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The Bay beacon
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Beacon
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city commissioners duties are not clearly defined. At present, he said, individual commissioners can interpret their duties in different ways. For example, Arnold said, one former city commissioner, who was once in charge of overseeing the citys public works department, would show up each day to personally supervise the day-to-day operations of the department, to include moving people from one job to another arbitrarily. This, said the mayor, tends to create confusion within city departments. Another reason for a new charter, said Arnold, is to help the city catch up with the 21st century. When the original city charter was adopted in 1921, he said, Most of the streets in Valparaiso were made of clay, or were sand trails. In such times, he said, it made sense for By Danielle Tavano Beacon Correspondent The City of Valparaiso Planning Commission approved a motion to submit plans to rezone the citys historical district. These plans have been initiated in hopes of creating opportunity for growth and economic development in the city. The commission also recommended approval of a zoning change for the Tom Thumb store on John Sims Parkway, and discussed the coordination of landuse planning with Eglin Air Force Base. Commissioner Tom Browning called the meeting of the planning commission to order Dec. 17, at 7:15 p.m. Eight people were in attendance, including two from the public.By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County Commission held a lengthy meeting Dec. 17 in Fort Walton Beach, during which officials discussed proposed new restrictions on taxicab operations at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, a proposal to rename the airport, sale of some county land, alternative conceptual plans for a new county government building at the Shalimar annex site, establishment of a compliance officer within county government, and county responses to the findings in a report from the Florida Auditor Generals Office. Commissioners held a public hearing to discuss a proposed county ordinance tightening existing regulations of taxicab and van shuttle operations at the airport. Provisions of the ordinance would include requiring taxi operators to carry at least $500,000 of insurance rather than the $300,000 currently required, pay assorted fees in order to operate at the airport, undergo background checks and drug screenings, and would include penalties for such things as unkempt personal or By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent In an interview with the Beacon, Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold answered questions about proposed revisions to the city charter which he has long championed, and which are slated to be put before Valparaiso voters in a referendum on March 11, 2014. Arnold said that he drafted most of the proposed revisions to the city charter himself, but added that he did so after reading a previous study by the Institute of Senior Professionals at Northwest Florida State College, and that he drafted the proposed revisions at the request of other members of the city commission, and coordinated his work with them throughout the process. Asked why a new charter is necessary, and what problems it is intended to solve, the mayor replied, The biggest problem is that under the current charter,By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Progress continues in a $6.5 million upgrade of the Niceville-Valparaiso regional sewer plant to meet state and federal requirements, according to the engineer for the project. PolyEngineering representative Glenn Stephens said the project involves modifying each of the three waste-processing "trains," one after the other, while keeping the other two in operation. We are now working on Train 2, said Stephens. Stephens also said that as part of the modification process, and aerator platform and stabilizer are removed, and an aluminum baffle wall is installed. He said he hoped the modifications to Train 2 would be completed by today, clearing the way for work to begin on the next one. Early in 2014, Stephens said, the plan is for Train 1 to be taken offline and fixed. We may finish the whole project by sometime next spring, he said. Sewer plant manager Rick Helms said the regional sewer plant processed about 16.9 million gallons of sewage during the month of November, as the modification work was in progress. He said the sewer plant also processed about 17,750 gallons of septic-tank waste pumped from cleanout trucks. Niceville City Councilman Heath Rominger had told the Beacon that the entire cost of the renovation project will be close to $6.5 million. Rominger said earlier this year that despite the required upgrades, the regional sewer plant is still something of a bargain for Niceville and Valparaiso. He said the sewer plant had originally been used by the two cities, as well as by Okaloosa County, but that the cities were in the process of buying out and taking over the countys portion of the treatment plant, since the countys wastewater is now being treated at a county owned plant elsewhere, allowing the entire capacity of the older plant to be shared by the two cities. Rominger said that this means that Niceville, for example, has enough waste water treatment capacity to handle wastewater from expected residential and commercial developments within Niceville into the foreseeable future. He said the cost of upgrading the plant to meet current FDEP standards is much less than it would have cost if the city had been forced to either build an entire new plant or build a significant expansion of the existing plant in order to meet expected future wastewater treatment needs. Stephens also said that the reroofing of some buildings at the sewer plant was in progress. T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, December 25, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts Please see MAYOR, page A-3 Please see CAB, page A-2 Please see PARKING, page A-7 Police Blotter, page A-7Wed., 11 a.m. St. Judes Episcopal Church 200 Partin Drive N., Niceville, will hold a Christmas Day service 678-7013. Fri., 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Last day to sign up for Adult Outdoor Soccer League for ages 17 and up. Cost for Niceville residents is $60 per player, non-residents, $80 per player. Register and pay in person with cash or check at the Community Life Center at Niceville United Methodist Church 214 Partin Drive S., Niceville, or online with credit card. 678-4411. Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Final day for The Friends of the Niceville Library book stores half price sale. Books and audio will be half price. Proceeds from sales benefit the Niceville Public Library. 279-4863 ext. 1500. Tues., 11 p.m. Rocky Bayou Baptist Church, 2401 Partin Drive N., Niceville, will hold a New Years Eve prayer service in the Genesis Hall. 678-6062. Calendar, B-3 COMINGUP The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Tom Thumb store seeks residential lot for parking $6.5 million sewer-plant upgrade proceedsCounty eyes airport cab rules Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithThe scene was peaceful as visitors peered at Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus during a hayride event at Valparaiso Assembly of God. Church members reenacted scenes from the life of Jesus, including the Nativity, and were treated to hot drinks and cookies afterwards. A little angel completed the scene as she offered her blessing over the newborn Savior.Gift of a king The Valparaiso Planning Commission recommended approval of a zoning change for the land behind this Tom Thumb store on John Sims Parkway that would allow construction of a parking lot on a residential lot behind the store so the establishment can be expanded.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithValp. mayor backs new city charter Bruce Arnold

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vehicle appearance, or for drivers caught sleeping in their cabs while waiting in line to pick up fares. A number of cabbies and owners attended the meeting, and spoke for or against the proposed ordinance. Foremost among those favoring the new restrictions was the owner of Sunshine Transportation, who said his is the countys largest taxi operation with about 60 vehicles. He suggested that the proposed ordinance does not do enough to ensure professionalism and uniformity among cabs and drivers, and that the first impressions given by taxi drivers at the airport create a first impression of Okaloosa County for arriving visitors. He said his own drivers wear uniforms and are thoroughly vetted. He suggested that the county put out a request for proposals to establish a single franchise for taxi operations at the airport. Most of the other taxi operators who attended the meeting, however, represented much smaller businesses, including several one-person operations. They said the proposed new ordinance is much too strict, and imposes such heavy costs and other burdens on small operators as to threaten to put some of them out of business. One cabbie, David Hall, said it is unreasonable not to allow drivers to take an occasional five-minute power nap while waiting in long lines to pick up fares at the airport. He said drivers often wait for several hours at a time, and that their job is physically stressful. We are not Olympic people, he said. Hall said that he is overweight, takes several medications prescribed by his doctor, and that the occasional nap while waiting in line is essential to his health. He also stressed the importance of taxi services to the county, saying that taxi drivers are an important factor in preventing drunk driving. John Mark, another driver, complained that the airport administration does a poor job in dealing with local drivers. He said drivers were not informed of a recent speed limit change at the airport, and that there has been no meeting between taxi owners and airport administrators in more than a year. County Commissioner Nathan Boyles said he was surprised to learn that the county has an ordinance to regulate taxis. He said he thought it would be more appropriate to simply allow the airport administration to write its own administrative regulations, subject to approval by the county commission. Commissioner Don Amunds, however, said he believed in the ordinance, as a law is easier to enforce than an administrative regulation. However, said Amunds, he supports keeping the insurance requirement at the current $300,000 level rather than increasing it to $500,000. After some further discussion, commissioners voted 4-1 to table the issue until their next meeting in the south end of the county, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Jan. 21. Commissioner Kelly Windes cast the dissenting vote, saying he thought the issue could be settled right away. In other business, the commissioners approved a proposal to refinance several Series 2013 bonds, totaling $8,950,000, in the form of a bank loan from Compass Bank. Airports director Sunil Harman said that Compass Bank was the low bidder among 19 banks who had competed for the loan, and that the new bank loan will save the county approximately $1.7 million in interest costs, compared with the interest on the current bonds. Commissioners approved an interim report of the research effort through MDRG for the market positioning and naming (branding) of Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS) to most effectively identify the airport by the market it serves. The report did not contain any specific recommendation for a name change for the airport. It did contain comments from various people who were apparently interviewed or surveyed during the study, most of whom seemed to favor a name referring to Fort Walton Beach as more recognizable than one mentioning Northwest Florida. Commissioners accepted the interim report by a 4-1 vote but took no action, with Commissioner Dave Parisot dissenting. I first learned of this when I read in the Daily News that $35,000 was being spent on this study, said Parisot. Weve been way overcharged for minimal work, he said. Commissioners heard an informational briefing from representatives of Lord & Sons Construction Co., in which they showed drawings of several conceptual designs for a proposed new county government building at the Shalimar annex site. The concept drawings showed buildings ranging from one to three stories in height, and with similar but slightly varying floor plans. The building, if constructed, would provide a single, county-owned location for a number of county government offices now housed in various locations rented by the county. After the presentation, County Administrator Ernie Padgett proposed that the county commission appoint a working group to include one county commissioner and representatives from the county administrators office, facilities management department, and from Lord & Sons, to work out details as to what such a building should include. The motion to do so was approved by a 4-1 vote, with Parisot dissenting. Amunds was appointed as the county commissions liaison to the group. Padgett also proposed that the county create the position of compliance officer to assist county departments in ensuring that their financial and accounting procedures are in accordance with all laws and regulations. The recommendation followed a Florida Auditor General report critical of lax county-government financial controls following the 2012 scandal in which Mark Bellinger, then county tourist-development director, embezzled or squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds under the nose of the county commission. In a report to the commission, Padgett stated, In response to the Auditor General reported The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 The Quickest Wayto Destin is Now Quicker. Ft. Walton Beach Valparaiso Destin Niceville Crestview De Funiak Springs FL. 293 FL. 293 Mid-Bay Bridge Mid-Bay Bridge FL. 293 Mid-Bay Bridge10 98 20 285 85 10 331 85 P.O. Box 5037 4400 Hwy. 20 E. Suite 403 Niceville, FL 32578 850-897-1428 www.Mid-Bay.comMid-Bay Bridge Connector Opening January 4, 2014The new Mid-Bay Bridge Connector will be opening in 2014 saving you even more time. Access the Connector north of Niceville for quick direct access to the Mid-Bay Bridge. The Connector will be an all electronic, no cash toll road. Toll collection will be either SunPass or Toll-By-Plate. Go to SunPass.com or TollbyPlate.com for more information. CABFrom page A-1 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 ExpressThe 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. Love Family Home MemoriesGivingFaithPeace WarmthHugsSmiles KindnessThanksFriendsBlessingsPage A-2 Wednesday, December 25, 2013 THEBAYBEACON Beacon photo by Emily KentThe Okaloosa County Commission is considering new rules governing taxi operations at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport. 