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The Bay beacon ( July 3, 2013 )

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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
Creation Date: July 3, 2013
Publication Date: 08-21-2013

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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
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
issn - 1097-6469
System ID: UF00099641:00231

Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00099641/00201

Material Information

Title: The Bay beacon
Portion of title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville, Fla
Creation Date: July 3, 2013
Publication Date: 08-21-2013

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso

Notes

Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.

Record Information

Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
lccn - sn 98001910
issn - 1097-6469
System ID: UF00099641:00231


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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The first people to travel along the new Mid-Bay Bridge Connector road after it opens will do so on foot, during a community run/walk event to be held during the weekend of Jan. 11, 2014. At the Aug. 15 meeting of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (MBBA) governing board, Executive Director Jim Vest said the new connector route, linking an interchange at State Road 85 north of Niceville with the northern end of the Mid-Bay Bridge, which crosses Choctawhatchee Bay, linking the Niceville area with Destin and other communities along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline, is now scheduled to be completed by Jan. 10—more than a month ahead of schedule. Vest and James VanSteenburg, an engineer from HDR Engineering, the contractor managing the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector project for the MBBA, said the work is ahead of schedule and within budget. Vest said that he is monitoring the project, and that current tentative plans call for an opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 11, following a festive run/walk event to be held earlier that morning. Once the road is open on Saturday afternoon, said Vest, no tolls will be charged to drivers who use the connector road during Jan. 11 or 12. Tolls, which will be half the amount of the tolls charged to cross the Mid-Bay Bridge itself, will be collected starting on Monday, Jan. 13. Vest said that details of the run/walk event are still being worked out, but that the event will be jointly sponsored by the By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent During their meeting on Aug. 12, members of the Valparaiso City Commission discussed whether to put a street sign along John Sims Parkway to mark the intersection with North Bayshore Drive, and whether to support a recent chamber of commerce resolution supporting the F-35 flying mission at Eglin Air Force Base. They also approved a revision to the city’s existing sanitation ordinance, and were given copies of a proposed revision to the city charter. In addition, the commission discussed how to make its views known to the Okaloosa County Commission concerning the city-county split of current and proposed county gasoline taxes. 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, August 21, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 42 Pages, 3 Sections, 5 Inserts Police Blotter, page A-4 Please see TOLLWAY, page A-2 Please see GARBAGE, page A-2 Please see STREETpage A-3 Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Students at Plew Elementary School, Niceville, walk off buses and head to class Aug. 19, the first day for students of Okaloosa County public schools. Fresh faces Beacon photo by Mike Griffith North Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso, although platted as a city street, has never been paved, and is currently little more than a trail through the woods between the shore of Toms Bayou and the backyards of some Valparaiso homeowners. It begins at John Sims Parkway near Doc s oyster bar behind the Compass Rose restaurant, and eventually meets some actual paved city streets.First users of tollway to be on footConstruction on a bridge for the MidBay bridge Connector road over Swift Creek, Niceville. Mid-Bay Birdge AuthorityN. Bay eyes $2M budgetBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent North Bay fire commissioners heard a briefing on the fire district’s proposed fiscal year 2013-14 budget during their Aug. 13 meeting. Fire Chief Joseph Miller told commissioners that the proposed budget will include total revenues of $2,034,590 and total budget expenditures of $2,005,520.63. The expenditures are projected to be $50,998.68 above those of fiscal year 2012-13, which will end Sept. 30. Miller’s proposed budget also includes a property tax millage rate of 2.35–the same as for the current fiscal year. At that millage rate, property owners within the self-governing fire district will pay $2.35 in property tax for every $1,000 of appraised, taxable value of their properties, after such things as homestead exemptions and other discounts are taken into account. For example, the owner of a house appraised at $200,000 taxable value would pay $470 in tax to the North Bay Fire District, Valparaiso commission discusses street, F-35 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Company, city dicker over cutting garbage pickupsBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer A Waste Management representative said last week that the company is still working with Niceville city officials to determine how new, larger recycling carts will be paid for if the city decides to adopt the carts for all garbage customers. If the recycling program is expanded citywide, Waste Management said it wants to cut collection of regular garbage to once a week. Recyclables would be collected once a week as well. Currently, garbage is collected twice weekly, and recyclables once weekly.Waste Management conducted a three-month pilot program, which concluded June 30, to test the effectiveness of 96-gallon recycling carts. Waste Management representative Lynn Yort said she would meet with Niceville City Manager Lannie Corbin and City Clerk Dan Doucet to work out an agreement for payment of the carts, which Doucet said could cost $250,000. The pilot program tested two Niceville neighborhoods, Kildare Circle and Black Bear Circle, that contain a total of 90 homes. It is up to the council whether to expand the program citywide as proposed by the refuse-collection company. The program recorded the amounts of recycling 2013 F all-W inte r 20 13  S u pplem e nt to Th e B ay Be acon N ic evil leVal par ais o, F lor id a The Bay Beacon’s and Community Directory NEWCOMER GUIDE Thurs., 6:30 p.m. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale announces that auditions for the 2013-14 season will be held in Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of NWFSC. The Chorale, under the direction of music professor Lois Van Dam is a select choral group that performs with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra as well as in independent concerts. For more information, contact Van Dam at vandaml@nwfsc.edu or call 729-6009. Thurs., 6:30 p.m. The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers’ Guild of America will have their final summer stitch-in on Thursday Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m., at the Niceville United Methodist Church, room 400. Visitors are welcome. For more info call 4963466. Sat., 6 p.m. The Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church will sponsor a charity buffet dinner at the Life Center Hall. Filipino dishes and desserts will be served. All are welcome, please invite family and friends. Cost is $7 for 10 years and up and $4 for seven to nine years. Children five and under eat free. Price includes entree, dessert and beverage. Proceeds go towards funding missions. For more information please call 6783000. Calendar, B-2 COMING UP Inside ... Please see BUDGET, page A-2 Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser A Waste Management truck picks up a 96-gallon recycling cart on Black Bear Circle, Niceville.

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Its why so many people place their trust in us for their knee and hip replacement surgeries. 850-243-2229 907 Mar Walt Drive, Suite 2024 | Fort Walton Beach | nwfobgyn.com 907 Mar Walt Drive, Suite 2024 907 Mar Walt Drive, Suite 2024 | Fort Walton Beach lizes in Fort Walton Beach | nwfobgyn.com a ci e p s er g ur ic s t o b o l l f a t o en m t a a e r d t h. t l a lizes in nwfobgyn.com y y, l in addition to any other property taxes owed to such other taxing entities as Okaloosa County and the Okaloosa School District. Within the proposed budget, said Miller, the largest increase will be for personnel expenses, which will go up by $54,840. Other increases will include operating expenses (up $5,659), insurance (up $2,927), and operating supplies (up $729). Decreases for the coming year will include maintenance (down $12,500), and utilities (down $657). Within the personnel costs, said Miller, the largest item will be $944,875 for payroll, followed by medical insurance costs, at $209,084, and retirement costs, at $163,342. While listening to Miller’s briefing, Fire Commissioner Lee Wetzel said that the cost of medical insurance for the coming year will be more than 10% above that of the current year. Commissioner David Scholl said that retirement costs will be increasing by about 16%, and asked whether the increase is the result of a state mandate– a question to which Miller replied, “Yes.” No formal vote was taken or decisions made regarding the budget at the meeting. Those decisions are expected to be made during the fire commission’s two public budget hearings, the first of which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 10. The second and final public budget hearing is slated for 7 p.m., Sept. 18. Both of the public hearings be held at the North Bay fire station on White Point Road. During last week’s meeting, fire commissioners also were briefed by Miller regarding the possible purchase of a new fire truck to replace the fire district’s current “Engine 8.” According to a written statement presented by Chief Miller, “Engine 8 was purchased in January 1995 for $170,517, making this vehicle 18 years old.” “Normally,” wrote Miller, “apparatus is replaced every 15 years. As the apparatus gets older and the amount of use (emergency calls) increases, the lifespan decreases and the maintenance costs go up. Our run count has increased from 450 calls in 1997 to over 1,100 this past year, and will continue to increase.” Miller told the fire commissioners that North Bay has a limited-time opportunity to “piggyback” on the purchase of several fire trucks by another fire district in Tallahassee. “We have the opportunity to “piggyback” on the Tallahassee bid or to use the Florida Sheriffs bid sheet to purchase a replacement for Engine 8,” he wrote. “However, these bids will expire by 15 September. After that time, we will incur a projected 3% increase, equating to approximately a $14,400 increase in the price of a new truck seeing the new Sheriffs bid sheets will be updated for the new fiscal year.” Asked by the Beacon whether the proposed truck purchase would require an increase in the currently proposed FY 2014 budget for the fire district, Miller replied that it would not. As with the proposed budget, fire commissioners made no decision last week regarding the purchase of a new truck. They said they will discuss the matter further during their next regularly scheduled commission meeting, which is expected to take place on Sept. 10. In other business, Miller briefed the fire commission on the status of negotiations with the firefighters union. He said the union has proposed a change to current procedure for the arbitration of grievances. Under current procedures, if a grievance cannot initially be resolved by negotiation, the union has the option of either submitting the grievance to a professional arbitrator, or submitting it for a final decision by the elected fire commission. The new proposal from the union would allow it to submit a grievance to the fire commission, but if not satisfied with the fire commission’s decision, to then resubmit the grievance to a professional arbitrator. After a brief discussion, the fire commission voted unanimously to leave the arbitration process as it is. No representatives of the firefighters union attended or spoke during the commission meeting, although Chief Miller said the union was aware of the time and place of the meeting, and of their right to appear and addressed the commission if they chose to do so. BUDGETFrom page A-1 Beacon photo by Mike Griffith The North Bay Fire District's "Engine 8" fire truck at the district's fire house. The district is considering replacing the aging engine. MBBA, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and the Northwest Florida Track Club. He said the run/walk will actually include several events, including a half marathon and a family fun walk. He said the MBBA is also seeking corporate sponsors to help fund the run/walk and celebration of the connector route opening. He said he expects the run/walk to be a one-time rather than annual event. VanSteenburg said the construction of the connector road is going smoothly, with most of the current work currently taking place on the completion of bridges over various creeks within the Eglin military reservation, and the completion of the State Road 85 and SR 285 interchanges, and an access road connecting the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector with College Boulevard and Forest Road, Niceville. VanSteenburg said “I feel very good” about the work being done by Anderson Columbia, the prime construction contractor for the project. He said the bridge connector route will also include an access road to the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival site in Niceville, which will help ease traffic congestion in that area during future festivals and other public events at the site. Vest said that in addition to the connector road itself, the construction project will also include several environmental projects in and near the Eglin military reservation, to include replacing a culvert over eastern Turkey Creek near Rocky Bayou Drive with a small bridge. Separately, Vest said that traffic and toll revenue from the Mid-Bay Bridge currently continues “on a par with last year.” He said that figures for July 2013 are within a percentage point of those from July 2012. Vest also said that he has recently been in touch with a representative of Chardonnay Estates, where residents have complained about noise and lights from traffic along the northern approach road to the Mid-Bay Bridge. He said that he is optimistic that a satisfactory agreement can be reached between Chardonnay residents and the MBBA, and that he will discuss details of this at the next MBBA meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Niceville City Hall. Prior to the adjournment of Thursday’s meeting, MBBA member Lois Hoyt noted that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Mid-Bay Bridge. “I want to commend all of our consultants,” she said, “for 20 years of wonderful progress.” MBBA chairman Gordon Fornell also congratulated the staff and consultants for their service, and also stated that he had recently learned that tolls on the Chesapeake Bay bridge/tunnel system have recently been hiked to $17 – a much higher fee than that currently charged to cross the MidBay Bridge. TOLLWAYFrom page A-1 residents of these neighborhoods set out using the traditional 18gallon bins in the month before the program and then recorded set out rates for three months, replacing the bins with 96-gallon wheeled carts. Prior to the program, test neighborhoods received garbage pickup twice a week and pickup of an 18-gallon recycling bin once a week. In the program, the neighborhoods received pickup of the 96-gallon recycling cart once a week and garbage pickup once a week. Yort said the test program only picked up garbage once per week because most of the materials that typically get thrown away as garbage are actually recyclable, and, with the larger recycling bins, residents place less items in garbage cans. Yort said the residents in the test neighborhoods set out an average of 4.83 gallons of recyclables per week using the smaller bins the month before the pilot and set out 15.67 gallons per week during the three month test run. Yort said the difference is a straight diversion, meaning all the additional material recycled during the test period would have been thrown away and picked up as garbage before the test. Yort said in an average week during the test, 79 out of 90 houses with the larger carts set out recycling. Yort said that the materials placed in the bins were not checked before weighing to determine if all of the contents were recyclable. Niceville City Clerk Dan Doucet said at $50 apiece, it would cost the city $250,000 to provide new carts to the approximately 5,000 city garbage and recycling customers. Doucet predicted that Waste Management may offer to provide the carts in exchange for a renewal of the company's franchise with the city. However, the city renewed Waste Management for a five-year franchise extension in 2011, as usual without obtaining competing bids. Doucet said he doubts the city council would want to renew again so early in the current contract. Doucet also said Waste Management and the city would have to determine whether pickup rates paid to Waste Management would decline if the city adopts a new program that only picks up garbage once per week. Yort said Waste Management would have to have a firmer understanding of whether Niceville intends to adopt the program before discussing rates. Yort said Waste Management will consider all determinants of revenue when discussing the payments for the carts. She said that if revenue earned by Waste Management fir increased recycling increases due to Niceville's adoption of the larger carts, that revenue can be discussed as part of the payment for the carts. GARBAGEFrom page A-1 CorrectionFort Walton Beach resident John Scott was misquoted in a July 17 Bay Beacon story about a public hearing on the F-35 flying program at Eglin Air Force Base. According to an Air Force transcript of the hearing, Scott’s actual statement at the hearing was as follows: “I'm John Scott, and I'm actively retired Air Force. I've got about 7005 hours in various aircraft, and I'd like for you to publish when you go to mixed type performance takeoffs because I want to go out in my backyard, and I like to this day, and I'm 78 years old, but I'm younger than all these people in here. I like to see it. And let me tell you, changing the runways with the radius turn of the jet is not going to solve a whole lot of problem. I live in the northern part of Fort Walton Beach, and the traffic pattern comes over me now. If you build a parallel runway, all it's going to do is affect the people in Fort Walton. And I'd like to go on record -(Interruption from audience.) Exactly. And these people here want their cake, and they want to eat it too, and I'd like, I'd like to say that please note the absence of people from outside of Valparaiso. These people read it in the paper that you were going to have a meeting and so forth, and probably most of them are supportive of the Air Force and really don't care how many flights you have and how much noise you should make. I would like to also go on record to say that when one of the F35s flies over, and I'm out in my yard mowing grass, I've got to turn off the mower to hear it, okay?” (Interruption from the audience.) “Anyway, I will quit talking. I support it 100 percent. If my property values goes down, I could care less because all that money was given to me by the Air Force. I support my country. I'm patriotic. If my property values goes down to where I can't, can only give it away, I'll happily give it away.”

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Ferdon Blvd., Crestview • (850) 682-5338• GLAUCOMA • RETINA PROBLEMS Medicare Assignment Accepted-In memory of-MSBU picks new managerBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent At their Aug. 13 meeting, members of the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) chose Bluewater Management Services as the MSBU’s administration and management contractor for the coming fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1. The MSBU is a branch of Okaloosa County government, in charge of maintaining street lights, street signs, and landscaping of common areas along the main streets of the unincorporated Bluewater Bay community. It is governed by an elected five-member governing board, but also hires contractors to handle administration and management, as well as to perform actual landscaping and maintenance work within the community. Three potential contractors gave presentations at the meeting, in hopes of obtaining the administration/management contract for the coming year: Alliance Association Management Company, Bluewater Management Services, and EK Management, the current administration and management contractor for the MSBU. After hearing presentations from the three companies, the MSBU board members filled out score sheets, on which they rankordered the three companies, from 3 to 1. Then, they added their individual scores for the companies to produce total scores for each of the potential contractors, resulting in the selection of Bluewater Management Services. In her winning presentation, Darlane Landsberger, Bluewater Management Services, said her company has been located in the Bluewater Bay area for 13 years, and uses a team concept to manage several local homeowners associations. Landsberger said that she has several ideas to improve the look and ambience of Bluewater Bay, and to streamline routine maintenance chores within the community. She said she is interested in helping Bluewater Bay maintain its property values, and to improve such amenities as local street signs. Landsberger also said her company maintains its own website, which can be used to help keep the community informed of local activities. Landsberger’s company will charge $2,000 per month, according to its proposal. According to Archie Jernigan of EK Management, his company provides management services to the Bluewater Bay MSBU for $2,200 per month. Alliance Association Management Company said it proposed to do the work for $30,000 per year ($2,500 per month). Each MSBU board member ranked the companies in order of preference, with the top rated company getting a score of 3 from that board member, followed by scores of 2 and 1. The scores given by all five board members were then added for each company. Bluewater Management services received a total score of 11, followed by Alliance with a score of 10, and EK Management with a score of In other business at the meeting, MSBU board member Doug Burgess said that he had recently contacted Okaloosa County officials about resuming construction of sidewalks within Bluewater Bay, but has thus far received no reply. “I’m glad we got one sidewalk,” said Burgess, but added that there seems to be “not much enthusiasm” among county officials to construct additional sidewalks within Bluewater Bay, even though the Bluewater Bay MSBU is willing to pay for materials. Board member Debbie Stretch said that some signs indicating directions to a community conference center that no longer exists have recently been removed. Stretch also proposed that the MSBU board approve a resolution endorsing the efforts of a committee led by Bluewater Bay resident Karl Welhart to study the issue of what can be done to preserve the nine-hole Marsh golf course near the Southwind and Sunset Beach neighborhoods within Bluewater Bay. Burgess recommended that Welhart and his committee coordinate their activities with residents of the Magnolia Plantation neighborhood, where the nine-hole Magnolia Golf course was recently closed by Bluewater Bay Resort, due to declining revenue. The resort also operates two other nine-hole golf courses – the Bay and Lakes courses, which are apparently in no current danger of being closed. Some other Bluewater Bay residents who attended the meeting suggested that Bluewater Bay Resort be asked to disclose its financial records, to help the community determine the resort’s actual financial condition, and to help community residents better determine what might be done to help preserve local golf courses. One resident suggested that the MSBU examine Bluewater Bay’s community covenants, to see whether commercial properties, such as golf courses, are legally required to mow their grass and maintain their property to standards similar to those required of residential properties. Since being closed, the Magnolia golf course has begun to be overgrown with weeds, and to gradually revert to a natural state. After some further discussion, the MSBU board resolved to support Welhart and his committee, and appointed recently-appointed MSBU board member Jonathan Tallman as the board’s liaison with Welhart’s committee. The next meeting of the Bluewater Bay MSBU is scheduled for 5:30 PM September 10, at the Regency Inn, at 4577 Highway 20. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith The Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit at its Aug. 13 meeting at the clubhouse of the Bluewater Bay golf club. As the meeting began, Valparaiso residents George Murphy, Geno Dylewski, and Obie O’Brien asked the commission to place a street sign to mark the intersection of John Sims Parkway and North Bayshore Drive. Although platted as a city street, North Bayshore Drive has never been paved, and is currently little more than a trail through the woods between the north shore of Toms Bayou, west of the bayou bridge, and the back yards of some homeowners. It begins at John Sims Parkway near Doc’s Oyster Bar, behind the Compass Rose restaurant, and eventually meets some paved city streets about a quarter-mile northeast of the bar. City Engineer Roy Petrey said that it would be impractical to place such a street sign, because the street, although platted as such, has never been paved and is not used for vehicle traffic. He said it currently serves as an easement for city utilities, but that there are no plans to pave it, or open it to traffic. The citizens who addressed the meeting, however, said that North Bayshore Drive was originally intended to be a city street, and that although it is not paved, cars can drive on it. Murphy offered to show the commission a video to demonstrate this, and O’Brien brought a set of photographs, depicting a car driving along the street. The status of North Bayshore has been debated between the city government and nearby property owners in the recent past. Some property owners have tried to get the city to vacate, or relinquish its rights to, the unpaved street, and turn the property between the north shore of Toms Bayou and their own homes over to the homeowners, which they say would increase the values of their properties, as well as the property tax revenue available to the city. City officials, however, have preferred to retain city control of the valuable land along the shoreline. O’Brien referred to North Bayshore as “a special place,” and said that the city should do more to let the public know that it is there. He said that it is “a terrific place to walk” along the shore, enjoying the tree-shaded scenery. In other business, Commissioner Kay Hamilton discussed a recent resolution by the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, in which the chamber expressed its support for the growing F-35 flying training mission at Eglin Air Force Base. The resolution states the intention of the chamber to “continue to welcome and support further incorporation and bed-down of the F-35 joint strike fighter, integration, and training center at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida,” and to “continue our commitment to our nation and to Eglin Air Force Base for this and all defense industry matters.” The resolution also states that the chamber resolves “that the local business community, local citizens and local government strive to continue a successful, prosperous relationship between our residents and the F-35 JSF ITC at Eglin Air Force Base.” Hamilton, who represented the city of Valparaiso at the chamber meeting at which the resolution was adopted, said she was the only one who voted against it. She said that she believed the resolution was simply a way for some chamber members who do not live in Valparaiso to indirectly criticize Valparaiso’s efforts to pressure the Air Force to do more to reduce jet noise and potential safety problems that could affect Valparaiso, the city closest to the base. Hamilton said the resolution implies that other communities do not support Valparaiso, and implies that the city’s residents do not support the Air Force, although, she said, “no one is more patriotic than we are.” Mayor Bruce Arnold agreed, saying that “Valparaiso has always supported the Air Force and Eglin Air Force Base,” but that the city’s recent objections to some Air Force plans for F-35 flight operations are merely intended to get the Air Force to conduct those flight operations in such a way as to mitigate potential harm to the city and its residents. Commissioner Joe Morgan offered a more positive view of the city’s relationship with the Air Force. He said that he had taken part in a two-hour meeting on Aug. 5 with 32rd Fighter Wing commander Col. Todd Canterbury, to discuss the F-35 mission and its effects on Valparaiso. Also present at the meeting, said Morgan, were Valparaiso citizens Terry Griffin and Joe Shinnick, as well as Beach Community Bank President/CEO Tony Hughes. “The meeting,” stated Morgan, “allowed for an informal discussion of concerns of local citizens, capabilities and features of the F35, the JSF training program and its impact upon the local community. It was the first step in beginning a positive dialogue that welcomed the JSF mission, defined some of the concerns of the local citizens, and looked forward on how to allay fears, preserve and ensure the mission of the F-35 Lightning II JSF training at Eglin AFB.” Morgan said he thinks that “things are moving positively,” and that further cordial discussions between the city and the base will eventually lead to a resolution satisfactory to all concerned. Also discussed at the Aug. 12 meeting was a set of proposed revisions to the city charter, presented by Mayor Arnold and City Clerk Tammy Johnson. Arnold asked the commissioners to review the proposed revisions, so that they can discuss them during a city budget workshop slated for Aug. 26. Commissioners also approved a series of revisions to the city’s sanitation ordinance to include prohibitions against most forms of open burning of yard waste within the city. Commissioners also discussed how to respond to recent proposals Please see DISCUSSES, page A-6 STREETFrom page A-1

