address are required. Examples include: a piece of mail with your address, a mortgage statement or a rental lease agreement. Utility bills will also be accepted. Call 651-7300 or visit GatherGoGet.com to find out the necessary documents needed. Driver license manuals may be obtained from county tax collector's offices or www.OkaloosaTax.com. Available at Okaloosa County Tax Collector's offices are most services, such as original and renewal licenses, change of name or address and learner's tests. Full service driver license services are offered in Niceville, Crestview and Fort Walton Beach, with limited services available in the Destin office. There is also a Tax Collector branch on Eglin AFB. Contact the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's office for a more detailed list of services offered, 651-7300.Auto insuranceFlorida law requires that all automobile operators have no-fault insurance, also known as personal injury protection. Under the no-fault law, a motorist's insurance company pays for treatment of any personal injuries received as a result of an auto accident, no matter who is at fault, up to $10,000. You must show proof of this insurance, along with property damage liability in the amount of $10,000, to obtain automobile tags.Boat registrationWhen purchasing a boat Florida residents have 30 days to get their vessel titled and registered. New Florida residents must title and register their vessel within 90 days. Active duty-non residents are exempt from changing their out of state vessel registration to Florida, unless the registration expires. Register at the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's office in Niceville, 506 Highway 85 North. For more information, call 651-7300.Voter registrationRegister to vote at either of the Supervisor of Elections offices located at 302 Wilson St. N, Suite 102, Crestview, or 1804 Lewis Turner Blvd., Suite 404, Fort Walton Beach. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call the Crestview office, 689-5600, or the Fort Walton Beach office, 651-7272, for additional information. Forms may also be obtained at and submitted to Niceville City Library, 206 N. Partin Drive, and at the Valparaiso Community Library, 459 Valparaiso Parkway. Forms may also be picked up and turned in at other Okaloosa County public libraries, Department of Children and Families Services centers, Department of Labor offices serving people with disabilities (such as Division of Vocational Rehabilitation), driver's license offices and armed forces recruiting offices. Registration forms can also be completed and printed off the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections website, govoteokaloosa.com. In addition, voters can use the new online lookup tool to check registration status, view absentee requests, find assigned precinct and view sample ballots. Contact the Elections Office with any questions. Eligibility to register is defined on the form, and no witnessing or administration of an oath is required. Voters must be registered at least 29 days before an election to cast a ballot. Absentee voting, military and overseas voting and early voting information is available online and at the Supervisor of Elections office. For more information, visit the Supervisor of Elections website at govoteokaloosa.com or find them on Facebook. From page 18 Register at least 29 days prior to an election to cast a ballot. Forms are available throughout the county. Register at least 29 days before electionNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 19 1405 S. PALM BLVD. NICEVILLE, FL 32578 (850) 897-0111 (850) 897-0112 faxANNUALS PERENNIALS HERBS 1000sof Plants JOHN SIMS PKWY. HWY. 20VALPARAISO BLVD.PALM BLVD. Palm Plaza Tom ThumbEmerald Coast Nursery Time to Renew & Redo Time to Renew & Redo UNIQUE GIFT SHOP100s of Gift Ideas Ornamental Shrubs Native Plants Ground Covers Tropicals Palms & Trees Landscape Architect on Staff New Plant Shipments WeeklyFERTILIZER PINE STRAWHOME & GARDEN DECOR Call for an appointment Bring in your sketchesDecorative Pots HAIR EXPRESSSalon & Retail Center(850) 678-4555 1019 John Sims Pkwy E Palm Plaza Niceville hairexpressniceville.com Hair Cutting & Styling Clipper Cuts Perms Color Highlights Styles for All Occasions Walk-Ins Welcome To find out more about this SAFE & EFFECTIVE weight loss product, go to:sspettis.myplexusproducts.com The All-Natural WayTO LOSE WEIGHT

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4-H Club 689-5850, Haley Worley, okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu Adventure Club Clarice Hebinck 581-4591 AF Armament Museum Foundation 651-1808, afarmamentmuseum.com After school Program Niceville Library 279-4863, ext. 1514 Aglow International aglow.org Niceville 678-3117 Janet Thomason Ft. Walton Bch. 259-3641 Cynthia Holbrook Alaqua Animal Refuge 880-6399, AlaquaAnimalRefuge.org Alcoholics Anonymous 244-2421 All Sports Association allsportsassociation.org Alzheimer's Family Services 478-7790, Alzfamserv.org American Assn. of University Women Freida Spence 678-2900 American Cancer Society 244-3813, cancer.org American Girls History Mystery Book Club 279-4863, ext. 1514 American Flag in your yard Bill Brunkow, Kiwanis Club, 897-4396 American Legion Post 221 678-2682 Post 235 243-0221 American Red Cross of NWF 800-773-7620 AmVets Post 78 678-3828 Arts and Design Society 244-1271, artsdesignsociety.org Awana Clubs: First Presbyterian Church of Niceville 678-2521 Forest Lake Bible Church 797-0677 Rocky Bayou Baptist Church 678-6062 Baby Bookworms Program 279-4863, ext. 1514 Bass Club Stan Chandler 585-8237 Big Brothers Big Sisters 664-KIDS (5437) bbbsnwfl.org Blue Knights Law Enf. Motorcycle Club blueknightsfl26.org Bluewater Bay's Nine-Hole Ladies Golf League Diane Chiquett 89704498 Bluewater Bay Men's Golf Assoiciation Art Jean 897-3658 Bluewater Bay Sailing Club commodore@bbsc.com bbsc.com or Pat Ballasch at pballasch@dagarchetics.com Bluewater Elementary School PTO 833-4240 Bowling Leagues Hurricane Lanes 654-5251 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast 862-1616, bgcec.com Bridgeway Center 24 Hr. Crisis Line 244-9191 or 682-0101 Building Industry Association Jennifer Fleming 863-5107 Button Club Barbara or Don Lanier 729-7594 Camp Timpoochee 897-2224 Cancer Support Club of BWB Patti Cole 376-5778 Choctawhatchee Audubon Society Wallter Spence 678-3965 Choctawhatcheeaudubon.org Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance 200-4171; basinalliance.org Civil Air Patrol National HQ Maxwell A.F.B. 877-227-9142 Coast Aquatics 461-7012, coastaquatics.org Covenant Hospice 729-1800, covenanthospice.org Cribbage Club Pete Seda 678-0153 Daughters of the American Revolution Dottie Burdick 796-0783 fssdarchapters.org/choctawhatcheebay Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services 1-877-245-2457, dhhsnwfl.org Democratic Women's Club Trish Rowe 678-0871 Disabled American Veterans Ch. 112 897-1456; davmembersportal.org/chapters/fl/112 Ducks Unlimited Jim Stalls 729-2623; ducksunlimited.org Economic Development Council 362-6467 or 800-995-7374; florida-edc.org Edge Elementary School PTO Kellee Dali 729-3254 or 582-4533 Elder Services 833-9165; elder-services.org Elks Lodge 729-3557; elks.org Embroiderer's Guild Laura Gamble 496-3466 Emerald Coast Chorus Ed Simpson 897-7025; emeraldcoastchorus.com Emerald Coast Children s Advocacy Julie Hurst 833-9237, ext. 223; eccac.org Emerald Coast Concert Association 362-9356; emeraldcoastconcerts.com Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers 863-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-654-TIPS Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 20 Spring-Summer 2013 Rotarians are among the many volunteers serving the community.Take part in the communityjoin a club Continued on page 21 off Any purchase storewide, $10.00 or more.(Excludes all animal feed.) Must present ad to receive discount. Expires August 31, 2013.1051 John Sims Pkwy. (Palm Plaza) 678-2270 HOURS: M-F 9am-7pm Sat 9am-6pm Sun 12pm-6pm PETS WILDLIFE BIRDS HORSES LIVESTOCK FEED SUPPLIES ADVICE Ask us how to getFREE* DOG FOOD*See store for detailsVery knowledgeable & friendly staff. If we dont have it in stock well try to order it for you. Grain Free/Holistic dog and cat food available.