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findings at the Tourist Development Department in January 2013, and the Preliminary and Tentative Findings in report on the BCC in October 2013, the Board has directed the County Administrators office to bring a recommendation on implementing internal controls with regard to compliance and financial transactions. After considering from three alternatives, including funding additional employees at the Okaloosa County Clerk of Courts Office, contracting a CPA firm, and hiring an employee, the County Administrator has determined the best solution is to create a position for a Compliance Officer assigned under the County Administrators Office. Specific to the duties of this position, if approved, several responsibilities will include: Conducts reviews for compliance of internal policies, procedures and practices, general ledger account balances, grants, contracts, revenue collection, purchasing, disbursements, inventory as well as facilities and equipment management. Determines whether the BCC Departments are performing their planning, custodial, accounting or control activities in compliance with policies, procedures, standards, laws, and regulations, and in a manner consistent with objectives and standards of administrative practices and applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. Develops internal control policies, processes, and procedures and makes recommendations. Commissioners unanimously approved the establishment of the compliance officer position. city commissioners to directly oversee the workings of city departments. Now, however, city infrastructure is much more complex, and includes such things as a water and sewer department that did not exist in 1921. Today, he said, it makes more sense for city departments to be overseen by hired, professionally-qualified managers, while elected city commissioners concentrate their attention on broader issues, such as interacting with state and federal regulations and government agencies, and lobbying such state and federal agencies, including Eglin Air Force Base, to protect the interests of the city, as well as dealing with such entities as the Florida League of Cities. Arnold was asked whether the city could afford the likely higher pay needed to attract or retain a city administrator qualified to carry out new duties more closely related to those of a city manager. He replied that the new charter will not turn the city administrator into a city manager, and that the professional chiefs of some key city services, such as police and fire protection, will still be directly under the supervision of the mayor or city commission. However, he said, it makes sense for the city administrator to have direct oversight of most other city services, such as the city library, TV/cable system, and public works. Although the earlier study of alternative forms of city government performed for the city by the Institute of Senior Professionals recommended that the city adopt a city manager form of government, Arnold said, simply strengthening the position of the current city administrator will be adequate to meet the citys needs. He added that Carl Scott, the current city administrator, is wellqualified to assume such responsibilities. Asked why attempting to revise the charter now is likely to succeed, after a previous attempt to rewrite the charter in the 1990s failed, the mayor said that the previous charter committee had recommended that the city adopt a city manager form of governmentsomething that would have been too expensive to do, then or now. He estimated that hiring a city manager could cost the city more than $100,000 a year. Scott currently earns about $59,000 a year as city administrator, according to Arnold. Arnold said the proposed charter revision will not change the at-large manner in which city commissioners are elected, or institute a ward system for electing them. He said that although the city commission already has the option of setting up a ward system under the current charter, and would have the same option under a revised charter, he does not foresee that happening, and no one has proposed doing so. Arnold was asked whether he sees the adoption of a new city charter as a sort of final capstone to his long career as mayor. No, he replied. I would like for the city to have done this many years ago, but the need for it has become more acute in the last 10 years. The mayoralty is also on the ballot for March 11, along with two city commissioner seats. Arnold, who is believed to be Florida's longest-serving elected mayor, has not said whether he will seek reelection. Arnold summarized his position by saying that public offices in Valparaiso should be welldefined, with well-defined duties, and that both elected and unelected officials should know the bounds of their duties, and what they are responsible for. The current system, he said, establishes five fiefdoms, each controlled by a single commissioner, with each commissioner having the authority to spend tax money to order supplies, execute contracts, and make other key executive decisions for his or her departments, but with little opportunity to coordinate their activities with other commissioners outside of formal monthly commission meetings. Outside such monthly meetings, the mayor said, commissioners are forbidden to discuss city business with each other under the provisions of Floridas sunshine law. In the modern world, said the mayor, providing day-to-day city services should be handled from a central focal point, such as the city administrator, who would be overseen by and accountable to the city commission as a whole. The city commission would retain ultimate authority, especially including authority over the city budget, and to hire or fire the city administrator. In any case, said Arnold, the decision as to whether to adopt the proposed new charter is no longer in his hands, or in those of any other city official. It will be up to the populace during the election, he said. He added that he would be working to provide Valparaiso citizens with more information about the proposed charter revisions, especially during the period between Jan. 1 and the March 11 referendum. Arnold was one of two elected city officials to answer the Beacon's questions about the proposed city charter. The other was Commissioner Joe Morgan, whose comments were published earlier. 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the Starmark health insurance company, which covers East Niceville fire district employees at district expense. One of the reasons the fire district chose Starmark as its health insurance carrier, said commission Chairman Mike Marcolongo, is that six months after any 12month period with low claims, Starmark rebates a portion of the fire districts insurance premiums back to the district after 18 months. Schweppe also said, however, that problems sometimes arise when a doctor, hospital, or other health provider submits bills for health care several months after the service is performed. In such cases, he said, it is possible for a late claim to arrive at the insurance company after a rebate has already been paid to the fire district. In such cases, said Schweppe, the insurance company may require the district to refund the rebate, or that the district itself pay the entire cost of the medical claim. Marcolongo told his fellow commissioners that he sees no reason why such claims should be arriving several months late at either the insurance company or to the fire district. He recommended that the district not pay such late claims, and that it should direct the insurance company not to pay them either. Firefighters covered by the districts health insurance, said Marcolongo, should regard it as their own responsibility to know when they or their family members have received medical care and from whom, and to follow up with their care providers. The follow-up, he said, should ensure that bills for care are sent to the insurance company within a reasonable time, such as within 60 days. If the individual does not receive a statement of benefits or other documentation from his health care provider or the insurance company within 60 days of the time care is provided, Marcolongo said, that individual should contact the health care provider, find out the reason for the delay, and remind them to file the bill in a timely manner. After some discussion the fire commission unanimously passed a motion that the fire district will not pay claims received beyond May of the year following the year in which medical care is actually provided to a firefighter or other covered person. Medical bills received after that time, said Marcolongo, will be the sole responsibility of the individual who received care. ArrestsOn Dec. 2, Valparaiso police arrested William Richard Davis Jr., 22, a painter, of 324 Okaloosa Ave., Apt. B, Valparaiso, for one count of possession of drugs paraphernalia. An officer responded to an address on Lincoln Avenue as backup for a domestic issue. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with Davis, who stated that he was wrestling around with his girlfriend, which led to her calling the police. The officer then made contact inside the residence with the girlfriend, who provided the officer with a black serving tray with a glass pipe, which the officer knew from his training and experience to be commonly used to smoke marijuana. The tray also contained a box, inside of which was a small amount of marijuana shake which later showed a presumptive positive for the presence of THC. The officer then presented Davis with the tray of paraphernalia, at which time Davis admitted to being the owner of the items. * On Dec. 4, Niceville police arrested Soleil Arden Stanley, 19, of 335 Pontevedra Lane, Niceville, on one count each of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The police report stated that when police stopped Stanleys vehicle, he attempted to throw three smoking pipes and a marijuana grinder out the window. He was found to be in possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana in the front seat of his vehicle. The grinder was found to have marijuana residue on it. * On Dec. 4, Niceville police arrested Edward Desmond Moree, 35, of 412 Paradise Road, Niceville, on one count of contempt of court. The police report stated that Moree willfully violated an injunction for protection against domestic violence, which specified no thirdparty contact with the petitioner. The report stated that on Oct. 1 Moree attempted to send a message to the petitioner through two other people, asking the petitioner to bail him out of jail. * On Dec. 12, Niceville police arrested Michael Robert Lake Jr., 25, address at large, on one count of sexual battery by a suspect more than 18 years old on a victim less than 12 years old. * On Dec. 12, Niceville police arrested Michael Casey Wilkinson, 27, of 304 Reeves St., Lot C-11, Niceville, on one count of resisting an officer without violence. According to the police report, police responded to a 911 call by Okaloosa County Emergency Medical Services. As an officer arrived, Wilkinson approached him in a very aggressive matter and was immediately detained by the officer. Wilkinson refused to identify himself to the officer, and was placed under arrest. * On Dec. 14, Niceville police arrested Cynthia Lynn Lawson, 24, and Jordan Drew Harris, 24, both of 310 Washington Ave., Valparaiso. Each suspect was charged with one count each of burglary and grand theft. Lawson and Harris were seen by witnesses to enter the back yard of a home on Hickory Avenue, where they allegedly broke a back window, entered the residence, and removed a jar containing more than $300 worth of change. * On Dec. 3, Niceville police arrested a 17-year-old male from Niceville on one count each of retail theft and resisting a merchant. The defendant exited the Niceville Walmart with a case of Budweiser beer valued at $16.97, which he had not paid for. When store employees attempted to stop him, he threw the beer down ont the sidewalk and ran. When police contacted the youth, he admitted to leaving the store with the beer without paying. * On Dec. 4 Jeremy Langston Alford, 30, a carpenter, of 1510 27th St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police for one count of criminal mischief. DUIOn Dec. 14, Valparaiso police arrested Susan Denise Dugan, 47, 331 Virginia Ave., Valparaiso, for DUI. An officer observed Dugan slumped over the wheel of her vehicle at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and SR 397, with the vehicles brake lights on and the engine running. The officer stated that after observing the driver slumped over the wheel, he turned around to check on the driver, at which time the vehicle began moving across the northbound lanes of traffic, striking the curb and then stopping. Upon exiting his patrol car, the officer saw Dugans vehicle again begin to roll, riding the curb until correcting at the intersection of SR 397 and Edge Avenue, and coming to rest. The driver then began to drive north on SR 397, striking the curb at the corner of North Bayshore Drive, and then turned right onto Bayshore, where the driver finally stopped and placed the vehicle in park. Dugan was found to have a blood or breath alcohol level of 0.236.OtherOn Dec. 7, an Okaloosa deputy responded to an address on Bluewater Boulevard regarding a report of a theft that had ready occurred. The case remains active. * On Dec. 9, an Okaloosa deputy responded to an address on Old Post Road, Niceville, in regard to a landlord-tenant dispute. The case was closed as it is a civil rather than criminal matter. 