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ArrestsMichael Jason Wilson, 18, at large, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 12 on charges of grand theft and property damage. Wilson allegedly trespassed onto a residence on the 1400 block of Bayshore Drive, Niceville, and took a 2006 Honda All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) from the property without permission sometime March 29 to April 1. On April 1, an officer saw someone later identified as Wilson riding an ATV at McEwen Drive and Cedar Avenue, Niceville, but could not catch or make contact with him. Later on April 1, an officer found an ATV on the 600 block of Kendrick Lane, Niceville. The officer reported wires in the vehicle had been cut and hot-wired to run. The officer identified Wilson through the Niceville Police Department's computer system. Wilson came to the police department and told an officer he owned the ATV and would return with documentation proving his ownership, but did not return. Wilson's required court appearance is Sept. 24. *** Rick David Scott, unemployed, 35, at large, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 10 on charges of battery and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Scott allegedly pushed someone, causing the victim to fall into a wooden lattice. Scott then acted as if he was going to punch the victim, threatening to break his jaw and knock his teeth out, saying, in the words of the report, "every time he sees [the victim] he is going to beat him up." Scott then pushed the victim into the metal support cables of a building on Bayshore Drive, Niceville, causing the victim to cut his finger. An officer arrested Scott on a warrant for this incident. On the same date, Scott approached an officer and the officer smelled marijuana. The officer searched Scott and found bags containing a total of 58 grams of a green leafy substance that later tested positive as marijuana in Scott's front pockets. The officer also found $520 in Scott's left pocket. Scott's required court appearance for the battery charge is Aug. 27 and for the possession of a controlled substance charge is Sept. 10. *** Bradley Michael Cain, a server, 21, of 230 Edge Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 13 on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. While walking through the parking lot at 745 N. Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, a deputy smelled marijuana coming from a vehicle occupied by Cain and a passenger. As Cain rolled down his window, a large cloud of smoke that smelled like burned marijuana came out of the vehicle. The deputy saw a burning marijuana cigarette on the vehicle's floorboard between Cain's feet, and the deputy also saw a clear plastic bag containing 28 grams of a white crystallized substance which later tested positive for methamphetamine. The deputy asked Cain if he had anything else in the vehicle, and Cain removed a plastic bag containing six grams of a substance which later tested positive for marijuana from under the driver's seat. Cain's required court appearance is Sept. 24. *** Sean Paul Vogt, a handyman, 40, of 310 Glen Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 12 on a Walton County warrant for the original charge of two counts of worthless checks. TheftsA Niceville resident of the 400 block of Paradise Road reported Aug. 11 someone stole video games, medication and other items from her home. Criminal MischiefA Niceville resident reported Aug. 9 someone scratched the passenger side of his truck while it was parked at the business at 117 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. The scratch is six to seven inches long, and repairs are estimated at $250. OtherA Niceville resident of the 1400 block of Scott Street reported Aug. 9 he paid someone $345 to repair an air conditioning unit at her home, and the person had left to go get Freon six hours ago and had not returned. The complainant said the person left tools at his residence, which police collected. Okaloosa seeks fugitivesThis information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. Name: Christina Ann Hendricks Wanted for: VOP-Child Neglect & Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia/VOP-Fraud/FTAFraud/FTA-Child Neglect Height: 5-feet, 5-inches Weight: 140 Age: 35 Date of birth: 08-17-1978 Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel Name: Joseph M. Gainey Wanted for: VOP-Grand Theft Height: 5-feet, 10-inches Weight: 170 Age: 24 Date of birth: 01-29-1989 Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue Name: Stephen Chance Cartwright Wanted for: VOP-Grand Theft Height: 6-feet, 0-inches Weight: Unknown Age: 42 Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel 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. Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from August 12, 2013 through August 18, 2013. 0 Structure Fire14 Emergency Medical Calls 1 Vehicle Fire7 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire1 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn1 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time E. John Sims Pkwy.............Medical...............................8/12/13...................12:46 Cook Street.........................Power line down.................8/12/13...................15:06 E. John Sims Pkwy.............Vehicle crash......................8/12/13...................16:36 Madison Street...................Medical...............................8/12/13...................16:41 E. John Sims Pkwy.............Vehicle extrication..............8/12/13...................17:48 Poplar Pl.............................Medical...............................8/13/13...................08:17 Nutmeg Ave........................Medical...............................8/13/13...................10:50 SR 85 N..............................Vehicle fire..........................8/13/13...................14:34 E. John Sims Pkwy.............Vehicle crash......................8/13/13...................17:16 N. Partin Dr.........................Medical...............................8/14/13...................17:19 Reeves St...........................Medical...............................8/15/13...................00:41 N. Partin Dr.........................Medical...............................8/15/13...................11:20 E. John Sims Pkwy.............Medical...............................8/15/13...................11:47 W. John Sims Pkwy............Medical...............................8/15/13...................20:17 Als Drive.............................Medical...............................8/16/13...................02:23 Bayshore Dr........................Cancelled...........................8/16/13...................10:47 Hickory Ave.........................Vehicle crash......................8/16/13...................12:05 Hickory Ave.........................Medical...............................8/16/13...................13:55 N. Partin Dr.........................Medical...............................8/17/13...................07:30 E. John Sims Pkwy.............Vehicle crash......................8/17/13...................11:45 E. College Blvd...................Medical...............................8/17/13...................22:58 McKinney St.......................Medical...............................8/18/13...................00:29 E. College Blvd...................Vehicle crash......................8/18/13...................07:47 SR 85 N..............................Vehicle crash......................8/18/13...................15:31 SR 85 N..............................Vehicle crash......................8/18/13...................15:31 Weekly Safety Tip: Football season will be starting soon…There will be large crowds in and around the stadium and a lot of traffic after the game. Be sure to use the pedestrian crosswalks to cross. The Niceville Fire Department is there for your safety and protection. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from August 12, 2013 through August 18, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Osprey Cove..........................Lightning strike.......................8/12/13........................16:20 St. Joseph Cove.....................Medical...................................8/12/13........................17:47 John Sims Pkwy.....................Vehicle accident.....................8/12/13........................17:48 N. White Point Rd..................Dispatched & cancelled........8/13/13........................07:28 S. of Midbay Bridge...............Vehicle accident.....................8/13/13........................08:36 N. White Point Rd..................Medical...................................8/13/13........................16:04 N. White Point Rd..................Smoke detector activation....8/13/13........................19:46 Oak Shores Dr........................Medical...................................8/13/13........................21:12 N. White Point Rd..................Dispatched & cancelled........8/14/13........................01:11 Bay Dr./E. Hwy. 20.................Vehicle accident.....................8/14/13........................16:56 Lancaster Dr./E. Hwy. 20.......EMS call.................................8/14/13........................18:11 Sailboat Dr..............................Alarm system activation........8/14/13........................21:19 E. Highway 20........................Dispatched & cancelled........8/15/13........................05:00 E. Highway 20........................Medical...................................8/15/13........................11:53 Parkwood Ln..........................Accidental medical alarm......8/15/13........................12:54 Choctawhatchee Dr...............Medical...................................8/15/13........................13:38 St. Croix/Caribbean................EMS call.................................8/16/13........................01:38 Hwy. 20/Range Rd.................Vehicle accident.....................8/16/13........................06:49 Merchants Way......................Medical...................................8/16/13........................10:43 Hwy. 20/County Line Rd........Dispatched & cancelled........8/16/13........................16:25 N. of N. Lakeshore.................Vehicle accident.....................8/16/13........................17:26 N. White Point Rd..................Medical...................................8/16/13........................21:47 Antiqua Way...........................Medical alarm activation.......8/17/13........................04:41 BW Blvd./E. Hwy. 20..............Medical...................................8/17/13........................13:30 Merchants Way......................Medical...................................8/17/13........................15:09 Bluelake Cove........................Medical...................................8/18/13........................09:22 Ida Coon Cir...........................Medical...................................8/18/13........................09:39 Parkwood Ln..........................Medical alarm activation.......8/18/13........................17:39 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, August 21, 2013 Page A-5 Julia Moreno, 15, Niceville, Niceville High School student Zachary Verswyvelt, 13, Niceville, Ruckel Middle School student “We have children aged 18, 17, 7, and 1. We homeschool yearround, so the end of summer doesn t affect us much.” “I ve had a fun summer vacation, but I m ready to go back to school and see everyone again.” Trey Harden, 8, Niceville, Bluewater Elementary School student “I feel excited because I like school, and I want to meet new friends and new teachers. It s going to be a good year for me.”What do you think about the end of summer vacation and the start of a new school year?Lynn Wilson, 38, Niceville, homemaker Alex Phipps, 11, Niceville, STEMM Academy student Bryce Clyburne, 22, Tallahassee, Florida State University student “I m very excited. I ll be going to the STEMM Academy, and there will be lots of opportunity to learn more than I would in other schools.” “I m excited. I m new in Niceville, and so far, the cross-country team and staff at Niceville High School have been very welcoming.” “It s a little stressful to be transferring to Florida State University as a junior, but exciting as well. My parents work in England, so I ve been going to school in Europe the last few years.” Location: Niceville public library THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subj ect" field. Don t miss these special color ad pages from Beacon Newspapers! DEADLINE AUG. 22! Special Pages With gas prices high, shoppers want to get the most bang for their buck by shopping close to home! Capture your share of hometown spending with your ad in Beacon Newspapers special color advertising pages!DON’T MISS THIS GREAT SELLING OPPORTUNITY!Deadline: Thursday, Aug. 22 Publication: Aug. 28 in The Bay Beacon. Aug. 30 in The Eglin Flyer and The Hurlburt Patriot.Includes free color for your ad, plus page banner! Add BOTH Air Force newspapers for only $99 9 per inch total! Beacon Newspapers The Bay Beacon • The Hurlburt Patriot • The Eglin Flyer1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax -888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.com FREE COLOR! Call or visit usPO W ELL AGE N CY, I N C.Complete Insurance Service850-678-2514 110 N. Partin Drive, Niceville Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon For fragile, broken hair 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 info@baybeacon.com Fax 1-888-520-9323Th e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n Ex pr essThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free totalmarket home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. IN THE HEART OF BLUEWATER BAY… LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netwww.nicevillekw.com 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated. This 1406 SF, 3/2 brick and vinyl contemporary in Millers Run is designed for the way you live! Features include high ceilings, an open design, split bedrooms, and a screened porch. Freshly painted and beautifully maintained. See it soon for $199,900!Selling this summer? Call Linda Zickler today! Emerald Preferred Groupwww.EmeraldPreferred.comKeller Williams4534 Hwy. 20, Niceville, FL 32578The Perfect Fit for all Your Real Estate NeedsDebbie Collins, Broker Assoc.850-375-0555Lezle Jacobs, Realtor850-340-0342Susan Rood, Broker Assoc.850-855-7411Meet Lezle Jacobs• Lead Buyer Specialist • Professional Staging and Re-design • 25 Years Experience in Remodeling • Guardian Ad Litem • Property Management Susan Rood Lezle Jacobs Debbie Collins

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page A-6 Wednesday, August 21, 2013 THEBAYBEACON ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN made by the Okaloosa County Commission, to increase county gas taxes and to perhaps change the way in which revenue from such gas taxes are shared between the county and the city. After some discussion, the city commission voted unanimously to authorize Arnold to send a letter to the County commission, recommending that the gas tax revenues continue to be according to the current 60-40 percent split between county and city, at least for another year. Following the city commission meeting, Arnold presented the Beacon with a flyer announcing the 21st annual Emerald Coast Car Show, to be held at the Mullet Festival site in Niceville on Sept. 7. The event will be open to the public with free parking and admission for spectators. There will be a pre-registration fee of $25 for those who will be exhibiting cars, or a registration fee of $30 on the day of the show. Food, drinks, and door prizes will be available at the event, and proceeds will benefit local charities. DISCUSSESFrom page A-3 The Boathouse Landing, in Valparaiso, is a relaxed waterfront dining experience for everyone to enjoy. Whether dining with the family, a cozy meal for two, or a place to unwind with a few friends, the Boathouse Landing has something to offer every dining occasion. The Boathouse Landing has been family owned and operated by Nick and Lisa Sarra since 2001. They offer lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, and specialize in fresh seafood, steaks, and pastas. The menu covers an array of savory dishes to suit most tastes. One of the Boathouse s signature dishes is the “Boathouse Grouper” which is pan sauted and topped with Maine lobster meat enveloped in a sherry butter sauce. Their eight-ounce New York strip steak and half pound of snow crab is sure to please the person who can t decide on land or sea. Also, for people with allergies, their gluten free menu has been expanded to include burger style buns and pasta. For those dining on a tight budget-Early Bird Specials are offered Monday through Sunday from 4:30-6:00 p.m. One delectable Early Bird entre is the Pecan Crusted Catch of the Day, which is a pan sauted white fish crusted with chopped pecan, topped with a honey cinnamon sauce then served with rice pilaf and vegetable medley. Another entre is the Chicken Piccata, which is a pan sauted chicken breast topped with a lemon caper cream sauce and also served with rice pilaf and vegetables. Beef Tenderloin Medallions are also another mouthwatering choice. Topped with marsala mushrooms, these melt-in-your-mouth tenderloins are served with red skinned potatoes and a vegetable medley. Other Early Bird choices are Fried Gulf Shrimp and Shrimp Etouffe. Boathouse Landing s close proximity to Eglin AFB makes it an ideal location for a quick and delectable lunch. If you re planning a retirement or goingaway celebration, the Landing provides a menu of fast, delicious lunch options. The Boathouse Landing s banquet room can be reserved to accommodate small gatherings of people all the way up to large events of 75 or more. The Bilge Pub offers two ways to unwind after a day of work or play, with a comfortable lounge inside, and a covered outside patio and oyster bar. Oysters on the half shell are available in the lounge. Enjoy a half dozen with your friends and favorite happy hour drink. The Bilge Pub offers happy hour Monday through Saturday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Various drink specials are served daily. With the ideal weather during these upcoming fall months, outdoor dining is the perfect option at the Boathouse Landing. On Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy live music on the patio and outside dining deck. Music can vary from country and soft rock, to island grooves. The relaxed mood of the music adds to the dining experience at The Boathouse Landing. Occasionally, a dining patron may even catch a glimpse of dolphins swimming through the waters of Boggy Bayou while listening to an island Reggae beat. The Boathouse Landing also rents boat slips on a nightly and monthly basis. Slips are available for diners who choose to come in by water for a meal. The Boathouse Landing is located at 124 John Sims Parkway in Valparaiso. Call the restaurant at 678-2805 or visit their website at www.theboathouselanding.com.Advertising Feature The Boathouse LandingFeaturing Delectable Early Bird Specials Both photos: Inside and outside dining available, both sharing a spectacular view of Boggy Bayou. 124 John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso (Just past Angels Are Us) 678-2805www.TheBoatHouseLanding.com HOURS: 10:45 a.m. 9:00 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. 10:45 a.m. 9:30 Fri.  11:30 a.m. 9:30 Sat. 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Tax revenues for the district should increase this year, as East Niceville property values increased 2.6 percent over last year, from $275 million to over $238 million. The East Niceville Fire Commission unanimously approved the preliminary budget at its meeting Aug. 12. Projected increased revenues allowed Fire Chief Mike Wright and Commission Chairman Mike Marcolongo to draft a budget with increases of $500 or more in seven of the budget categories, including increases of almost $700 to a workers' compensation fund, almost $3,000 in payments to Trustmark health insurance fund and a $5,000 increase to an equipment reserve fund. Commission Treasurer Ed Dunbar said the personnel account will likely be changed before the budget is finalized in September to accommodate a potential 3 percent pay raise for the district's six firefighters. Dunbar said this increase would require an additional $12,000 to be allotted to personnel. On July 8, the commission unanimously voted to set the maximum millage rate for the next fiscal year at 2.37 mills, the same rate as this year. The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 taxed on property in a district. On property worth $100,000, a 2.37 millage rate would garner a tax of $237. Commission Chairman Mike Marcolongo noted this was the first time property values had increased in five years. The millage rate may go down before being finalized, but because the commission voted to set a maximum rate, it will not increase from 2.37 mills. The commission will discuss the budget at a special meeting Sept. 4 in the East Niceville Fire House, and will discuss the budget again at its regular meeting Sept. 9. The East Niceville Fire District fire house. The district approved slight preliminary budget increases Aug. 12.

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By Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer Area schools may be getting extra help this coming year thanks to a new program being implemented by local Boy Scouts. Area Scouts will be adopting schools for quarterly service projects. The idea for the new program came from Boy Scouts of America. Local Boy Scout leaders had a meeting Aug. 13 to discuss implementing the program to benefit Okaloosa schools. As a result, nearly all schools in the Twin Cities area have been adopted by local scout groups. Bonnie Tierney, the Choctawhatchee District Program Chair for the Gulf Coast Council Boy Scouts and scoutmaster for Troop 52, Valparaiso, said she is working with other troops to expand the program. “I have commitments from other scout units in the area to cover the Niceville/Valp. elementary and middle schools, and Collegiate High School,” said Tierney. “Units signed up will begin contacting the principals and coming up with projects of their own. I am working on the other schools in Okaloosa County too.” The public elementary schools will be working with Cub Scout packs while the middle schools will be covered by the older Boy Scout troops. Collegiate has been adopted by a Venture Crew, a group affiliated with scouts. Niceville High School is the sole school currently not adopted. The first school to benefit from the program was Lewis School. “We tested the program out on Lewis,” said Tierney. Boy Scout Troop 52 had two workdays at the school. The boys and their leaders spent over 70 combined hours renovating the parking lot at Lewis starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. They were back on the evening of Aug. 5 to finish up the last of it. “The lines were barely visible, gone in some places, and part of the parking lot was covered in sand,” said Tierney. “The Boy Ccouts relocated the sand, cleaned the area, painted lines for parking spots and repainted the crosswalks/handicap areas.” Mike Fantaski, the principal at Lewis, was thrilled with the work the scouts performed. “They did a fantastic job,” said Fantaski. “Just like a professional job.” Fantaski estimates the volunteer work probably saved the school around $1,000. Starting the last week of August, fliers will start circulating for Scout Week to tell interested families how they can be involved in scouting. The District Executive is also happy to answer questions for prospective new scouts and can be reached at 683-0330. 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 ss d d a a y y , A A u u g g u u s s t t 2 2 1 1 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Troop 52 work together to reclaim the Lewis School parking from encroaching sand. Marcus Cherry concentrates on the task at hand despite high temperatures and humidity Saturday, August 3 at Lewis School. Using a two by four as a guide, Connor Chambon ensures the parking guidelines at Lewis are straight and bright August 3. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 New Scout program serves local schools Heritage Museum makes history funStudents attending the History Rocks! Summer Camp gather around Museum Educators Ginny Wimmers, right, and Crystal Moore as they teach about the Okaloosa County Time Capsule in the VivaFL500 exhibit at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida Friday, August 9. VivaFL500 is part of a state-wide celebration of 500 years of Florida history. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithYoung entrepreneurPersephone Bingaman, 11, was taking advantage of the hot weather August 9 by serving up ice cold lemonade from her roadside stand on Palm Blvd. Sephe, as her friends call her, ran a professional operation, complete with a marketing campaign at the local market. Pictured, left, with an impromptu assistant, Xander Garland, 8. Who’s News Cathleen Hoffman of Niceville received an academic excellence award for earning a 4.0 GPA in all upper division nursing courses. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Northwest Florida State College.***Alissa Clifton of Niceville became the new director of Drama Kids of NWF on August 1. Clifton has plans to expand the program with after school classes throughout the county. Cathleen Hoffman Alissa Clifton Bonnie Tierney Mike Fantaski *Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective July 10, 2013 thru August 31, 2013. Minimum deposit of $500 is required. There is a penalty for early withdrawal. CCB reserves the right to rescind this offer at any time without notice.SEARCHINGFOR A BETTER RATE? Certificate of Deposit .75%12 Month TermAPY* 1.10%24 Month TermAPY*