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Emerald Coast Cyclists John Stamp 897-6862; eccyclists.com Emerald Coast Pipes & Drums Leslie Matheson 243-2879 Emerald Coast Sailing Association George Goodall 862-7276, ecsasailing.com Emerald Coast Tennis Council Steven Czonstka 897-4775 Emerald Coast Woodturning Guild Earnest Nettles 585-6064 Emerald Coast Writers emeraldcoastwriters.org Faithfully Fit Exercise Program Barbara Wilder 678-4411, ext. 123 Fla. Anthropological Society Pat Balanzategui 862-8968; faswe.org/chapters/emeraldcoast Fla. Council on Compulsive Gambling 1-888-ADMIT-IT (236-4848) Fla. Retired Educators Association info@frea.org Flying Needles Quilt Guild Sharon Jacobs, 897-0663 Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks 269-1062 Fresh Start for Children & Families 243-5648; freshstarrtforchildrenandfamilies.com Friends of the Museums Inc. 833-9595; friendsofthemuseums.org Friends of the Niceville Library 729-4070, libraryfriends@niceville.org Ft. Walton Sail and Power Squadron 315-0686; fwsps.com Garden Club, Bluewater Bay jjldl1@cox.net; bluewaterbaygardenclub.com Garden Club, Niceville Marsha Palmer 850-573-2422 Garden Club, Valparaiso marieharrison@valp.net GED Classes NW FL State College 729-5387 Genealogical Society Pat Pruett 678-2023 Girl Scout Council of FL Panhandle gscfp.org Goodwill Industries 729-2330 Grief Support Chris Krebs 729-1800, ext.4642 Habitat for Humanity Christy Jones 315-0025 habitatfwb.org Heritage Museum 678-2615; heritage-museum.org Junior League of the Emerald Coast 862-2665, jlec.org Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso Bill Brunkow 897-4396; niceville-valparaisokiwanis.org/ Knights of Columbus #7667 Ellis Boudreaux 678-3013 Knights of Columbus #13527 Larry Falk-650-5426, larryfalk1@yahoo.com Lewis School PTO 833-4130 League of Women Voters of Okaloosa County Mary Blackwell 621-4088; lwvokaloosa.org Lions Club of Niceville-Valparaiso 729-4000 Local Color Artists Club Amy Jo Rosati 678-4813 Lupus Support 897-3360 Masonic Lodge #312 678-7935 or 729-3197 Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation 650-2226; mattiekellyartsfoundation.or Mentor Program Diane Meredith 833-7614 meredithd@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us Military Order of the World Wars John Cahoon 862-5078 Narcotics Anonymous 850-496-1673 Nicotine Anonymous Andy C or Gwynn A 897-4721; nicotine-anonymous.org Niceville Community Guild Connie Naftel 678-7595 Niceville Exchange Club Dorothy Milller 678-4984 Niceville High School Booster Club Shirley McElroy 729-1737 or James Evens 897-4678 Niceville Library Main 279-4863, ext. 1500; Youth, ext. 1514 Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce 678-2323; nicevillechamber.org Niceville-Valparaiso Little League Baseball nvllb.net Niceville-Valparaiso Tea Party Joseph Pascarella 729-2874; emeraldcoastpatriots.com N. Okaloosa Republicans Ben White 797-9821 North Bay Society of the Sword Robert Drake 678-9190; northbayfencing.weebly .com North Florida Symphony Guild Jan Stogsdill 621-2323 NW Florida Astronomy Association Tom Haugh 678-6483; nwfastro.org Okaloosa Citizens Alliance 315-4646; oca1787.org Okaloosa Chamber Singers Marilyn Overturf 682-9651; okaloosachambersingers.org From page 20Contacting clubs and other organizationsNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 21 Scouting is one of many activities for young people. Continued on page 22 CRIis a regional CPA rm o ering accounting, auditing, and tax services but thats justof the iceberg.the tip From government contracting to accounting outsourcing to business valuations, CRIs team o ers a depth of business consulting services delivered by a regional rm of collective expertise that is always focused on client service and proactively addressing whats directly ahead.4502 Highway 20 East Suite A Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-4333 CRIcpa.com blog.cricpa.com 3 4 5 Year Olds FREE VPK PROGRAMServing the Twin Cities since 1983 Now enrolling for Fall 2013SAINT PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCHMinistering to the Twin Cities area since 19791407 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville 850-678-1298www.stpaulniceville.com Sunday Worship Hours 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.WE OFFER: Personalized classes All teachers and staff, degreed & experienced Age & developmentally appropriate materials Secure facility Parent enrichment program Field trips and classroom guests Christ-centered curriculum St. PaulPRESCHOOLSt. Paul Lutheran Church1407 E. John Sims Parkway Niceville 850-678-1298www.stpaulniceville.com/preschool.phpMember Evangelical Lutheran Education Association A Florida VPK Provider CO1OK0064 Gods work. Our hands.

