The Bay beacon

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The Bay beacon
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Beacon
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Niceville, Fla
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Began Apr. 22, 1992.
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Beacon photoNiceville's Turkey Creek Park will be expanded by 76.5 acres under a $1.6 million acquisition program planned by the city of Niceville. By Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer A state grant will pay most of the $1.6 million cost of acquiring acreage to expand the city of Niceville's Turkey Creek Park. The planned acquisition includes a 68-acre wooded, undeveloped tract owned by Ruckel Properties, north of College Boulevard, next to the north end of Turkey Creek Park, sharing a boundary with the Eglin Reservation. The deal also includes 8.5 acres owned by an Alabama developer just east of the south end of Turkey Creek Park, just north of John Sims Parkway. The 8.5-acre tract, which is also vacant, is mostly cleared and will be the site of a substantial restoration project by the city. The state grant is $1,344,525 from Florida Forever, a conservation-land acquisition program run by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The city will match with an additional $256,175, bringing the total to $1.6 million. We are working with Eglin on a restricted-use agreement that could make our match less, said Niceville City Manager Lannie Corbin. The Turkey Creek expansion is part of a city five-year plan which includes: Providing some 4,500 feet of eleposed by Rep. Gaetz: "Over the past few weeks, I have listened to a growing number of Northwest Floridians who have strong opinions about the medical use of cannabis, or marijuana. In the grocery store, in church, in the emails I receive and during my door-to-door neighborhood walks, folks are sharing their questions and concerns. "Part of the reason the issue is being talked about is that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-euphoric ingredient in some marijuana plants, has been found effective in helping children suffering from violent seizures associated with severe epilepsy. This substance is called 'Charlottes Web' and it is not the marijuana that is smoked recreationally to create a 'high.' "Parents of children with frequent and severe seizures recently brought their sons and daughters to a hearing before the House Criminal Justice Committee. One of the Beacon Staff Recent recognition of Northwest Florida State College by a national leadership institution "validates that we are headed in the right direction," said Ty Handy, president of the Niceville-based community college. For the third year in a row, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Northwest Florida State College as one the nation's 150 top community colleges, challenging it to compete for the $1 million fund for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. "We are very proud, I'm very proud," said Handy on Monday. "We developed a new strategic plan three years ago, and to have an outside agency Beacon Staff State Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said he would support a bill to allow an ingredient of marijuana to be used to treat epilepsy. The bill is scheduled to be taken up by the Florida Legislature when it convenes for its regular annual 60-day session on March 4 in Tallahassee. The measure is sponsored by State Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican who is Sen. Gaetz's son. Sen. Gaetz, who is president of the State Senate, last week announced his support for the bill, which he said would allow a "noneuphoric" ingredient of marijuana to be prescribed to control severe epileptic seizures. Separately, a measure is scheduled for a statewide referendum in November that would legalize marijuana use for anyone who gets a doctor's permission. Sen. Gaetz said he continues to oppose that proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution. Sen. Gaetz issued the following statement Feb. 12 on the much-narrower bill proT T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, February 19, 2014 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 6 Inserts Please see PURCHASE, page A-2 Please see SEWAGE, page A-2 Please see GAETZ, page A-2 Please see NWFSC, page A-6 Police Blotter, page A-3Sat., 7:30 a.m. Visit the Coffeen Nature Preserve with a preserve manager to see over 200 acres of dune and dune lake habitat, along with the historic Army Air Force buzz bomb test site in South Walton County. Meet at the Winn Dixie in Bluewater Bay. 267-2312. Sat., 2-4 p.m. Anne Sanders will be signing copies of her new book, Behind the Stage at Bayou Book Co. Niceville. 6781593. Tues., 6 p.m. There will be a planning meeting for the 2014 NicevilleValparaiso Relay For Life at St. Paul Lutheran Church Niceville. Public welcome. 2443813. Tues., 6 p.m. Niceville Garden Club will meet at the Niceville Community Center. Attendees will learn about the care and maintenance of bromeliads. All meetings are open to the public. Calendar, B-2 COMINGUP $420K fix OKd for sewage woesNiceville nears purchase of parklandNWFSC earns national accolade for a third yearBy Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent The Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board has agreed to spend an estimated $420,000 to resolve clogging issues stemming from a $6 million upgrade at the wastewater treatment plant in Niceville. The board met in special session Feb. 13 to discuss problems with the Plant Upgrade Projects influent upstream head-works filtration screens. Glenn Stephens, representative of Polyengineering Inc., the boards contract engineer, stated that he and Rick Helms, NVRSB plant manager, discussed the replacement of the 6 millimeter head-works screens with 3 millimeter screens in detail with Siemens, the company overseeing the $6 million plant upgrade. It was determined that the transition to the 3 millimeter screens would eliminate the recurring filter clogging issues, Stephen said. As a result, Stephens presented two cost proposals to The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Sen. Gaetz backs sons medical marijuana legislation Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithSome 40 girls, ages 8-12, gathered at the Niceville Assembly of God Saturday for an event hosted by the Distinguished Young Wom en of Okaloosa County to brush up on etiquette and fashion skills. Pictured, a class of 9-year-olds learn manners from Hannah Gord, a Distinguished Young Woman from the Class of 2014. Distinguished Young Women, formerly America's Junior Miss, is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential "through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments."Learning manners and more Sen. Don Gaetz Ty Handy Helping hands on highThe Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Ministry s disaster response group from Rocky Bayou Baptist Church, Niceville, had an offseason training session that doubled as a good deed as they removed dead trees between two houses on Black Bear Circle, Niceville, Feb. 15. Ten people took part.