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Mosquito spray Public Works is spraying for mosquitoes. The County MC Program sprays for mosquitoes county-wide excluding federal and state-owned land and entities who have contacted the MC Program for inclusion on the no-spray list. Mosquito spray trucks generally operate from 7 p.m. until 12 p.m. Spraying is discontinued during rain and during winds of 10 mph or greater. Chorale auditions The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale announces that auditions for the 2013-14 season will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of NWFSC. The Chorale, under the direction of music professor Lois Van Dam, is a select choral group that performs with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra as well as in independent concerts. To arrange for an audition time or for further information, contact Van Dam at vandaml@nwfsc.edu or call 729-6009. Mom s in Prayer meet Mom’s in Prayer International, an interdenominational prayer ministry, invites all moms and grandmothers of Niceville High School students to join us as we lift our students and school up in prayer. The group will meet weekly on Thursday mornings throughout the school year. For more information please call 897-1292 or email mussclan6@msn.com or visit momsinprayer.org. Final summer stitch in The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers’ Guild of America will have their final summer stitch-in on Thursday Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m., at the Niceville United Methodist Church, room 400. Visitors are welcome. For more info call 496-3466. Republican Club meets The Okaloosa County Republican Club will meet on Thursday, Aug. 22 at American Legion Post 235, 105 S.W. Hollywood Blvd, Fort Walton Beach starting with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Jeff Miller, United States Congressman, will be the speaker. Dinner is $12. For more information about the call Republican Club President Marvin Brigman at 609-3341, for dinner reservations call Jane Dale at 6515049. Author signing Come and meet Louis S. Borek author of “A Brooklyn Boy’s Stories” on Friday, August 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Niceville Library. Louis Borek is a typical American, born and raised in a rough section of Brooklyn in the 1940s. He has written short stories of his exciting experiences growing up on the streets. Many of his stories are hilarious and some heartfelt. All of them are true. Books will be available for purchase. Parrot Heads meet Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club meets Friday, Aug. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at Rotolo’s Pizza, Hwy. 98, Destin. The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club is a non-profit organization that supports local and national charities as well as environmental causes through both fund-raising and volunteer activities. Visit ecparrotheads.org for more info or call Buz Embry 642-8766. Filipino buffet The Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church will sponsor a charity buffet dinner at the Life Center Hall on August 24 from 6 p.m. Filipino dishes and desserts will be served. All our welcome, please invite family and friends. Cost is $7 for 10 years and up and $4 for seven to nine years. Children five and under eat free. Price includes entree, dessert and beverage. Proceeds go towards funding missions. For more information please call 678-3000. Yard sale spectacular The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is requesting donations for their annual Inside-Outside Yard Sale Spectacular planned for Saturday, August 24, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Help us preserve the past for the future by donating items you no longer need. Donations are now being accepted (no clothes please) during regular Museum hours, Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more info call 6782615. Sailing regatta All boats and sailors are welcome at the Round the Bay regatta Saturday, August 24. Register that day from 5:30-6 p.m. is Friday June 21 from 1800-1900. Entry fee is $20 ($5 credit to US Sailing Members with or members of a GYA club). For more information contact Mark Hunter 897 2837. Supply drive Shelter House and Fisher House are joining forces for the Two Houses United Supply Drive in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, Niceville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 24. Needed donations include cleaning supplies, trash bags, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, toilet paper, paper towels, children’s snacks, large size diapers (4+), bottled water and canned sodas. Please come out and support Two Houses United with your donations. Music on the water Parker James Willingham is playing live at The Boathouse Landing, Valparaiso August 25 from 6-10 p.m. For more info please call 642-1528. Tea Party meets The Niceville-Valparaiso Tea Party will meet at Niceville City Hall on Monday, August 26, at 6 p.m. KrisAnne Hall will be the guest speaker and she will speak on the US Constitution. Woman s Hall of Fame The Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women invites the public to attend The Okaloosa County 2013 Women’s Hall of Fame Ceremony Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Costa Leadership Institute, third floor, Student Services Center (Building SSC) Northwest Florida State College, Niceville Campus. Coffee and cake reception to follow. RSVP by Monday, Aug. 19. To 729-5202. Alzheimer support Alzheimer’s Family Services provides monthly support groups for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. A support group will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28at the Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, located at 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group is free and limited respite care is available. To make arrangements for respite during the meeting, please contact Alzheimer’s Family Services in advance at 866478-7790 Adventure Club ride The Adventure Club will be having a group ride Thursday, 29 August, 4 p.m. Bike ride in Niceville in the Bluewater Bay Resort Subdivision. Meet at the golf course club house parking area. Supper after the ride at a nearby restaurant. For more info call Les 897-5225. 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 Annual Inside-Outside Yard SaleThe Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is requesting donations for their annual Inside-Outside Yard Sale Spectacular planned for Saturday, August 24, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Help us preserve the past for the future by donating items you no longer need. Donations are now being accepted (no clothes please) during regular Museum hours, Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more info call 678-2615. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Troop 157 at JamboreeBoy Scout Troop 157 spent two weeks at the Boy Scout Jamboree at The Summit in West Virginia. Activities included 10 full days of fun high adventure activities such as shooting, scuba, zip lines and rock climbing. Pictured from left, Scoutmaster Snell, Sterrett McInnis, Christopher Loffler, Blayne Ignasiak, Liam Ordner, Clayton Jago, Sam Scholl and Lawson McInnis.Page B-2 Wednesday, August 21, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Party at Pioneer Days Patti Gillespie recently shared her old fashioned know how and gingerbread cookies at Pioneer Days, an event sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Niceville, July 24. The Niceville Ward joined with Sandestin Branch to host demonstrations that included butter and bread making. ADVERTISE HERE! AT YOUR SERVICEadvertising makes sense!With prices starting at only $20.55. per week, advertising in At Your Service is easy AND affordable! 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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Remembering summer 2013 Beacon photos by Daniel Elsesser and Angela Yuriko Smith The Valparaiso T-Pier was a popular summer hang out for fishing, crabbing and just enjoying the view. Local teens took advantage of the free time out of school to brush up on some of their other, less scholarly, skills. Devante Bryant takes to the air with his skateboard. The Niceville and Valparaiso libraries had plenty of activities to keep the kids, and their parents, busy all summer long. Reading clubs, movie parties and magic shows filled the long summer days with fun. Edwina Pittman and her dog Scrap enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the shore. There are plenty of watering holes to choose from and fishing is an easy way to spend a day off. CHURCH DIRECTORY Many of the summertime days were spent under heavy cloud cover and rain, but local residents adapted and made the most of the outdoors despite the wet. July alone had 24.4 inches of rainfall, the highest recorded amount since at least 2009. Day camps, Vacation Bible Schools and sports kept boredom at bay for area youngsters. Morgan Hiers, Bailey Kaufman and Emily Mangold put the final touches to make their T-shirt creations perfectly unique during Kids on Campus. 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 IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9 a.m. Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 3-711:01 a.m. Walk In…Worship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion)Nursery & Sunday School providedImmanuel Anglican Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8:30p.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 CHURCH and PRESCHOOL, ELCASunday Services: 8:30 a.m. Liturgical, 10:30 a.m. Praise Adult Classes: 9:30 a.m. Nursery provided.1407 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville Phone: 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com Announcing our new Preschool Director, Neicy Mo ST. 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Boats for Sale Help Wanted Homes for Sale Lost & Found Help Wanted Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale CLASSIFIEDS B eaco n “Where Buyers and Sellers Meet!” (850) 678-51781821 John Sims Parkway • Niceville, Florida 32578 www.CarriageHills.com • REALTOR@CarriageHills.com Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.HOME OWNERSHIP Carriage Hills RealtyJust Picture It! 1484 Hickory St.NicevilleWISE AVE.Niceville Offices 500SF1,000SFWarehouses 1,000SF6,000SF PRIME WAREHOUSE OR OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE For more information call897-6464 BEACONNEWSPAPERS1181 E. 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Obituary Judy Ann TennantJudy Ann Tennant, 57, of Fort Walton Beach, passed away Sunday, August 4. Judy was born to the late James Moody and Thelma Turner on September 16, 1955 in Homestead. She was the loving mother of her two children, Rebecca Ann Courington and Gary Eugene Tennant, Jr. She is also survived by three beautiful grandchildren; Avary, Addison and Waylon Tennant, her sister, Teresa Fulford and two brothers; Danny and Jimmy Moody. The family will be celebrating the life of Judy on Saturday, August 24 in Palatka. Judy Ann Tennant The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-4 Wednesday, August 21, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Niceville Library finale pure magicMicah Scheel assists magician Beau Broomall at the Community Center August 7, for the Niceville Library s summer reading program finale. Children of all ages were treated to a magic show and snacks. The Children s Park was open after the performance for extended hours.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith Masons help Tools for SchoolThe Okaloosa Masonic Lodge 312 of Niceville recently presented a $200 check to Sharing and Caring to help provide school supplies through the Tools For School program. Pictured, Worshipful Master Dennis Clark presents the check to Gloria Price of Sharing and Caring. BWB day camp raise funds for Children s Advocacy Bluewater Elementary School Day Camp Director Gina White presented Emerald Coast Children s Advocacy Center Director of Development Jen Floro with a check for $932. The Day Camp raised the funds at their annual bake sale and lemonade stand. Parrot Head Club donates to Freedom LoungeAt their monthly meeting, August 9 at Harry T s, the Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club presented a check for $1,000 to the USO at Northwest Florida Regional Airport. The USO maintains the Freedom Lounge at the airport. The goal of the USO is to lift the spirits of service members and their families, wherever they serve, until everyone comes home. Pictured from left, Trish Kooman, Hank Bittmann, Bobby Eddington, John Gardner, Buz Embry, Jane Bittmann, Jim Leffue, Diane Freeman, the USO Center Manager and Karen-Anne Bergeson. U8 soccer team The Barcelona/Chelsea United U8 Soccer won third place at the qualifying regional final in Gainesville, July 13, to qualify for the ESPN National Tournament that was held August 2-4. They placed in the top 15 at that tournament. From top, Brian Macmanus, Khai Fretenborough, Caleb Mcknight, Jhonatan Cardenas Jr., Ethan Rowland and Jefferson Jaramillo. Coach, behind, is Jhonatan Cardenas from FCDallas.Rocky senior putts towards new recordRocky Bayou Christian School senior Jason Rogers qualified for his first regional championship at 11 years old and has continued to qualify seven years in a row, from 6th grade all the way through 12th grade. If he qualifies this year he will have made a new record that could only be tied and never broken unless the rules change. Recently he qualified for the second round of the FHSAA state championship. Dr. Amanda Brenci, O.D. 850-678-8876• Large selection of eyewear • Get glasses today, in most cases • Repairs/Welds • Sun readers • Rec specs • The newest in progressive lensesStop in an visit your friendly hometown professionals for all your vision needs today! We accept Tricare Prime, Medicare, Eyemed & more. Make an appointment with my mommy and receive the highest quality vision care!Where there is no vision, the people perishŽ Proverbs 29:18 Everything Eyewear, Everything Eyecare!1187 East John Sims Pkwy., Niceville (Across from Po Folks)EYEWEAR UNLIMITEDIN BUSINESS SINCE 1970 Come in and let my Papa make you some glasses!Charles Henriott, Optician 35 years experience 850-678-0099 • 850-678-6211 Mon.-Fri. 9-6 Specializing in Skin Cancer Excision & Repair Moh’s Micrographic Surgery General & Pediatric Dermatology Evaluations Sun Damaged Skin Rejuvenation DR. SCOTTBEALSBoard Certified American Board of Dermatology4566 Hwy. 20 East, Suite 101, Niceville • 850.897.7546EXCELLENCE• EXPERIENCE• COMMITMENT

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The Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to The Bay Beacon Page 2 Fall-Winter 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 climate is a big attraction for new residents as well as vacationers. There is no hard winter, by northern standards. Spring begins soon after the first camellia blossoms in January. A hot, humid summer starts around the middle 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. We just moved here, said Mina Nekomoto as she visited the Niceville Childrens Park with her children; Tyson, age 3, and T.J., age 1. Her family has recently arrived in the area, she said, as her husband begins a new military assignment at Eglin Air Force Base. We love it here, she said. Its very family friendly, close to the best beaches, and there are very friendly people. We havent gotten to explore the area much yet, she added, as were still dealing with boxes and boxes. Mina said she came to the Childrens Park because, The kids havent gotten out much yet, so we brought them here where they could run and play, and beat the summer heat in the parks water features. 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 Americas largest military installations 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 new 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 weapons research and develop-Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 3 ALSO IN THIS GUIDE Children enjoy wet summer fun in one of the many water features at the Niceville Children's Park. 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...........19 Join a club..................................21 Things to do, places to go ...24 Cover: Lindsay Brunson and her son, Wyatt, 3 have fun together at the Niceville Children s Park. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith The beach at Lincoln Park is a popular place for swimming and family fun.Small-town charm, city amenities Continued on page 5 "I love it here," said Aleah Parker, who recently moved to Niceville from another nearby city.

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ment programs. In recent years, business and government leaders have been seeking to attract other high-technology 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 area includes the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, served by four airlines flying to such hubs as Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte and Washington, D.C. Main traffic arteries include local highways connecting to Interstate 10. A toll 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, including the remains of early settlers' cabins and sawmills, and the earthen ceremonial mounds of the first American Indians to inhabit northern Florida. But it is the here and now that attracts newcomers. Brandi and Daniel Brechtel residents of Bluewater Bay, were at the Niceville Childrens Park recently to celebrate the birthday of the youngest of their 3 childrenAvery, 9, Emma, 7, and P.J., 3. Ive lived here since the 1980s, said Daniel, and Brandi has been here since 2003. We originally came here because of the military, said Brandi. Daniels dad retired here, and some of my cousins are stationed at Eglin. Having lived in the area for a few years, said Brandy, We wouldnt leave. This is a perfect family-raising area. Asked what advice he would offer to newcomers to the Niceville-Valparaiso area, Daniel replied with one word: Stay. Thats what most people do once they have lived in the Niceville area, Daniel saidthey either stay or arrange to come back as soon as possible. The schools here are great, said Daniel. Brandi added: This area has great parks, fishing, and outdoor activities. Its very family-oriented. Education is an important part of the community. Local schools from elementary through middle and high school are consistently ranked among the best in Florida. 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. From page 3 Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 5 Continued on page 7 Mina Nekomoto and her children Tyson, 3, and T.J., 1, are new arrivals to the Twin Cities area.A perfect family-raising area Family Dental CareCompassionate Personalized CareRestore Your Smile, Keep Your ScheduleServing theNiceville-Valparaiso Community and SurroundingAreas for 22 years 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

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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 6 Fall-Winter 2013

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In addition to public education, private schools are also available, such as Rocky Bayou Christian School, Niceville, which teaches students from early grades through high school and is top-rated academically. For higher education, there is Northwest Florida State College, which offers twoand four-year degrees in such varied fields as nursing, education, medical technology, law enforcement, and business management. The Niceville-based institution 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 public universities. Nicevilles Twin Cities Hospital has a state-of-the-art emergency room and 65 beds for in-patient care. It 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 state college 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 states best education programs in art, music, and drama. What defines the area above all, of course, is its people. I grew up here, said Lindsay Brunson, who lives in Niceville near Palm Boulevard, as she helped her son Wyatt, age 3, play on monkey bars at the Niceville Childrens Park. Lindsay is a dental assistant, and her husband, Chris, a civil engineer. We love it here, said Lindsay, and we have never left. Asked what advice she would offer newcomers to the Twin Cities area, Lindsay said, This is a great family area. I love it here, said 19-year-old Aleah Parker, during a recent afternoon at the beach in Valparaisos Lincoln Park. I used to live in another city, but this is way better. Schoolwise, especially, things are much better here. I just graduated from Niceville High School, where the teachers actually help you. Aleahs advice to newcomers is, Take a chance here. I dont see how you cant like this area. If you buy me a house, well move here, said Don Bohac as he and his wife, Maria, finished a round of golf at Bluewater Bay during a vacation. The cou-Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 7 Continued on page 9 Boat docks and waterfront homes line the quiet shores of local bayous. From page 5 Ruth Alford, left, with friends Kathy and Dick Justice, are long-time residents of the Twin Cities area. We love it here

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ple was visiting from Schulenburg Texas. What we like best about this area, said Don, are the golf courses, the beaches, and the sand. The beaches here are different from the ones home in Texas, said Maria. Here, there are so many trees so close to the beachits beautiful. Ruth Alford, of Bluewater Bay, and her friends Kathy and Dick Justice, of Nicevilles Swift Creek neighborhood, also spent a recent afternoon golfing. They are longtime residents of the NicevilleValparaiso area. Weve been here ever since my husband moved here for a job, said Ruth. He was the director of the pharmacy at Twin Cities Hospital. He is now retired. We have lived here three different times, said Kathy Justice. The first two times we were sent here by the military, and the third time we came for my husbands corporate job. What I like best about the area, said Dick, are the weather patterns, the fishing, and the golf. Its a very family-centered area, said Ruth, and I enjoy the friendliness of Bluewater Bay. I have lived all over the world, and Bluewater Bay has nailed it for me. To me, it represents the true Florida in many ways. Kathy agreed. The area has a very family-friendly, small-town feel. Another attraction of the Niceville area, said Ruth, is that you can leave the tourist area behind whenever you cross the bridge. We moved here from Washington, D.C., said Dick. Everything here is much closer. You can drive short hops to the airport, to meet customers, to go shopping, to go fishing, or to visit tourist central in the Destin area. People should also not overlook Northwest Florida State College, said Kathy. I often usher at the college arts center for their musicals and other shows. The recent production of Les Miserables was wonderful. Bluewater Bay offers one of many local courses where golfers can play yearround. From page 7'The true Florida in many ways'Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 9 Don and Maria Bohac visited the Bluewater Bay golf course while vacationing from Texas. 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 375-0555Lezle Jacobs 340-0342 Susan Rood 855-7411 Shirley Wohleber 830-6222 Linda Zickler 621-7233 Janice Busovne 598-9497 Warren Meigs 428-1595 Myke Triebold 305-6256 Amanda Housand218-5582 Melissa Floyd 830-1937 Gail Kurtz 582-5459Now 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 218-6374www.nicevillekw.com Dag Davenport 797-3721 Clara Miles 543-1092

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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! E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville nicevillehighschool.org Grades: 9-12 Phone: 833-4114 Hours: 6:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Principal: Rodney Nobles Enrollment: 1948 Staff: 102 teachers and staff Booster president: Jim Evans SAC chair: Chris Nixon Volunteer coordinator: Rebekah Ellis volunteers Designated A school by Florida Department of Education Ranked No. 2 high school in state of Florida among traditional public high schools which have no restrictive admissions requirements. Leading-edge Information Technology Institute Award-winning Performing Arts 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, career readiness programs, JROTC, Leadership, physical education programs, Early Childhood Education program, Credit Recovery, foreign languages, Executive Internship, ESE, FCAT Remediation, Intensive Studies programs, journalism, music, award-winning Fine Arts. Clubs and activities: Academic Team, Air Force Junior ROTC, Band, Chorus, Drama and Debate, Dance Team, FBLA, Forensics Team, IDEAS, Junior Classical League, Literary Guild, Math and Computer Team, NaGISA, National Honor Society, Newspaper and Yearbook, Step Team, SAC Representative, Student Council, Student Government Association, Senior, Junior, Sophomore and Freshmen Councils, Baseball and softball, Basketball (boys and girls), Cheerleading, Cross-country (boys and girls), Football, Golf (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Swimming (boys and girls), Tennis (boys and girls), Volleyball, Weightlifting (boys and girls), Wrestling, Art Club, Chess Club, Crme de la Crme-French Club, Entre Nous, Equestrian Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Educators of America, German Club, Interact, International Club, Japanese Anime Club, Key Club, Philosophy Club, SADD, Spirit Club, Swing Club College board average scores: ACT composite, 24.1; SAT writing 514; SAT math 544, SAT critical reading 536.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: 9:10 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Director: Anthony Boyer Enrollment: 285 Staff: 14 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: 8:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Superintendent: Michael Mosley Enrollment: 802 students Staff: 140 College preparatory K3-12 program, offering 15 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 1628 $4.4 million in scholarships offered to 52 graduates in 2013. a Niceville High SchoolOverviews of public, private schools 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: Paul Whiddon 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: Victoria George 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. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 10 Fall-Winter 2013