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Okaloosa County Commission on the S tatus of Women www.occsw.org Okaloosa County Head Start Niceville 678-8461 or 651-0645 okaloosaheadstart.org Okaloosa Democratic Exec. Committee Darlo Kiely 609-3367; okaloosademocrats.com Okaloosa Republican Exec. Committee 609-4401; Gaye Ellis -Chairwoman Okaloosa/Walton Child Care Services 833-9330 Overeaters Anonymous 863-9659 or 428-0119. Ask for Bernice PAL Soccer Howard Hill 678-2182 nicevillepalsoccer.org Panhandle Animal Welfare Society 243-1525; paws-shelter.com Physician Referral Twin Cities Hospital 729-9468 Plew Elementary Parent Leader Assn. 833-4100; plew.org Preschool Story Time 279-4863, ext. 1514 Republican Women Okaloosa Federated Jean Dutton 862-3327; rwof.org Rocky Bayou Christian School PTF Amy Shaw or Nancy Jerrell 729-7227 rbcsptf@rbcs.org Rotary, Mid-Bay Dave Underwood 240-4599 Rotary, Niceville-Valparaiso Jimmie Boisjolie 699-0045 Ruckel Middle School PTO Barbie Councel833-4142 Salvation Army 243-4531 Sharing and Caring 729-3600; sharing-n-carring.org Shelter House Domestic Violence Center 243-1201; shelterhousenwfl.org Hotline: 863-4777 or 1-800-44-Abuse Silver Sands Republican Women Libby Hill 678-2182 Singles/Single Again (Niceville UMC) Pam Ellisor 678-4411, ext. 128 Sons of the American Revolution Leslie Matheson 243-2879 John Cahoon 862-5078 Sports Leagues at Niceville UMC Adult, Youth and Kidss 678-4411 ext. 145; nicevilleumc.org/recreation Stage Crafters Community Theater 243-1101, option 3; stagecrafters.com Stockstarters Club Stan Chandler 585-8237 Team Kids Northbay Baptist Church 897-3612 Toastmasters, Emerald Coast Herman Maranon 803-3249; emeraldcoast.toastmastersclubs.org TOPS 111 Michelle Hawver 678-2863 Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary Bobby Humphrey or Kelly Light 729-9463 Twin Cities Seniors Club Patricia Daniel 543-0869 Twin Cities Woman's Club Patty Mixon 897-7585 United Cerebral Palsy 863-9833 United Way, First Call for Help 243-9111 United Way of Okaloosa Walton 2 43-0315; united-way.org Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball vngsa.org White Sands Bowling Center Bowling league 863-2193 Work Force Development Board 651-2315 Xi Beta Pi Cathy Hess 279-4418 YMCA, Niceville 897-9622Eglin AFB clubsAuto Hobby Shop 882-2484 Bayview Club 651-1010 Eglin Aero Club 882-5148; eglinaeroclub.com Eglin Aero Modellers Pres. Mike Plummer 897-8648; V.P. Rod Campbell 897-1864; eglinaeromodellers.org Eglin Assoc. of Chief Master Sergeants Steve Sabin 729-1857 Eglin Bowling Center 882-3352 Eglin Base Library 882-5016 Eglin ConsolidatedClub 678-5127 Eglin Pet Welfare 678-5066; petwelfare.net Eglin Spouses' Club www.eglinsc.com Eglin Youth Programs 882-8212 Honor Guard 882-2156 or 882-2157 Outdoor Recreation 882-5058 Sand and Spur Riding Club 240-1821 Yacht and Dive Club 651-3122Is your organization missing from this list? Email info@baybeacon.com wth "Newcomer club listing update" in the subject line.Participating in community associations Sharing & Caring holds fundraisers, such as the Letter Carriers food drive, throughout the year to help the needy. From page 21Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 22 Spring-Summer 2013 FORT WALTON BEACH850-862-17531032 Mar-Walt Dr. Suite 110CRESTVIEW850-682-7212129 E. Redstone Ave. Suite Awww.OkaloosaHeart.comNICEVILLE850-279-4426552 Twin Cities Blvd. Suite ADEFUNIAK SPRINGS850-682-72124415 U.S. Hwy. 331 South Mark J. Katzenstein, MD FACC, FSCAI Joseph A. Pedone, MD FACC, FACP, FSCAI, CCDS Michael L. Yandel, MD FACC, FSCAI Juan Carlos Zarate, MD FACC, FSCAI Marcello A. Borzatta, MD FACS24-HOURTURNAROUND TIME for reporting diagnostic imaging studies Cardiac Peripheral Vascular Disease Specialists No Referral Necessary New Patient Appointments Available Immediately Bonnie G. Benshoof, Ph.D., M.S.C.P. Michael L. Tallman, Psy.D., M.S.C.P. Licensed Psychologists Joy Damen Makela, L.M.H.C., L.S.P., N.C.C. Licensed Mental Health Counselor Licensed School Psychologist Angela McManus, L.C.S.W. Michael McManus, L.C.S.W. Licensed Clinical Social Workers Linda Hartman, L.M.F.T. Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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Niceville Turkey Creek Walk-acre conservation area. Nature walk, boardwalk, areas, pavilions. Free. South end: W. John Sims Pkwy. at Evans Street, Niceville. North end: off College Blvd. west of Highway 85 North. Daily, 6:30 a.m.-dark. -0072 or cityofniceville.orgNiceville Children's ParkOne-acre playground, picnic pavilions, seasonal sprinkler. Free. N. Partin Dr., next to Civic Center. Wednesday-Sunday. Hours vary. -3535 or cityofniceville.orgLions ParkTwo-acre park on Boggy Bayou, boat ramp, pavilions. Free. Bayshore Dr., Niceville. -4062 or cityofniceville.orgYouth CenterFive-acre skate park with ramps, skate track, observation area. No fee, helmet required (rentals available). Bikes, skateboards and in-line skates welcome. Ages 6 and older. Campbell Drive off North Palm Blvd. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. -0758 or cityofniceville.orgFred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park-acre state park. Picnic area, playground, camping, boat ramp, kayak and canoe rentals, nature trails. Fee. Hwy. 20, east of Rocky Bayou. a.m.-sunset daily. -9144 or floridastateparks.org.Eglin Reservation,000 acres for recreational use, biking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing. Annual permit required (fee); maps. Eglin Natural Resources office, 107 Highway 85 N., Niceville. Monday-Saturday. Hours vary. -4164White Point Recreation Area-acre bayfront park on Eglin Reservation. Swimming, fishing, picnic tables. Eglin permit required (annual fee). White Point Rd., northwest of MidBay Bridge. Eglin Natural Resources office, 107 Highway 85 N., Niceville. Monday-Saturday. Hours vary. -4164Niceville Public LibraryYouth services, story time, reference, large print collection, books, magazines, study areas, DVDs, music CDs, books on CD, Internet access. N. Partin Dr. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sunday & Monday -4070 or cityofniceville.orgArts Center Galleries, NW Florida State CollegeChanging exhibits. College Blvd., Niceville Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Also open 90 minutes before each theatrical show. Free. -6044 or nwfstatecollege.eduNiceville YMCA,000 square feet, wellness center, nursery, youth fitness, pool, sauna, hot-tub, classes. E. John Sims Pkwy. Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Closed Sunday Various membership rates, discounts. -YMCA (9622) or ecymca.orgEglin Golf Course-hole course open to all. Fairway Drive off Hwy 85 N. Many attractions within easy reach Continued on page 24 On a hot day, it s hard to beat a float trip down Turkey Creek in Niceville. The park features a 20-acre conservation area with boardwalk, nature walk, swimming areas, and picnic pavilion. Beacon photo Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 23 Coastal Bank and Trust is a division of Synovus Bank. Synovus Bank, Member FDIC, is chartered in the state of Georgia and operates under multiple trade names across the Southeast. Divisions of Synovus Bank are not separately FDIC-insured banks. The FDIC coverage extended to deposit customers is that of one insured bank. a division of Synovus Bank, Member FDIC www.coastalbankandtrust.com Putting people first, providing the banking products and convenience you deserve and supporting the community you call home it all comes from a commitment to service from a team who really cares. At Coastal Bank and Trust, we have a trust to keep. And, nothing is more important to us.We have a trust to keep.

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a.m.-6 p.m. summer & 6 a.m-5 p.m winter -8726 for tee timesValparaiso Florida Park.7-acre park on Boggy Bayou. Swimming, pavilions. South Bayshore Dr., Valparaiso Sun up to sun set daily. Boat launching and recovery, as well as pier fishing. City offices, 729-5402Lincoln Park.1-acre park on Boggy Bayou. Boat ramp, swimming, pavilions, playground. North Bayshore Dr., Valparaiso. Sun up to sun set daily. Boat launching and recovery anytime. -5402 Check quality before swimming.Valparaiso Public LibraryMore than 41,000 items, books, reference materials, DVDs, VHS videos and music CDs. One of the largest genealogy collections in Fla. Panhandle. Children's area and 18 public computers with Internet access. Valparaiso Pkwy. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. -5406 or vcl.valp.orgHeritage Museum of Northwest FloridaExhibits show region's history. Fee. Westview Ave., Valparaiso Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -2615 or heritage-museum.orgBluewater Bay Bluewater Bay Golf ResortFour 9-hole courses, sports bar. Open to the public, driving range, golf memberships. Bluewater Blvd. a.m.-6 p.m. (golf shop) Golf shop, 897-3241. Sports bar, 8972583 or bwbresort.comBluewater Bay Marina ComplexBeach area, boat slips, restaurant, Ship store and Tackle Store, fishing & hunting licences offered. Yacht Club Dr., Bluewater Bay Open daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. -2821 or bluewaterbaymarina.comBluewater Bay swimmingRecreation Services sells swim memberships to Bluewater Bay pools. Bay Dr., Bluewater Bay Seasonal. Weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. -3664Bluewater Bay Tennis Center lighted clay courts. Bay Dr., Bluewater Bay Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. -8010 or bluewaterbaytennis.comDestin Destin History and Fishing MuseumArtifacts and photos illustrating the history of Destin's fishing industry. Fee. Stahlman Ave., Destin Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sundays & Mondays. -6611 or destinhistoryandfishingmuseum.org.Destin Army Recreation AreaA beach recreation area for military. Hotel, RV sites, community center, 200-foot fishing pier, marina, rental equipment, charter fishing, pool, playgrounds. Calhoun Ave., Destin. Lodging: daily, check-in after 4 p.m. Marina: Hours are seasonal. militaryfamilies.com/military vacationspots.htm or 837-6423.Henderson Beach State Park-acre state park on the Gulf of Mexico. Beach, camping, pavilions, playground, A.D.A. accessible. Fee. Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. a.m.-sunset daily. -7550 or floridastateparks.orgPlenty to do in the Twin Cities area From page 23 Continued on page 25 Beacon photo Dolphin cruises are a hit with tourists and locals alike. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 24 Spring-Summer 2013 Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.Your Hometown REALTOR For 31 Years! Welcome to the Neighborhood !Relocating? Ready to Buy? We can help!Our Realtors have the experience & knowledge to help you find what you need! Looking for Rentals? Property Management? We can help with that too. 4 Full-time Rental Agents with over 75 years combined experience. CALL (850) 678-5178 or VISIT www.CarriageHills.com.CARRIAGE HILLS REALTY, INC. 1821 John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 REALTOR@CarriageHills.com www.CarriageHills.com (850) 678-5178 1 (800) 874-8929 FULL SERVICE HAIR CARE WALK-INS WELCOME AMPLE PARKING Tues. Fri. 9:00 5:00 | Sat. 9:00 3:00 | Evenings by AppointmentThe friendly staff at welcomes you to Niceville! CALL TODAY FOR AN APPOINTMENT! (850) 897-4897PATOwnerSUE ANNEvening Appts. BRENDAMens Cuts & BeardsELLEN25 Years ExperienceMARIAReceptionist

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James Lee ParkGulf-front park in Destin. Beach, pavilions, swimming, restrooms. Free. Scenic Hwy. 98, Destin. Dawn-dusk daily. -5772 or co.okaloosa.fl.us/dept_pw_resources_parks _james_lee.htmlParasailing Sun Dogs Single, double and triple riders. Fee. Sun Dogs is located behind AJ's, 116 Harbor Blvd. (Highway 98), Destin a.m. to sunset daily, MarchNovember. -259-1898 or sundogsparasail.com sundogsparasail@hotmail.com Just Chute Me U.S. Highway 98 in Destin March-October, 8 a.m.