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the board. Proposal No. 1 would result in a total upgrade of the existing system and would cost a projected $420,000. This plan, which the board ultimately adopted, was a substantial decrease from the initial cost estimate of $550,000 to $600,000. Proposal No. 2 would only retrofit the existing screens. At $375,000, this option would cost less, but was not deemed to be a reliable long-term resolution. Both Stephens and Helms recommended proposal No. 1. Lannie Corbin, a board member who is Niceville city manager, asked, What time frame are we looking at regarding start time? Stephens stated that both proposals would present a challenge with delivery time. Either option would take approximately 15 weeks to get equipment in place to start modification. Board member Heath Rominger, a Niceville city councilman, stated that he understood the recommendation to replace the screens and its expected impact on eliminating clogging filters. However, he made it clear that he was not percent convinced that the proposed resolution would result in the advertised result. Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold, also a board member, asked Helms what the impact on the approved contract funding would be. Helms stated there would be no impact to the project's contract funding. As an alternative they would be using their reserve funds which are separate from the contract funding. As an additional discussion point, Stephens stated that he had discussed with Siemens who should pay for the new screens. Stephens stated that given the initial misinformation given by Siemens that the company should assist in paying for the new head-works screens. Siemens, Stephens said, responded that it had provided 24 additional submerged screens, have had to send their field personnel here several times to look at this filtration clogging issue, and paid for taking all of the media out of one of the plant's three sewagetreatment "trains," or process lines, at no additional cost. Thus, the company reasoned, they have done enough and should not have to participate in the funding of the new screens, according to Stephens. Stephens indicated he would send a formal request to document the company's response. A motion was initiated by Corbin to proceed with Proposal No. 1 to upgrade the existing system. The motion was approved unanimously by board members. A secondary issue was presented by Stephens related to the need for a walkway across sewage-treatment train No. 2 to minimize operators' walking distance and response time if required. The estimated cost for the addition of a three-footwide aluminum walkway with hand rails was $24,794. Patrick Strong, board chairman, echoed the need and voiced his support of this action. Arnold initiated a motion to proceed and the board concurred. SEWAGEFrom page A-1vated boardwalk and a state authorized paddling trail along and in Turkey Creek. Restoring the hydrology and vegetation of a former borrow pit adjacent to the south end of the park and to use it for both active and passive recreation. Enhancing existing conservation educational programs through working with established educational programs and the utilization of existing facility as a Community Resource Center. Providing a primitive hiking and camping experience on undisturbed properties with no evidence of human modification. Maintaining existing habitat for endangered or threatened plant and animal species, including a natural ecological corridor along Turkey Creek from the Eglin Air Force Base Reservation to Boggy Bayou. Providing a buffer to the Eglin reservation and avoiding incompatible development in aircraft hazard zones. The existing Turkey Creek boardwalk paralleling the spring-fed waterway is 1.75 miles long. There are plans to add another 400 feet of boardwalk, with the help of a proposed federal grant, that would tie the north and south boardwalks together, according to Corbin. Work is expected to begin by Sept. 30, much of it done by city employees. The federal grant has been applied for but not yet approved. Corbin said the federal money is likely, but if it is not approved the city will find the money elsewhere. Now is the time to really go forward on this, said Corbin. Its a good project for the city of Niceville. dads from our area is a former law enforcement officer and now a respected lawyer. His wife is a nurse. If they were to even possess the CBD that would ease their childs profound and perhaps fatal suffering they would be breaking the law. So they are caught between the life of their child and their respect for the law. "As a father myself, I am unwilling to require these parents to be criminals in order to get treatment for their children. As the father of Rep. Matt Gaetz, I am proud of my son for his political courage in fighting for these families as they fight for their childrens lives. "This past week, Matt has received the support of (Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel) to introduce a stand-alone bill (HB 843) to decriminalize this non-euphoric CBD solely for the purpose of helping these children with medical conditions that cause seizures. "Today, a group of Republican Senators led by Senator Rob Bradley filed a companion bill in the Senate, SB 1030. To become law, this legislation will have to pass both House and Senate committees and earn the votes of a majority of legislators on the floor as well as the Governors signature. As your senator, I will support this legislation as it moves through the committee process and I will vote for it should it reach the Senate floor. "I recognize the position Matt and I have taken may be controversial in the minds of some of our Northwest Florida neighbors. It has taken time and prayer and struggle for me to arrive at my position. I respect those with differing points of view. Regardless of your opinion, I hope you will call, write, email or contact me with your questions, concerns or criticisms. "Let me assure you that my support for compassionate use of CBD in these extreme cases is far different from the marijuana constitutional amendment being sponsored by trial attorney John Morgan in an effort to generate voter turnout for his employee, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. That constitutional amendment misleads the public into a broadbased legalization of euphoric marijuana going far beyond acute medical justification." GAETZFrom page A-1 Rep. Matt Gaetz The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Beacon file photoPersistent difficulties in filtering solids from sewage entering the Niceville Valparaiso Regional Wastewater Treatment plant have increased the cost of a $6 million upgrade.Page A-2 Wednesday, February 19, 2014 THEBAYBEACON PURCHASEFrom page A-1 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.FRIENDLY REMINDER:LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netAtHomeInNiceville.comFILE FOR YOUR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION!Heres some real estate news you can use! If you are the owner/occupant of the home you purchased in 2013 or if you have never filed for homestead exemption on the home you own and occupy as your homestead, then you may file for Floridas HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION which will save you money on property taxes. Check the Property Appraisers website for additional eligibility requirements: http://www.okaloosapa.com/exempt.html#homestead. 