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. Happy Holidays to all!! Low rates are just around the corner. Convenient local office Money-saving discounts Low down payments Monthly payment plans 24-hour service and claims Coverage available by phone Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states or all GEICO companies. Motorcycle coverage is underwritten by GEICO Indemnity Company. Homeowners, renters and boat coverages are written through non-af liated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, D.C. 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary. GEICO Gecko image 1999-2013. 2013 GEICO850-863-4187 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Dec.16, 2013 through Dec.19, 2013. 3 Structure Fire13 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire1 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn3 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME N. Partin Dr.............................................Medical.....................12/16/13.....................05:04 Everglade Dr...........................................Medical.....................12/16/13.....................05:12 Edgewater Dr..........................................Medical.....................12/16/13.....................09:01 29th Street..............................................Medical.....................12/16/13.....................09:40 Woodlow Rd...........................................Medical.....................12/16/13.....................12:27 22nd Street.............................................Structure fire............12/16/13.....................13:21 N. Partin Dr.............................................Medical.....................12/16/13.....................13:27 Winding Water Way...............................Alarm activation.......12/16/13.....................14:44 Nutmeg Ave............................................Medical.....................12/16/13.....................17:23 E. John Sims Pkwy................................Vehicle crash...........12/17/13.....................06:52 College Blvd...........................................Structure fire............12/17/13.....................16:38 Ivy Ave....................................................Structure fire............12/17/13.....................13:27 Ellis Ave..................................................Medical.....................12/18/13.....................08:02 Coral Dr...................................................Medical.....................12/18/13.....................08:54 E. John Sims Pkwy................................Service call...............12/18/13.....................09:33 Duncan Dr...............................................Medical.....................12/18/13.....................21:24 Duncan Dr...............................................Medical.....................12/19/13.....................08:23 N. Partin Dr.............................................Medical.....................12/19/13.....................10:06 N. Partin Dr.............................................Medical.....................12/19/13.....................11:16 Bullock Blvd............................................Alarm activation.......12/19/13.....................22:06 Weekly Safety Tip: Don t burn evergreens, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace or in wood stoves, they can quickly flare out of control and some wrapping paper contains metallic materials that can cause toxic fumes. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North B9y Fire Department responded to the following calls from December 16, 2013 through December 15, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Parkwood Pl...........................Medical................................12/16/13.........................09:29 Caribbean Way......................Medical................................12/16/13.........................12:15 22 nd Street.............................Dispatched & cancelled.....12/16/13.........................13:22 N. Partin Dr.............................Medical................................12/16/13.........................13:30 Windlake Dr............................Public assist........................12/16/13.........................22:33 Garden Oaks Cove................Medical................................12/16/13.........................23:16 E. College Blvd......................Electrical..............................12/17/13.........................11:16 Ridgewood Way.....................Dispatched & cancelled.....12/17/13.........................11:21 Ivy Ave....................................Building fire.........................12/17/13.........................13:29 Range Rd...............................Forest fire............................12/18/13.........................16:11 Parkwood Ct...........................Dispatched & cancelled.....12/18/13.........................19:54 Oaklake Lane.........................Medical................................12/19/13.........................10:50 N. White Point Rd..................Medical................................12/19/13.........................23:35 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Michael Robert Lake Jr. Cynthia Lynn Lawson Jordan Drew Harris Fire officials: Hair dryer didn't cause fireBeacon Staff The Niceville Fire Department said it has finished its investigation of a minor fire that occurred at the Holiday Inn Express Dec. 13. The department, which declined to release its report, said it has that determined the fire was not started by a handheld hair dryer. CLAIMSFrom page A-4 CLIMATE CONTROL SPECIAL Receive1/2OFFFirst MonthOR ONEMonth FREE!1466 Cedar St., Niceville AffordableClimate Control Mini Storage Rental Available* Storage Supplies/BoxesCall for Details(850) 897-3314 $8800SPECIAL(NON-CLIMATE)

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At the beginning of the meeting, Carl Scott, city administrator, swore in the speakers representing the general public, Ruckel Properties, and Tom Thumb. Browning made a motion to approve the minutes of the Nov. 19 meeting. The motion was seconded, and approved. He then made a motion to defer the discussion of old business to the end of the meeting. This motion was approved. New business was then opened for discussion. This consisted of a request by Ruckel Properties and Tom Thumb to change the zoning of 306 Okaloosa Ave., which Ruckel owns, from R1A-single-family residential, to C-1-limited commercial. This would allow them to expand the adjacent store, which Tom Thumb owns, to use the residential lot to the west. Property owners within 400 feet have been notified of the request. Thus, the legal requirements for this hearing were met. A representative of Ruckel Properties, lawyer Jeff McInnis, announced that Tom Thumb plans to expand its store, making it bigger and including a deli and other services that he said will have a positive impact on the community without needing to make changes to existing infrastructure. Ruckel Properties will raze a currently occupied house on the Okaloosa Avenue property, and expand the Tom Thumb parking lot, allowing it to be incorporated into the existing commercial property. McInnis said that a privacy fence and a landscaped buffer area will be built along the perimeter of the parking lot, as a courtesy to neighboring residents. He assured that stormwater retention systems are up to code, and that security cameras will be installed on the buildings exterior. After hearing the proposal, Browning asked McInnis about the lighting of the parking lot, expressing concern that it will be close to adjacent residents and thus may pose a nuisance by shining into their homes. At this point, landlord Alan Richardson spoke up, expressing the same concerns for his tenants, of which he said he has three or four, all in the area adjacent to the Tom Thumb. They are good people, and we dont want to lose them as tenants, he said. Richardson requested that diffused or downward-facing lights be added as a stipulation to the request, as well as time restraints that would only allow lights to be in use from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At this time, Scott cracked open the city ordinance book and found that it is illegal to place time constraints on business lights. He pointed out that since Tom Thumb is a 24-hour store, the lights would need to be kept on from sunset to sunrise, to ensure the safety of patrons and employees. A Tom Thumb representative then stepped up to the podium to explain that the lights used by Tom Thumb are LED lights, which are directional in nature, and therefore would not pose a disturbance to nearby residents as they would be aimed downward and inward. He also added that the lumen count is regulated by the state. Looking at the plans, Richardson requested that fencing be added along the Okaloosa Avenue side, to block the light from those houses across the street. The Tom Thumb representative conceded that they could indeed add that into the plan. Richardson asked the committee to add a condition that a lighting plan be submitted along with the building plan, but his request was denied. Planning Commissioner Jack Carson asserted that lighting requirements were already outlined between the building plan and existing city ordinances, thus they didnt require additional documentation on the matter. Carson then made a motion to approve the zoning change proposal, which was seconded and unanimously approved. The planning commission then moved on to the discussion of old business. The focus of this discussion was on rezoning areas of the city to open up options for developers interested in these spaces. Among these areas being considered for rezoning are the Historical District of Valparaiso, which would be rezoned from HP to C1. This will allow developers and residents to open new businesses in the area as well as build new houses. It was agreed that Perrine Park, at the center of the Historical District, in "Old Valparaiso," would remain. Carson then voiced a proposal to rezone the boatworks tract on Toms Bayou from I-1 to C-1, since it is dilapidated and an eyesore. In other business, both Scott and Marion Cook, community planner for Eglin Air Force Base, suggested that new language be drafted for the creation of mixed-use zones in the city. This new land-use zone would allow developers and residents more freedom as to their land use, since the thin strip of C-1 zoning currently skirting John Sims Parkway south of Toms Bayou does not allow enough space for any substantial businesses to develop there. Scott and Cook asserted that developers would sooner seek contracts in other places where they would not have to request a rezoning, since it is a hassle and costs a lot of money, thus they are currently losing business from potential developing contractors. The planning commission conceded that deals would need to be made with Eglin over the proposed rezoning, since much of the land inside the limits of Valparaiso, south of Toms Bayou, belongs to the base. Scott emphatically said that the Air Force has a list of things that they want, and that the city of Valparaiso needs to draw up its own list of things it wants to see done, in an official document, so that both parties can work together to accomplish a compromise between their respective goals. Scott and Cook agreed to work together to draft language for the proposal of the new mixed-use zone. Certain decisions of the planning commission, including rezonings and the creation of new zones, are subject to ratification by the city commission, which is scheduled to meet next on Jan. 13. PARKINGFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, December 25, 2013 Page A-7 Normally, being with family but this year is the first time that s not happening, as my family is back in the United Kingdom. Going to church with my family on Christmas Eve. I like all the stories, especially Dickens Christmas Carol.What do you like best about Christmas?I like singing Christmas songs. I love everything about Christmas, and watching the happy children having fun. I like the way feuds can be put aside, at least for the duration of the season. Location: Niceville civic complex THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER by Mike GriffithBecky Rigel, 67, Niceville, homemaker Eme Hardy, 13, Niceville, Ruckel Middle School student James Evans, 13, Niceville, Ruckel Middle School student Rebecca Fenton-Ree, 36, Niceville, teacher Alex Rigel, 3, Niceville Ian Kampert, 16, Crestview, Rocky Bayou Christian School student What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field. Text ER to 23000 for Average Wait Times.*For a free physician referral 24/7, call (855) 614-7274. Top Quality Performers Three Years in a Row!Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital ranked among top hospitals in the country. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , D D e e c c e e m m b b e e r r 2 2 5 5 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Whos News Ruckel Middle School students selected for the AllState Band, from left, Mandy Martin, Meredith Freeman, Camille Miles, Zachary Verzwyvelt, Ryan Murphey and Colton Williams. Pictured with Director Eddie Steadman. BWB girl lauded at horse competitionMaggie Bowers won High Point awards for the year awards at the Baker Open Horse Show in Baker Horse Show on Nov. 2 after winning over 90 ribbons for the year in Western, English and Hunter/Jumper with her horse, Old Money Talks. In every category except Youth, she competed against adults as well as youth, often the youngest against riders that had many years over her. She is a seventh grade student at Ruckel Middle School and the daughter of Joseph and Cynthia Bowers in Bluewater Bay. Opus One performs for libraryNiceville High School s Opus One chorus was at the Niceville Public Library Dec. 11 to serenade a standing room only crowd with holiday song for a patron appreciation party hosted by Friends of the Niceville Library and library staff. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithSteve Manthey of Niceville recently celebrated 20 years of service with Metlife Financial Group of the South an office of MetLife. Manthey started his career at MetLife in 1993. Since then, he has devoted his career to helping clients in the Gulf Coast area build financial freedom. Manthey is a Life Underwriter Training Council Underwriter, LTCF. Steve Manthey Retired officers wives send out 2013 with feteThe North West Florida Retired Officers Wives Club celebrated with a Christmas luncheon and a performance featuring the Sugar Beach Chorus, directed by Karen Boisjolie, Dec. 12, for their last event of the 2013 year. NWFLROWC meets on third Thursdays a t 10:30 a.m. at the Eglin Bayview Club. For reservations please call Glenda 651-3177.Ruckel band students selected for All-StateSix Ruckel Middle School students have been selected as members of the Florida AllState Band. The musicians include eighth graders Meredith Freeman on alto saxophone, Mandy Martin on tenor saxophone, Camille Miles on flute, Ryan Murphey on clarinet and Zachary Verzwyvelt on baritone saxophone. Also chosen was seventh grader Colton Williams on tenor saxophone. Auditions for the All-State band were held in September and had five parts: seven major scales, in 2 minutes or less, from memory complete with arpeggios, memorized chromatic scale covering the range for their instrument, a lyrical musical study, a technical musical study, and a sight-reading exercise with music the student hadnt seen before. Auditions are recorded and evaluated by a trained judge who scores each audition. The All-State band will rehearse and perform during the 2014 Florida Music Educators Association Conference which will be held in Tampa January 8-11. The Middle School AllState Band Concert will be held Saturday, January 11 at the Tampa Convention Center. NWFSC prohibits any form of discrimination on the basis of age, color, ethnicity, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, genetic information or gender in any of its programs, services, or activities. From all of our campuses & centers....Have a Safe & Happy Holiday!Niceville Campus Fort Walton Beach Campus Eglin AFB Education Center Hurlburt Field Education CenterChautauqua CenterDeFuniak Springs South Walton Center Robert L. F. Sikes Education CenterCrestview Northwest Florida State College is closed for the holidays. All campuses will re-open for business and registration services on January 2nd. Students may enroll for classes and pay fees over the holiday break through theNWF State College website at www.nwfsc.eduSpring classes begin January 13th 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks)678-8876Treat yourself to new glasses for the New Year! Come see us today! Dont forget to have your childs eyes checked over the Christmas break.678-6211WISHINGYOUABRIGHT&HAPPYNEWYEAR!FromthegangatEyewearUnlimited&Dr.BrencisOffice

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CHURCH DIRECTORY The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page B-2 Wednesday, December 25, 2013 THEBAYBEACON JROTC gives to food bankThe Niceville High School JROTC recently held a canned food drive collecting over 652 pounds of food to give to the Niceville Sharing & Caring. Pictured making the delivery from left, Rachel Gold, Zak Steffens, Caleb Brown, Bryce Fejeran, Johnny Nygen, Tanner Roberts and Sergeant Hensley. WWII veterans honored in Christmas paradeWWII veterans were honored during the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club s annual parade Dec. 7 by serving as grand marshals. Each veteran was driven by a corvette from Sunset Vettes of Northwest Florida. Each car was decorated with a banner on the door with the veteran s name, rank and which division they fought in. Pictured, William Kaunzinger waits for the parade to begin.Photo courtesy of Lou Kaunzinger Ruckel singers selected for All-StateRuckel Middle School Chorus is proud to announce the 14 chorus students who earned seats in the 2014 All State Mixed and Treble Choruses. Pictured from left, John Hencinski, Richard Brown, Elijah Sutton, Wesley Krist and Joe Walker. Middle row from left, Olivia Reneau, Katrin Woods, Kali Kerrigan, Madelyn Huston and Emma Ladd. Front row, from left, Julia Freeman, Abby Bonilla, Mandy Martin and Meredith Freeman.Parrot Heads choose volunteer of the yearBetty Leffue was presented the Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club s Volunteer of the Year Award by Parrot Head President Hank Bittmann, at their volunteer recognition party Dec. 7. Betty served on the publicity committee and did many jobs at all of the club s events. Leffue received a plaque, a special volunteer name tag and a free club membership for next year. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Lewis students selected for All-State chorusThree Lewis School students were selected for the Florida AllState Mixed and Treble Choruses and will be traveling to Tampa in January to attend workshops and perform in these prestigious ensembles at the Florida Music Educator s State Conference. Pictured, from left, 8th graders Danielle Davis and Michael Schneider and 7th grader Holly Chavis completed three rounds of auditions for musicianship, sight-singing and vocal quality. The Choral Director at Lewis School is Kristen Bowne. Ruckel lauds staff of the yearBill Breitenbeck has been selected as Ruckel s Teacher of the Year and Janet Simpson has been selected as Ruckels Support Person of the Year. NHS Leadership promotes literacy at Edge and Lewis schoolsThe Niceville High School Leadership program traveled to Edge Elementary School and Lewis School Dec. 16 to present literacy lessons to the younger students. The Leadership students read popular children s stories to the kids, presented a literacy lesson that related to the book, played a game, completed an activity and treated them to a snack that was themed to their books. Some books that were presented were Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Green Eggs and Ham, The Polar Express, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.Call for membersThe Pastel Society of North Florida is accepting new members. Included with the annual membership dues of $35 is the ability to have a presence in the Member Artist pages of the website, inclusion in the Biennial Members Show (odd numbered years), a members discount when entering paintings in the Biennial National Juried Exhibitions (even years), email newsletters, educational meetings, painting demonstrations, and opportunity for early members only signup for art workshops with nationally acclaimed instructors. The Pastel Society of North Florida is also a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies which enables members to attend the highly acclaimed IAPS Pastel Convention held on odd numbered years in Albuquerque, N.M. Please contact Carrie Raeburn at psnf@centurytel.net or visit the website, pastelsocietyofnorthflorida.org. Adult soccer leagueAdult Outdoor Soccer League for ages 17 and up. Register now until Dec. 27. There will be one game per week, from Jan. 5-Feb. 23, on Sunday afternoons at the Howard Hill Soccer Fields. Cost for Niceville residents is $60 per player. For nonresidents, $80 per player. Register and pay in person with cash or check at the Community Life Center at Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Dr. S., Niceville, or online with credit card at nicevilleumc.org/recreation. Drivers: Home EVERY Weekend. Dedicated Southern Lanes & OTR! All Miles PAID (Loaded & Empty)! Walk Away Lease: No Money Down, No Credit Check. 1-888880-5911 Home-58 acres, pond, 9000+ sf, indoor pool, 6 tall garages, mahogany log cabin, l-room, 4 bd, 6 ba. Taxes-$770/yr. Low utilities. Call 850588-9443. $496,000.00 OBO. Wing, AL. Picture/Map can be seen at www.housefarmdeal.com House for sale Crestview southside by owner. $201,900. 4/3, half acre. 317-964-9905 Log splitter like new. $850.00 Please call 2179433. Lost red canoe. Rocky Bayou/Creek/Huntington area on Thanksgiving Day. If found, please call 850-865-8105. Looking for a home or a job? Be sure to check the classified section in the Beacon. 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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 Capture the Eglin market in the base paper!The cost-effective way to reach your customers on Eglin Air Force Base! Got fines? Do you have library fines? Start the new year off right with a clean conscience. The Niceville Public Library will be accepting canned goods and nonperishable food items in December for Sharing & Caring in lieu of fines. These items will help families in our community enjoy this holiday season. The value of the canned goods and non-perishable food items should be close to the amount of the fine owed. Shop locally The Heritage Museum Shop and Bookstore, 115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso, features old-fashioned games and toys, locally and regionally handcrafted items including baskets and quilts, books on local history for all ages and HMNF merchandise. Gift certificates are available. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. 4 p.m. For more information, call 678-2615. Benefit book sale The Friends of the Niceville Library book store will be having a half price sale during the month of December. The book store is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Books and audio will be half price for the month. Book store will be closed Dec. 24 and 31. Proceeds from sales benefit the Niceville Public Library. Christmas Day mass Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd, Niceville, will hold its Christmas Day mass at 10 a.m. The service is free and open to the public. Christmas Day service St. Judes Episcopal Church, 200 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, will hold its Christmas Day service at 11 a.m. The service is free and open to the public. New Year s eve service Rocky Bayou Baptist Church, 2401 Partin Drive N., Niceville, will hold a New Years Eve prayer service at 11 p.m. Dec. 31 in the Genesis Hall. The service is free and open to the public. For more information, call 678-6062. Audubon meets The first Audubon meeting of the year will be Jan. 2 with The Shark Tank by Charidy Sharkie Krouse, shark biologist and conservationist who will present an overview often misunderstood shark. The meeting will be held in room 130 on the ground floor of the Student Services Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. with socializing and light refreshments. The meeting is free and open to the interested public. For more information, call Walt Spence at 582-7064. History weekend Make history part of your future with Home School Fridays and Hands-On History Saturdays, a monthly program based on the Florida core standards for education for children ages 5-12 at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. Each month, until June a different program will be presented related to Northwest Florida history for children and families. Januarys program will be Native American Legends on Jan. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. $7 per child or $5 for museum family members. Special deal for new family members. Groups welcome, space is limited so please preregister at 678-2615. 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 CALENDAR

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Page B-4 Wednesday, December 25, 2013 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Luke 2:1-20 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David;) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. Merry Christmas!And a Happy, Healthy New Year!I bri n g y ou tidi n gs of great jo y Unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior from the staff of the Bay Beacon



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city commissioner’s duties are not clearly defined.” At present, he said, individual commissioners can interpret their duties in different ways. For example, Arnold said, one former city commissioner, who was once in charge of overseeing the city’s public works department, would show up each day to personally supervise the day-to-day operations of the department, to include moving people from one job to another arbitrarily. This, said the mayor, tends to create confusion within city departments. Another reason for a new charter, said Arnold, is to help the city “catch up with the 21st century.” When the original city charter was adopted in 1921, he said, “Most of the streets in Valparaiso were made of clay, or were sand trails.” In such times, he said, it made sense for By Danielle Tavano Beacon Correspondent The City of Valparaiso Planning Commission approved a motion to submit plans to rezone the city’s historical district. These plans have been initiated in hopes of creating opportunity for growth and economic development in the city. The commission also recommended approval of a zoning change for the Tom Thumb store on John Sims Parkway, and discussed the coordination of landuse planning with Eglin Air Force Base. Commissioner Tom Browning called the meeting of the planning commission to order Dec. 17, at 7:15 p.m. Eight people were in attendance, including two from the public.By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County Commission held a lengthy meeting Dec. 17 in Fort Walton Beach, during which officials discussed proposed new restrictions on taxicab operations at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, a proposal to rename the airport, sale of some county land, alternative conceptual plans for a new county government building at the Shalimar annex site, establishment of a compliance officer within county government, and county responses to the findings in a report from the Florida Auditor General’s Office. Commissioners held a public hearing to discuss a proposed county ordinance tightening existing regulations of taxicab and van shuttle operations at the airport. Provisions of the ordinance would include requiring taxi operators to carry at least $500,000 of insurance rather than the $300,000 currently required, pay assorted fees in order to operate at the airport, undergo background checks and drug screenings, and would include penalties for such things as unkempt personal or By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent In an interview with the Beacon, Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold answered questions about proposed revisions to the city charter which he has long championed, and which are slated to be put before Valparaiso voters in a referendum on March 11, 2014. Arnold said that he drafted most of the proposed revisions to the city charter himself, but added that he did so after reading a previous study by the Institute of Senior Professionals at Northwest Florida State College, and that he drafted the proposed revisions at the request of other members of the city commission, and coordinated his work with them