-sunset daily. -650-4630 or parasaildestin.com. The Track Family RecreationGo-karts, bumper boats, mini golf, kids games, arcade, bungee jumping. Fee. Highway 98, E., Destin Hours vary. Call ahead or visit website. -654-4668 or destintrack.comGator BeachView100 alligators. Free. Feeding and photos available at a charge. At Fudpucker's Restaurant, 20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin -837-4781 or gatorbeach.comBig Kahuna's Water Park-acre park with 40+ water attractions, mini-golf, go-karts. Fee. Highway 98 East, Destin Water park opens May 23-end of September. Open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. -8319 or bigkahuna.comOkaloosa Island John Beasley Park25-acre park on Okaloosa Island. Swimming, pavilions, restrooms. Free. Highway 98, Fort Walton Beach hr.before sunrise-1 hr. after sunset daily. -5772 or co.okaloosa.fl.us/dept_pw_resources_par ks_beasley.htmlOkaloosa Island Fishing Pier,262' fishing pier, Pole rentals, bait & tackle, snacks &beverages. Fees vary. Miracle Strip Pkwy. E. Ft. Walton Beach. Hours vary. Call or visit website. -1023 or okaloosaislandpier.comEglin Beach Park(DoD ID required.) Gulf beach on Okaloosa Island just west of the Destin bridge. Open Apr.1-May 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily,May24-Sep 2, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.daily, Sept. 3-30 Thurs.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct.1-31, Fri.Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.(closed Nov.March) to all DoD personnel with proper IDall ranks, retirees, family members, civilian personnel (including all federal employees regardless of duty station) and federal facility contractorsand their guests. Four large pavilions, central deck area, two sets of restrooms with showers, and access to the Gulf. April through November, admission fee is $3 per vehicle weekdays and $5 per vehicle weekends. Pavilions II, III, IV may be used free, first come, first served. Pavilion I may be reserved for a $200 fee with a $50 reimbursable cleaning fee. Eglin Outdoor Recreation: 850-882-Activities for the young and old From page 24 Check out Battleship Park in Mobile, which includes the WWII battleship Alabama, the USS Drum submarine, many aircraft and a Soviet-built T-55 tank. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 25 Quickest Way to Destin. www.Mid-Bay.comP.O. Box 5037 4400 Hwy. 20 E. Suite 403 Niceville, FL 32578 850-897-1428 Ft. Walton Beach Valparaiso Destin Niceville Crestview De Funiak Springs FL. 293 FL. 293 Mid-Bay Bridge Mid-Bay Bridge FL. 293 Mid-Bay Bridge Mid-Bay Bridge Mid-Bay Bridge Connector Connector Mid-Bay Bridge Connector10 98 20 285 85 10 331 85 The quickest way to Destin and the beaches is the Mid-Bay Bridge. From Interstate 10 take Exit 56 Hwy. 85 at Crestview, exit 70 at Hwy. 285 or exit 85 at Hwy 331. to Hwy. 20.Mid-Bay Bridge Connector Opening 2014The new Mid-Bay Bridge Connector will be opening in 2014 saving you even more time. Access the Connector north of Niceville for quick direct access to the Mid-Bay Bridge. The new Mid-Bay Bridge Connector will be an all electronic, toll-by-plate, no cash toll road. Continued on page 26

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5058. www.eglinforcesupport.comGulfariumLive dolphin shows, marine animal demonstrations and interactions. Fee. Miracle Strip Pkwy. Okaloosa Island Daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., last show at 3 p.m. -243-9046 or gulfarium.comFort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural CenterIndian Temple Mound Museum. Fee. Sept.-May, M-F, noon-4:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June-Aug. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m-4:30 p.m. Camp Walton Schoolhouse, Garnier Post Office, Civil War exhibits. Fee. Variable hours. Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE, FWB Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. -9595 or fwb.orgEmerald Coast Science CenterHands-on science museum. Fee. Brooks St., FWB Landing Summer hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. Call for winter hours. -1261 or ecscience.orgFort Walton Skating CenterRoller rink with snack bar. Racetrack Road NW, Fort Walton Beach Specializes in birthday parties and has roller and in-line skates for sale. Hours vary, call for times. -1223 or fortwaltonskate.comGoofy GolfMini golf, two 18-hole courses. Fee. North Eglin Pkwy., FWB Summer: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Winter: Monday-Friday, 3 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, Sundays and holidays, 10 a.m.8 p.m. Hours may vary. -4922 or goofygolffwb.comShalimar Air Force Armament MuseumMore than 1,500 artifacts on exhibit, armament, aircraft. Gift shop. Free. Highway 85 south of Eglin. Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed federal holidays. -4062North Okaloosa County Baker Block MuseumPost office and general store museums showcase local history. Free. Georgia Ave., intersection of Route 189 and Highway 4 in Baker Tuesday-Friday and every third Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. -5714 or bakerblockmuseum.org.Berry farms, BakerAkers of Strawberries at 1054 Melton Road., Baker; 537-2768. Seasonal you pick it. Fee. Bouvier Farms, 1577 Vinson Ray Road, Baker; 865-6470.Blackwater River State Park acres, 30 campsites. Pavilions, trails, fishing, swimming. Fee. Deaton Bridge Rd, Holt a.m.-sunset year-round. -5363 or floridastateparks.orgEmerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park, CrestviewZoo with 125 animals. Fee. Deer Springs Rd., off Hwy. 90, 8 miles east of Crestview near Mossy Head. Seasonal (call first), Saturday-1880Walton County Grayton Beach Recreation AreaNearly 2,000-acre state park on the Gulf of Mexico. Beach, nature trails, boat ramp, fishing, camping, picnic area. Fee. Hwy. 30-A, Grayton Beach a.m.-sunset daily. -8300 or floridastateparks.orgDeer Lake State Park acres of beach and lake area, east of Seagrove Beach off Hwy. 30-A. ,700 acres of hiking trails through native vegetation, hiking, picnic tables, swimming, beaches, fishing. Fee. -8300 or floridastateparks.orgTopsail Hill State Park acres with 3.2 miles of beach. Campsite, cottage rentals, fishing, trails, bicycling, pavilions, swimming. Fee. Hwy. 30-A, Santa Rosa Beach a.m.-sunset daily. -8330, Reservations: 800-3263521 or floridastateparks.org/topsailhill From page 25 Continued on page 27Things to see on Emerald CoastNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 26 Spring-Summer 2013 Niceville Bluewater Bay Freeport Crestview Ft. Walton Beach Navarre Pensacola 30-A Destin Panama City BeachRelocations Investments & International Real EstateJane H. Rainwater RealtorPremier Real Estate Professionals Specializing in Floridas Emerald Coast Communities 850-897-1101 4566 Highway 20E., Suite 104, Niceville, Floridawww.baywalk2.com janehr@aol.comBAYWALKREALESTATE, INC Choose Baywalk... You deserve the best!