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ArrestsOn Feb. 1, Valparaiso police arrested Dustin Mitchell Cash, 30, of 216 Marquette Ave., Niceville, for driving a vehicle with no registration. * On Feb. 2, Niceville police arrested Dion Rafel Lowe, a restaurant worker, 43, of 207 Water Oak Lane., Crestview, for one count of resisting an officer without violence. Officers were dispatched to Twin Cities Hospital in regard to a report that Lowe was there and getting out of control. When contacted by police, Lowe falsely identified himself as Fernando Thomas, and refused to give his correct identity after being asked three times.DUI arrestsOn Feb. 1, Niceville police arrested Christopher Donald Boudoin, a restaurant worker, 22, of 1503 Mariah Way, Fort Walton Beach, for one count each of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia. An officer found Boudoin passed out in the driver seat of his vehicle with the engine running. The report also stated that Boudoin admitted to having been drinking at a restaurant. An inventory of the vehicle revealed a glass pipe in the center console containing what appeared to be marijuana residue. In the sunglasses holder was approximately 1 gram of marijuana, which was field tested and came back with a presumptive positive for THC. * On Feb. 4, Niceville police arrested Damon Edward Clay, 44, of 319 Okaloosa Rd. NE, Fort Walton Beach, for driving under the influence. According to the police report, Clay was seen drinking in the vehicle and stopping without cause in a traffic lane at State Road 20 and Partin Drive, impeding the flow of traffic. When stopped by police, he also showed other signs of intoxication, and a halffilled container of beer was found in the vehicle. He was also cited for driving while license suspended or revoked, open container, refusal to submit to a breath test, and not wearing a seat belt.SummonsesOn Jan. 30, Okaloosa deputies issued summonses to Ronnie Lynn Watts, 18, and to Billie Timmothy Roll, 20, both of 1512 27th St., Niceville, for shoplifting. According to the police reports, both suspects concealed items in blue Walmart tote bags and exited the Niceville Walmart without rendering payment.Bear afootOn Feb. 3, Niceville police received a report of a bear sighted at the corner of St. Charles and Florida streets. The bear fled into the woods, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission was notified.OtherOn Jan. 21, an Okaloosa County deputy responded to a report of burglary to a residence at an address on Gleneagles Drive, Niceville. The victim stated that upon returning from a trip, she observed that her engagement ring and other pieces of jewelry were missing. * On Jan. 24, Niceville police and Okaloosa deputies responded to a report of a disturbance in progress at an address on 45th Street, Niceville. Upon arrival, no one wanted to press charges. * On Jan. 29, an Okaloosa County deputy responded to a report of a vehicle burglary at an address on Meadowbrook Court, Niceville. The victim informed police that a number of documents containing personal and family information were discovered missing from the vehicle on Jan. 28, after the family had visited the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles on Jan. 22, and had left their documents in the vehicle. * On Jan. 28, an Okaloosa County deputy was sent to an address on Porter Lane regarding a report of a person in a parking lot, bleeding. The victim informed the officer that he had been injured during an argument, but declined to press charges. * On Jan. 31, the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office recovered a stolen 2013 Dodge Ram red pickup truck in the woods of the Eglin reservation near Bluewater Bay. * On Feb. 1, Niceville police responded to a report of a theft at an address on Dolphin Point Road. The complainant reported that someone had stolen his concrete saw from inside of a locked work trailer. * On Feb. 2, Niceville police responded to a report that some children had found a 15-pound rock, possibly a tombstone, inscribed Molly 9/22/1994, in Meigs Park. The rock was collected and placed into found property. * On Feb. 2, Niceville police responded to a report of a disturbance at an address on Madison Street, where they found that a male and female had been yelling at each other during an argument over a $50 Super Bowl bet. * On Feb. 2, Niceville police responded to a possible burglary at the BP gas station and convenience store on John Sims Parkway. It appeared that someone had used a rock to smash a window to gain entry to the store. The police reported that some water pipes, electronic cigarettes and regular cigarettes were taken. A recreational air pistol and some other items were located in the grass area behind the gas station, and some other items that may have been taken from the store were also found nearby. * On Feb. 3, Niceville police responded to an address on Lincolnshire Drive regarding a report of a stolen vehicle. A witness reported that a 2005 red Ford Focus belonging to her daughter, who is stationed overseas, had disappeared the day before, after the keys had been left in the vehicle. * On Jan. 26, Niceville police responded to the Tom Thumb store on Palm Boulevard in reference to a counterfeit bill. The manager on duty informed police that as she was counting the cash, she noticed a counterfeit $20 bill. Police examined the note, and observed that it appeared to be printed on regular computer paper, with no watermarks or color shifting ink. The manager also informed police that the bill had been tested under black light and failed that test. * On Jan. 26, Niceville police received a report of an attempted break-in at St. Paul Lutheran Church on John Sims Parkway. Police observed that glass had been broken from the churchs music room. * On Jan. 26, Niceville police responded to the Walmart on 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. This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also be provided anonymously by texting TIP214 plus the message to CRIMES (274637)Okaloosa seeks fugitivesThis information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. Wanted As Of: 02/10/2014 Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon Name:Michael Douglas Hale Sex:Male Race:Caucasian Age:29 DOB:09/05/1985 Height:5ft 7in, Weight: 200 lbs Hair:Brown, Eyes: Brown Hale`s last known address was on Corwin Drive in Crestview. Wanted As Of: 02/03/2014 FTA-Worthless Checks Name:Doyle Richardson Roan Sex:Male Race:Caucasian Age:56 DOB:02/04/1958 Height:6ft 1in, Weight: 180 lbs Hair:Brown, Eyes: BlueWednesday, February 19, 2014 Page A-3 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 GULFCOASTDENTALSteven G. Robinette, DDS (850) 897-9600 4566 Hwy 20 East Ste 108 Niceville, FL 32578 www.gulfcoastdental.comLike uson FACEBOOK 729-2131www.nicevilleinsurance.com 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. 