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 11Okaloosa STEMM AcademySchool of Choice for science, technology, engineering, math and medicine studies. Edge Ave., Valparaiso www.okaloosaschools.com/STEMM Grades: sixth, seventh grade Principal: Jaqueline Craig Phone: 833-4120 Fax: 833-4177 Hours: 7:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Enrollment: 176 students Staff: 10 (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: 803 students Staff: 75 (faculty and staff) State report card grade: A Full-time Counselor 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 president: Kim Adkinson Volunteer coordinator: Debbie Tate 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: 615 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 Interact Club. 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). Safety Patrol, 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, 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 Having trouble hearing and understanding words? Tired of saying, huh? Do loved ones ask you to turn the volume down on the TV? We can help. No charge for 2nd opinions. See our award winning video at: www.NicevilleHearingCenter.comAre you confused with all the PRICE TYPE ADVERTISING for hearing instruments? Tired of being asked to be part of ANOTHER TRIAL STUDY to test the NEW REVOLUTIONARY, STATE OF THE ART . ya-da-ya-da-ya-da? We dont charge for 2ndopinions. We dont need to TEST our hearing instruments on the Public. We can be sure what works for our patients, because we offer them a TryEm B4U BuyEm agreement. And, were not talking about an In-Office-Trial for a few Magical Moments in a clinical setting. Were talking about RealWorld testing; you leave our office with a new set of digital programmable hearing instruments which have been specifically programed for your specific HEARING LOSS & LIFESTYLE. Our TryEm B4U BuyEm agreement simply put is: Leave your check book at home, bring only your spouse, relative, or friend with you so that we can conduct a Familiar Voice Test and then program your hearing instruments to the specific frequencies which will give you back that part of your life that youve been missing. Call now to schedule a time to TryEm B4U BuyEm !QUALITY HEARING IS A CRUCIAL LINK TO A HEALTHY BRAIN HEARING LOSS IS LINKED TO DEMENTIA Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing, a st udy by Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging researchers suggests. Researchers have looked at what affects hearing loss, but few have looked at how hearing loss affects cognitive brain function, says study leader Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Otology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.CALL FOR YOUR FREE COPY OF RESEARCH STUDIES 850-678-3277 (EARS) COCHLEAR HAIR CELLS VESTIBULAR NERVE WORRIED COUPLEANATOMY OF THE HUMAN EARCochlea

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Pine Ave., Niceville www.okaloosaschools.com/plew/ Grades Pre-K through 5 Phone: 833-4100 Hours: 8:20 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Principal: Carolyn McAllister Enrollment: 720 students Staff: 48 teachers Chorus, Young Astronauts (5th), Knowledge Masters, Spanish Club, Mile Club, Oval Art, Smiley Math, Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Robotics, Evening of the Arts, Team Alpha. PLA: Jolene Yen, President SAC chair: Marcy Spitznagel Volunteer coordinator: Melissa Berry volunteers Day care hours: 6:30-8:05 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 specialist and volunteer coordinator: Assistant principal: Joshua Harrison Counselor: Jessica Obert Special programs: Various dual enrollment classes, DCT, teacher assisting program, Web design, AP classes, 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 okaloosaschools.com/eglin K 4th grade Phone: 833-4320 Hours: 8:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Principal: Mr. Dennis Samac 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 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: 560 Staff: 72 State report card grade: B Volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Currie PTO President: 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 Fall-Winter 2013

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Rocky Bayou Christian School: Christ-centered, excellence-driven education for grades K3-12 Curriculum with a biblical worldview taught by dedicated faculty Innovative learning enhanced by Mimio Teach and iPad Technology Engaging and high-achieving Preschool, VPK, and Kindergarten programs Well-rounded, advanced Elementary program College Preparatory Academy averaging over $3.5 million in scholarship offers to Classes 2011-2013 Competitive Sports Program including 21 Varsity, 2 Junior Varsity, and 6 Middle School Teams, as well as Intramural Sports Vibrant Arts and Music Programs including Band, Choir, and Drama Leading-edge Special Services Department including Therapy Services Bus service reaching from as far as Hurlburt Field, DeFuniak Springs and South Walton to Crestview with campuses in Niceville and Destin Tuition Assistance Available For more information, please visit www.rbcs.org To apply, contact our Admission Director at 850.279.3727.Rocky Bayou Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or ethnicity in the admissions of students per USC 2000d. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 13(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, 8:00 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 Mon.-Thurs., 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, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Continued on page 14 Two electric utilities, Gulf Power and Chelco, serve the Twin Cities area. Beacon photoObtaining utilities and other services

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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: Mon.-Thurs., 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 Mon.-Sat., 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.; Sat., 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, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 Complex 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,Telephone (landline) CenturyLink Local phone: 811 Long distance: 1-800-339-1811 centurylink.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 Fall-Winter 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 [Kevin Kelleher]3PROPERTY MANAGER [Stacy Driver] REALTOR4 [Bobbie Housand]3BROKER [Marcella Phelps ]3REALTOR [Samantha Thorn] REALTOR4 [ Dawn Putynkowski ]3OFFICE MANAGER [Ana Kelleher] ASST. PROPERTY MANAGER4 [Sue Pfahler] REALTOR4[Kurt Buchannan ]3REALTOR 115 Cedar Avenue N (the old Mancini Music Building) across from NHS OFFICE: 850-678-5498 TOLL FREE: 866-678-5498 FAX: 850678-6705Meet your Emerald Dunes Team www.EmeraldDunesRealEstate.com115 Cedar Avenue N

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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 Mullins Auto Body (850) 678-0056 1419 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair (850) 729-6629 610 Elm St. Niceville, FL 32578 www.twincitiesautomotiverepair.com 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 CCB Community Bank (850) 279-3886 1502 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.bankccb.com Eglin Federal Credit Union (850) 862-0111, (800) 367-6159 4558 Highway 20 Niceville, FL 32578 www.eglinfcu.org 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 Alpine Bicycles (850) 678-8222 712 Howell Rd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.alpine-cycles.com Angels Are Us (850) 678-3140 170 N. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 First Baptist Church of Niceville (850) 678-4621 622 Bayshore Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.fbcniceville.org Niceville UMC (850) 678-4411 Community Life Center Wesley Academy; Wesley Childcare 214 S. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.nicevilleumc.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 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 City of Valparaiso (850) 729-5402 465 Valparaiso Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.valp.org Food Depot (850) 678-6912 1015 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 Winn-Dixie (850) 897-3535 4512 E. Hwy. 20 Niceville, FL 32578 www.winn-dixie.com Walker's Ace Hardware (850) 678-4222 622 W. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-7711 4550 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. A Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 862-3169 234 Racetrack Rd., NE Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547 www.acehardware.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 Woolsey Insurance Agency (850) 678-0996 4524 E. Hwy. 20 Niceville, FL 32578 www.allstateagencies.com/markwoolsey/welcome 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 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 Recreational Services Inc (850) 897-3664 1050 Bay Dr. 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 Bluewater Bay Resort Realty (850) 376-3909 1940 Bluewater Blvd., Suite 7 Niceville, FL 32578 patmatthews1050@gmail.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 115 Cedar Ave. N. 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 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 440 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 Gotta-Git Taxi (850) 678-0100 24/7 Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (850) 897-1428 4400 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 403 Niceville, FL, 32578 www.mid-bay.com Parkway Veterinary Hospital (850) 678-9733 1101 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 ACCOUNTING AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING ART CENTERS AUTO REPAIR BANKS & CREDIT UNIONS BEAUTY SALONS CHILDRENS LEARNING CENTERS CHURCHES COUNTRY CLUBS DENTISTS FAMILY HAIR SALONS GROCERY STORES HEARING AIDS HOSPITALS MOTORCYCLES NEWSPAPERS NURSERIES ORTHOPEDICS PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES REAL ESTATE RESTAURANTS POOLS GOVERNMENT BICYCLE SHOPS INSURANCE AGENCIES HARDWARE STORES SCHOOLS SEAFOOD MARKETS TAXIS TOLL BRIDGES AUTO BODY PET SUPPLIES VETERINARY CLINICS NEWSPAPERS REAL ESTATE 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 noncommercial Florida license by passing a visual exam and paying a transfer fee. No written or driving test is required. The Florida license is valid for six to eight Visit the tax collector s office to transfer vehicle titles and registration, and for driver s license services. Continued on page 20Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 19Getting a car tag or a drivers license

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years for immigrants and U.S. Citizens and up to one year for non-immigrants. 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, govote-okaloosa.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 govote-okaloosa.com or find them on Facebook. From page 19Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 20 Fall-Winter 2013 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 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 293To Mid-Bay Bridge 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. 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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 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 Cancer Society 244-3813, cancer.org American Girls Book Club 279-4863, ext. 1514 American Flag in your yard Bill Brunkow, Kiwanis Club, 897-4396 Jim Lindsay 897-3068 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 6782521 Forest Lake Bible Church 678-5879 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 897-4498 Bluewater Bay Men's Golf Assoiciation Bob Boggs 897-1440 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 Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance 200-4171; basinalliance.org CIL Disability Resource Center 1-877-245-2457;cil-drc.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 Colonists Eucheanna Chapter Margaret Nichols 897-1278 Daughters of the American Revolution Dotty Burdick 796-0783 fssdarchapters.org/choctawhatcheebay Democratic Women's Club Trish Rowe 678-0871; okaloosademocrats.com Disabled American Veterans Ch. 112 Walt Maddox 678-3525 davmembersportal.org/chapters/fl/112 Discovery Dive World 678-5001;discoverydiveworld.com Ducks Unlimited Jim Stalls 729-2623; ducksunlimited.org Economic Development Council 362-6467 or 800-995-7374; florida-edc.org Edge Elementary School PTO 833-4138 Elder Services 833-9165; elder-services.org Elks Lodge 729-3557; elks.org Embroiderer's Guild Laura Gamble 496-3466 Emerald Coast Archaeology Society Jess Palmer 651-0689; ecarchaeology@gmail.com 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 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 or 585-1028; ecsasailing.com Emerald Coast Tennis Council Steven Czonstka 897-4775 Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 21 Rotarians are among the many volunteers serving the community.Take part in the communityjoin a club Continued on page 22 3 4 5 Year Olds FREE VPK PROGRAMServing the Twin Cities since 1983SAINT 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.Announcing our new Preschool Director, Neicy Mott NOW ENROLLINGfor Fall 2013 H A I R E X P R E S S S a l o n & R e t a i l C e n t e r ( 8 5 0 ) 6 7 8 4 5 5 5 1 0 1 9 J o h n S i m s P k w y E P a l m P l a z a N i c e v i l l e h a i r e x p r e s s n i c e v i l l e c o m H a i r C u t t i n g & S t y l i n g C l i p p e r C u t s P e r m s C o l o r H i g h l i g h t s S t y l e s f o r A l l O c c a s i o n s W a l k I n s W e l c o m e To find out more about this SAFE & EFFECTIVE weight loss product, go to:sspettis.myplexusproducts.com The All-Natural Way TO LOSE WEIGHT

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Emerald Coast Woodturning Guild Earnest Nettles 585-6064 Faithfully Fit Exercise Program Barbara Wilder 678-4411, ext. 123 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 karenkirkwilliams@gmail.com; bluewaterbaygardenclub.com Garden Club, Niceville Marsha Palmer;nvgc1@cox.net 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-valparaiso-kiwanis.org Knights of Columbus #7667 Tom Elsesser 850-502-7529 Knights of Columbus #13527 Rod Culkin 850-279-4105 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 Masonic Lodge #312 678-7935 or 729-3197 Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation 650-2226; mattiekellyartsfoundation.org 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.com Niceville-Valparaiso Little League Baseball nvllb.net Niceville-Valparaiso Tea Party David Scholl 217-0981; emeraldcoastpatriots.com N. Okaloosa Republicans Ben White 797-9821 North Bay Society of the Sword Robert Drake 678-9190; northbayfencing.weebly.com Northwest Florida Symphony Guild Charles Myers 729-6027;nfsymphony.org/guild/ 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 Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women www.occsw.org Okaloosa County Head Start Niceville 678-6893 or 651-0645 okaloosaheadstart.org Okaloosa Democratic Exec. Committee Darlo Kiely 609-3367; From page 21Contacting clubs and other organizationsNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 22 Fall-Winter 2013 Scouting is one of many activities for young people. Continued on page 23 off Any purchase storewide, $10.00 or more.Excludes all animal feed and hay. Must present ad to receive discount. Expires February 28, 2014.1051 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. 2013 2013

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okaloosademocrats.com Okaloosa Mens Baseball 897-7529;ombl.org Okaloosa Republican Exec. Committee 609-4401; Gaye Ellis -Chairwoman Okaloosa/Walton Child Care Services 833-9330 Ostomy Support Group Dolly Frazee;678-5885 Overeaters Anonymous 863-9659 or 428-0119 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 or shawa@rbcs.org Rotary, Mid-Bay Henry Snider 217-3040; midbayrotaryclub.org Rotary, Niceville-Valparaiso Jimmie Boisjolie 699-0045 Ruckel Middle School PTO Victoria George 833-4142; okaloosa.k12.fl.us/ruckel/ 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 Sally Dryden 678-6925 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 Kids 678-4411 ext. 145; nicevilleumc.org/recreation Stage Crafters Community Theater 243-1101, option 3; stagecrafters.com Stockstarters Club Stan Chandler 585-8237 Strictly Weavers of Emerald Coast Alice Martin 934-4403; strictlyweavers@yahoo.com 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 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 243-0315; united-way.org Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball vngsa.org VFW Post 10090 Kevin Schweitzer;678-3525 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 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 651-3122 Is your organization missing from this list? Email info@baybeacon.com with "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 22Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 23 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 x A N N U A L S P E R E N N I A L S 1 0 0 0 s o f P l a n t s JOHN SIMS PKWY. HWY. 20VALPARAISO BLVD.PALM BLVD. Palm Plaza Tom ThumbEmerald Coast Nursery Time to Renew & Redo Time to Renew & RedoU N I Q U E G I F T S H O P 1 0 0 s o f G i f t I d e a s O r n a m e n t a l S h r u b s N a t i v e P l a n t s G r o u n d C o v e r s T r o p i c a l s P a l m s & T r e e s L a n d s c a p e A r c h i t e c t o n S t a f f N e w P l a n t S h i p m e n t s W e e k l y F E R T I L I Z E R P I N E S T R A W H O M E & G A R D E N D E C O R C a l l f o r a n a p p o i n t m e n t B r i n g i n y o u r s k e t c h e s D e c o r a t i v e P o t s 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 Direct/Text: 850.585.2303 Office: 850.678.1196Email: 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

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Beacon Staff One of the most common questions asked by newcomers (and many oldtimers too) is: What's there to do around here? Happily, there is no shortage of answers. Following are top attractions within a two-hour drive of the NicevilleValparaiso area, except where noted. Area codes are 850 unless otherwise indicated.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. -6436 or cityofniceville.orgLions ParkTwo-acre park on Boggy Bayou, boat ramp, pavilions. Free. Bayshore Dr., Niceville. -6436 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 -4863 or cityofniceville.orgMattie Kelly Arts 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. -5382 or nwfstatecollege.eduMany attractions within easy reach Continued on page 25 The Niceville Children's Park, a yearround attraction, offers a place to cool off in summer. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 24 Fall-Winter 2013 The only bank on Eglin Air Force Base and Nine branches in Okaloosa County to serve you!

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Niceville YMCA,000 square feet, wellness center, nursery, youth fitness, pool, sauna, hottub, 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. a.m.-6 p.m. summer & 6 a.m-5 p.m. winter -2949 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. Mon., 9 a.m.-7p.m. Tues., -Thurs., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday 9-5 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, 897-2583 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. Tues. Fri. 2-6 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-2 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.Plenty to do in the Twin Cities area From page 24 Continued on page 26 The Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, not only boasts an art gallery, but also hosts national traveling theatrical productions. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 25 Jeff Waits, D.V.M. Jason Marquardt, D.V.M. Dara Johns, D.V.M. Carla Roberts, D.V.M. We are proud that our hospital is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association. In order to maintain membership in this prestigious association, our facilities, equipment, procedures, and services must meet strict standards and be regularly inspected and evaluated by an A AHA consultant.PARKWAY VETERINARY HOSPITAL1101 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville (850) 678-9733Combining the science of Veterinary medicine with the art of caring The staff of Parkway Veterinary Hospital welcomes your family to our area The doctors and staff at Parkway Veterinary Hospital would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our community. We look forward to serving you and meeting your pet's veterinary needs. For 30 years weve been meeting the healthcare needs of your best friend your pet Advanced Surgical Procedures Behavior Consultations Complete Companion Animal Care Dental Care Dietary and Nutritional Counseling Diagnostic Services on Site Diagnostic Ultrasonography Elective Surgery and Orthopedics Examinations & Vaccinations Surgery & Medications Exotic Pet & Bird Medications Geriatric Care

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 26 Fall-Winter 2013 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. benningmwr.com 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.orgJames 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_par ks_james_lee.htmlThe 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.comBig Kahuna's Water Park-acre park with 40+ water attractions, mini-golf, go-karts. Fee. Highway 98 East, Destin Water park opens May 4-September 2. Open daily, hours vary. -8319 or bigkahunas.comOkaloosa Island John Beasley Park-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_parks _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/holidays. Pavilions II, III, IV may be used free, first come, first served. Pavilion I may be reserved for a $200 fee. Eglin Outdoor Recreation: 850-8825058. www.eglinforcesupport.comGulfariumLive dolphin shows, marine animalActivities for the young and old From page 25 The area s uncrowded beaches offer cool breezes, white sand, emerald waters, and plenty of sunshine. Continued on page 27 Quickest Way to Destin. www.Mid-Bay.comP.O. Box 5037 4400 Hwy. 20 E. Suite 403 Niceville, FL 32578 850-897-1428 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 early 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.

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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. June-August Mon.-Sat. 12-4 p.m. September-May Mon.-Sat. 1-3 p.m. 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. Last admission 1 hour prior to close. -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 Hours seasonal. Call ahead. -4922 or goofygolffwb.comShalimar Air Force Armament MuseumMore than 1,500 artifacts on exhibit, armament, aircraft. Gift shop. Free. Museum Drive. Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed federal holidays. -1808North 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. Akersofstrawberries.com 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. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. -3949Walton 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. Main Park Rd., 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. a.m.-sunset daily. -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/topsailhillSeasideThis 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 seasidefl.com From page 26 Continued on page 28Things to see on Emerald CoastNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 27 Welcomes you to theVale of ParadiseWelcomes you to theVale of ParadiseThe City ofValparaisoThe City ofValparaisoFor more information(850) 729-5402 Recreation Services Inc. located in Bluewater Bay, is offering a great membership special. Join the swimming pool membership from now until Feb. 15, 2014, and receive a 50% discount on the enrollment fee! Membership includes 4 pools (1 heated) open year round. We also offer water aerobics, swimming lessons and facility rental for special occasions.Swim membership and storage facilities are not exclusive to Bluewater Bay Residents.EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN! O F F 5 0 % E N R O L L M E N T Recreation Services, Inc. office is located at 1050 Bay Drive (Bay Drive Pool). For more information call 897-3664.P r e s e n t t h i s a d & g e t BOAT & RV STORAGE AVAILABLENEWCOMERMEMBERSHIPSPECIAL

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Eden 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 visit mnof.orgPanhandle 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. hours vary, call ahead. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Fee. -2229 or gulfbreezezoo.orgNavarre Pier Gulf Blvd.,Navarre Fees for fishing or walking. Open daily. Summer 5 a.m.-10 p.m., Winter. 6 a.m.-6 p.m. -1794 or fishnavarre.comPanhandle Butterfly HouseView 12-20 species of butterflies. Navarre Parkway, Navarre Admission fee by donation Thurs., Fri., Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. through August 31. -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 8 a.m. to sunset. Free. -5338 or floridastateparks.orgWest 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. Gates open at 4 p.m., races start at 7 p.m. Fee. -2333 or southernraceway.comNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 28 Fall-Winter 2013 From page 27Parks, libraries, museums, fun spots The Air Force Armament Museum, just north of Shalimar, features a number of exhibits inside and out. 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 Don t drink & drive! GIT a TAXI! WE ACCEPT VISA & MASTER CARD OPEN 24/7Owner John Lasiter, USAF/RetiredNICEVILLE VALPARAISO Continued on page 30

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 30 Fall-Winter 2013 Pensacola 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.orgNational 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 Tues.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Sat.Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed holidays and Mondays. -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. Hours have changed due to sequestration. Call ahead. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Day. -9654; nps.gov/guis From page 28Taking time to explore the area 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 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 Accepting New Patients Most Major Insurances Accepted and Filed