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SeasideThis small, planned community in Walton County gives a sense of an oldfashioned Southern town. Restaurants, shops, art galleries. "The Truman Show" was filmed in Seaside. Hwy. 30-A in Walton County -Seaside or cottagerentalagency.comEden State Gardens-acre. Gardens, fishing, historic mansion, boating, picnic area. Fee. CR 395, Point Washington. a.m.-sunset daily. -8320 or floridastateparks.orgMuscogee Creek MuseumRoadside museum exhibits the history of the Muscogee American Indians of Fla. Home of tribal council chambers. Church Road, Bruce. Donations welcome. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. -2078 or email muscogeenation@aol.comPanhandle OpryLive country music from local bands. Deshoza Rd., Mossy Head Shows every first and third Saturday, 7:30-9 p.m. Fee. -4050 or panhandleopry.comChautauqua Vineyard & Winery-acre vineyard, fall grape harvest. I-10 and Hwy. 331, DeFuniak Springs a.m.-5 p.m. daily. -5887 or chautauquawinery.comGulfside Trail Rides acre horse ranch. Horses available for any age or ability. Picnic area & camping. Fee C.R. 393 S. Santa Rosa Beach. a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily -3114 or gulfsidetrailrides.comJolee Island/Baytowne WharfJolee Island 5 acres, playground, hiking trail, picnic area Baytowne Wharf activities, shops, restaurants & entertainment. Admission to both is free Hwy. 98 past Destin to Sandestin. Turn on Sandestin Blvd. -8000 or baytownewharf.com Events hotline 267-8117Santa Rosa County Gulf Breeze Zoo Gulf Breeze Pkwy. a.m.-6 p.m. daily March-Sept., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct.-Feb. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Fee. -2229 or gulfbreezezoo.orgNavarre Pier Gulf Blvd.,Navarre Fees for fishing or walking. Open daily. March-April 5 a.m.-8 p.m., May-Oct. 5 a.m.-10 p.m., Nov.-Feb. Sunrise-Sunset. -1794 or santarosa.fl.gov/navarrebeachpier Panhandle Butterfly HouseView 12-20 species of butterflies. Navarre Parkway, Navarre Admission fee by donation April 17-Labor Day, ThursdaySaturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. -3868 or panhandlebutterflyhouse.org.Blackwater Heritage Trail.1 miles of paved 12-feet wide multiuse trail between Milton and NAS Whiting Field. Connects to the 1.5 mile, 8-feet wide paved Military Heritage Trail. Alabama St., Milton Open sunrise to sunset. Free. -5338West Florida Railroad MuseumThe museum is at what was once Milton's train station. Shows what passenger travel used to be like and the importance of railroads to small towns. Henry St., Milton Free, donations are accepted. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Special group tours can be arranged. -3645 or wfrm.orgSouthern RacewayAuto races, concessions, playground. Nichols Lake Rd., Milton Saturday nights from Feb.-Nov. Fee. -2333 or southernraceway.comPensacola Wildlife Sanctuary of NW Fla. North "S" Street, Pensacola Self-guided tours, aviaries, animals in their natural habitat, pond and outdoor exhibits, observation deck.Wed.-Sat., 12 p.m. 3:30 p.m. -9453 or pensacolawildlife.comPensacola Museum of ArtWorks by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Kathe Kollwitz, Alexandra Nechita and many others, all displayed in what used to be a jail and courthouse. Fee. S. Jefferson St., Pensacola. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, noon-5 p.m. -6247, pensacolamuseumofart.org From page 26 Continued on page 28Parks, libraries, museums, fun spotsNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 27 Apalachicola, a small fishing town which lies about two hours east, is renowned for its quaint shops and fresh seafood. We like to think of our website as more than just a place to get valueable information on your energy service. Its where members can connect with us. Thats why in addition to information on costs and services, youll also find community news, volunteer opportunities even recipes that members want to share. Our website is one of the many ways we help make our community stronger.