throughout the process. Asked why a new charter is necessary, and what problems it is intended to solve, the mayor replied, “The biggest problem is that under the current charter,By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Progress continues in a $6.5 million upgrade of the Niceville-Valparaiso regional sewer plant to meet state and federal requirements, according to the engineer for the project. PolyEngineering representative Glenn Stephens said the project involves modifying each of the three waste-processing "trains," one after the other, while keeping the other two in operation. “We are now working on Train 2,” said Stephens. Stephens also said that as part of the modification process, and aerator platform and stabilizer are removed, and an aluminum baffle wall is installed. He said he hoped the modifications to Train 2 would be completed by today, clearing the way for work to begin on the next one. Early in 2014, Stephens said, the plan is for Train 1 to be taken offline and fixed. “We may finish the whole project by sometime next spring,” he said. Sewer plant manager Rick Helms said the regional sewer plant processed about 16.9 million gallons of sewage during the month of November, as the modification work was in progress. He said the sewer plant also processed about 17,750 gallons of septic-tank waste pumped from cleanout trucks. Niceville City Councilman Heath Rominger had told the Beacon that the entire cost of the renovation project will be close to $6.5 million. Rominger said earlier this year that despite the required upgrades, the regional sewer plant is still something of a bargain for Niceville and Valparaiso. He said the sewer plant had originally been used by the two cities, as well as by Okaloosa County, but that the cities were in the process of buying out and taking over the county’s portion of the treatment plant, since the county’s wastewater is now being treated at a county owned plant elsewhere, allowing the entire capacity of the older plant to be shared by the two cities. Rominger said that this means that Niceville, for example, has enough waste water treatment capacity to handle wastewater from expected residential and commercial developments within Niceville into the foreseeable future. He said the cost of upgrading the plant to meet current FDEP standards is much less than it would have cost if the city had been forced to either build an entire new plant or build a significant expansion of the existing plant in order to meet expected future wastewater treatment needs. Stephens also said that the reroofing of some buildings at the sewer plant was in progress. 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, December 25, 2013 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 12 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts Please see MAYOR, page A-3 Please see CAB, page A-2 Please see PARKING, page A-7 Police Blotter, page A-7Wed., 11 a.m. St. Jude’s Episcopal Church 200 Partin Drive N., Niceville, will hold a Christmas Day service 678-7013. Fri., 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Last day to sign up for Adult Outdoor Soccer League for ages 17 and up. Cost for Niceville residents is $60 per player, non-residents, $80 per player. Register and pay in person with cash or check at the Community Life Center at Niceville United Methodist Church 214 Partin Drive S., Niceville, or online with credit card. 678-4411. Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Final day for The Friends of the Niceville Library book store’s half price sale Books and audio will be half price. Proceeds from sales benefit the Niceville Public Library. 279-4863 ext. 1500. Tues., 11 p.m. Rocky Bayou Baptist Church 2401 Partin Drive N., Niceville, will hold a New Year’s Eve prayer service in the Genesis Hall. 678-6062. Calendar, B-3 COMING UP The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Tom Thumb store seeks residential lot for parking $6.5 million sewer-plant upgrade proceedsCounty eyes airport cab rules Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithThe scene was peaceful as visitors peered at Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus during a hayride event at Valparaiso Assembly of God. Church members reenacted scenes from the life of Jesus, including the Nativity, and were treated to hot drinks and cookies afterwards. A little angel completed the scene as she offered her blessing over the newborn Savior.Gift of a king The Valparaiso Planning Commission recommended approval of a zoning change for the land behind this Tom Thumb store on John Sims Parkway that would allow construction of a parking lot on a residential lot behind the store so the establishment can be expanded.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithValp. mayor backs new city charter Bruce Arnold

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vehicle appearance, or for drivers caught sleeping in their cabs while waiting in line to pick up fares. A number of cabbies and owners attended the meeting, and spoke for or against the proposed ordinance. Foremost among those favoring the new restrictions was the owner of Sunshine Transportation, who said his is the county’s largest taxi operation with about 60 vehicles. He suggested that the proposed ordinance does not do enough to ensure professionalism and uniformity among cabs and drivers, and that the first impressions given by taxi drivers at the airport create a first impression of Okaloosa County for arriving visitors. He said his own drivers wear uniforms and are thoroughly vetted. He suggested that the county put out a request for proposals to establish a single franchise for taxi operations at the airport. Most of the other taxi operators who attended the meeting, however, represented much smaller businesses, including several one-person operations. They said the proposed new ordinance is much too strict, and imposes such heavy costs and other burdens on small operators as to threaten to put some of them out of business. One cabbie, David Hall, said it is unreasonable not to allow drivers to take an occasional five-minute “power nap” while waiting in long lines to pick up fares at the airport. He said drivers often wait for several hours at a time, and that their job is physically stressful. “We are not Olympic people,” he said. Hall said that he is overweight, takes several medications prescribed by his doctor, and that the occasional nap while waiting in line is essential to his health. He also stressed the importance of taxi services to the county, saying that taxi drivers are an important factor in preventing drunk driving. John Mark, another driver, complained that the airport administration does a poor job in dealing with local drivers. He said drivers were not informed of a recent speed limit change at the airport, and that there has been no meeting between taxi owners and airport administrators in more than a year. County Commissioner Nathan Boyles said he was surprised to learn that the county has an ordinance to regulate taxis. He said he thought it would be more appropriate to simply allow the airport administration to write its own administrative regulations, subject to approval by the county commission. Commissioner Don Amunds, however, said he believed in the ordinance, as a law is easier to enforce than an administrative regulation. However, said Amunds, he supports keeping the insurance requirement at the current $300,000 level rather than increasing it to $500,000. After some further discussion, commissioners voted 4-1 to table the issue until their next meeting in the south end of the county, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Jan. 21. Commissioner Kelly Windes cast the dissenting vote, saying he thought the issue could be settled right away. In other business, the commissioners approved a proposal to refinance several Series 2013 bonds, totaling $8,950,000, in the form of a bank loan from Compass Bank. Airports director Sunil Harman said that Compass Bank was the low bidder among 19 banks who had competed for the loan, and that the new bank loan will save the county approximately $1.7 million in interest costs, compared with the interest on the current bonds. Commissioners approved an interim report of the research effort through MDRG for the market positioning and naming (branding) of Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS) to most effectively identify the airport by the market it serves. The report did not contain any specific recommendation for a name change for the airport. It did contain comments from various people who were apparently interviewed or surveyed during the study, most of whom seemed to favor a name referring to Fort Walton Beach as more recognizable than one mentioning Northwest Florida. Commissioners accepted the interim report by a 4-1 vote but took no action, with Commissioner Dave Parisot dissenting. “I first learned of this when I read in the Daily News that $35,000 was being spent on this study,” said Parisot. “We’ve been way overcharged for minimal work,” he said. Commissioners heard an informational briefing from representatives of Lord & Sons Construction Co., in which they showed drawings of several conceptual designs for a proposed new county government building at the Shalimar annex site. The concept drawings showed buildings ranging from one to three stories in height, and with similar but slightly varying floor plans. The building, if constructed, would provide a single, county-owned location for a number of county government offices now housed in various locations rented by the county. After the presentation, County Administrator Ernie Padgett proposed that the county commission appoint a working group to include one county commissioner and representatives from the county administrator’s office, facilities management department, and from Lord & Sons, to work out details as to what such a building should include. The motion to do so was approved by a 4-1 vote, with Parisot dissenting. Amunds was appointed as the county commission’s liaison to the group. Padgett also proposed that the county create the position of “compliance officer” to assist county departments in ensuring that their financial and accounting procedures are in accordance with all laws and regulations. The recommendation followed a Florida Auditor General report critical of lax county-government financial controls following the 2012 scandal in which Mark Bellinger, then county tourist-development director, embezzled or squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds under the nose of the county commission. In a report to the commission, Padgett stated, “In response to the Auditor General reported The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 The Quickest Wayto Destin is Now Quicker. Ft. Walton Beach Valparaiso Destin Niceville Crestview De Funiak Springs FL. 293 FL. 293 Mid-Bay Bridge Mid-Bay Bridge FL. 293 Mid-Bay Bridge 10 98 20 285 85 10 331 85 P.O. Box 5037 € 4400 Hwy. 20 E. Suite 403 Niceville, FL 32578 € 850-897-1428 € www.Mid-Bay.comMid-Bay Bridge Connector Opening January 4, 2014The new Mid-Bay Bridge Connector will be opening in 2014 saving you even more time. 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findings at the Tourist Development Department in January 2013, and the Preliminary and Tentative Findings in report on the BCC in October 2013, the Board has directed the County Administrator’s office to bring a recommendation on implementing internal controls with regard to compliance and financial transactions. After considering from three alternatives, including funding additional employees at the Okaloosa County Clerk of Courts Office, contracting a CPA firm, and hiring an employee, the County Administrator has determined the best solution is to create a position for a Compliance Officer assigned under the County Administrator’s Office. Specific to the duties of this position, if approved, several responsibilities will include: —Conducts reviews for compliance of internal policies, procedures and practices, general ledger account balances, grants, contracts, revenue collection, purchasing, disbursements, inventory as well as facilities and equipment management. —Determines whether the BCC Departments are performing their planning, custodial, accounting or control activities in compliance with policies, procedures, standards, laws, and regulations, and in a manner consistent with objectives and standards of administrative practices and applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. —Develops internal control policies, processes, and procedures and makes recommendations. Commissioners unanimously approved the establishment of the compliance officer position. city commissioners to directly oversee the workings of city departments. Now, however, city infrastructure is much more complex, and includes such things as a water and sewer department that did not exist in 1921. Today, he said, it makes more sense for city departments to be overseen by hired, professionally-qualified managers, while elected city commissioners concentrate their attention on broader issues, such as interacting with state and federal regulations and government agencies, and lobbying such state and federal agencies, including Eglin Air Force Base, to protect the interests of the city, as well as dealing with such entities as the Florida League of Cities. Arnold was asked whether the city could afford the likely higher pay needed to attract or retain a city administrator qualified to carry out new duties more closely related to those of a city manager. He replied that the new charter will not turn the city administrator into a city manager, and that the professional chiefs of some key city services, such as police and fire protection, will still be directly under the supervision of the mayor or city commission. However, he said, it makes sense for the city administrator to have direct oversight of most other city services, such as the city library, TV/cable system, and public works. Although the earlier study of alternative forms of city government performed for the city by the Institute of Senior Professionals recommended that the city adopt a city manager form of government, Arnold said, simply strengthening the position of the current city administrator will be adequate to meet the city’s needs. He added that Carl Scott, the current city administrator, is wellqualified to