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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The first people to travel along the new Mid-Bay Bridge Connector road after it opens will do so on foot, during a community run/walk event to be held during the weekend of Jan. 11, 2014. At the Aug. 15 meeting of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (MBBA) governing board, Executive Director Jim Vest said the new connector route, linking an interchange at State Road 85 north of Niceville with the northern end of the Mid-Bay Bridge, which crosses Choctawhatchee Bay, linking the Niceville area with Destin and other communities along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline, is now scheduled to be completed by Jan. 10more than a month ahead of schedule. Vest and James VanSteenburg, an engineer from HDR Engineering, the contractor managing the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector project for the MBBA, said the work is ahead of schedule and within budget. Vest said that he is monitoring the project, and that current tentative plans call for an opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 11, following a festive run/walk event to be held earlier that morning. Once the road is open on Saturday afternoon, said Vest, no tolls will be charged to drivers who use the connector road during Jan. 11 or 12. Tolls, which will be half the amount of the tolls charged to cross the Mid-Bay Bridge itself, will be collected starting on Monday, Jan. 13. Vest said that details of the run/walk event are still being worked out, but that the event will be jointly sponsored by the By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent During their meeting on Aug. 12, members of the Valparaiso City Commission discussed whether to put a street sign along John Sims Parkway to mark the intersection with North Bayshore Drive, and whether to support a recent chamber of commerce resolution supporting the F-35 flying mission at Eglin Air Force Base. They also approved a revision to the citys existing sanitation ordinance, and were given copies of a proposed revision to the city charter. In addition, the commission discussed how to make its views known to the Okaloosa County Commission concerning the city-county split of current and proposed county gasoline taxes. T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, August 21, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 42 Pages, 3 Sections, 5 Inserts Police Blotter, page A-4 Please see TOLLWAY, page A-2 Please see GARBAGE, page A-2 Please see STREETpage A-3 Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser Students at Plew Elementary School, Niceville, walk off buses and head to class Aug. 19, the first day for students of Okaloosa County public schools. Fresh faces Beacon photo by Mike Griffith North Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso, although platted as a city street, has never been paved, and is currently little more than a trail through the woods between the shore of Toms Bayou and the backyards of some Valparaiso homeowners. It begins at John Sims Parkway near Doc s oyster bar behind the Compass Rose restaurant, and eventually meets some actual paved city streets.First users of tollway to be on footConstruction on a bridge for the MidBay bridge Connector road over Swift Creek, Niceville. Mid-Bay Birdge AuthorityN. Bay eyes $2M budgetBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent North Bay fire commissioners heard a briefing on the fire districts proposed fiscal year 2013-14 budget during their Aug. 13 meeting. Fire Chief Joseph Miller told commissioners that the proposed budget will include total revenues of $2,034,590 and total budget expenditures of $2,005,520.63. The expenditures are projected to be $50,998.68 above those of fiscal year 2012-13, which will end Sept. 30. Millers proposed budget also includes a property tax millage rate of 2.35the same as for the current fiscal year. At that millage rate, property owners within the self-governing fire district will pay $2.35 in property tax for every $1,000 of appraised, taxable value of their properties, after such things as homestead exemptions and other discounts are taken into account. For example, the owner of a house appraised at $200,000 taxable value would pay $470 in tax to the North Bay Fire District, Valparaiso commission discusses street, F-35 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Company, city dicker over cutting garbage pickupsBy Daniel Elsesser Beacon Staff Writer A Waste Management representative said last week that the company is still working with Niceville city officials to determine how new, larger recycling carts will be paid for if the city decides to adopt the carts for all garbage customers. If the recycling program is expanded citywide, Waste Management said it wants to cut collection of regular garbage to once a week. Recyclables would be collected once a week as well. Currently, garbage is collected twice weekly, and recyclables once weekly.Waste Management conducted a three-month pilot program, which concluded June 30, to test the effectiveness of 96-gallon recycling carts. Waste Management representative Lynn Yort said she would meet with Niceville City Manager Lannie Corbin and City Clerk Dan Doucet to work out an agreement for payment of the carts, which Doucet said could cost $250,000. The pilot program tested two Niceville neighborhoods, Kildare Circle and Black Bear Circle, that contain a total of 90 homes. It is up to the council whether to expand the program citywide as proposed by the refuse-collection company. The program recorded the amounts of recycling 2013 F all-W inte r 20 13 S u pplem e nt to Th e B ay Be acon N ic evil leVal par ais o, F lor id a The Bay Beacons and Community Directory NEWCOMER GUIDE Thurs., 6:30 p.m. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale announces that auditions for the 2013-14 season will be held in Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of NWFSC. The Chorale, under the direction of music professor Lois Van Dam is a select choral group that performs with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra as well as in independent concerts. For more information, contact Van Dam at vandaml@nwfsc.edu or call 729-6009. Thurs., 6:30 p.m. The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers Guild of America will have their final summer stitch-in on Thursday Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m., at the Niceville United Methodist Church, room 400. Visitors are welcome. For more info call 4963466. Sat., 6 p.m. The Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church will sponsor a charity buffet dinner at the Life Center Hall. Filipino dishes and desserts will be served. All are welcome, please invite family and friends. Cost is $7 for 10 years and up and $4 for seven to nine years. Children five and under eat free. Price includes entree, dessert and beverage. Proceeds go towards funding missions. For more information please call 6783000. Calendar, B-2 COMINGUP Inside ... Please see BUDGET, page A-2 Beacon photo by Daniel Elsesser A Waste Management truck picks up a 96-gallon recycling cart on Black Bear Circle, Niceville.

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-2 Wednesday, August 21, 2013 THEBAYBEACON FWBMC.com TCHospital.com Choosing The Right Joint Replacement Center Can Be Confusing. Trust Us To Help You Decide.Call today for a free physician referral or to speak with a registered nurse about your health questions 24/7. (855) 614-7274 Joint replacement surgery is a dicult decision. Weve made it a little easier. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital have received The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval and oer Certied Orthopedic Joint Replacement Programs. This certication demonstrates our commitment to service and provides an assurance of quality awarded for a standard of practice followed by physicians, nurses, physical therapists and case managers who dedicate themselves to your care. Its why so many people place their trust in us for their knee and hip replacement surgeries. 850-243-2229 907 Mar Walt Drive, Suite 2024 | Fort Walton Beach | nwfobgyn.com 907 Mar Walt Drive, Suite 2024 907 Mar Walt Drive, Suite 2024 | Fort Walton Beach lizes in Fort Walton Beach | nwfobgyn.com a ci e p s er g ur ic s t o b o l l f a t o en m t a a e r d t h. t l a lizes in nwfobgyn.com y y, l in addition to any other property taxes owed to such other taxing entities as Okaloosa County and the Okaloosa School District. Within the proposed budget, said Miller, the largest increase will be for personnel expenses, which will go up by $54,840. Other increases will include operating expenses (up $5,659), insurance (up $2,927), and operating supplies (up $729). Decreases for the coming year will include maintenance (down $12,500), and utilities (down $657). Within the personnel costs, said Miller, the largest item will be $944,875 for payroll, followed by medical insurance costs, at $209,084, and retirement costs, at $163,342. While listening to Millers briefing, Fire Commissioner Lee Wetzel said that the cost of medical insurance for the coming year will be more than 10% above that of the current year. Commissioner David Scholl said that retirement costs will be increasing by about 16%, and asked whether the increase is the result of a state mandate a question to which Miller replied, Yes. No formal vote was taken or decisions made regarding the budget at the meeting. Those decisions are expected to be made during the fire commissions two public budget hearings, the first of which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 10. The second and final public budget hearing is slated for 7 p.m., Sept. 18. Both of the public hearings be held at the North Bay fire station on White Point Road. During last weeks meeting, fire commissioners also were briefed by Miller regarding the possible purchase of a new fire truck to replace the fire districts current Engine 8. According to a written statement presented by Chief Miller, Engine 8 was purchased in January 1995 for $170,517, making this vehicle 18 years old. Normally, wrote Miller, apparatus is replaced every 15 years. As the apparatus gets older and the amount of use (emergency calls) increases, the lifespan decreases and the maintenance costs go up. Our run count has increased from 450 calls in 1997 to over 1,100 this past year, and will continue to increase. Miller told the fire commissioners that North Bay has a limited-time opportunity to piggyback on the purchase of several fire trucks by another fire district in Tallahassee. We have the opportunity to piggyback on the Tallahassee bid or to use the Florida Sheriffs bid sheet to purchase a replacement for Engine 8, he wrote. However, these bids will expire by 15 September. After that time, we will incur a projected 3% increase, equating to approximately a $14,400 increase in the price of a new truck seeing the new Sheriffs bid sheets will be updated for the new fiscal year. Asked by the Beacon whether the proposed truck purchase would require an increase in the currently proposed FY 2014 budget for the fire district, Miller replied that it would not. As with the proposed budget, fire commissioners made no decision last week regarding the purchase of a new truck. They said they will discuss the matter further during their next regularly scheduled commission meeting, which is expected to take place on Sept. 10. In other business, Miller briefed the fire commission on the status of negotiations with the firefighters union. He said the union has proposed a change to current procedure for the arbitration of grievances. Under current procedures, if a grievance cannot initially be resolved by negotiation, the union has the option of either submitting the grievance to a professional arbitrator, or submitting it for a final decision by the elected fire commission. The new proposal from the union would allow it to submit a grievance to the fire commission, but if not satisfied with the fire commissions decision, to then resubmit the grievance to a professional arbitrator. After a brief discussion, the fire commission voted unanimously to leave the arbitration process as it is. No representatives of the firefighters union attended or spoke during the commission meeting, although Chief Miller said the union was aware of the time and place of the meeting, and of their right to appear and addressed the commission if they chose to do so. BUDGETFrom page A-1 Beacon photo by Mike Griffith The North Bay Fire District's "Engine 8" fire truck at the district's fire house. The district is considering replacing the aging engine. MBBA, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and the Northwest Florida Track Club. He said the run/walk will actually include several events, including a half marathon and a family fun walk. He said the MBBA is also seeking corporate sponsors to help fund the run/walk and celebration of the connector route opening. He said he expects the run/walk to be a one-time rather than annual event. VanSteenburg said the construction of the connector road is going smoothly, with most of the current work currently taking place on the completion of bridges over various creeks within the Eglin military reservation, and the completion of the State Road 85 and SR 285 interchanges, and an access road connecting the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector with College Boulevard and Forest Road, Niceville. VanSteenburg said I feel very good about the work being done by Anderson Columbia, the prime construction contractor for the project. He said the bridge connector route will also include an access road to the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival site in Niceville, which will help ease traffic congestion in that area during future festivals and other public events at the site. Vest said that in addition to the connector road itself, the construction project will also include several environmental projects in and near the Eglin military reservation, to include replacing a culvert over eastern Turkey Creek near Rocky Bayou Drive with a small bridge. Separately, Vest said that traffic and toll revenue from the Mid-Bay Bridge currently continues on a par with last year. He said that figures for July 2013 are within a percentage point of those from July 2012. Vest also said that he has recently been in touch with a representative of Chardonnay Estates, where residents have complained about noise and lights from traffic along the northern approach road to the Mid-Bay Bridge. He said that he is optimistic that a satisfactory agreement can be reached between Chardonnay residents and the MBBA, and that he will discuss details of this at the next MBBA meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Niceville City Hall. Prior to the adjournment of Thursdays meeting, MBBA member Lois Hoyt noted that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Mid-Bay Bridge. I want to commend all of our consultants, she said, for 20 years of wonderful progress. MBBA chairman Gordon Fornell also congratulated the staff and consultants for their service, and also stated that he had recently learned that tolls on the Chesapeake Bay bridge/tunnel system have recently been hiked to $17 a much higher fee than that currently charged to cross the MidBay Bridge. TOLLWAYFrom page A-1 residents of these neighborhoods set out using the traditional 18gallon bins in the month before the program and then recorded set out rates for three months, replacing the bins with 96-gallon wheeled carts. Prior to the program, test neighborhoods received garbage pickup twice a week and pickup of an 18-gallon recycling bin once a week. In the program, the neighborhoods received pickup of the 96-gallon recycling cart once a week and garbage pickup once a week. Yort said the test program only picked up garbage once per week because most of the materials that typically get thrown away as garbage are actually recyclable, and, with the larger recycling bins, residents place less items in garbage cans. Yort said the residents in the test neighborhoods set out an average of 4.83 gallons of recyclables per week using the smaller bins the month before the pilot and set out 15.67 gallons per week during the three month test run. Yort said the difference is a straight diversion, meaning all the additional material recycled during the test period would have been thrown away and picked up as garbage before the test. Yort said in an average week during the test, 79 out of 90 houses with the larger carts set out recycling. Yort said that the materials placed in the bins were not checked before weighing to determine if all of the contents were recyclable. Niceville City Clerk Dan Doucet said at $50 apiece, it would cost the city $250,000 to provide new carts to the approximately 5,000 city garbage and recycling customers. Doucet predicted that Waste Management may offer to provide the carts in exchange for a renewal of the company's franchise with the city. However, the city renewed Waste Management for a five-year franchise extension in 2011, as usual without obtaining competing bids. Doucet said he doubts the city council would want to renew again so early in the current contract. Doucet also said Waste Management and the city would have to determine whether pickup rates paid to Waste Management would decline if the city adopts a new program that only picks up garbage once per week. Yort said Waste Management would have to have a firmer understanding of whether Niceville intends to adopt the program before discussing rates. Yort said Waste Management will consider all determinants of revenue when discussing the payments for the carts. She said that if revenue earned by Waste Management fir increased recycling increases due to Niceville's adoption of the larger carts, that revenue can be discussed as part of the payment for the carts. GARBAGEFrom page A-1 CorrectionFort Walton Beach resident John Scott was misquoted in a July 17 Bay Beacon story about a public hearing on the F-35 flying program at Eglin Air Force Base. According to an Air Force transcript of the hearing, Scotts actual statement at the hearing was as follows: I'm John Scott, and I'm actively retired Air Force. I've got about 7005 hours in various aircraft, and I'd like for you to publish when you go to mixed type performance takeoffs because I want to go out in my backyard, and I like to this day, and I'm 78 years old, but I'm younger than all these people in here. I like to see it. And let me tell you, changing the runways with the radius turn of the jet is not going to solve a whole lot of problem. I live in the northern part of Fort Walton Beach, and the traffic pattern comes over me now. If you build a parallel runway, all it's going to do is affect the people in Fort Walton. And I'd like to go on record -(Interruption from audience.) Exactly. And these people here want their cake, and they want to eat it too, and I'd like, I'd like to say that please note the absence of people from outside of Valparaiso. These people read it in the paper that you were going to have a meeting and so forth, and probably most of them are supportive of the Air Force and really don't care how many flights you have and how much noise you should make. I would like to also go on record to say that when one of the F35s flies over, and I'm out in my yard mowing grass, I've got to turn off the mower to hear it, okay? (Interruption from the audience.) Anyway, I will quit talking. I support it 100 percent. If my property values goes down, I could care less because all that money was given to me by the Air Force. I support my country. I'm patriotic. If my property values goes down to where I can't, can only give it away, I'll happily give it away.

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Ferdon Blvd., Crestview (850) 682-5338 GLAUCOMA RETINA PROBLEMS Medicare Assignment Accepted-In memory of-MSBU picks new managerBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent At their Aug. 13 meeting, members of the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) chose Bluewater Management Services as the MSBUs administration and management contractor for the coming fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1. The MSBU is a branch of Okaloosa County government, in charge of maintaining street lights, street signs, and landscaping of common areas along the main streets of the unincorporated Bluewater Bay community. It is governed by an elected five-member governing board, but also hires contractors to handle administration and management, as well as to perform actual landscaping and maintenance work within the community. Three potential contractors gave presentations at the meeting, in hopes of obtaining the administration/management contract for the coming year: Alliance Association Management Company, Bluewater Management Services, and EK Management, the current administration and management contractor for the MSBU. After hearing presentations from the three companies, the MSBU board members filled out score sheets, on which they rankordered the three companies, from 3 to 1. Then, they added their individual scores for the companies to produce total scores for each of the potential contractors, resulting in the selection of Bluewater Management Services. In her winning presentation, Darlane Landsberger, Bluewater Management Services, said her company has been located in the Bluewater Bay area for 13 years, and uses a team concept to manage several local homeowners associations. Landsberger said that she has several ideas to improve the look and ambience of Bluewater Bay, and to streamline routine maintenance chores within the community. She said she is interested in helping Bluewater Bay maintain its property values, and to improve such amenities as local street signs. Landsberger also said her company maintains its own website, which can be used to help keep the community informed of local activities. Landsbergers company will charge $2,000 per month, according to its proposal. According to Archie Jernigan of EK Management, his company provides management services to the Bluewater Bay MSBU for $2,200 per month. Alliance Association Management Company said it proposed to do the work for $30,000 per year ($2,500 per month). Each MSBU board member ranked the companies in order of preference, with the top rated company getting a score of 3 from that board member, followed by scores of 2 and 1. The scores given by all five board members were then added for each company. Bluewater Management services received a total score of 11, followed by Alliance with a score of 10, and EK Management with a score of In other business at the meeting, MSBU board member Doug Burgess said that he had recently contacted Okaloosa County officials about resuming construction of sidewalks within Bluewater Bay, but has thus far received no reply. Im glad we got one sidewalk, said Burgess, but added that there seems to be not much enthusiasm among county officials to construct additional sidewalks within Bluewater Bay, even though the Bluewater Bay MSBU is willing to pay for materials. Board member Debbie Stretch said that some signs indicating directions to a community conference center that no longer exists have recently been removed. Stretch also proposed that the MSBU board approve a resolution endorsing the efforts of a committee led by Bluewater Bay resident Karl Welhart to study the issue of what can be done to preserve the nine-hole Marsh golf course near the Southwind and Sunset Beach neighborhoods within Bluewater Bay. Burgess recommended that Welhart and his committee coordinate their activities with residents of the Magnolia Plantation neighborhood, where the nine-hole Magnolia Golf course was recently closed by Bluewater Bay Resort, due to declining revenue. The resort also operates two other nine-hole golf courses the Bay and Lakes courses, which are apparently in no current danger of being closed. Some other Bluewater Bay residents who attended the meeting suggested that Bluewater Bay Resort be asked to disclose its financial records, to help the community determine the resorts actual financial condition, and to help community residents better determine what might be done to help preserve local golf courses. One resident suggested that the MSBU examine Bluewater Bays community covenants, to see whether commercial properties, such as golf courses, are legally required to mow their grass and maintain their property to standards similar to those required of residential properties. Since being closed, the Magnolia golf course has begun to be overgrown with weeds, and to gradually revert to a natural state. After some further discussion, the MSBU board resolved to support Welhart and his committee, and appointed recently-appointed MSBU board member Jonathan Tallman as the boards liaison with Welharts committee. The next meeting of the Bluewater Bay MSBU is scheduled for 5:30 PM September 10, at the Regency Inn, at 4577 Highway 20. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith The Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit at its Aug. 13 meeting at the clubhouse of the Bluewater Bay golf club. As the meeting began, Valparaiso residents George Murphy, Geno Dylewski, and Obie OBrien asked the commission to place a street sign to mark the intersection of John Sims Parkway and North Bayshore Drive. Although platted as a city street, North Bayshore Drive has never been paved, and is currently little more than a trail through the woods between the north shore of Toms Bayou, west of the bayou bridge, and the back yards of some homeowners. It begins at John Sims Parkway near Docs Oyster Bar, behind the Compass Rose restaurant, and eventually meets some paved city streets about a quarter-mile northeast of the bar. City Engineer Roy Petrey said that it would be impractical to place such a street sign, because the street, although platted as such, has never been paved and is not used for vehicle traffic. He said it currently serves as an easement for city utilities, but that there are no plans to pave it, or open it to traffic. The citizens who addressed the meeting, however, said that North Bayshore Drive was originally intended to be a city street, and that although it is not paved, cars can drive on it. Murphy offered to show the commission a video to demonstrate this, and OBrien brought a set of photographs, depicting a car driving along the street. The status of North Bayshore has been debated between the city government and nearby property owners in the recent past. Some property owners have tried to get the city to vacate, or relinquish its rights to, the unpaved street, and turn the property between the north shore of Toms Bayou and their own homes over to the homeowners, which they say would increase the values of their properties, as well as the property tax revenue available to the city. City officials, however, have preferred to retain city control of the valuable land along the shoreline. OBrien referred to North Bayshore as a special place, and said that the city should do more to let the public know that it is there. He said that it is a terrific place to walk along the shore, enjoying the tree-shaded scenery. In other business, Commissioner Kay Hamilton discussed a recent resolution by the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, in which the chamber expressed its support for the growing F-35 flying training mission at Eglin Air Force Base. The resolution states the intention of the chamber to continue to welcome and support further incorporation and bed-down of the F-35 joint strike fighter, integration, and training center at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and to continue our commitment to our nation and to Eglin Air Force Base for this and all defense industry matters. The resolution also states that the chamber resolves that the local business community, local citizens and local government strive to continue a successful, prosperous relationship between our residents and the F-35 JSF ITC at Eglin Air Force Base. Hamilton, who represented the city of Valparaiso at the chamber meeting at which the resolution was adopted, said she was the only one who voted against it. She said that she believed the resolution was simply a way for some chamber members who do not live in Valparaiso to indirectly criticize Valparaisos efforts to pressure the Air Force to do more to reduce jet noise and potential safety problems that could affect Valparaiso, the city closest to the base. Hamilton said the resolution implies that other communities do not support Valparaiso, and implies that the citys residents do not support the Air Force, although, she said, no one is more patriotic than we are. Mayor Bruce Arnold agreed, saying that Valparaiso has always supported the Air Force and Eglin Air Force Base, but that the citys recent objections to some Air Force plans for F-35 flight operations are merely intended to get the Air Force to conduct those flight operations in such a way as to mitigate potential harm to the city and its residents. Commissioner Joe Morgan offered a more positive view of the citys relationship with the Air Force. He said that he had taken part in a two-hour meeting on Aug. 5 with 32rd Fighter Wing commander Col. Todd Canterbury, to discuss the F-35 mission and its effects on Valparaiso. Also present at the meeting, said Morgan, were Valparaiso citizens Terry Griffin and Joe Shinnick, as well as Beach Community Bank President/CEO Tony Hughes. The meeting, stated Morgan, allowed for an informal discussion of concerns of local citizens, capabilities and features of the F35, the JSF training program and its impact upon the local community. It was the first step in beginning a positive dialogue that welcomed the JSF mission, defined some of the concerns of the local citizens, and looked forward on how to allay fears, preserve and ensure the mission of the F-35 Lightning II JSF training at Eglin AFB. Morgan said he thinks that things are moving positively, and that further cordial discussions between the city and the base will eventually lead to a resolution satisfactory to all concerned. Also discussed at the Aug. 12 meeting was a set of proposed revisions to the city charter, presented by Mayor Arnold and City Clerk Tammy Johnson. Arnold asked the commissioners to review the proposed revisions, so that they can discuss them during a city budget workshop slated for Aug. 26. Commissioners also approved a series of revisions to the citys sanitation ordinance to include prohibitions against most forms of open burning of yard waste within the city. Commissioners also discussed how to respond to recent proposals Please see DISCUSSES, page A-6 STREETFrom page A-1