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National Museum of Naval AviationHistoric naval, marine and Coast Guard aircraft, Blue Angel Atrium, and IMAX theater. Free admission. Radford Blvd., Bldg. 3465, Pensacola Naval Air Station a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed holidays. -3604 or 452-3606 navalaviationmuseum.orgHistoric Pensacola VillageMuseum complex in the heart of downtown Pensacola. Within walking distance to other historic sites, Pensacola waterfront, Seville Quarter, shopping, historic downtown. E. Zaragoza St. Historic Pensacola is a ticketed venue. Tours offered 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Special tours may be arranged. Fee. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -5993 or historicpensacola.orgPensacola Ice Flyers hockeyHockey team based out of Pensacola. Games are held at the Pensacola Civic Center. Ticket prices vary. -466-3111 pensacolaiceflyers.comFort Barrancas The third of four forts built to protect the Pensacola Navy Yard, includes National Historic Landmark Bateria de San Antonio, saw action and is now a part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Free. Pensacola Naval Air Station. March-October, 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. November-February, 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Closed Thanksiving, Christmas and New Year Day. -5167; nps.gov/guisPerdido Key State Park acre barrier island park. Beach, birding,saltwater fishing, picnic, scuba diving & snorkeling. Fee. Perdido Key Dr. Pensacola, FL a.m. sunset daily -1505 or floridastateparks.orgPensacola Blue WahoosMinor League baseball. Fee Vince Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park April to Early September Ticket prices vary -8444 or bluewahoos.comSam's Fun CityRides, miniature golf, laser tag, arcade games, eateries, handicap accessible. Free park entrance, Activity prices vary. See website for full listing. Pensacola Blvd. Pensacola, FL Thurs-Sunday, 11 a.m. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. 9 p.m. -0800 or samsfuncity.comBecks Lake Fish Camp & Nature ParkBoat launch, fishing, camping, horse and bike trails. Fees vary by activity. Becks Lake Rd., Cantonment, FL a.m. to sunset daily -5557 or beckslakefishcamp.comPanama City Camp Helen State Park acres. Trails, beaches, fishing, picnic area, wildlife viewing. Fee. Highway 98 just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge, Panama City. a.m.-sunset daily. -5059 or floridastateparks.orgRipley's Believe It or Not! MuseumMuseum of the strange but true. Fee. Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL a.m. Closing times vary. -6113 or ripleyspanamacitybeach.comScience & Discovery Center of Northwest FloridaHands-on science center on 12 acres of wooded swamp. Includes pioneer homestead, nature trail, butterfly garden and opportunity for hands on exploration. From page 27Taking time to explore the areaNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 28 Spring-Summer 2013 Visit southern Walton County to enjoy beaches, shops, and 161-acre Eden Gardens State Park with a mansion open for tours. www.bayareabetterhearing.com HIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE (Not affiliated with Niceville Hearing Center) Call 850-279-4545FOR YOUR FREE HEARING EVALUATION & Demonstration of Resound Hearing Technology. Complimentary service of all make Hearing Aids. MJ Stiles, HAS, BC-HIS The Merchants Walk Bluewater Bay 4400 Hwy. 20 East Suite 211, Niceville, FL 32578TM 101 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville Tues-Fri 9-6, Sat 8-2 Facebook.com/SummitIIinHairEvening Appointments Upon Request Hair Styling Hi/Low Lites Perms Shades/Redken Hair Color & Products Brazilian Keratin Fusion Straightener Kenra Haircare Products Call Today! 678-1977 Full Service HairFor Ladies & MenCorrena Susan, Julie, Debbie & Ron 20% OFFIN HOUSE LABORCoupon must be present at time of check-in. Expires: August 21, 2013. HHHH NEW LOCATION1107 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville(Parkway East Shopping Center) Voted Finest on the Emerald Coast!Serving Okaloosa County & surrounding areas for 8 years. Call Us Today! (850) 729-7845 NEW SYSTEMS/UPGRADES LAPTOP/DESKTOP REPAIRS ALL MAKES & MODELS LAPTOP SCREEN REPLACEMENT LAPTOP POWERJACK REPLACEMENT SPYWARE/VIRUS REMOVAL ON SITE HOME & BUSINESS SERVICE SERVICE CONRACTS AVAILABLE DATA RECOVERY Waterfront Dining in Valparaiso Weddings / Rehearsal Dinners / Groups / Special Events 850-389-2125 / www.CompassRoseValp.comHappy Hour: Tue-Fri 4-7pm (Bar) / 4-6pm (Dining Room) Lunch starting at $6 / Dinner starting at $10 Lunch Hours: Tue-Fri 10:30am-2pm Dinner Hours: Tue-Fri 5pm-Close / Sat 5pm-Close Award-Winning Sunday Brunch: 10am-3pm 303 Glen Avenue / Valparaiso, Florida Gift Cards Available Continued on page 29

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Airport Road, Panama City Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -6128 or sdcnwfl.orgGulf World Marine ParkMarine and avian shows. Fee Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach Summer months9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.Fall, winter and spring months 9:30 a.m. 5 p.m. daily. gulfworldmarinepark.com, 234-5271.Zoo WorldOver 260 exotic animals. Fee. Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach Daily, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Call for specific seasonal operating hours. -1243 or zooworldpcb.netCoconut Creek Family Fun Park Tropical 18-hole mini-golf and football field-size maze, Panama City. Open daily year-round. Times vary. Closed Christmas Eve, Day. Fee. Front Beach Road, Panama City -764-2199 or coconutcreekfun.comHolmes County Ponce de Leon Springs-degree water; 14 million gallons produced daily, trails, guided tours, fishing, grills and pavilions. Fee. Ponce de Leon Springs Road, Ponce de Leon a.m.-sunset daily. -4281 or floridastateparks.orgWashington County Falling Waters State ParkFlorida's tallest waterfall, sinkholes, lakes, fishing, nature trails, camping, amphitheater, picnic areas. Fee. State Park Rd., Chipley a.m.-sunset daily. -6130 or floridastateparks.orgSeacrest Wolf PreserveWolves, Arctic Fox, skunks, raccoons. Largest wolf preserve in southeast U.S., small animal adventures. Bonnett Pond Road, Chipley Public tours, Saturdays year round. Private tours by appointment. Call for schedules. -2897 or seacrestwolfpreserve.orgPine Log State ForestHiking, horse trail, swimming, camping, off-road biking, fishing. Fee. Highway 79 near Ebro -2888 or floridaforestservice.com/state_forest/pine_l og.htmlJackson County Florida Caverns State ParkCamping, cave tours, bicycling, boating, fishing, trails, playground, swimming, visitor center. Fee. State Road 166 North, Marianna a.m.-sunset daily. -1228 or floridastateparks.orgCalhoun County Panhandle Pioneer SettlementA living history museum in Sam Atkins Park, off Hwy. 20 (enter Silas Green Road at Lindy's Fried Chicken), 1.2 miles west of Blountstown. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Fees vary for tours and events. -2777 or panhandlepioneer.org From page 28 Penguins are among attractions at the Gulfarium, Okaloosa Island. Beacon photo Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 29 Continued on page 30Attractions here and elsewhere AUTO BODY AUTO BODYCommitment to Quality Collision Specialists1419 North Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578(850) 678-0056 Fax 729-3161 Your Neighborhood Club600 Golf Course Drive Niceville, FL 32578Club Includes: Dining facility serves Lunch daily Dinner every Friday night Breakfast Saturday & Sunday Monthly Pasta & Prime Rib nights Game Night Large pool and sun deck Six Fishing Lakes And much much more!850.678.3270, email apotter@rockybayoucc.com or visit our website at www.rockybayoucc.comFor more information contact Andy Potter, Club Manager & PGA Golf Professional MEMBERSHIPS AS LOW AS$50 PER MONTH!Memberships: Family Single Military Youth Young Adult Social Pool Only Emerald Coast Health InstituteFamily & Preventative MedicineYour Health, Our Passion! www.echidoc.com Hours of Operation: Mon.-Thurs. 8-12 & 1-4:30 Phone: 850-279-6949 | Fax: 850-279-6033 4566 E Hwy. 20, Ste. 105 | Niceville, FL 32578 Thomas L. McKnight, M.D., MPH Family & Preventative MedicineNew Patient Availability Most Insurances Accepted