assume such responsibilities. Asked why attempting to revise the charter now is likely to succeed, after a previous attempt to rewrite the charter in the 1990s failed, the mayor said that the previous charter committee had recommended that the city adopt a city manager form of government—something that would have been too expensive to do, then or now. He estimated that hiring a city manager could cost the city more than $100,000 a year. Scott currently earns about $59,000 a year as city administrator, according to Arnold. Arnold said the proposed charter revision will not change the “at-large” manner in which city commissioners are elected, or institute a “ward” system for electing them. He said that although the city commission already has the option of setting up a ward system under the current charter, and would have the same option under a revised charter, he does not foresee that happening, and no one has proposed doing so. Arnold was asked whether he sees the adoption of a new city charter as a sort of final capstone to his long career as mayor. “No,” he replied. “I would like for the city to have done this many years ago, but the need for it has become more acute in the last 10 years.” The mayoralty is also on the ballot for March 11, along with two city commissioner seats. Arnold, who is believed to be Florida's longest-serving elected mayor, has not said whether he will seek reelection. Arnold summarized his position by saying that public offices in Valparaiso should be welldefined, with well-defined duties, and that both elected and unelected officials should “know the bounds” of their duties, and what they are responsible for. The current system, he said, establishes “five fiefdoms,” each controlled by a single commissioner, with each commissioner having the authority to spend tax money to order supplies, execute contracts, and make other key executive decisions for his or her departments, but with little opportunity to coordinate their activities with other commissioners outside of formal monthly commission meetings. Outside such monthly meetings, the mayor said, commissioners are forbidden to discuss city business with each other under the provisions of Florida’s sunshine law. In the modern world, said the mayor, providing day-to-day city services should be handled from a “central focal point,” such as the city administrator, who would be overseen by and accountable to the city commission as a whole. The city commission would retain ultimate authority, especially including authority over the city budget, and to hire or fire the city administrator. In any case, said Arnold, the decision as to whether to adopt the proposed new charter is no longer in his hands, or in those of any other city official. “It will be up to the populace during the election,” he said. He added that he would be working to provide Valparaiso citizens with more information about the proposed charter revisions, especially during the period between Jan. 1 and the March 11 referendum. Arnold was one of two elected city officials to answer the Beacon's questions about the proposed city charter. The other was Commissioner Joe Morgan, whose comments were published earlier. Morgan questioned the need for a new charter, expressing general satisfaction with the current form of city government.Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Page A-3 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 From your local independent agent! Call or visit us POWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Service110 N. 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the Starmark health insurance company, which covers East Niceville fire district employees at district expense. One of the reasons the fire district chose Starmark as its health insurance carrier, said commission Chairman Mike Marcolongo, is that six months after any 12month period with low claims, Starmark rebates a portion of the fire district’s insurance premiums back to the district after 18 months. Schweppe also said, however, that problems sometimes arise when a doctor, hospital, or other health provider submits bills for health care several months after the service is performed. In such cases, he said, it is possible for a late claim to arrive at the insurance company after a rebate has already been paid to the fire district. In such cases, said Schweppe, the insurance company may require the district to refund the rebate, or that the district itself pay the entire cost of the medical claim. Marcolongo told his fellow commissioners that he sees no reason why such claims should be arriving several months late at either the insurance company or to the fire district. He recommended that the district not pay such late claims, and that it should direct the insurance company not to pay them either. Firefighters covered by the district’s health insurance, said Marcolongo, should regard it as their own responsibility to know when they or their family members have received medical care and from whom, and to follow up with their care providers. The follow-up, he said, should ensure that bills for care are sent to the insurance company within a reasonable time, such as within 60 days. If the individual does not receive a statement of benefits or other documentation from his health care provider or the insurance company within 60 days of the time care is provided, Marcolongo said, that individual should contact the health care provider, find out the reason for the delay, and remind them to file the bill in a timely manner. After some discussion the fire commission unanimously passed a motion that the fire district will not pay claims received beyond May of the year following the year in which medical care is actually provided to a firefighter or other covered person. Medical bills received after that time, said Marcolongo, will be the sole responsibility of the individual who received care. ArrestsOn Dec. 2, Valparaiso police arrested William Richard Davis Jr., 22, a painter, of 324 Okaloosa Ave., Apt. B, Valparaiso, for one count of possession of drugs paraphernalia. An officer responded to an address on Lincoln Avenue as backup for a domestic issue. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with Davis, who stated that he was wrestling around with his girlfriend, which led to her calling the police. The officer then made contact inside the residence with the girlfriend, who provided the officer with a black serving tray with a glass pipe, which the officer knew from his training and experience to be commonly used to smoke marijuana. The tray also contained a box, inside of which was a small amount of marijuana “shake” which later showed a presumptive positive for the presence of THC. The officer then presented Davis with the tray of paraphernalia, at which time Davis admitted to being the owner of the items. * On Dec. 4, Niceville police arrested Soleil Arden Stanley, 19, of 335 Pontevedra Lane, Niceville, on one count each of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The police report stated that when police stopped Stanley’s vehicle, he attempted to throw three smoking pipes and a marijuana grinder out the window. He was found to be in possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana in the front seat of his vehicle. The grinder was found to have marijuana residue on it. * On Dec. 4, Niceville police arrested Edward Desmond Moree, 35, of 412 Paradise Road, Niceville, on one count of contempt of court. The police report stated that Moree willfully violated an injunction for protection against domestic violence, which specified no thirdparty contact with the petitioner. The report stated that on Oct. 1 Moree attempted to send a message to the petitioner through two other people, asking the petitioner to bail him out of jail. * On Dec. 12, Niceville police arrested Michael Robert Lake Jr., 25, address at large, on one count of sexual battery by a suspect more than 18 years old on a victim less than 12 years old. * On Dec. 12, Niceville police arrested Michael Casey Wilkinson, 27, of 304 Reeves St., Lot C-11, Niceville, on one count of resisting an officer without violence. According to the police report, police responded to a 911 call by Okaloosa County Emergency Medical Services. As an officer arrived, Wilkinson approached him in a very aggressive matter and was immediately detained by the officer. Wilkinson refused to identify himself to the officer, and was placed under arrest. * On Dec. 14, Niceville police arrested Cynthia Lynn Lawson, 24, and Jordan Drew Harris, 24, both of 310 Washington Ave., Valparaiso. Each suspect was charged with one count each of burglary and grand theft. Lawson and Harris were seen by witnesses to enter the back yard of a home on Hickory Avenue, where they allegedly broke a back window, entered the residence, and removed a jar containing more than $300 worth of change. * On Dec. 3, Niceville police arrested a 17-year-old male from Niceville on one count each of retail theft and resisting a merchant. The defendant exited the Niceville Walmart with a case of Budweiser beer valued at $16.97, which he had not paid for. When store employees attempted to stop him, he threw the beer down ont the sidewalk and ran. When police contacted the youth, he admitted to leaving the store with the beer without paying. * On Dec. 4 Jeremy Langston Alford, 30, a carpenter, of 1510 27th St., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police for one count of criminal mischief. DUIOn Dec. 14, Valparaiso police arrested Susan Denise Dugan, 47, 331 Virginia Ave., Valparaiso, for DUI. An officer observed Dugan slumped over the wheel of her vehicle at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and SR 397, with the vehicle’s brake lights on and the engine running. The officer stated that after observing the driver slumped over the wheel, he turned around to check on the driver, at which time the vehicle began moving across the northbound lanes of traffic, striking the curb and then stopping. Upon exiting his patrol car, the officer saw Dugan’s vehicle again begin to roll, riding the curb until correcting at the intersection of SR 397 and Edge Avenue, and coming to rest. The driver then began to drive north on SR 397, striking the curb at the corner of North Bayshore Drive, and then turned right onto Bayshore, where the driver finally stopped and placed the vehicle in park. Dugan was found to have a blood or breath alcohol level of 0.236.OtherOn Dec. 7, an Okaloosa deputy responded to an address on Bluewater Boulevard regarding a report of a theft that had ready occurred. The case remains active. * On Dec. 9, an Okaloosa deputy responded to an address on Old Post Road, Niceville, in regard to a landlord-tenant dispute. The case was closed as it is a civil rather than criminal matter. 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. Happy Holidays to all!! Low rates are just around the corner. Convenient local office Money-saving discounts Low down payments Monthly payment plans 24-hour service and claims Coverage available by phone Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states or all GEICO companies. Motorcycle coverage is underwritten by GEICO Indemnity Company. 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Partin Dr.............................................Medical.....................12/16/13.....................05:04 Everglade Dr...........................................Medical.....................12/16/13.....................05:12 Edgewater Dr..........................................Medical.....................12/16/13.....................09:01 29th Street..............................................Medical.....................12/16/13.....................09:40 Woodlow Rd...........................................Medical.....................12/16/13.....................12:27 22nd Street.............................................Structure fire............12/16/13.....................13:21 N. Partin Dr.............................................Medical.....................12/16/13.....................13:27 Winding Water Way...............................Alarm activation.......12/16/13.....................14:44 Nutmeg Ave............................................Medical.....................12/16/13.....................17:23 E. John Sims Pkwy................................Vehicle crash...........12/17/13.....................06:52 College Blvd...........................................Structure fire............12/17/13.....................16:38 Ivy Ave....................................................Structure fire............12/17/13.....................13:27 Ellis Ave..................................................Medical.....................12/18/13.....................08:02 Coral Dr...................................................Medical.....................12/18/13.....................08:54 E. John Sims Pkwy................................Service call...............12/18/13.....................09:33 Duncan Dr...............................................Medical.....................12/18/13.....................21:24 Duncan Dr...............................................Medical.....................12/19/13.....................08:23 N. Partin Dr.............................................Medical.....................12/19/13.....................10:06 N. Partin Dr.............................................Medical.....................12/19/13.....................11:16 Bullock Blvd............................................Alarm activation.......12/19/13.....................22:06 Weekly Safety Tip: Don t burn evergreens, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace or in wood stoves, they can quickly flare out of control and some wrapping paper contains metallic materials that can cause toxic fumes. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North B9y Fire Department responded to the following calls from December 16, 2013 through December 15, 2013. Street Situation Date Time Parkwood Pl...........................Medical................................12/16/13.........................09:29 Caribbean Way......................Medical................................12/16/13.........................12:15 22 nd Street.............................Dispatched & cancelled.....12/16/13.........................13:22 N. Partin Dr.............................Medical................................12/16/13.........................13:30 Windlake Dr............................Public assist........................12/16/13.........................22:33 Garden Oaks Cove................Medical................................12/16/13.........................23:16 E. College Blvd......................Electrical..............................12/17/13.........................11:16 Ridgewood Way.....................Dispatched & cancelled.....12/17/13.........................11:21 Ivy Ave....................................Building fire.........................12/17/13.........................13:29 Range Rd...............................Forest fire............................12/18/13.........................16:11 Parkwood Ct...........................Dispatched & cancelled.....12/18/13.........................19:54 Oaklake Lane.........................Medical................................12/19/13.........................10:50 N. White Point Rd..................Medical................................12/19/13.........................23:35 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Michael Robert Lake Jr. Cynthia Lynn Lawson Jordan Drew Harris Fire officials: Hair dryer didn't cause fireBeacon Staff The Niceville Fire Department said it has finished its investigation of a minor fire that occurred at the Holiday Inn Express Dec. 13. The department, which declined to release its report, said it has that determined the fire was not started by a handheld hair dryer. CLAIMSFrom page A-4 CLIMATE CONTROL SPECIAL Receive1/2OFFFirst MonthOR ONEMonth FREE! 1466 Cedar St., Niceville AffordableClimate Control Mini Storage Rental Available* Storage Supplies/Boxes Call for Details(850) 897-3314 $8800SPECIAL(NON-CLIMATE)