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ArrestsMichael Jason Wilson, 18, at large, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 12 on charges of grand theft and property damage. Wilson allegedly trespassed onto a residence on the 1400 block of Bayshore Drive, Niceville, and took a 2006 Honda All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) from the property without permission sometime March 29 to April 1. On April 1, an officer saw someone later identified as Wilson riding an ATV at McEwen Drive and Cedar Avenue, Niceville, but could not catch or make contact with him. Later on April 1, an officer found an ATV on the 600 block of Kendrick Lane, Niceville. The officer reported wires in the vehicle had been cut and hot-wired to run. The officer identified Wilson through the Niceville Police Department's computer system. Wilson came to the police department and told an officer he owned the ATV and would return with documentation proving his ownership, but did not return. Wilson's required court appearance is Sept. 24. *** Rick David Scott, unemployed, 35, at large, was arrested by Niceville police Aug. 10 on charges of battery and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Scott allegedly pushed someone, causing the victim to fall into a wooden lattice. Scott then acted as if he was going to punch the victim, threatening to break his jaw and knock his teeth out, saying, in the words of the report, "every time he sees [the victim] he is going to beat him up." Scott then pushed the victim into the metal support cables of a building on Bayshore Drive, Niceville, causing the victim to cut his finger. An officer arrested Scott on a warrant for this incident. On the same date, Scott approached an officer and the officer smelled marijuana. The officer searched Scott and found bags containing a total of 58 grams of a green leafy substance that later tested positive as marijuana in Scott's front pockets. The officer also found $520 in Scott's left pocket. Scott's required court appearance for the battery charge is Aug. 27 and for the possession of a controlled substance charge is Sept. 10. *** Bradley Michael Cain, a server, 21, of 230 Edge Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 13 on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. While walking through the parking lot at 745 N. Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, a deputy smelled marijuana coming from a vehicle occupied by Cain and a passenger. As Cain rolled down his window, a large cloud of smoke that smelled like burned marijuana came out of the vehicle. The deputy saw a burning marijuana cigarette on the vehicle's floorboard between Cain's feet, and the deputy also saw a clear plastic bag containing 28 grams of a white crystallized substance which later tested positive for methamphetamine. The deputy asked Cain if he had anything else in the vehicle, and Cain removed a plastic bag containing six grams of a substance which later tested positive for marijuana from under the driver's seat. Cain's required court appearance is Sept. 24. *** Sean Paul Vogt, a handyman, 40, of 310 Glen Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by sheriff's deputies Aug. 12 on a Walton County warrant for the original charge of two counts of worthless checks. TheftsA Niceville resident of the 400 block of Paradise Road reported Aug. 11 someone stole video games, medication and other items from her home. Criminal MischiefA Niceville resident reported Aug. 9 someone scratched the passenger side of his truck while it was parked at the business at 117 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. The scratch is six to seven inches long, and repairs are estimated at $250. OtherA Niceville resident of the 1400 block of Scott Street reported Aug. 9 he paid someone $345 to repair an air conditioning unit at her home, and the person had left to go get Freon six hours ago and had not returned. The complainant said the person left tools at his residence, which police collected. Okaloosa seeks fugitivesThis information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. Name: Christina Ann Hendricks Wanted for: VOP-Child Neglect & Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia/VOP-Fraud/FTAFraud/FTA-Child Neglect Height: 5-feet, 5-inches Weight: 140 Age: 35 Date of birth: 08-17-1978 Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel Name: Joseph M. Gainey Wanted for: VOP-Grand Theft Height: 5-feet, 10-inches Weight: 170 Age: 24 Date of birth: 01-29-1989 Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue Name: Stephen Chance Cartwright Wanted for: VOP-Grand Theft Height: 6-feet, 0-inches Weight: Unknown Age: 42 Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel 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. Fire Department ReportsNicevilleThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from August 12, 2013 through August 18, 2013. 0 Structure Fire14 Emergency Medical Calls 1 Vehicle Fire7 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire1 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn1 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions Street Situation Date Time E. John Sims Pkwy.............Medical...............................8/12/13...................12:46 Cook Street.........................Power line down.................8/12/13...................15:06 E. John Sims Pkwy.............Vehicle crash......................8/12/13...................16:36 Madison Street...................Medical...............................8/12/13...................16:41 E. John Sims Pkwy.............Vehicle extrication..............8/12/13...................17:48 Poplar Pl.............................Medical...............................8/13/13...................08:17 Nutmeg Ave........................Medical...............................8/13/13...................10:50 SR 85 N..............................Vehicle fire..........................8/13/13...................14:34 E. John Sims Pkwy.............Vehicle crash......................8/13/13...................17:16 N. Partin Dr.........................Medical...............................8/14/13...................17:19 Reeves St...........................Medical...............................8/15/13...................00:41 N. Partin Dr.........................Medical...............................8/15/13...................11:20 E. John Sims Pkwy.............Medical...............................8/15/13...................11:47 W. John Sims Pkwy............Medical...............................8/15/13...................20:17 Als Drive.............................Medical...............................8/16/13...................02:23 Bayshore Dr........................Cancelled...........................8/16/13...................10:47 Hickory Ave.........................Vehicle crash......................8/16/13...................12:05 Hickory Ave.........................Medical...............................8/16/13...................13:55 N. Partin Dr.........................Medical...............................8/17/13...................07:30 E. John Sims Pkwy.............Vehicle crash......................8/17/13...................11:45 E. College Blvd...................Medical...............................8/17/13...................22:58 McKinney St.......................Medical...............................8/18/13...................00:29 E. College Blvd...................Vehicle crash......................8/18/13...................07:47 SR 85 N..............................Vehicle crash......................8/18/13...................15:31 SR 85 N..............................Vehicle crash......................8/18/13...................15:31 Weekly Safety Tip: Football season will be starting soonThere will be large crowds in and around the stadium and a lot of traffic after the game. Be sure to use the pedestrian crosswalks to cross. The Niceville Fire Department is there for your safety and protection. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from August 12, 2013 through August 18, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Osprey Cove..........................Lightning strike.......................8/12/13........................16:20 St. Joseph Cove.....................Medical...................................8/12/13........................17:47 John Sims Pkwy.....................Vehicle accident.....................8/12/13........................17:48 N. White Point Rd..................Dispatched & cancelled........8/13/13........................07:28 S. of Midbay Bridge...............Vehicle accident.....................8/13/13........................08:36 N. White Point Rd..................Medical...................................8/13/13........................16:04 N. White Point Rd..................Smoke detector activation....8/13/13........................19:46 Oak Shores Dr........................Medical...................................8/13/13........................21:12 N. White Point Rd..................Dispatched & cancelled........8/14/13........................01:11 Bay Dr./E. Hwy. 20.................Vehicle accident.....................8/14/13........................16:56 Lancaster Dr./E. Hwy. 20.......EMS call.................................8/14/13........................18:11 Sailboat Dr..............................Alarm system activation........8/14/13........................21:19 E. Highway 20........................Dispatched & cancelled........8/15/13........................05:00 E. Highway 20........................Medical...................................8/15/13........................11:53 Parkwood Ln..........................Accidental medical alarm......8/15/13........................12:54 Choctawhatchee Dr...............Medical...................................8/15/13........................13:38 St. Croix/Caribbean................EMS call.................................8/16/13........................01:38 Hwy. 20/Range Rd.................Vehicle accident.....................8/16/13........................06:49 Merchants Way......................Medical...................................8/16/13........................10:43 Hwy. 20/County Line Rd........Dispatched & cancelled........8/16/13........................16:25 N. of N. Lakeshore.................Vehicle accident.....................8/16/13........................17:26 N. White Point Rd..................Medical...................................8/16/13........................21:47 Antiqua Way...........................Medical alarm activation.......8/17/13........................04:41 BW Blvd./E. Hwy. 20..............Medical...................................8/17/13........................13:30 Merchants Way......................Medical...................................8/17/13........................15:09 Bluelake Cove........................Medical...................................8/18/13........................09:22 Ida Coon Cir...........................Medical...................................8/18/13........................09:39 Parkwood Ln..........................Medical alarm activation.......8/18/13........................17:39 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-4 Wednesday, August 21, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Diamond Worksinc. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, August 21, 2013 Page A-5 Julia Moreno, 15, Niceville, Niceville High School student Zachary Verswyvelt, 13, Niceville, Ruckel Middle School student We have children aged 18, 17, 7, and 1. We homeschool yearround, so the end of summer doesn t affect us much. I ve had a fun summer vacation, but I m ready to go back to school and see everyone again. Trey Harden, 8, Niceville, Bluewater Elementary School student I feel excited because I like school, and I want to meet new friends and new teachers. It s going to be a good year for me.What do you think about the end of summer vacation and the start of a new school year?Lynn Wilson, 38, Niceville, homemaker Alex Phipps, 11, Niceville, STEMM Academy student Bryce Clyburne, 22, Tallahassee, Florida State University student I m very excited. I ll be going to the STEMM Academy, and there will be lots of opportunity to learn more than I would in other schools. I m excited. I m new in Niceville, and so far, the cross-country team and staff at Niceville High School have been very welcoming. It s a little stressful to be transferring to Florida State University as a junior, but exciting as well. My parents work in England, so I ve been going to school in Europe the last few years. Location: Niceville public library THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike GriffithWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. Don t miss these special color ad pages from Beacon Newspapers! DEADLINE AUG. 22! Special PagesWith gas prices high, shoppers want to get the most bang for their buck by shopping close to home! Capture your share of hometown spending with your ad in Beacon Newspapers special color advertising pages!DONT MISS THIS GREAT SELLING OPPORTUNITY!Deadline: Thursday, Aug. 22 Publication: Aug. 28 in The Bay Beacon. Aug. 30 in The Eglin Flyer and The Hurlburt Patriot.Includes free color for your ad, plus page banner! Add BOTH Air Force newspapers for only $99 9 per inch total!Beacon Newspapers The Bay Beacon The Hurlburt Patriot The Eglin Flyer1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax -888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.com FREE COLOR! Call or visit usPO WELL AGENCY, I NC.Complete Insurance Service850-678-2514 110 N. Partin Drive, Niceville Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466 Ritz Salon For fragile, broken hair 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 info@baybeacon.com Fax 1-888-520-9323Th e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n Ex pr essThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free totalmarket home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. IN THE HEART OF BLUEWATER BAY LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netwww.nicevillekw.com 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.This 1406 SF, 3/2 brick and vinyl contemporary in Millers Run is designed for the way you live! Features include high ceilings, an open design, split bedrooms, and a screened porch. Freshly painted and beautifully maintained. See it soon for $199,900!Selling this summer? Call Linda Zickler today! Emerald Preferred Groupwww.EmeraldPreferred.comKeller Williams4534 Hwy. 20, Niceville, FL 32578The Perfect Fit for all Your Real Estate NeedsDebbie Collins, Broker Assoc.850-375-0555Lezle Jacobs, Realtor850-340-0342Susan Rood, Broker Assoc.850-855-7411Meet Lezle Jacobs Lead Buyer Specialist Professional Staging and Re-design 25 Years Experience in Remodeling Guardian Ad Litem Property Management Susan Rood Lezle Jacobs Debbie Collins

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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-6 Wednesday, August 21, 2013 THEBAYBEACON ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN made by the Okaloosa County Commission, to increase county gas taxes and to perhaps change the way in which revenue from such gas taxes are shared between the county and the city. After some discussion, the city commission voted unanimously to authorize Arnold to send a letter to the County commission, recommending that the gas tax revenues continue to be according to the current 60-40 percent split between county and city, at least for another year. Following the city commission meeting, Arnold presented the Beacon with a flyer announcing the 21st annual Emerald Coast Car Show, to be held at the Mullet Festival site in Niceville on Sept. 7. The event will be open to the public with free parking and admission for spectators. There will be a pre-registration fee of $25 for those who will be exhibiting cars, or a registration fee of $30 on the day of the show. Food, drinks, and door prizes will be available at the event, and proceeds will benefit local charities. DISCUSSESFrom page A-3 The Boathouse Landing, in Valparaiso, is a relaxed waterfront dining experience for everyone to enjoy. Whether dining with the family, a cozy meal for two, or a place to unwind with a few friends, the Boathouse Landing has something to offer every dining occasion. The Boathouse Landing has been family owned and operated by Nick and Lisa Sarra since 2001. They offer lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, and specialize in fresh seafood, steaks, and pastas. The menu covers an array of savory dishes to suit most tastes. One of the Boathouse s signature dishes is the Boathouse Grouper which is pan sauted and topped with Maine lobster meat enveloped in a sherry butter sauce. Their eight-ounce New York strip steak and half pound of snow crab is sure to please the person who can t decide on land or sea. Also, for people with allergies, their gluten free menu has been expanded to include burger style buns and pasta. For those dining on a tight budget-Early Bird Specials are offered Monday through Sunday from 4:30-6:00 p.m. One delectable Early Bird entre is the Pecan Crusted Catch of the Day, which is a pan sauted white fish crusted with chopped pecan, topped with a honey cinnamon sauce then served with rice pilaf and vegetable medley. Another entre is the Chicken Piccata, which is a pan sauted chicken breast topped with a lemon caper cream sauce and also served with rice pilaf and vegetables. Beef Tenderloin Medallions are also another mouthwatering choice. Topped with marsala mushrooms, these melt-in-your-mouth tenderloins are served with red skinned potatoes and a vegetable medley. Other Early Bird choices are Fried Gulf Shrimp and Shrimp Etouffe. Boathouse Landing s close proximity to Eglin AFB makes it an ideal location for a quick and delectable lunch. If you re planning a retirement or goingaway celebration, the Landing provides a menu of fast, delicious lunch options. The Boathouse Landing s banquet room can be reserved to accommodate small gatherings of people all the way up to large events of 75 or more. The Bilge Pub offers two ways to unwind after a day of work or play, with a comfortable lounge inside, and a covered outside patio and oyster bar. Oysters on the half shell are available in the lounge. Enjoy a half dozen with your friends and favorite happy hour drink. The Bilge Pub offers happy hour Monday through Saturday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Various drink specials are served daily. With the ideal weather during these upcoming fall months, outdoor dining is the perfect option at the Boathouse Landing. On Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy live music on the patio and outside dining deck. Music can vary from country and soft rock, to island grooves. The relaxed mood of the music adds to the dining experience at The Boathouse Landing. Occasionally, a dining patron may even catch a glimpse of dolphins swimming through the waters of Boggy Bayou while listening to an island Reggae beat. The Boathouse Landing also rents boat slips on a nightly and monthly basis. Slips are available for diners who choose to come in by water for a meal. The Boathouse Landing is located at 124 John Sims Parkway in Valparaiso. Call the restaurant at 678-2805 or visit their website at www.theboathouselanding.com.Advertising Feature The Boathouse LandingFeaturing Delectable Early Bird Specials Both photos: Inside and outside dining available, both sharing a spectacular view of Boggy Bayou. 124 John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso (Just past Angels Are Us) 678-2805www.TheBoatHouseLanding.comHOURS: 10:45 a.m. 9:00 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. 10:45 a.m. 9:30 Fri. 11:30 a.m. 9:30 Sat. 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Tax revenues for the district should increase this year, as East Niceville property values increased 2.6 percent over last year, from $275 million to over $238 million. The East Niceville Fire Commission unanimously approved the preliminary budget at its meeting Aug. 12. Projected increased revenues allowed Fire Chief Mike Wright and Commission Chairman Mike Marcolongo to draft a budget with increases of $500 or more in seven of the budget categories, including increases of almost $700 to a workers' compensation fund, almost $3,000 in payments to Trustmark health insurance fund and a $5,000 increase to an equipment reserve fund. Commission Treasurer Ed Dunbar said the personnel account will likely be changed before the budget is finalized in September to accommodate a potential 3 percent pay raise for the district's six firefighters. Dunbar said this increase would require an additional $12,000 to be allotted to personnel. On July 8, the commission unanimously voted to set the maximum millage rate for the next fiscal year at 2.37 mills, the same rate as this year. The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 taxed on property in a district. On property worth $100,000, a 2.37 millage rate would garner a tax of $237. Commission Chairman Mike Marcolongo noted this was the first time property values had increased in five years. The millage rate may go down before being finalized, but because the commission voted to set a maximum rate, it will not increase from 2.37 mills. The commission will discuss the budget at a special meeting Sept. 4 in the East Niceville Fire House, and will discuss the budget again at its regular meeting Sept. 9. The East Niceville Fire District fire house. The district approved slight preliminary budget increases Aug. 12.

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By Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer Area schools may be getting extra help this coming year thanks to a new program being implemented by local Boy Scouts. Area Scouts will be adopting schools for quarterly service projects. The idea for the new program came from Boy Scouts of America. Local Boy Scout leaders had a meeting Aug. 13 to discuss implementing the program to benefit Okaloosa schools. As a result, nearly all schools in the Twin Cities area have been adopted by local scout groups. Bonnie Tierney, the Choctawhatchee District Program Chair for the Gulf Coast Council Boy Scouts and scoutmaster for Troop 52, Valparaiso, said she is working with other troops to expand the program. I have commitments from other scout units in the area to cover the Niceville/Valp. elementary and middle schools, and Collegiate High School, said Tierney. Units signed up will begin contacting the principals and coming up with projects of their own. I am working on the other schools in Okaloosa County too. The public elementary schools will be working with Cub Scout packs while the middle schools will be covered by the older Boy Scout troops. Collegiate has been adopted by a Venture Crew, a group affiliated with scouts. Niceville High School is the sole school currently not adopted. The first school to benefit from the program was Lewis School. We tested the program out on Lewis, said Tierney. Boy Scout Troop 52 had two workdays at the school. The boys and their leaders spent over 70 combined hours renovating the parking lot at Lewis starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. They were back on the evening of Aug. 5 to finish up the last of it. The lines were barely visible, gone in some places, and part of the parking lot was covered in sand, said Tierney. The Boy Ccouts relocated the sand, cleaned the area, painted lines for parking spots and repainted the crosswalks/handicap areas. Mike Fantaski, the principal at Lewis, was thrilled with the work the scouts performed. They did a fantastic job, said Fantaski. Just like a professional job. Fantaski estimates the volunteer work probably saved the school around $1,000. Starting the last week of August, fliers will start circulating for Scout Week to tell interested families how they can be involved in scouting. The District Executive is also happy to answer questions for prospective new scouts and can be reached at 683-0330. 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 , A A u u g g u u s s t t 2 2 1 1 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Troop 52 work together to reclaim the Lewis School parking from encroaching sand. Marcus Cherry concentrates on the task at hand despite high temperatures and humidity Saturday, August 3 at Lewis School. Using a two by four as a guide, Connor Chambon ensures the parking guidelines at Lewis are straight and bright August 3. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992New Scout program serves local schools Heritage Museum makes history funStudents attending the History Rocks! Summer Camp gather around Museum Educators Ginny Wimmers, right, and Crystal Moore as they teach about the Okaloosa County Time Capsule in the VivaFL500 exhibit at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida Friday, August 9. VivaFL500 is part of a state-wide celebration of 500 years of Florida history. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithYoung entrepreneurPersephone Bingaman, 11, was taking advantage of the hot weather August 9 by serving up ice cold lemonade from her roadside stand on Palm Blvd. Sephe, as her friends call her, ran a professional operation, complete with a marketing campaign at the local market. Pictured, left, with an impromptu assistant, Xander Garland, 8. Whos News Cathleen Hoffman of Niceville received an academic excellence award for earning a 4.0 GPA in all upper division nursing courses. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Northwest Florida State College.***Alissa Clifton of Niceville became the new director of Drama Kids of NWF on August 1. Clifton has plans to expand the program with after school classes throughout the county. Cathleen Hoffman Alissa Clifton Bonnie Tierney Mike Fantaski *Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective July 10, 2013 thru August 31, 2013. Minimum deposit of $500 is required. There is a penalty for early withdrawal. CCB reserves the right to rescind this offer at any time without notice.SEARCHINGFOR A BETTER RATE? Certificate of Deposit .75%12 Month TermAPY* 1.10%24 Month TermAPY*