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Franklin County Apalachicola Fishing VillageA historic setting on Apalachicola Bay, protected state and federal reserves. Local history, animal life at Gorrie Museum and National Estuarine Research Reserve. Both free. -9419 or apalachicolabay.org. hours from Niceville.Alabama Florala Florala State ParkBeach on Lake Jackson, 500-acre lake, swimming, boating, camping. Victoria Lane, Florala, Ala. a.m.-sunset daily. -858-6425 or alapark.com/Florala/City of FloralaAntique stores, Lake Jackson parks. North of Crestview on SR 85, at Florida-Alabama state line. Chamber of Commerce 334-8586252. Florala State Park 334-856-6425 or alapark.comFort Rucker U.S. Army Aviation MuseumMore than 3,000 exhibits. Free. Fort Rucker, Ala. (Daleville) Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. -598-2508 or armyavnmusum.orgFoley Foley Archives and History MuseumBaldwin County, Ala. Features an old train station, train museum and large model train setup. Free.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 30 Spring-Summer 2013 Continued on page 31 From page 29Make memories close to home Discover A Fiesta Of Flavor. South Of The Border Style.DAILY SPECIALS Mon.: Kids Eat for 99 w/ combo dinner purchase Mon. Thurs.: Specials starting at $5.75 +up Sun.: 10% OFF Your total HOMEMADE AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD! PREPARED FRESH DAILY!DINE-IN CARRY OUT Daily Specials Free Drink RefillsNICEVILLE Parkway East Shopping Center 729-1127 BDB Custom MotorcyclesAmerican V-Twin Service BDB T-Shirts Power Coat Available Parts & AccessoriesFull Service Motorcycle Shop93 John C Sims Pkwy. Niceville (850) 897-1769 CooL FishSEAFOOD MARKETNicevilles #1 Seafood MarketNICEVILLE 104 Redwood Ave.Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm729-FISH(3474)FREE-RANGE Chickens Scallops Octopus Snow Crab Shrimp Oysters Filet Mignon Alligator Steaks Ribeye VARIETYofFRESHFISH OneStopShopforSeafood Candice LeggeGraphic ArtistKaron DeyBookkeeperLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeAnna KavanaughEditorial AssistantIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistSara KentMarketing DirectorStephen W. Kent Editor and Publisher Cheryle ValentineReceptionist The Bay Beacon & Beacon Express1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: 1-888-520-9323 Email: info@baybeacon.com IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHwww.iacdestin.org Pointing The Way To Jesus 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin | Church Office: 850-837-6324Sunday Morning Services 9 a.m. Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 2-711:01 a.m. Walk InWorship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion)Nursery & Sunday School providedImmanuel Anglican Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8p.m. @ The ShedHang out; engage; worship; grow

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E. Laurel Ave. Foley, Ala. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; train exhibit Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. -943-1818Eufaula Shorter MansionHistoric home was part of Eufaula Pilgrimage. Fee. N. Eufaula Ave., Eufaula, Ala. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -687-3793 or eufaulapilgrimmage.com hours from Niceville.Mobile USS Alabama Battleship Memorial ParkTour the Battleship USS Alabama and the USS Submarine Drum. View over 25 rare historic aircraft and much more. Fee. Battleship Pkwy., Mobile, Ala. April-September, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; October-March. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day. -800-426-4929 or ussalabama.comGulf Coast Exploreum Science Center Hands-on science with regular and changing exhibits. IMAX theater, virtual reality exhibits, Bio Lab, hands-on hall & chem lab. Government St., Mobile, Ala. Tuesday Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Fee for Exploreum and IMAX -625-4FUN or exploreum.comMuseum of Mobile South Royal St., Mobile, Ala. Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays & holidays. Fee. -208-7569; museumofmobile.com.Ft. Conde and Phoenix Fire MuseumFort Conde, 150 South Royal St., Mobile, Ala.; Phoenix Fire Museum: 203 South Claiborne St. Fort Conde, 150 South Royal St., Mobile, Ala.; Phoenix Fire Museum: 203 South Claiborne St. Fort Conde (replica of 1/3 of French original): 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. daily. Phoenix Fire Museum (restored building housing horse-drawn fire engines and other exhibits): Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. These attractions in downtown Mobile are within a few blocks of each other, and of the Museum of Mobile. -208-7569; museumofmobile.comOakleigh House Oakleigh Place, Mobile, Ala. Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. Closed major holidays. Fee. -432-1281 or historicmobile.org.Bellingrath Gardens and Home-acre estate garden blooms all year. Bird sanctuary, gift shop, cafe. Fee. Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, Ala. (southwest of Mobile) a.m.-5 p.m. daily but Christmas. -973-2217 or bellingrath.org .5 hours from Niceville.Mobile ZooSmall zoo in rural setting 45 minutes west of Mobile. Ward Road, Wilmer, Ala. a.m.-4:30 p.m. (6 p.m. in summer). Fee. -649-1845; www.mobilezoo.cc/ hours from Niceville From page 30 Beacon photo The area s uncrowded beaches offer cool breezes, white sand, emerald waters, and plenty of sunshine.Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Spring-Summer 2013 Page 31Venture off the beaten path Hours: Tues-Sat: 11am-7pm Sun: 12pm-6pm Mon: closed314 Bayshore Dr., Niceville 678-CAF(2233) Experience the Most Delicious, Affordable Cuisine & Coffee in the Niceville Areawww.cafebienville.com Sandwiches, Sensational Salads, Delightful Daily Specials, Homemade Desserts, Delectable Coffee & Much More! Military, Police and Firefighters Receive 10% OFF and GENERAL REPAIR IN TUNE WITH THE FUMESSniffing Out Car Problems Since 2000Zen Masters, Guard Dogs, Welcoming CommitteePEPPER TONYPeppers Assistant Expert, Certified Techs Quality Parts Detailed Estimates Friendly Service Brakes Water Pumps Timing Belts Struts/Shocks (850)729-6629 610 Elm Street Niceville 2256 South Ferdon Blvd. 850-423-4538Crestview Publix Shopping CenterMon.-Fri. 10-5 Sat. 10-3, Closed Sun. Find us on Facebook!Fine Jewelry Custom Jewelry Jewelry Repair Mariana, Pandora, Gabriel & Co., and Galatea

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