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At the beginning of the meeting, Carl Scott, city administrator, swore in the speakers representing the general public, Ruckel Properties, and Tom Thumb. Browning made a motion to approve the minutes of the Nov. 19 meeting. The motion was seconded, and approved. He then made a motion to defer the discussion of old business to the end of the meeting. This motion was approved. New business was then opened for discussion. This consisted of a request by Ruckel Properties and Tom Thumb to change the zoning of 306 Okaloosa Ave., which Ruckel owns, from R1A-single-family residential, to C-1-limited commercial. This would allow them to expand the adjacent store, which Tom Thumb owns, to use the residential lot to the west. Property owners within 400 feet have been notified of the request. Thus, the legal requirements for this hearing were met. A representative of Ruckel Properties, lawyer Jeff McInnis, announced that Tom Thumb plans to expand its store, making it bigger and including a deli and other services that he said will have a positive impact on the community without needing to make changes to existing infrastructure. Ruckel Properties will raze a currently occupied house on the Okaloosa Avenue property, and expand the Tom Thumb parking lot, allowing it to be incorporated into the existing commercial property. McInnis said that a privacy fence and a landscaped buffer area will be built along the perimeter of the parking lot, as a courtesy to neighboring residents. He assured that stormwater retention systems are up to code, and that security cameras will be installed on the building’s exterior. After hearing the proposal, Browning asked McInnis about the lighting of the parking lot, expressing concern that it will be close to adjacent residents and thus may pose a nuisance by shining into their homes. At this point, landlord Alan Richardson spoke up, expressing the same concerns for his tenants, of which he said he has three or four, all in the area adjacent to the Tom Thumb. “They are good people, and we don’t want to lose them as tenants,” he said. Richardson requested that diffused or downward-facing lights be added as a stipulation to the request, as well as time restraints that would only allow lights to be in use from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At this time, Scott cracked open the city ordinance book and found that it is illegal to place time constraints on business lights. He pointed out that since Tom Thumb is a 24-hour store, the lights would need to be kept on from sunset to sunrise, to ensure the safety of patrons and employees. A Tom Thumb representative then stepped up to the podium to explain that the lights used by Tom Thumb are LED lights, which are directional in nature, and therefore would not pose a disturbance to nearby residents as they would be aimed downward and inward. He also added that the lumen count is regulated by the state. Looking at the plans, Richardson requested that fencing be added along the Okaloosa Avenue side, to block the light from those houses across the street. The Tom Thumb representative conceded that they could indeed add that into the plan. Richardson asked the committee to add a condition that a lighting plan be submitted along with the building plan, but his request was denied. Planning Commissioner Jack Carson asserted that lighting requirements were already outlined between the building plan and existing city ordinances, thus they didn’t require additional documentation on the matter. Carson then made a motion to approve the zoning change proposal, which was seconded and unanimously approved. The planning commission then moved on to the discussion of old business. The focus of this discussion was on rezoning areas of the city to open up options for developers interested in these spaces. Among these areas being considered for rezoning are the Historical District of Valparaiso, which would be rezoned from HP to C1. This will allow developers and residents to open new businesses in the area as well as build new houses. It was agreed that Perrine Park, at the center of the Historical District, in "Old Valparaiso," would remain. Carson then voiced a proposal to rezone the boatworks tract on Toms Bayou from I-1 to C-1, since it is dilapidated and an eyesore. In other business, both Scott and Marion Cook, community planner for Eglin Air Force Base, suggested that new language be drafted for the creation of mixed-use zones in the city. This new land-use zone would allow developers and residents more freedom as to their land use, since the thin strip of C-1 zoning currently skirting John Sims Parkway south of Toms Bayou does not allow enough space for any substantial businesses to develop there. Scott and Cook asserted that developers would sooner seek contracts in other places where they would not have to request a rezoning, since it is a hassle and costs a lot of money, thus they are currently losing business from potential developing contractors. The planning commission conceded that deals would need to be made with Eglin over the proposed rezoning, since much of the land inside the limits of Valparaiso, south of Toms Bayou, belongs to the base. Scott emphatically said that the Air Force has a list of things that they want, and that the city of Valparaiso needs to draw up its own list of things it wants to see done, in an official document, so that both parties can work together to accomplish a compromise between their respective goals. Scott and Cook agreed to work together to draft language for the proposal of the new mixed-use zone. Certain decisions of the planning commission, including rezonings and the creation of new zones, are subject to ratification by the city commission, which is scheduled to meet next on Jan. 13. PARKINGFrom page A-1 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONWednesday, December 25, 2013 Page A-7 “Normally, being with family – but this year is the first time that s not happening, as my family is back in the United Kingdom.” “Going to church with my family on Christmas Eve.” “I like all the stories, especially Dickens Christmas Carol.”What do you like best about Christmas?“I like singing Christmas songs.” “I love everything about Christmas, and watching the happy children having fun.” “I like the way feuds can be put aside, at least for the duration of the season.” Location: Niceville civic complex THE INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER —by Mike Griffith Becky Rigel, 67, Niceville, homemaker Eme Hardy, 13, Niceville, Ruckel Middle School student James Evans, 13, Niceville, Ruckel Middle School student Rebecca Fenton-Ree, 36, Niceville, teacher Alex Rigel, 3, Niceville Ian Kampert, 16, Crestview, Rocky Bayou Christian School student What should we ask next week? 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There is so much to be thankful for this time of year; being surrounded by family, loved ones and a wonderful community. The team at Summit II in Hair would like to thank you for your friendship, your valued business and the opportunity to serve you. With Christmas and New Year s around the corner, nothing gets the artisans at Summit II more excited than the opportunity to help you look your best for soiree season. With busy social calendars, there is a lot of inspiration for party-perfect, adventurous hair. Summit II offers semiprivate rooms so that you and your stylist can discuss your hair history without interruption; its needs, your preferences and the possibilities for looking magnificent under the mistletoe. At Summit II, your hair care is priority number one. Their team wants to provide the best possible cut and styling, tailored to your specifications and lifestyle. They will take the time to make sure your look is effortless and not only sparkles walking out of the salon, but for the rest of the night. If your hair is short, unruly or even thinning or damaged, don t be discouraged. Not only does Summit II constantly keep up with beautiful styles for for all types of hair, but they also carry Kenra sulfate free shampoo; a gentle shampoo solution designed to preserve luminosity and moisture while maintaining bounce and structure. The best part? It s compatible with all hair types and can be useful after and while caring for colored hair. Hair strength is a priority for men and women experiencing signs of aging hair, either from hormonal or chronological effect. Summit II offers a Time Reset Salon Service to recover and protect hair density, shine and manageability. After all, expensive looking hair always looks well-conditioned. Professional evaluations of Redken providing salons show that over a two-month period, 94 percent of hairdressers noticed improved manageability, 77 percent noticed increased density and 88 percent observed enhanced shine. Summit II has experts on staff to apply this special service to restore a more youthful look to your hair. In terms of color, their team carries the best Redken products that work from root to tip… giving your hair what it needs to go from dull and ashy, to deep and sassy. So if you re looking for a bolder change for your occasion, take the plunge and consult with a stylist about the latest hues for you. They will do everything to ensure that it complements your personal style and face shape, as well as bring compliments your way. To be the mane attraction this Christmas, add Summit II to your Christmas list or grab a gift certificate for a fun and unique gift that will be appreciated. Be sure to schedule early so that you can be standout sexy for 2014 and from everyone on staff at the Summit II in Hair, happy holidays to you and yours and thank you for a wonderful year of patronage! Summit II is located at 101 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, or call 850678-1977. Advertising Feature Let the staff at Summit II in Hair give you a new look for the holiday season. Call 850-678-1977 today for your appointment.The Summit II in HairThanking you for your patronage this holiday season! 389-4611 From our family to yours and GENERAL REPAIR Brakes • Water Pumps Timing Belts • Struts/Shocks HEATING HEATING REPAIRSZen master, guard dog, & welcoming committee“TONY” • Expert, Certified Techs • Quality Parts • Detailed Estimates • Friendly Service(850)729-6629REPAIRS We offer Call today for a tour! Respite Care Day Stays 24-Hour Nursing2300 Nort h P art in Dr N i cev ill e, FL 32578 (850) 897-2244 www. 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The modest $42 a year supports Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Club’s numerous children’s programs throughout our community. Time’s a wastin’. Act now! Call Bill at 897-4396 or Jim at 897-3068 & order a flag.Serving the Children of the World • Crowns & Bridges • Fillings & Partials • Dentures • Root Canals • Extractions • Implants • Emergencies NOW OFFERING -• Botox• Juvederm • Invisalign• Conscious Sedation 897-4488 www.BluewaterBayDentist.com Merchant s Walk • Ste 101 • Ni cevilleOlivier Broutin, D.M.D. Accepting New Patients *Minimum fee only for ADA code D9972 OFFER EXPIRES 1/31/14 TEETH WHITENING$199* *With approved credit. Exp: January 31, 2014. 6 Months Same as Cash 850.424.6829FREE EVALUATION  FINANCING AVAILABLEwww.RhinoShieldGulfSouth.comIt s not paint!• Guaranteed for 25 years! • Will never flake, chip or peel. • Perfect for wood, brick, block, stucco, & cement fiber board. • Wood repair & prep work included. • Seals and protects. • Financing available! 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , D D e e c c e e m m b b e e r r 2 2 5 5 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 3 Who’s News Ruckel Middle School students selected for the AllState Band, from left, Mandy Martin, Meredith Freeman, Camille Miles, Zachary Verzwyvelt, Ryan Murphey and Colton Williams. Pictured with Director Eddie Steadman. BWB girl lauded at horse competitionMaggie Bowers won High Point awards for the year awards at the Baker Open Horse Show in Baker Horse Show on Nov. 2 after winning over 90 ribbons for the year in Western, English and Hunter/Jumper with her horse, Old Money Talks. In every category except Youth, she competed against adults as well as youth, often the youngest against riders that had many years over her. She is a seventh grade student at Ruckel Middle School and the daughter of Joseph and Cynthia Bowers in Bluewater Bay. Opus One performs for libraryNiceville High School s Opus One chorus was at the Niceville Public Library Dec. 11 to serenade a standing room only crowd with holiday song for a patron appreciation party hosted by Friends of the Niceville Library and library staff. Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithSteve Manthey of Niceville recently celebrated 20 years of service with Metlife Financial Group of the South an office of MetLife. Manthey started his career at MetLife in 1993. Since then, he has devoted his career to helping clients in the Gulf Coast area build financial freedom. Manthey is a Life Underwriter Training Council Underwriter, LTCF. Steve Manthey Retired officers wives send out 2013 with feteThe North West Florida Retired Officers Wives Club celebrated with a Christmas luncheon and a performance featuring the Sugar Beach Chorus, directed by Karen Boisjolie, Dec. 12, for their last event of the 2013 year. NWFLROWC meets on third Thursdays a t 10:30 a.m. at the Eglin Bayview Club. For reservations please call Glenda 651-3177.Ruckel band students selected for All-StateSix Ruckel Middle School students have been selected as members of the Florida AllState Band. The musicians include eighth graders Meredith Freeman on alto saxophone, Mandy Martin on tenor saxophone, Camille Miles on flute, Ryan Murphey on clarinet and Zachary Verzwyvelt on baritone saxophone. Also chosen was seventh grader Colton Williams on tenor saxophone. Auditions for the All-State band were held in September and had five parts: seven major scales, in 2 minutes or less, from memory complete with arpeggios, memorized chromatic scale covering the range for their instrument, a lyrical musical study, a technical musical study, and a sight-reading exercise with music the student hadn’t seen before. Auditions are recorded and evaluated by a trained judge who scores each audition. The All-State band will rehearse and perform during the 2014 Florida Music Educators’ Association Conference which will be held in Tampa January 8-11. The Middle School AllState Band Concert will be held Saturday, January 11 at the Tampa Convention Center. NWFSC prohibits any form of discrimination on the basis of age, color, ethnicity, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, genetic information or gender in any of its programs, services, or activities. From all of our campuses & centers....Have a Safe & Happy Holiday! Niceville Campus Fort Walton Beach Campus Eglin AFB Education Center Hurlburt Field Education CenterChautauqua Center…DeFuniak Springs South Walton Center Robert L. F. Sikes Education Center…Crestview Northwest Florida State College is closed for the holidays. All campuses will re-open for business and registration services on January 2nd. Students may enroll for classes and pay fees over the holiday break through the NWF State College website at www.nwfsc.edu Spring classes begin January 13th 1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks) 678-8876Treat yourself to new glasses for the New Year! Come see us today! Don’t forget to have your child’s eyes checked over the Christmas break.678-6211 WISHINGYOUABRIGHT&HAPPYNEWYEAR!FromthegangatEyewearUnlimited&Dr.Brenci’sOffice

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CHURCH DIRECTORY The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-2 Wednesday, December 25, 2013 THEBAYBEACON JROTC gives to food bankThe Niceville High School JROTC recently held a canned food drive collecting over 652 pounds of food to give to the Niceville Sharing & Caring. Pictured making the delivery from left, Rachel Gold, Zak Steffens, Caleb Brown, Bryce Fejeran, Johnny Nygen, Tanner Roberts and Sergeant Hensley. WWII veterans honored in Christmas paradeWWII veterans were honored during the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club s annual parade Dec. 7 by serving as grand marshals. Each veteran was driven by a corvette from Sunset Vettes of Northwest Florida. Each car was decorated with a banner on the door with the veteran s name, rank and which division they fought in. Pictured, William Kaunzinger waits for the parade to begin.Photo courtesy of Lou Kaunzinger Ruckel singers selected for All-StateRuckel Middle School Chorus is proud to announce the 14 chorus students who earned seats in the 2014 All State Mixed and Treble Choruses. Pictured from left, John Hencinski, Richard Brown, Elijah Sutton, Wesley Krist and Joe Walker. Middle row from left, Olivia Reneau, Katrin Woods, Kali Kerrigan, Madelyn Huston and Emma Ladd. Front row, from left, Julia Freeman, Abby Bonilla, Mandy Martin and Meredith Freeman.Parrot Heads choose volunteer of the yearBetty Leffue was presented the Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club s Volunteer of the Year Award by Parrot Head President Hank Bittmann, at their volunteer recognition party Dec. 7. Betty served on the publicity committee and did many jobs at all of the club s events. Leffue received a plaque, a special volunteer name tag and a free club membership for next year. 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 678 1298 • WWW.STPAULNICEVILLE.COM 1407 E. JOHN SIMS PKWY., NICEVILLESUNDAY SERVICE One service: 10:00 a.m. Nursery Care Provided SUNDAY SCHOOL Classes resume Jan. 12, 2014ST. PAUL PRESCHOOL Limited openings VPK Provider THE BEACON’SAT YOUR SERVICE TREE SERVICE Actually Licensed & Insured678-9339Don t be fooled by False Ads... Demand Proof of Comp & Liability! BayouTreeService COMPUTER SERVICES S.O.S. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Lewis students selected for All-State chorusThree Lewis School students were selected for the Florida AllState Mixed and Treble Choruses and will be traveling to Tampa in January to attend workshops and perform in these prestigious ensembles at the Florida Music Educator s State Conference. Pictured, from left, 8th graders Danielle Davis and Michael Schneider and 7th grader Holly Chavis completed three rounds of auditions for musicianship, sight-singing and vocal quality. The Choral Director at Lewis School is Kristen Bowne. Ruckel lauds staff of the yearBill Breitenbeck has been selected as Ruckel s Teacher of the Year and Janet Simpson has been selected as Ruckel s Support Person of the Year. NHS Leadership promotes literacy at Edge and Lewis schoolsThe Niceville High School Leadership program traveled to Edge Elementary School and Lewis School Dec. 16 to present literacy le ssons to the younger students. The Leadership students read popular children s stories to the kids, presented a literacy lesson that related to the book, played a game, completed an activity and treated t hem to a snack that was themed to their books. Some books that were presented were “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Polar Express,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”Call for membersThe Pastel Society of North Florida is accepting new members. Included with the annual membership dues of $35 is the ability to have a presence in the Member Artist pages of the website, inclusion in the Biennial Members Show (odd numbered years), a members discount when entering paintings in the Biennial National Juried Exhibitions (even years), email newsletters, educational meetings, painting demonstrations, and opportunity for early members only signup for art workshops with nationally acclaimed instructors. The Pastel Society of North Florida is also a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies which enables members to attend the highly acclaimed IAPS Pastel Convention held on odd numbered years in Albuquerque, N.M. Please contact Carrie Raeburn at psnf@centurytel.net or visit the website, pastelsocietyofnorthflorida.org. Adult soccer leagueAdult Outdoor Soccer League for ages 17 and up. Register now until Dec. 27. There will be one game per week, from Jan. 5-Feb. 23, on Sunday afternoons at the Howard Hill Soccer Fields. Cost for Niceville residents is $60 per player. For nonresidents, $80 per player. Register and pay in person with cash or check at the Community Life Center at Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Dr. S., Niceville, or online with credit card at nicevilleumc.org/recreation. Drivers: Home EVERY Weekend. Dedicated Southern Lanes & OTR! All Miles PAID (Loaded & Empty)! Walk Away Lease: No Money Down, No Credit Check. 1-888880-5911 Home-58 acres, pond, 9000+ sf, indoor pool, 6 tall garages, mahogany log cabin, l-room, 4 bd, 6 ba. Taxes-$770/yr. Low utilities. Call 850588-9443. $496,000.00 OBO. Wing, AL. Picture/Map can be seen at www.housefarmdeal.com House for sale Crestview southside by owner. $201,900. 4/3, half acre. 317-964-9905 Log splitter like new. $850.00 Please call 2179433. Lost red canoe. Rocky Bayou/Creek/Huntington area on Thanksgiving Day. If found, please call 850-865-8105. Looking for a home or a job? Be sure to check the classified section in the Beacon. Help Wanted Homes for Sale Items for Sale Lost & Found Homes for Sale Help Wanted Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale CLASSIFIEDS B eaco n "Where Buyers and Sellers Meet!" 1484 Hickory St.NicevilleWISE AVE.Niceville Offices 500SF1,000SFWarehouses 1,000SF6,000SF PRIME WAREHOUSE OR OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE For more information call897-6464 “May your Christmas be Merry and Bright!”Carriage Hills Realty, Inc. Call Carriage Hills Realty, Inc. for all of your Real Estate needs!(850) 678-51781821 John Sims Parkway  Niceville, Florida 32578 www.CarriageHills.com  REALTOR@CarriageHills.com EA/EO Opportunities Opportunities Office Space Price of First Run............$ + Price of subsequent runs$ = Total Price......................$ Please write ad on form. Minimum charge $11.00* for up to 10 words. Each additional word 20¢. Attach more paper if needed. BEACON CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE: 2:00 p.m. Fri. for Wed. DROP IN : The Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Parkway East Shopping Center. Hours:8 a.m.5 p.m. M-F. After hours, use mail slot in our door. MAIL : Beacon Newspapers, 1181 E. John Sims Pwky., Niceville, FL 32578. Please enclose check. E-MAIL : Classified@baybeacon.com Type "Classified" in subject field. (Do not include credit card information. We will call you for credit card info. $5 processing fee.) Name Phone Address *Base price includes $5 weekly discount for walk-in or mail-in prepaid ads. Please make checks payable to the Beacon Newspapers Ads are non-refundable. CONVENIENT WAYS TO PLACE YOUR BEACON CLASSIFIED AD!Beacon Newspapers • 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy. • Niceville, FL • (850) 678-1080 ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ $11.20 ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ $11.40 ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ $11.60 ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ $11.80 ______________________ ______________________ $11.00 ______________________ $12.00First Word50% DISCOUNT FOR ADDITIONAL WEEKS OR PAPERS.Check publications to publish ad: Bay Beacon (Number of weeks) Eglin Flyer (Number of weeks) Hurlburt Patriot (Number of weeks) 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 Capture the Eglin market in the base paper!The cost-effective way to reach your customers on Eglin Air Force Base! Got fines? Do you have library fines? Start the new year off right with a clean conscience. The Niceville Public Library will be accepting canned goods and nonperishable food items in December for Sharing & Caring in lieu of fines. These items will help families in our community enjoy this holiday season. The value of the canned goods and non-perishable food items should be close to the amount of the fine owed. Shop locally The Heritage Museum Shop and Bookstore, 115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso, features old-fashioned games and toys, locally and regionally handcrafted items including baskets and quilts, books on local history for all ages and HMNF merchandise. Gift certificates are available. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. 4 p.m. For more information, call 678-2615. Benefit book sale The Friends of the Niceville Library book store will be having a half price sale during the month of December. The book store is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Books and audio will be half price for the month. Book store will be closed Dec. 24 and 31. Proceeds from sales benefit the Niceville Public Library. Christmas Day mass Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd, Niceville, will hold its Christmas Day mass at 10 a.m. The service is free and open to the public. Christmas Day service St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, 200 N. Partin Dr. Niceville, will hold its Christmas Day service at 11 a.m. The service is free and open to the public. New Year s eve service Rocky Bayou Baptist Church, 2401 Partin Drive N., Niceville, will hold a New Year’s Eve prayer service at 11 p.m. Dec. 31 in the Genesis Hall. The service is free and open to the public. For more information, call 678-6062. Audubon meets The first Audubon meeting of the year will be Jan. 2 with “The Shark Tank” by Charidy “Sharkie” Krouse, shark biologist and conservationist who will present an overview often misunderstood shark. The meeting will be held in room 130 on the ground floor of the Student Services Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. with socializing and light refreshments. The meeting is free and open to the interested public. For more information, call Walt Spence at 582-7064. History weekend Make history part of your future with “Home School Fridays” and “Hands-On History Saturdays,” a monthly program based on the Florida core standards for education for children ages 5-12 at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. Each month, until June a different program will be presented related to Northwest Florida history for children and families. January’s program will be “Native American Legends” on Jan. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. $7 per child or $5 for museum family members. Special deal for new family members. Groups welcome, space is limited so please preregister at 678-2615. 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 CALENDAR

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Page B-4 Wednesday, December 25, 2013 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Luke 2:1-20 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David;) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.” And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. Merry Christmas!And a Happy, Healthy New Year!‘I bri n g y ou tidi n gs of great jo y ’ Unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior –from the staff of the Bay Beacon