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John Sims Parkway in reference to a counterfeit $10 bill. A store manager informed police that a man tried to pass the bill to a cashier. The manager said the cashier knew the bill was fake, and advised the man of this. The man then paid, using another cash payment, and appeared surprised that he had a counterfeit bill. * On Jan. 26, Niceville police responded to a report of a domestic dispute. * On Jan. 27, Niceville police received a report from a complainant at an address on 29th St., who said that a man and a woman entered her home through the back door while the complainant was resting at about 2:30 p.m. The complainant was awakened by the voices of the intruders, both of whom then told her that they were very sorry and that they had the wrong apartment. * On Jan. 27, Niceville police responded to a report of a suspicious person, at an address on Reeves Street. The complainant reported that as he left for work that morning, he was confronted by a man in his front yard waving a stick at him and cussing at him. The man was gone by the time police arrived. * On Jan. 27, Niceville police received a report from an employee at Northwest Florida State College, who said that when she arrived at work and retrieved phone messages, there was a message from a man who asserted that he was from the IRS, and stated falsely that she owed the government $55,000. The complainant said that another message came through with threats and bad language. Police questioned the caller. * On Jan. 27, Niceville police responded to an address on Fairwood Drive, where a complainant stated that she had let her dog out that morning, and that the animal returned about an hour later with a wound from a BB pellet. The complainant provided police with a small BB. * On Jan. 15, Niceville police responded to an auto body shop in reference to a report of parts stolen from a vehicle. Value of the missing parts was estimated at $210. * On Jan. 15, a person entered the Valparaiso police station to report that charges had been made to his credit card in the amount of $194.65 by a Nicevlle company with whom the complainant had not done business. * On Jan. 16, Niceville police responded to a report that a man, possibly armed with a pistol, might be en route to a potential victims address on Als Drive. A search of the area failed to locate the suspect or his vehicle, and police remained at the residence of the potential victim and her child until they left for another location. The police report indicated that a vehicle at the potential victims home had recently had its tires slashed. Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.10, 2014 through Feb.16, 2014. 1 Structure Fire26 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire3 Vehicle Crash 1 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn0 Other Emergency Calls 1 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME N. Partin Dr...................................Medical......................2/10/14.............................09:01 N. Cedar/N. Partin........................Vehicle crash.............2/10/14.............................10:53 Als Dr............................................Medical......................2/10/14.............................11:03 Spencer Pl....................................Brush fire...................2/10/14.............................14:21 N. Partin/N.Palm..........................Vehicle crash.............2/10/14.............................14:40 N. Partin Dr...................................Medical......................2/10/14.............................15:14 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical......................2/11/14.............................08:06 S. Cedar Ave................................Medical......................2/11/14.............................09:03 Ivy Ave..........................................Medical......................2/11/14.............................09:37 Als Dr............................................Medical......................2/11/14.............................14:00 Regatta Dr....................................Medical......................2/11/14.............................15:43 Duncan Dr.....................................Medical......................2/11/14.............................16:31 N. Partin Dr...................................Medical......................2/11/14.............................19:39 S. S.R. 85.....................................Medical......................2/11/14.............................22:04 Als Dr............................................Medical......................2/12/14.............................03:00 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical......................2/12/14.............................03:14 Arrowhead Way............................False alarm................2/12/14.............................12:22 S. Cedar Ave................................Medical......................2/12/14.............................14:29 Als Dr............................................Medical......................2/12/14.............................15:40 Nathey Ave...................................Medical......................02/12/14...........................16:26 Everglade Dr.................................Structure fire..............2/12/14.............................17:38 N. Partin Dr...................................Medical......................2/13/14.............................10:57 27th Street....................................Medical......................2/13/14.............................12:12 Edgewater Dr................................Medical......................2/14/14.............................14:21 Hospital Dr....................................Medical......................2/14/14.............................15:35 29th Street....................................Medical......................2/14/14.............................16:07 Regatta Dr....................................Medical......................2/14/14.............................17:32 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Vehicle crash.............2/15/14.............................05:01 N. Partin Dr...................................Medical......................2/15/14.............................18:15 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical......................2/15/14.............................19:22 Forest Lake Terr...........................Medical......................2/16/14.............................06:13 Honeysuckle Way........................Medical......................2/16/14.............................15:57 Weekly Safety Tip: The fire department can t help you unless you can be found. Make sure the number of your house is visible from the street and is in a lighted area so it can be seen at night. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.10, 2014 through Feb.16, 2014. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME N. White Point Rd...................Medical assist........................2/10/14.....................08:15 Muirfield Dr..............................Medical...................................2/10/14.....................08:55 N. White Point Rd...................Medical...................................2/10/14.....................10:03 St. Rose Cove.........................Medical...................................2/10/14.....................12:49 Spencer Pl...............................Dispatched & cancelled.........2/10/14.....................14:25 Parkwood Pl............................Medical...................................2/10/14.....................23:05 Sunset Beach Pl.....................Medical...................................2/10/14.....................23:58 N. White Point Rd...................Dispatched & cancelled.........2/11/14......................10:22 N. White Point Rd...................Medical...................................2/11/14......................13:43 Jamaica Way...........................Public assist...........................2/12/14.....................02:14 E. Hwy. 20...............................Fire..........................................2/12/14.....................10:10 Range Rd/Hwy.20...................Dispatched & cancelled.........2/12/14.....................12:16 Commercial Dr........................Medical...................................2/12/14.....................12:32 Hwy. 20/Bay Dr........................Vehicle accident.....................2/12/14.....................14:32 Everglade Dr............................Fire in mobile home...............2/12/14.....................17:40 Samana Way...........................Medical...................................2/13/14.....................12:03 White Point Rd........................Medical...................................2/14/14.....................11:30 Bluewater Blvd........................Vehicle accident.....................2/14/14.....................14:08 White Point Rd........................Medical...................................2/14/14.....................16:32 Oakmont Pl..............................Medical...................................2/14/14.....................22:37 Canterbury Cir.........................Medical...................................2/14/14.....................23:47 Wren Way................................Medical...................................2/16/14.....................14:24 Parkwood Cir...........................Medical...................................2/16/14.....................17:29 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-4 Wednesday, February 19, 2014 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax 1-888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.comTh e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n ExpressStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistAngela Yuriko SmithEditorial AssistantKaron DeyBookkeeper Cheryle ValentineReceptionistThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as midWalton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. 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like this recognize us says we are going in the right direction." The Aspen Institute identified the top community colleges using a quantitative formula that assesses performance and improvement in four areas: graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates, and equity in student outcomes. These colleges will now compete for the prestigious honor following a year-long research process into how well their students learn, complete degrees, and get jobs with competitive wages after graduating. NWFSC is one of 15 Florida College System institutions that are eligible to compete for this prestigious award. All colleges selected will now submit an application containing detailed data on these criteria. Each college must demonstrate that it delivers exceptional student results, uses data to drive decisions, and continually improves over time. The top 150 community colleges will be narrowed down to 10 finalists in September based on student success in three areas: "student persistence, completion and transfer; gains in outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for underserved students." Valencia College won the inaugural prize in 2011 and two Florida colleges Broward College and Santa Fe College were named to the top 10 in 2011. Winners of the 2015 Aspen Prize will be announced in early 2015. The Aspen Prize is funded by America Achieves, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Joyce Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Lumina Foundation for Education. The Aspen College Excellence Program aims to identify and replicate campuswide practices that significantly improve college student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the New College Leadership Project and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges' understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses. The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, D.C., Aspen, Colorado, and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, February 19, 2014 The Boathouse Landing, in Valparaiso, is a relaxed waterfront dining experience for everyone to enjoy. Whether dining with the family, a cozy meal for two, or a place to unwind with a few friends, the Boathouse Landing has something to offer every dining occasion. The Boathouse Landing has been family owned and operated by Nick and Lisa Sarra since 2001. They offer lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, and specialize in fresh seafood, steaks, and pastas. The menu covers an array of savory dishes to suit most tastes. One of the Boathouse s signature dishes is the Boathouse Grouper which is pan sauted and topped with Maine lobster meat enveloped in a sherry butter sauce. Their eight-ounce New York strip steak and half pound of snow crab is sure to please the person who can t decide on land or sea. Also, for people with allergies, their gluten free menu has been expanded to include burger style buns and pasta. For those dining on a tight budget-Early Bird Specials are offered Monday through Sunday from 4:30-6:00 p.m. One delectable Early Bird entre is the Pecan Crusted Catch of the Day, which is a pan sauted white fish crusted with chopped pecan, topped with a honey cinnamon sauce then served with rice pilaf and vegetable medley. Another entre is the Chicken Piccata, which is a pan sauted chicken breast topped with a lemon caper cream sauce and also served with rice pilaf and vegetables. Beef Tenderloin Medallions are also another mouthwatering choice. Topped with marsala mushrooms, these melt-in-your-mouth tenderloins are served with red skinned potatoes and a vegetable medley. Other Early Bird choices are Fried Gulf Shrimp and Shrimp Etouffe. The Boathouse is only about a 10 minute drive from the college, which makes it a great choice for pre-show dining. On those nights, reservations are recommended. Also, being on Boggy Bayou in Valparaiso, they are very close to Eglin Air Force Base, which makes it an ideal location for a quick and delectable lunch. If you re planning a retirement or goingaway celebration, the Landing provides a menu of fast, delicious lunch options. The Boathouse Landing s banquet room can be reserved to accommodate small gatherings of people all the way up to large events of 75 or more. The Bilge Pub offers two ways to unwind after a day of work or play, with a comfortable lounge inside, and a covered outside patio and oyster bar. Oysters on the half shell are available in the lounge. Enjoy a half dozen with your friends and favorite happy hour drink. The Bilge Pub offers happy hour Monday through Saturday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Various drink specials are served daily, with live music playing Friday and Saturday nights until 10 p.m. Live music at the Boathouse can vary from country and soft rock, to island grooves. 