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Mosquito spray Public Works is spraying for mosquitoes. The County MC Program sprays for mosquitoes county-wide excluding federal and state-owned land and entities who have contacted the MC Program for inclusion on the no-spray list. Mosquito spray trucks generally operate from 7 p.m. until 12 p.m. Spraying is discontinued during rain and during winds of 10 mph or greater. Chorale auditions The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale announces that auditions for the 2013-14 season will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of NWFSC. The Chorale, under the direction of music professor Lois Van Dam, is a select choral group that performs with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra as well as in independent concerts. To arrange for an audition time or for further information, contact Van Dam at vandaml@nwfsc.edu or call 729-6009. Mom s in Prayer meet Moms in Prayer International, an interdenominational prayer ministry, invites all moms and grandmothers of Niceville High School students to join us as we lift our students and school up in prayer. The group will meet weekly on Thursday mornings throughout the school year. For more information please call 897-1292 or email mussclan6@msn.com or visit momsinprayer.org. Final summer stitch in The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers Guild of America will have their final summer stitch-in on Thursday Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m., at the Niceville United Methodist Church, room 400. Visitors are welcome. For more info call 496-3466. Republican Club meets The Okaloosa County Republican Club will meet on Thursday, Aug. 22 at American Legion Post 235, 105 S.W. Hollywood Blvd, Fort Walton Beach starting with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Jeff Miller, United States Congressman, will be the speaker. Dinner is $12. For more information about the call Republican Club President Marvin Brigman at 609-3341, for dinner reservations call Jane Dale at 6515049. Author signing Come and meet Louis S. Borek author of A Brooklyn Boys Stories on Friday, August 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Niceville Library. Louis Borek is a typical American, born and raised in a rough section of Brooklyn in the 1940s. He has written short stories of his exciting experiences growing up on the streets. Many of his stories are hilarious and some heartfelt. All of them are true. Books will be available for purchase. Parrot Heads meet Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club meets Friday, Aug. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at Rotolos Pizza, Hwy. 98, Destin. The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club is a non-profit organization that supports local and national charities as well as environmental causes through both fund-raising and volunteer activities. Visit ecparrotheads.org for more info or call Buz Embry 642-8766. Filipino buffet The Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church will sponsor a charity buffet dinner at the Life Center Hall on August 24 from 6 p.m. Filipino dishes and desserts will be served. All our welcome, please invite family and friends. Cost is $7 for 10 years and up and $4 for seven to nine years. Children five and under eat free. Price includes entree, dessert and beverage. Proceeds go towards funding missions. For more information please call 678-3000. Yard sale spectacular The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is requesting donations for their annual Inside-Outside Yard Sale Spectacular planned for Saturday, August 24, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Help us preserve the past for the future by donating items you no longer need. Donations are now being accepted (no clothes please) during regular Museum hours, Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. 4 p.m. For more info call 6782615. Sailing regatta All boats and sailors are welcome at the Round the Bay regatta Saturday, August 24. Register that day from 5:30-6 p.m. is Friday June 21 from 1800-1900. Entry fee is $20 ($5 credit to US Sailing Members with or members of a GYA club). For more information contact Mark Hunter 897 2837. Supply drive Shelter House and Fisher House are joining forces for the Two Houses United Supply Drive in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, Niceville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 24. Needed donations include cleaning supplies, trash bags, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, toilet paper, paper towels, childrens snacks, large size diapers (4+), bottled water and canned sodas. Please come out and support Two Houses United with your donations. Music on the water Parker James Willingham is playing live at The Boathouse Landing, Valparaiso August 25 from 6-10 p.m. For more info please call 642-1528. Tea Party meets The Niceville-Valparaiso Tea Party will meet at Niceville City Hall on Monday, August 26, at 6 p.m. KrisAnne Hall will be the guest speaker and she will speak on the US Constitution. Woman s Hall of Fame The Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women invites the public to attend The Okaloosa County 2013 Womens Hall of Fame Ceremony Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Costa Leadership Institute, third floor, Student Services Center (Building SSC) Northwest Florida State College, Niceville Campus. Coffee and cake reception to follow. RSVP by Monday, Aug. 19. To 729-5202. Alzheimer support Alzheimers Family Services provides monthly support groups for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimers disease. A support group will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28at the Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, located at 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group is free and limited respite care is available. To make arrangements for respite during the meeting, please contact Alzheimers Family Services in advance at 866478-7790 Adventure Club ride The Adventure Club will be having a group ride Thursday, 29 August, 4 p.m. Bike ride in Niceville in the Bluewater Bay Resort Subdivision. Meet at the golf course club house parking area. Supper after the ride at a nearby restaurant. For more info call Les 897-5225. 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 NDAR Annual Inside-Outside Yard SaleThe Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is requesting donations for their annual Inside-Outside Yard Sale Spectacular planned for Saturday, August 24, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Help us preserve the past for the future by donating items you no longer need. Donations are now being accepted (no clothes please) during regular Museum hours, Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. 4 p.m. For more info call 678-2615. 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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Remembering summer 2013 Beacon photos by Daniel Elsesser and Angela Yuriko Smith The Valparaiso T-Pier was a popular summer hang out for fishing, crabbing and just enjoying the view. Local teens took advantage of the free time out of school to brush up on some of their other, less scholarly, skills. Devante Bryant takes to the air with his skateboard. The Niceville and Valparaiso libraries had plenty of activities to keep the kids, and their parents, busy all summer long. Reading clubs, movie parties and magic shows filled the long summer days with fun. Edwina Pittman and her dog Scrap enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the shore. There are plenty of watering holes to choose from and fishing is an easy way to spend a day off. CHURCH DIRECTORY Many of the summertime days were spent under heavy cloud cover and rain, but local residents adapted and made the most of the outdoors despite the wet. July alone had 24.4 inches of rainfall, the highest recorded amount since at least 2009. Day camps, Vacation Bible Schools and sports kept boredom at bay for area youngsters. Morgan Hiers, Bailey Kaufman and Emily Mangold put the final touches to make their T-shirt creations perfectly unique during Kids on Campus. 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 IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services 9 a.m. Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy CommunionNursery, ages 6 wks.-2yrs.; Sunday School, ages 3-711:01 a.m. Walk InWorship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion)Nursery & Sunday School providedImmanuel Anglican Youth Wednesday Nights 6:30-8:30p.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 CHURCH and PRESCHOOL, ELCASunday Services: 8:30 a.m. Liturgical, 10:30 a.m. Praise Adult Classes: 9:30 a.m. Nursery provided.1407 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville Phone: 850-678-1298 www.stpaulniceville.com Announcing our new Preschool Director, Neicy Mo ST. PAUL PRESCHOOL NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL 2013 Call today for details! 8 Flat bottom aluminum boat with oars. Call 678-4019. Experienced Hair Stylist needed to join our team! Ritz Salon, BWB, 897-4466. Drivers: Guaranteed Home EVERY Weekend! Company: All miles PAID (Loaded or Empty)! Lease to own. NO money down. No credit check! Call 1888-880-5911 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) For sale by owner. 1576 Pine St., Seminole Subdivision, Niceville. $130,000. 3bd, 1 bath. 897-3995 Looking for a home or a job? Be sure to check the classified section every Wednesday in the Bay Beacon. Located at 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, Florida. Missing Gray Male Cat, short-haired with white paws and chest. Neutered. Microchipped. Between Palm Blvd. and Cedar in Niceville. Call 850225-5881. See news happening? Call the Beacon Newspapers at 850678-1080. Boats for Sale Help Wanted Homes for Sale Lost & Found Help Wanted Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! 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Check publications to publish ad: r Bay Beacon (No. of weeks) r Eglin Flyer (No. of weeks) r Hurlburt Patriot (No. of weeks) Price of First Run......................$ + Price of subsequent runs..........$ = Total Price..................................$ Ads are non-refundable. The cost-effective way to reach your customers on Hurlburt Field! Capture the Eglin and Hurlburt market in the base papers! Call 850-678-1080 today to advertise! Advertise inAT YOUR SERVICE LET THE COMMUNITY KNOW YOUR BUSINESS.The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer, The Hurlburt Patriot & The Green Beret (850) 678-1080

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Obituary Judy Ann TennantJudy Ann Tennant, 57, of Fort Walton Beach, passed away Sunday, August 4. Judy was born to the late James Moody and Thelma Turner on September 16, 1955 in Homestead. She was the loving mother of her two children, Rebecca Ann Courington and Gary Eugene Tennant, Jr. She is also survived by three beautiful grandchildren; Avary, Addison and Waylon Tennant, her sister, Teresa Fulford and two brothers; Danny and Jimmy Moody. The family will be celebrating the life of Judy on Saturday, August 24 in Palatka. Judy Ann Tennant The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-4 Wednesday, August 21, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Niceville Library finale pure magicMicah Scheel assists magician Beau Broomall at the Community Center August 7, for the Niceville Library s summer reading program finale. Children of all ages were treated to a magic show and snacks. The Children s Park was open after the performance for extended hours.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith Masons help Tools for SchoolThe Okaloosa Masonic Lodge 312 of Niceville recently presented a $200 check to Sharing and Caring to help provide school supplies through the Tools For School program. Pictured, Worshipful Master Dennis Clark presents the check to Gloria Price of Sharing and Caring. BWB day camp raise funds for Children s Advocacy Bluewater Elementary School Day Camp Director Gina White presented Emerald Coast Children s Advocacy Center Director of Development Jen Floro with a check for $932. The Day Camp raised the funds at their annual bake sale and lemonade stand. Parrot Head Club donates to Freedom LoungeAt their monthly meeting, August 9 at Harry T s, the Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club presented a check for $1,000 to the USO at Northwest Florida Regional Airport. The USO maintains the Freedom Lounge at the airport. The goal of the USO is to lift the spirits of service members and their families, wherever they serve, until everyone comes home. Pictured from left, Trish Kooman, Hank Bittmann, Bobby Eddington, John Gardner, Buz Embry, Jane Bittmann, Jim Leffue, Diane Freeman, the USO Center Manager and Karen-Anne Bergeson. U8 soccer team The Barcelona/Chelsea United U8 Soccer won third place at the qualifying regional final in Gainesville, July 13, to qualify for the ESPN National Tournament that was held August 2-4. They placed in the top 15 at that tournament. From top, Brian Macmanus, Khai Fretenborough, Caleb Mcknight, Jhonatan Cardenas Jr., Ethan Rowland and Jefferson Jaramillo. Coach, behind, is Jhonatan Cardenas from FCDallas.Rocky senior putts towards new recordRocky Bayou Christian School senior Jason Rogers qualified for his first regional championship at 11 years old and has continued to qualify seven years in a row, from 6th grade all the way through 12th grade. If he qualifies this year he will have made a new record that could only be tied and never broken unless the rules change. Recently he qualified for the second round of the FHSAA state championship. Dr. Amanda Brenci, O.D. 850-678-8876 Large selection of eyewear Get glasses today, in most cases Repairs/Welds Sun readers Rec specs The newest in progressive lensesStop in an visit your friendly hometown professionals for all your vision needs today! We accept Tricare Prime, Medicare, Eyemed & more. Make an appointment with my mommy and receive the highest quality vision care!Where there is no vision, the people perish Proverbs 29:18 Everything Eyewear, Everything Eyecare!1187 East John Sims Pkwy., Niceville (Across from Po Folks)EYEWEAR UNLIMITEDIN BUSINESS SINCE 1970 Come in and let my Papa make you some glasses!Charles Henriott, Optician 35 years experience 850-678-0099 850-678-6211Mon.-Fri. 9-6 Specializing in Skin Cancer Excision & Repair Mohs Micrographic Surgery General & Pediatric Dermatology Evaluations Sun Damaged Skin Rejuvenation DR. SCOTTBEALSBoard Certified American Board of Dermatology4566 Hwy. 20 East, Suite 101, Niceville 850.897.7546EXCELLENCE EXPERIENCE COMMITMENT

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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 climate is a big attraction for new residents as well as vacationers. There is no hard winter, by northern standards. Spring begins soon after the first camellia blossoms in January. A hot, humid summer starts around the middle 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. We just moved here, said Mina Nekomoto as she visited the Niceville Childrens Park with her children; Tyson, age 3, and T.J., age 1. Her family has recently arrived in the area, she said, as her husband begins a new military assignment at Eglin Air Force Base. We love it here, she said. Its very family friendly, close to the best beaches, and there are very friendly people. We havent gotten to explore the area much yet, she added, as were still dealing with boxes and boxes. Mina said she came to the Childrens Park because, The kids havent gotten out much yet, so we brought them here where they could run and play, and beat the summer heat in the parks water features. 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 Americas largest military installations 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 new 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 weapons research and develop-Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 3 ALSO IN THIS GUIDE Children enjoy wet summer fun in one of the many water features at the Niceville Children's Park. 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...........19 Join a club..................................21 Things to do, places to go ...24 Cover: Lindsay Brunson and her son, Wyatt, 3 have fun together at the Niceville Children s Park. Beacon photo by Mike Griffith The beach at Lincoln Park is a popular place for swimming and family fun.Small-town charm, city amenities Continued on page 5 "I love it here," said Aleah Parker, who recently moved to Niceville from another nearby city.

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ment programs. In recent years, business and government leaders have been seeking to attract other high-technology 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 area includes the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, served by four airlines flying to such hubs as Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte and Washington, D.C. Main traffic arteries include local highways connecting to Interstate 10. A toll 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, including the remains of early settlers' cabins and sawmills, and the earthen ceremonial mounds of the first American Indians to inhabit northern Florida. But it is the here and now that attracts newcomers. Brandi and Daniel Brechtel residents of Bluewater Bay, were at the Niceville Childrens Park recently to celebrate the birthday of the youngest of their 3 childrenAvery, 9, Emma, 7, and P.J., 3. Ive lived here since the 1980s, said Daniel, and Brandi has been here since 2003. We originally came here because of the military, said Brandi. Daniels dad retired here, and some of my cousins are stationed at Eglin. Having lived in the area for a few years, said Brandy, We wouldnt leave. This is a perfect family-raising area. Asked what advice he would offer to newcomers to the Niceville-Valparaiso area, Daniel replied with one word: Stay. Thats what most people do once they have lived in the Niceville area, Daniel saidthey either stay or arrange to come back as soon as possible. The schools here are great, said Daniel. Brandi added: This area has great parks, fishing, and outdoor activities. Its very family-oriented. Education is an important part of the community. Local schools from elementary through middle and high school are consistently ranked among the best in Florida. 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. From page 3 Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 5 Continued on page 7 Mina Nekomoto and her children Tyson, 3, and T.J., 1, are new arrivals to the Twin Cities area.A perfect family-raising area Family Dental CareCompassionate Personalized CareRestore Your Smile, Keep Your ScheduleServing theNiceville-Valparaiso Community and SurroundingAreas for 22 years 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

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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 6 Fall-Winter 2013

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In addition to public education, private schools are also available, such as Rocky Bayou Christian School, Niceville, which teaches students from early grades through high school and is top-rated academically. For higher education, there is Northwest Florida State College, which offers twoand four-year degrees in such varied fields as nursing, education, medical technology, law enforcement, and business management. The Niceville-based institution 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 public universities. Nicevilles Twin Cities Hospital has a state-of-the-art emergency room and 65 beds for in-patient care. It 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 state college 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 states best education programs in art, music, and drama. What defines the area above all, of course, is its people. I grew up here, said Lindsay Brunson, who lives in Niceville near Palm Boulevard, as she helped her son Wyatt, age 3, play on monkey bars at the Niceville Childrens Park. Lindsay is a dental assistant, and her husband, Chris, a civil engineer. We love it here, said Lindsay, and we have never left. Asked what advice she would offer newcomers to the Twin Cities area, Lindsay said, This is a great family area. I love it here, said 19-year-old Aleah Parker, during a recent afternoon at the beach in Valparaisos Lincoln Park. I used to live in another city, but this is way better. Schoolwise, especially, things are much better here. I just graduated from Niceville High School, where the teachers actually help you. Aleahs advice to newcomers is, Take a chance here. I dont see how you cant like this area. If you buy me a house, well move here, said Don Bohac as he and his wife, Maria, finished a round of golf at Bluewater Bay during a vacation. The cou-Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 7 Continued on page 9 Boat docks and waterfront homes line the quiet shores of local bayous. From page 5 Ruth Alford, left, with friends Kathy and Dick Justice, are long-time residents of the Twin Cities area. We love it here

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ple was visiting from Schulenburg Texas. What we like best about this area, said Don, are the golf courses, the beaches, and the sand. The beaches here are different from the ones home in Texas, said Maria. Here, there are so many trees so close to the beachits beautiful. Ruth Alford, of Bluewater Bay, and her friends Kathy and Dick Justice, of Nicevilles Swift Creek neighborhood, also spent a recent afternoon golfing. They are longtime residents of the NicevilleValparaiso area. Weve been here ever since my husband moved here for a job, said Ruth. He was the director of the pharmacy at Twin Cities Hospital. He is now retired. We have lived here three different times, said Kathy Justice. The first two times we were sent here by the military, and the third time we came for my husbands corporate job. What I like best about the area, said Dick, are the weather patterns, the fishing, and the golf. Its a very family-centered area, said Ruth, and I enjoy the friendliness of Bluewater Bay. I have lived all over the world, and Bluewater Bay has nailed it for me. To me, it represents the true Florida in many ways. Kathy agreed. The area has a very family-friendly, small-town feel. Another attraction of the Niceville area, said Ruth, is that you can leave the tourist area behind whenever you cross the bridge. We moved here from Washington, D.C., said Dick. Everything here is much closer. You can drive short hops to the airport, to meet customers, to go shopping, to go fishing, or to visit tourist central in the Destin area. People should also not overlook Northwest Florida State College, said Kathy. I often usher at the college arts center for their musicals and other shows. The recent production of Les Miserables was wonderful. Bluewater Bay offers one of many local courses where golfers can play yearround. From page 7'The true Florida in many ways'Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 9 Don and Maria Bohac visited the Bluewater Bay golf course while vacationing from Texas. 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 375-0555Lezle Jacobs 340-0342 Susan Rood 855-7411 Shirley Wohleber 830-6222 Linda Zickler 621-7233 Janice Busovne 598-9497 Warren Meigs 428-1595 Myke Triebold 305-6256 Amanda Housand218-5582 Melissa Floyd 830-1937 Gail Kurtz 582-5459Now 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 218-6374www.nicevillekw.com Dag Davenport 797-3721 Clara Miles 543-1092

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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! E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville nicevillehighschool.org Grades: 9-12 Phone: 833-4114 Hours: 6:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Principal: Rodney Nobles Enrollment: 1948 Staff: 102 teachers and staff Booster president: Jim Evans SAC chair: Chris Nixon Volunteer coordinator: Rebekah Ellis volunteers Designated A school by Florida Department of Education Ranked No. 2 high school in state of Florida among traditional public high schools which have no restrictive admissions requirements. Leading-edge Information Technology Institute Award-winning Performing Arts 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, career readiness programs, JROTC, Leadership, physical education programs, Early Childhood Education program, Credit Recovery, foreign languages, Executive Internship, ESE, FCAT Remediation, Intensive Studies programs, journalism, music, award-winning Fine Arts. Clubs and activities: Academic Team, Air Force Junior ROTC, Band, Chorus, Drama and Debate, Dance Team, FBLA, Forensics Team, IDEAS, Junior Classical League, Literary Guild, Math and Computer Team, NaGISA, National Honor Society, Newspaper and Yearbook, Step Team, SAC Representative, Student Council, Student Government Association, Senior, Junior, Sophomore and Freshmen Councils, Baseball and softball, Basketball (boys and girls), Cheerleading, Cross-country (boys and girls), Football, Golf (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Swimming (boys and girls), Tennis (boys and girls), Volleyball, Weightlifting (boys and girls), Wrestling, Art Club, Chess Club, Crme de la Crme-French Club, Entre Nous, Equestrian Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Educators of America, German Club, Interact, International Club, Japanese Anime Club, Key Club, Philosophy Club, SADD, Spirit Club, Swing Club College board average scores: ACT composite, 24.1; SAT writing 514; SAT math 544, SAT critical reading 536.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: 9:10 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Director: Anthony Boyer Enrollment: 285 Staff: 14 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: 8:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Superintendent: Michael Mosley Enrollment: 802 students Staff: 140 College preparatory K3-12 program, offering 15 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 1628 $4.4 million in scholarships offered to 52 graduates in 2013. a Niceville High SchoolOverviews of public, private schools 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: Paul Whiddon 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: Victoria George 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. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 10 Fall-Winter 2013

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 11Okaloosa STEMM AcademySchool of Choice for science, technology, engineering, math and medicine studies. Edge Ave., Valparaiso www.okaloosaschools.com/STEMM Grades: sixth, seventh grade Principal: Jaqueline Craig Phone: 833-4120 Fax: 833-4177 Hours: 7:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Enrollment: 176 students Staff: 10 (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: 803 students Staff: 75 (faculty and staff) State report card grade: A Full-time Counselor 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 president: Kim Adkinson Volunteer coordinator: Debbie Tate 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: 615 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 Interact Club. 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). Safety Patrol, 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, 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 Having trouble hearing and understanding words? Tired of saying, huh? Do loved ones ask you to turn the volume down on the TV? We can help. No charge for 2nd opinions. See our award winning video at: www.NicevilleHearingCenter.comAre you confused with all the PRICE TYPE ADVERTISING for hearing instruments? Tired of being asked to be part of ANOTHER TRIAL STUDY to test the NEW REVOLUTIONARY, STATE OF THE ART . ya-da-ya-da-ya-da? We dont charge for 2ndopinions. We dont need to TEST our hearing instruments on the Public. We can be sure what works for our patients, because we offer them a TryEm B4U BuyEm agreement. And, were not talking about an In-Office-Trial for a few Magical Moments in a clinical setting. Were talking about RealWorld testing; you leave our office with a new set of digital programmable hearing instruments which have been specifically programed for your specific HEARING LOSS & LIFESTYLE. Our TryEm B4U BuyEm agreement simply put is: Leave your check book at home, bring only your spouse, relative, or friend with you so that we can conduct a Familiar Voice Test and then program your hearing instruments to the specific frequencies which will give you back that part of your life that youve been missing. Call now to schedule a time to TryEm B4U BuyEm !QUALITY HEARING IS A CRUCIAL LINK TO A HEALTHY BRAIN HEARING LOSS IS LINKED TO DEMENTIA Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing, a st udy by Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging researchers suggests. Researchers have looked at what affects hearing loss, but few have looked at how hearing loss affects cognitive brain function, says study leader Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Otology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.CALL FOR YOUR FREE COPY OF RESEARCH STUDIES 850-678-3277 (EARS) COCHLEAR HAIR CELLS VESTIBULAR NERVE WORRIED COUPLEANATOMY OF THE HUMAN EARCochlea

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Pine Ave., Niceville www.okaloosaschools.com/plew/ Grades Pre-K through 5 Phone: 833-4100 Hours: 8:20 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Principal: Carolyn McAllister Enrollment: 720 students Staff: 48 teachers Chorus, Young Astronauts (5th), Knowledge Masters, Spanish Club, Mile Club, Oval Art, Smiley Math, Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Robotics, Evening of the Arts, Team Alpha. PLA: Jolene Yen, President SAC chair: Marcy Spitznagel Volunteer coordinator: Melissa Berry volunteers Day care hours: 6:30-8:05 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 specialist and volunteer coordinator: Assistant principal: Joshua Harrison Counselor: Jessica Obert Special programs: Various dual enrollment classes, DCT, teacher assisting program, Web design, AP classes, 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 okaloosaschools.com/eglin K 4th grade Phone: 833-4320 Hours: 8:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Principal: Mr. Dennis Samac 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 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: 560 Staff: 72 State report card grade: B Volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Currie PTO President: 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 Fall-Winter 2013