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The Northwest Florida Symphony Guilds (NFSG) annual A Symphony of Taste Food and Wine Festival will be held Sunday, Feb. 23 from 1-4 p.m. on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, in the colleges new Student Services Center. Food samples from a variety of area restaurants will be available, accompanied by over 50 different wines from around the world, as well as non-alcoholic beverages and a silent auction. Musical entertainment will be provided by popular jazz pianist Sean Dietrich. The longstanding annual event, now in its 23rd year, raises funds for the regional orchestra as well as youth music education programs that serve thousands of Okaloosa and Walton County students. Tickets are available by phone or web through the colleges Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office for $35 at 729-6000 or mattiekellyartscenter.org. Tickets may also be purchased at participating merchants such as Bayou Books, Niceville, and are also available at the door the day of the event for $40 each. The Symphony of Taste Food and Wine Festival and the accompanying silent auction serve as the Symphony Guilds most significant annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the event provide underwriting for the professional Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) as well as funding for the Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Junior Orchestra, the NFSOs annual performances for all fifth grade pupils in Okaloosa and Walton County, a prestigious annual Concerto Competition for young musicians, the NFSOs Stars of Tomorrow Concerts, music scholarships and more. The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and membership is open to anyone interested in the arts. For information on participating in the Symphony of Taste as a vendor or donor, contact Joe Purka at 974-1491. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 B B e e a a c c o o n n E E x x p p r r e e s s s sOUR TOWNP P a a g g e e B B 1 1 W W e e d d n n e e s s d d a a y y , F F e e b b r r u u a a r r y y 1 1 9 9 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 4 Haugens honored at All Sports banquetBrian and Kathy Haugen of Valparaiso were awarded the Colonel Al Byrne Award at the All Sports Association Banquet on Friday, Feb. 7. The Colonel Al Byrne Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding support of youth athletics. The Haugens were honored for their ongoing efforts to outfit local high school football teams with equipment designed to promote player safety.Food and wine fest to benefit orchestra and youth endeavors Proceeds from the Feb. 23 Symphony of Taste Food and Wine Festival and the accompanying silent auction provide underwriting for the professional Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) as well as funding for the annual Concerto Competition for young musicians, the NFSO s Stars of Tomorrow Concerts, music scholarships and more.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithCub Scouts visit Bay BeaconTiger Cub Den 9, Pack 553 of Bluewater Bay toured the office of Beacon Newspapers Feb. 7. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 CHURCH DIRECTORY POINTING THE WAY TO JESUSwww.iacdestin.org 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin 850-837-6324 Immanuel Anglican ChurchSunday Morning Worship Services9:00am ~ Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy Communion 11:01am ~ Walk InWorship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion) Nursery, ages 6 wks-2 yrs; Sunday School, ages 3-12, both servicesYouth OutreachHang out ~ Engage ~ Worship ~ Grow! Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm ~ The ShedKidzNetWednesday Nights starting January 15 Ages 3 years-5th grade First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study 9:30am Celebration Service 11:00am Discipleship 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children 6:00pm 678 -1298 WWW.STPAULNICEVILLE.COM 1407 E. JOHN SIMS PKWY., NICEVILLESUNDAY SERVICES 8:30 a.m. Liturgical 10:30 a.m. Praise Nursery Care Provided SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES 9:30 a.m., Ages 3-AdultsST. PAUL PRESCHOOL Now Enrolling for 2014 VPK Provider Getting together The public is invited every Thursday to the American Legion Post 221, 444 John Sims Pkwy E., Niceville to socialize and play games. Early birds 6 p.m. Food available. For more information, call 6782682. Horticulture group The Tri-County Horticulture Studies Group meets on Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Okaloosa County Extension Annex, 127 Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. The subject for study is Landscape Design led by Okaloosa Extension Agent Sheila Dunning. Following the lecture, the group will visit the garden of Camellia grower Mike Hollis. Participants are welcome to bring refreshments to share with the group. Drinks will be provided. Tri-County Horticulture Studies is an outreach program of Valparaiso Garden Club. Free and open to the public. For more information visit mariesgardenanddesign. Get wired Get wired on Feb. 21 with CiudadReal, gemologist and jewelry-maker, who will teach two basic skeleton wire wrap styles and one free-form doughnut style in jewelry wire-wrapping. Class meets from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $55 members, $65 non-members. Materials fee is $20. For further info and to sign up for this workshop, visit the ADSO website at artsdesignsociety.org or call 244-1271 during office hours, Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. The Arts and Design Society is located at 17 First Street S.E., Fort Walton Beach. Benefit concert There will be a one night only concert by The Moos Bros., with special guest appearance by The Mulligans, at Club LA, Destin on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. Admission is $20. All proceeds benefit The Taylor Haugen Foundation, TaylorHaugen.org. Meet the author Anne Sanders will be signing copies of her new book, Behind the Stage at Bayou Book Co., 1118 E John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, Feb. 22 from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 6781593. Gospel concert Libby and Friends Gospel Concert Ministry presents Ernie Haase and Signature Sound on Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church, 951 South Ferdon Blvd., Crestview. A suggested $10 donation is requested at the door and a love offering will be received. All invited. For more information visit libbyandfriendsgospelconcerts.com. Bird walk Visit the Coffeen Nature Preserve Feb. 22 with Susan Paladini, Preserve Manager. See 200+ acres of dune and dune lake habitat, along with the historic Army Air Force buzz bomb test site in South Walton County. Meet at the Winn Dixie on Hwy. 20 in Bluewater Bay at 7:30 a.m. Call Susan at 267-2312 for more info. Cornhole Tournament Come on out for family-fun at the 2nd Annual Corn Hole Tournament, Saturday, Feb. 22 at Twin Oaks Horseshoe Pits at the corner of Hwy 85 N. and College Blvd., Niceville. All ages and skill levels welcome with divisions for masters and beginners. Sign-ups and warm-ups 11 a.m.11:45 a.m., tournament begins at noon. Cost is $25 