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Rocky Bayou Christian School: Christ-centered, excellence-driven education for grades K3-12 Curriculum with a biblical worldview taught by dedicated faculty Innovative learning enhanced by Mimio Teach and iPad Technology Engaging and high-achieving Preschool, VPK, and Kindergarten programs Well-rounded, advanced Elementary program College Preparatory Academy averaging over $3.5 million in scholarship offers to Classes 2011-2013 Competitive Sports Program including 21 Varsity, 2 Junior Varsity, and 6 Middle School Teams, as well as Intramural Sports Vibrant Arts and Music Programs including Band, Choir, and Drama Leading-edge Special Services Department including Therapy Services Bus service reaching from as far as Hurlburt Field, DeFuniak Springs and South Walton to Crestview with campuses in Niceville and Destin Tuition Assistance Available For more information, please visit www.rbcs.org To apply, contact our Admission Director at 850.279.3727.Rocky Bayou Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or ethnicity in the admissions of students per USC 2000d. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 13(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, 8:00 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 Mon.-Thurs., 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, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Continued on page 14 Two electric utilities, Gulf Power and Chelco, serve the Twin Cities area. Beacon photoObtaining utilities and other services

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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: Mon.-Thurs., 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 Mon.-Sat., 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.; Sat., 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, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 Complex 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,Telephone (landline) CenturyLink Local phone: 811 Long distance: 1-800-339-1811 centurylink.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 Fall-Winter 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 [Kevin Kelleher]3PROPERTY MANAGER [Stacy Driver] REALTOR4 [Bobbie Housand]3BROKER [Marcella Phelps ]3REALTOR [Samantha Thorn] REALTOR4 [ Dawn Putynkowski ]3OFFICE MANAGER [Ana Kelleher] ASST. PROPERTY MANAGER4 [Sue Pfahler] REALTOR4[Kurt Buchannan ]3REALTOR 115 Cedar Avenue N (the old Mancini Music Building) across from NHS OFFICE: 850-678-5498 TOLL FREE: 866-678-5498 FAX: 850678-6705Meet your Emerald Dunes Team www.EmeraldDunesRealEstate.com115 Cedar Avenue N

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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 Mullins Auto Body (850) 678-0056 1419 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 Twin Cities Transmission and General Repair (850) 729-6629 610 Elm St. Niceville, FL 32578 www.twincitiesautomotiverepair.com 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 CCB Community Bank (850) 279-3886 1502 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 www.bankccb.com Eglin Federal Credit Union (850) 862-0111, (800) 367-6159 4558 Highway 20 Niceville, FL 32578 www.eglinfcu.org 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 Alpine Bicycles (850) 678-8222 712 Howell Rd. Niceville, FL 32578 www.alpine-cycles.com Angels Are Us (850) 678-3140 170 N. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 First Baptist Church of Niceville (850) 678-4621 622 Bayshore Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.fbcniceville.org Niceville UMC (850) 678-4411 Community Life Center Wesley Academy; Wesley Childcare 214 S. Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578 www.nicevilleumc.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 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 City of Valparaiso (850) 729-5402 465 Valparaiso Pkwy. Valparaiso, FL 32580 www.valp.org Food Depot (850) 678-6912 1015 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 Winn-Dixie (850) 897-3535 4512 E. Hwy. 20 Niceville, FL 32578 www.winn-dixie.com Walker's Ace Hardware (850) 678-4222 622 W. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 897-7711 4550 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. A Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 862-3169 234 Racetrack Rd., NE Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547 www.acehardware.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 Woolsey Insurance Agency (850) 678-0996 4524 E. Hwy. 20 Niceville, FL 32578 www.allstateagencies.com/markwoolsey/welcome 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 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 Recreational Services Inc (850) 897-3664 1050 Bay Dr. 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 Bluewater Bay Resort Realty (850) 376-3909 1940 Bluewater Blvd., Suite 7 Niceville, FL 32578 patmatthews1050@gmail.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 115 Cedar Ave. N. 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 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 440 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 Gotta-Git Taxi (850) 678-0100 24/7 Mid-Bay Bridge Authority (850) 897-1428 4400 E. Hwy. 20, Ste. 403 Niceville, FL, 32578 www.mid-bay.com Parkway Veterinary Hospital (850) 678-9733 1101 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, FL 32578 ACCOUNTING AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING ART CENTERS AUTO REPAIR BANKS & CREDIT UNIONS BEAUTY SALONS CHILDRENS LEARNING CENTERS CHURCHES COUNTRY CLUBS DENTISTS FAMILY HAIR SALONS GROCERY STORES HEARING AIDS HOSPITALS MOTORCYCLES NEWSPAPERS NURSERIES ORTHOPEDICS PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES REAL ESTATE RESTAURANTS POOLS GOVERNMENT BICYCLE SHOPS INSURANCE AGENCIES HARDWARE STORES SCHOOLS SEAFOOD MARKETS TAXIS TOLL BRIDGES AUTO BODY PET SUPPLIES VETERINARY CLINICS NEWSPAPERS REAL ESTATE 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 noncommercial Florida license by passing a visual exam and paying a transfer fee. No written or driving test is required. The Florida license is valid for six to eight Visit the tax collector s office to transfer vehicle titles and registration, and for driver s license services. Continued on page 20Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 19Getting a car tag or a drivers license

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years for immigrants and U.S. Citizens and up to one year for non-immigrants. 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, govote-okaloosa.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 govote-okaloosa.com or find them on Facebook. From page 19Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 20 Fall-Winter 2013 Register at least 29 days prior to an election to cast a ballot. Forms are available throughout the county. 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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 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 Cancer Society 244-3813, cancer.org American Girls Book Club 279-4863, ext. 1514 American Flag in your yard Bill Brunkow, Kiwanis Club, 897-4396 Jim Lindsay 897-3068 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 6782521 Forest Lake Bible Church 678-5879 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 897-4498 Bluewater Bay Men's Golf Assoiciation Bob Boggs 897-1440 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 Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance 200-4171; basinalliance.org CIL Disability Resource Center 1-877-245-2457;cil-drc.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 Colonists Eucheanna Chapter Margaret Nichols 897-1278 Daughters of the American Revolution Dotty Burdick 796-0783 fssdarchapters.org/choctawhatcheebay Democratic Women's Club Trish Rowe 678-0871; okaloosademocrats.com Disabled American Veterans Ch. 112 Walt Maddox 678-3525 davmembersportal.org/chapters/fl/112 Discovery Dive World 678-5001;discoverydiveworld.com Ducks Unlimited Jim Stalls 729-2623; ducksunlimited.org Economic Development Council 362-6467 or 800-995-7374; florida-edc.org Edge Elementary School PTO 833-4138 Elder Services 833-9165; elder-services.org Elks Lodge 729-3557; elks.org Embroiderer's Guild Laura Gamble 496-3466 Emerald Coast Archaeology Society Jess Palmer 651-0689; ecarchaeology@gmail.com 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 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 or 585-1028; ecsasailing.com Emerald Coast Tennis Council Steven Czonstka 897-4775 Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 21 Rotarians are among the many volunteers serving the community.Take part in the communityjoin a club Continued on page 22 3 4 5 Year Olds FREE VPK PROGRAMServing the Twin Cities since 1983SAINT 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.Announcing our new Preschool Director, Neicy Mott NOW ENROLLINGfor Fall 2013 H A I R E X P R E S S S a l o n & R e t a i l C e n t e r ( 8 5 0 ) 6 7 8 4 5 5 5 1 0 1 9 J o h n S i m s P k w y E P a l m P l a z a N i c e v i l l e h a i r e x p r e s s n i c e v i l l e c o m H a i r C u t t i n g & S t y l i n g C l i p p e r C u t s P e r m s C o l o r H i g h l i g h t s S t y l e s f o r A l l O c c a s i o n s W a l k I n s W e l c o m e To find out more about this SAFE & EFFECTIVE weight loss product, go to:sspettis.myplexusproducts.com The All-Natural Way TO LOSE WEIGHT

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Emerald Coast Woodturning Guild Earnest Nettles 585-6064 Faithfully Fit Exercise Program Barbara Wilder 678-4411, ext. 123 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 karenkirkwilliams@gmail.com; bluewaterbaygardenclub.com Garden Club, Niceville Marsha Palmer;nvgc1@cox.net 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-valparaiso-kiwanis.org Knights of Columbus #7667 Tom Elsesser 850-502-7529 Knights of Columbus #13527 Rod Culkin 850-279-4105 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 Masonic Lodge #312 678-7935 or 729-3197 Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation 650-2226; mattiekellyartsfoundation.org 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.com Niceville-Valparaiso Little League Baseball nvllb.net Niceville-Valparaiso Tea Party David Scholl 217-0981; emeraldcoastpatriots.com N. Okaloosa Republicans Ben White 797-9821 North Bay Society of the Sword Robert Drake 678-9190; northbayfencing.weebly.com Northwest Florida Symphony Guild Charles Myers 729-6027;nfsymphony.org/guild/ 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 Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women www.occsw.org Okaloosa County Head Start Niceville 678-6893 or 651-0645 okaloosaheadstart.org Okaloosa Democratic Exec. Committee Darlo Kiely 609-3367; From page 21Contacting clubs and other organizationsNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 22 Fall-Winter 2013 Scouting is one of many activities for young people. Continued on page 23 off Any purchase storewide, $10.00 or more.Excludes all animal feed and hay. Must present ad to receive discount. Expires February 28, 2014.1051 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. 2013 2013

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okaloosademocrats.com Okaloosa Mens Baseball 897-7529;ombl.org Okaloosa Republican Exec. Committee 609-4401; Gaye Ellis -Chairwoman Okaloosa/Walton Child Care Services 833-9330 Ostomy Support Group Dolly Frazee;678-5885 Overeaters Anonymous 863-9659 or 428-0119 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 or shawa@rbcs.org Rotary, Mid-Bay Henry Snider 217-3040; midbayrotaryclub.org Rotary, Niceville-Valparaiso Jimmie Boisjolie 699-0045 Ruckel Middle School PTO Victoria George 833-4142; okaloosa.k12.fl.us/ruckel/ 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 Sally Dryden 678-6925 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 Kids 678-4411 ext. 145; nicevilleumc.org/recreation Stage Crafters Community Theater 243-1101, option 3; stagecrafters.com Stockstarters Club Stan Chandler 585-8237 Strictly Weavers of Emerald Coast Alice Martin 934-4403; strictlyweavers@yahoo.com 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 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 243-0315; united-way.org Valparaiso-Niceville Girls Softball vngsa.org VFW Post 10090 Kevin Schweitzer;678-3525 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 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 651-3122 Is your organization missing from this list? Email info@baybeacon.com with "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 22Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 23 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 x A N N U A L S P E R E N N I A L S 1 0 0 0 s o f P l a n t s JOHN SIMS PKWY. HWY. 20VALPARAISO BLVD.PALM BLVD. Palm Plaza Tom ThumbEmerald Coast Nursery Time to Renew & Redo Time to Renew & RedoU N I Q U E G I F T S H O P 1 0 0 s o f G i f t I d e a s O r n a m e n t a l S h r u b s N a t i v e P l a n t s G r o u n d C o v e r s T r o p i c a l s P a l m s & T r e e s L a n d s c a p e A r c h i t e c t o n S t a f f N e w P l a n t S h i p m e n t s W e e k l y F E R T I L I Z E R P I N E S T R A W H O M E & G A R D E N D E C O R C a l l f o r a n a p p o i n t m e n t B r i n g i n y o u r s k e t c h e s D e c o r a t i v e P o t s 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 Direct/Text: 850.585.2303 Office: 850.678.1196Email: 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

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Beacon Staff One of the most common questions asked by newcomers (and many oldtimers too) is: What's there to do around here? Happily, there is no shortage of answers. Following are top attractions within a two-hour drive of the NicevilleValparaiso area, except where noted. Area codes are 850 unless otherwise indicated.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. -6436 or cityofniceville.orgLions ParkTwo-acre park on Boggy Bayou, boat ramp, pavilions. Free. Bayshore Dr., Niceville. -6436 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 -4863 or cityofniceville.orgMattie Kelly Arts 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. -5382 or nwfstatecollege.eduMany attractions within easy reach Continued on page 25 The Niceville Children's Park, a yearround attraction, offers a place to cool off in summer. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 24 Fall-Winter 2013 The only bank on Eglin Air Force Base and Nine branches in Okaloosa County to serve you!

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Niceville YMCA,000 square feet, wellness center, nursery, youth fitness, pool, sauna, hottub, 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. a.m.-6 p.m. summer & 6 a.m-5 p.m. winter -2949 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. Mon., 9 a.m.-7p.m. Tues., -Thurs., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday 9-5 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, 897-2583 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. Tues. Fri. 2-6 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-2 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.Plenty to do in the Twin Cities area From page 24 Continued on page 26 The Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, not only boasts an art gallery, but also hosts national traveling theatrical productions. Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 25 Jeff Waits, D.V.M. Jason Marquardt, D.V.M. Dara Johns, D.V.M. Carla Roberts, D.V.M. We are proud that our hospital is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association. In order to maintain membership in this prestigious association, our facilities, equipment, procedures, and services must meet strict standards and be regularly inspected and evaluated by an A AHA consultant.PARKWAY VETERINARY HOSPITAL1101 E. John Sims Pkwy. Niceville (850) 678-9733Combining the science of Veterinary medicine with the art of caring The staff of Parkway Veterinary Hospital welcomes your family to our area The doctors and staff at Parkway Veterinary Hospital would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our community. We look forward to serving you and meeting your pet's veterinary needs. For 30 years weve been meeting the healthcare needs of your best friend your pet Advanced Surgical Procedures Behavior Consultations Complete Companion Animal Care Dental Care Dietary and Nutritional Counseling Diagnostic Services on Site Diagnostic Ultrasonography Elective Surgery and Orthopedics Examinations & Vaccinations Surgery & Medications Exotic Pet & Bird Medications Geriatric Care

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 26 Fall-Winter 2013 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. benningmwr.com 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.orgJames 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_par ks_james_lee.htmlThe 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.comBig Kahuna's Water Park-acre park with 40+ water attractions, mini-golf, go-karts. Fee. Highway 98 East, Destin Water park opens May 4-September 2. Open daily, hours vary. -8319 or bigkahunas.comOkaloosa Island John Beasley Park-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_parks _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/holidays. Pavilions II, III, IV may be used free, first come, first served. Pavilion I may be reserved for a $200 fee. Eglin Outdoor Recreation: 850-8825058. www.eglinforcesupport.comGulfariumLive dolphin shows, marine animalActivities for the young and old From page 25 The area s uncrowded beaches offer cool breezes, white sand, emerald waters, and plenty of sunshine. Continued on page 27 Quickest Way to Destin. www.Mid-Bay.comP.O. Box 5037 4400 Hwy. 20 E. Suite 403 Niceville, FL 32578 850-897-1428 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 early 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.

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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. June-August Mon.-Sat. 12-4 p.m. September-May Mon.-Sat. 1-3 p.m. 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. Last admission 1 hour prior to close. -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 Hours seasonal. Call ahead. -4922 or goofygolffwb.comShalimar Air Force Armament MuseumMore than 1,500 artifacts on exhibit, armament, aircraft. Gift shop. Free. Museum Drive. Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed federal holidays. -1808North 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. Akersofstrawberries.com 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. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. -3949Walton 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. Main Park Rd., 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. a.m.-sunset daily. -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/topsailhillSeasideThis 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 seasidefl.com From page 26 Continued on page 28Things to see on Emerald CoastNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 27 Welcomes you to theVale of ParadiseWelcomes you to theVale of ParadiseThe City ofValparaisoThe City ofValparaisoFor more information(850) 729-5402 Recreation Services Inc. located in Bluewater Bay, is offering a great membership special. Join the swimming pool membership from now until Feb. 15, 2014, and receive a 50% discount on the enrollment fee! Membership includes 4 pools (1 heated) open year round. We also offer water aerobics, swimming lessons and facility rental for special occasions.Swim membership and storage facilities are not exclusive to Bluewater Bay Residents.EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN! O F F 5 0 % E N R O L L M E N T Recreation Services, Inc. office is located at 1050 Bay Drive (Bay Drive Pool). For more information call 897-3664.P r e s e n t t h i s a d & g e t BOAT & RV STORAGE AVAILABLENEWCOMERMEMBERSHIPSPECIAL

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Eden 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 visit mnof.orgPanhandle 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. hours vary, call ahead. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Fee. -2229 or gulfbreezezoo.orgNavarre Pier Gulf Blvd.,Navarre Fees for fishing or walking. Open daily. Summer 5 a.m.-10 p.m., Winter. 6 a.m.-6 p.m. -1794 or fishnavarre.comPanhandle Butterfly HouseView 12-20 species of butterflies. Navarre Parkway, Navarre Admission fee by donation Thurs., Fri., Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. through August 31. -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 8 a.m. to sunset. Free. -5338 or floridastateparks.orgWest 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. Gates open at 4 p.m., races start at 7 p.m. Fee. -2333 or southernraceway.comNewcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 28 Fall-Winter 2013 From page 27Parks, libraries, museums, fun spots The Air Force Armament Museum, just north of Shalimar, features a number of exhibits inside and out. 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 Don t drink & drive! GIT a TAXI! WE ACCEPT VISA & MASTER CARD OPEN 24/7Owner John Lasiter, USAF/RetiredNICEVILLE VALPARAISO Continued on page 30

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 29 101 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 & MenMeet the staff: Julie, Susan, Debbie & Ron www.bayareabetterhearing.com (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-HISThe Merchants Walk Bluewater Bay 4400 Hwy. 20 East, Suite 211 Niceville, FL 32578TMHIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AUTO BODY AUTO BODYCommitment to Quality Collision Specialists1419 North Partin Dr. Niceville, FL 32578(850) 678-0056 Fax 729-3161CRIis 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 712 HOWELLRD. NICEVILLE, FLORIDA 850.678.8222BICYCLES IIThe Bicycle Superstore S S A A L L E E S S S S E E R R V V I I C C E E A A C C C C E E S S S S O O R R I I E E S S Alpine Bicycles offer everything from entry level BMX bikes up to $12,000 tri-bikes. With a professionally trained staff and large on hand stock of parts, we have whats needed to get you back on the road or trail fast, and out riding where you belong. and many more exceptional name brands to choose from!Lucian Gary For more information, club tour, and trial round of golf, contact Andy Potter, our club manager and PGA Professional. a p o t t e r @ r o c k y b a y o u c c c o m 8 5 0 6 7 8 3 2 7 0 E x t 4 w w w R o c k y B a y o u C C c o m Whether you are looking for a luxury home, a great place to raise children or your retirement destination, Bluewater Bay provides all of the beauty and amenities you could ever hope for in a resort community. Golf, Walking and Bike trails Club House with restaurant Tennis Village Marina with docks Minutes from Destin Family friendly resort livingCall Pat: Bluewater Bays Hometown Broker at 850-376-3909 or email patmatthews1050@gmail.com for your complete tour.

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Page 30 Fall-Winter 2013 Pensacola 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.orgNational 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 Tues.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Sat.Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed holidays and Mondays. -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. Hours have changed due to sequestration. Call ahead. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Day. -9654; nps.gov/guis From page 28Taking time to explore the area 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 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 Accepting New Patients Most Major Insurances Accepted and Filed

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Newcomer Guide, a Supplement to the Beacon Fall-Winter 2013 Page 31 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 Candice LeggeGraphic ArtistKaron DeyBookkeeperLinda McCormickAdvertising RepresentativeBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeAngela Yuriko SmithEditorial 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 and GENERAL REPAIRIN TUNE WITH THE FUMESSniffing Out Car Problems Since 2000Zen Master, Guard Dog, Welcoming CommitteeTONY Expert, Certified Techs Quality Parts Detailed Estimates Friendly Service Brakes Water Pumps Timing Belts Struts/Shocks (850)729-6629 610 Elm Street NicevilleT T R R A A N N S S M M I I S S S S I I O O N N TWIN CITIES TWIN CITIES Age Appropriate ActivitiesAge 2-12 yearsCertified, Caring StaffCreative CurriculumParent Friendly Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6:30 am 5:30 pmAfterschool care for Lewis School (850) 678-3140170 N. John Sims Pkwy, Valparaiso, FL (2 miles outside Eglin s East Gate)NOW ENROLLING FOR FALLLic. #C010K0009 729-FISH(3474) Mon.-Fri. 10-6:30 Sat. 10-6 ONE STOP SHOPVariety of Fresh Fish Shrimp Scallops Octopus Oysters Snow Crab Alligator Filet Mignon Rib Eye Free Range Chickens Discover A Fiesta Of Flavor. South Of The Border Style.DAILY SPECIALS Sun. Fri.: Specials starting at $5.75 +up Sun.: 10% OFF Your totalFREE CHIPS & SALSA AND FREE DRINK REFILLSwith purchase of Lunch or Dinner. Dine in only. HOMEMADE AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD! PREPARED FRESH DAILY!NICEVILLE Parkway East Shopping Center729-1127DINE-IN CARRY OUT 16 YEARSin Niceville! (850) 897-4897Hours: Tues.-Fri. 9-5 Sat. 9-3 Walk Ins Welcome Ample Parking Evenings by AppointmentFull service ha ir c a re for the entire f amily Welcome to the Neighborhood!

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