per team or $15 for individuals. There will be cash prizes, a 50/50, raffles, food truck and a tent with kids activities. All proceeds benefit the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Discounted hotel rates available at Hampton Inn for participants from out of town. Dress for the weather, bring your chairs and join the fun. Broadway hit The national tour of the Broadway hit Memphis appears Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Individual tickets are $45 each and are available online, by phone or in-person. Group discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more. Group sales are by phone or in-person only. Visit Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, Mainstage, 100 College Blvd., Niceville, 729-6000 or mattiekellyartscenter.org. There is a $2 per ticket Box Office processing fee. WAM! Conference The free 4th annual Women and Money Conference (WAM!) will take place on Feb. 22 at the Costa Leadership Institute located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. Registration is free, but seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. Visit shelterhousenwfl.org or call 2431201 to reserve a seat. Breakfast, lunch and childcare will be provided for conference attendees. Chili cook off The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club annual Chili CookOff will be Feb. 22 from noon-4 p.m. at HarborWalk Village, Destin Harbor. Tasting armbands cost $15 at the gate. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life/ American Cancer Society. To enter the Chili contest, contact Larry Phelps at phelps.larry@yahoo.com. Prizes will be awarded. Sunset gazing The February meeting of the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association (NWFAA) will be held Feb. 22 at the observatory, building S-2, on the Niceville campus of the Northwest Florida State College. Anyone with an interest in astronomy is invited to attend. Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up for viewing by sunset. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. For additional information contact Tom Haugh at 678-6483. Food and wine benefit A Symphony of Taste-Food and Wine Festival will be Feb. 23 from 14 p.m. to benefit the NFSO Symphony and youth musical endeavors. $35 advance or $40 at door. Held across campus from Arts Center at new Student Services Center. Tea Party meets The NicevilleValparaiso Tea Party will meet at Niceville City Hall on Monday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. Ernie Padgett, Okaloosa County Administrator, will be the guest speaker and he will speak on the differences between the present budget and the proposed budget. Classical commentary At the community classical music study series, Better Listening, John Drury will present, Voiceless Operaor The Fat Lady Doesnt Sing Tuesday, Feb. 25. Better Listening programs combine commentaries on classic music and related CD selections. The programs will be held each Tuesday evening through March 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall, 1295 Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso. All sessions are free and open to the public. No reservations required. Relay for Life Cancer survivors and volunteers interested in being involved in the 2014 Niceville-Valparaiso Relay For Life are invited to attend a planning meeting Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Niceville. We need everyone in our community to help us finish the fight against Cancer. For details call the American Cancer Society at 244-3813. Learn about bromeliads Niceville Garden Club will meet Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Niceville Community Center. Attendees will learn about the care and maintenance of bromeliads. All meetings are open to the public. Email nvgc1@cox.net if you have questions. New ministry There will be a free orientation meeting for Transformations, a poverty alleviation ministry, at the Niceville United Methodist Church, room 800, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served beginning at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, all are welcome. For more information, call Joe Shearer Cornhole tourney SaturdayThere will be fun for the whole family at the 2nd annual Cornhole Tournament, Saturday, Feb. 22 at Twin Oaks Horseshoe Pits at the corner of Hwy 85 N. and College Blvd., Niceville. Cornhole is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of corn at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. Cost is $25 per team or $15 for individuals. Cash prizes, 50/50, raffles, food truck and a tent with kid s activities. 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at 687-9404 or Kim Colpitts at 4610203. Alzheimer s support group A support group for those affected by Alzheimers will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group is free and limited respite care is available, reserve in advance by calling 866-478-7790. Taylor Haugen fundraiser The 3rd annual TradeWinds Wine and Dinner Fundraiser benefitting the Taylor Haugen Foundation will be Wednesday, Feb. 26. This six course dining experience will pair wines from Washington, California and Italy. with hard to find boutique wines. Tradewinds is located at 205 Government Ave., Niceville. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased from the foundation website, taylorhaugen.org. Growing tomatoes The Friends of the Niceville Library will be hosting a free program on practical tips for tomato gardening for our area with Dennis Gilson, author of Front Yard Farmer frontyardfarmer.com at the Niceville Community Center (adjacent to the Library) 204 Partin Drive N. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10:30 am. Dennis is the author of the blog Front Yard Farmer and also editor of the online Niceville news website niceville.com. For questions please call the library at 279-4863 x 1504 or email us at ncvlibrary@okaloosa.lib.fl.us. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Benefit buffet raises funds for typhoon hit PhilippinesA charity benefit buffet was held at The Holy Name of Jesus Church in Niceville to raise funds for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines last November. $901 was raised at the buffet Jan. 25 for a total of $3,013. Other funds have from private donors, the Filipino buffet group and the Philippine Market and Cafe in Valparaiso.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith Food bank gets help from KiwanisThe Kiwanis members shared their construction skills with food bank Sharing and Caring to help them expand their storage capacity. Pictured from left, Jim Lindsay, Ron Maddocks, Ed Dunbar, Jim Howard, Mike Chesser and John Woodward. Children s Advocacy gets help wrapping giftsTwin Cities Women s Club helped the Children s Advocacy Center with gift wrapping in December. Pictured from left, Dale Fuqua, Jo Ann Dunnam, Lillian Lewis, Linda Harmon and Brenda Brown. Rocky Bayou shows pastor appreciationRocky Bayou Christian School held a Pastor Appreciation Day Feb. 4, and all pastors from the 100+ churches the students attend were invited. Rocky s Praise Band, right, led worship during chapel service for the students and the 76 pastors who attended. 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Beacon photoNiceville's Turkey Creek Park will be expanded by 76.5 acres under a $1.6 million acquisition program planned by the city of Niceville. By Angela Yuriko Smith Beacon Staff Writer A state grant will pay most of the $1.6 million cost of acquiring acreage to expand the city of Niceville's Turkey Creek Park. The planned acquisition includes a 68-acre wooded, undeveloped tract owned by Ruckel Properties, north of College Boulevard, next to the north end of Turkey Creek Park, sharing a boundary with the Eglin Reservation. The deal also includes 8.5 acres owned by an Alabama developer just east of the south end of Turkey Creek Park, just north of John Sims Parkway. The 8.5-acre tract, which is also vacant, is mostly cleared and will be the site of a substantial restoration project by the city. The state grant is $1,344,525 from Florida Forever, a conservation-land acquisition program run by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The city will match with an additional $256,175, bringing the total to $1.6 million. “We are working with Eglin on a restricted-use agreement that could make our match less,” said Niceville City Manager Lannie Corbin. The Turkey Creek expansion is part of a city five-year plan which includes: —Providing some 4,500 feet of eleposed by Rep. Gaetz: "Over the past few weeks, I have listened to a growing number of Northwest Floridians who have strong opinions about the medical use of cannabis, or marijuana. In the grocery store, in church, in the emails I receive and during my door-to-door neighborhood walks, folks are sharing their questions and concerns. "Part of the reason the issue is being talked about is that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-euphoric ingredient in some marijuana plants, has been found effective in helping children suffering from violent seizures associated with severe epilepsy. This substance is called 'Charlotte’s Web' and it is not the marijuana that is smoked recreationally to create a 'high.' "Parents of children with frequent and severe seizures recently brought their sons and daughters to a hearing before the House Criminal Justice Committee. One of the Beacon Staff Recent recognition of Northwest Florida State College by a national leadership institution "validates that we are headed in the right direction," said Ty Handy, president of the Niceville-based community college. For the third year in a row, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Northwest Florida State College as one the nation's 150 top community colleges, challenging it to compete for the $1 million fund for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. "We are very proud, I'm very proud," said Handy on Monday. "We developed a new strategic plan three years ago, and to have an outside agency Beacon Staff State Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said he would support a bill to allow an ingredient of marijuana to be used to treat epilepsy. The bill is scheduled to be taken up by the Florida Legislature when it convenes for its regular annual 60-day session on March 4 in Tallahassee. The measure is sponsored by State Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican who is Sen. Gaetz's son. Sen. Gaetz, who is president of the State Senate, last week announced his support for the bill, which he said would allow a "noneuphoric" ingredient of marijuana to be prescribed to control severe epileptic seizures. Separately, a measure is scheduled for a statewide referendum in November that would legalize marijuana use for anyone who gets a doctor's permission. Sen. Gaetz said he continues to oppose that proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution. Sen. Gaetz issued the following statement Feb. 12 on the much-narrower bill proT T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50¢Wednesday, February 19, 2014 info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 6 Inserts Please see PURCHASE, page A-2 Please see SEWAGE, page A-2 Please see GAETZ, page A-2 Please see NWFSC, page A-6 Police Blotter, page A-3Sat., 7:30 a.m. Visit the Coffeen Nature Preserve with a preserve manager to see over 200 acres of dune and dune lake habitat, along with the historic Army Air Force “buzz bomb” test site in South Walton County. Meet at the Winn Dixie in Bluewater Bay. 267-2312. Sat., 2-4 p.m. Anne Sanders will be signing copies of her new book, “Behind the Stage” at Bayou Book Co. Niceville. 6781593. Tues., 6 p.m. There will be a planning meeting for the 2014 NicevilleValparaiso Relay For Life at St. Paul Lutheran Church Niceville. Public welcome. 2443813. Tues., 6 p.m. Niceville Garden Club will meet at the Niceville Community Center. Attendees will learn about the care and maintenance of bromeliads All meetings are open to the public. Calendar, B-2 COMING UP $420K fix OK’d for sewage woesNiceville nears purchase of parklandNWFSC earns national accolade for a third yearBy Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent The Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board has agreed to spend an estimated $420,000 to resolve clogging issues stemming from a $6 million upgrade at the wastewater treatment plant in Niceville. The board met in special session Feb. 13 to discuss problems with the Plant Upgrade Project’s influent upstream head-works filtration screens. Glenn Stephens, representative of Polyengineering Inc., the board’s contract engineer, stated that he and Rick Helms, NVRSB plant manager, discussed the replacement of the 6 millimeter head-works screens with 3 millimeter screens in detail with Siemens, the company overseeing the $6 million plant upgrade. It was determined that the transition to the 3 millimeter screens would eliminate the recurring filter clogging issues, Stephen said. As a result, Stephens presented two cost proposals to The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Sen. Gaetz backs son’s medical marijuana legislation Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithSome 40 girls, ages 8-12, gathered at the Niceville Assembly of God Saturday for an event hosted by the Distinguished Young Wom en of Okaloosa County to brush up on etiquette and fashion skills. Pictured, a class of 9-year-olds learn manners from Hannah Gor d, a Distinguished Young Woman from the Class of 2014. Distinguished Young Women, formerly America's Junior Miss, is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential "through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments."Learning manners and more Sen. Don Gaetz Ty Handy Helping hands on highThe Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Ministry s disaster response group from Rocky Bayou Baptist Church, Niceville, had an offseason training session that doubled as a good deed as they removed dead trees between two houses on Black Bear Circle, Niceville, Feb. 15. Ten people took part.

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the board. Proposal No. 1 would result in a total upgrade of the existing system and would cost a projected $420,000. This plan, which the board ultimately adopted, was a substantial decrease from the initial cost estimate of $550,000 to $600,000. Proposal No. 2 would only retrofit the existing screens. At $375,000, this option would cost less, but was not deemed to be a reliable long-term resolution. Both Stephens’ and Helm’s recommended proposal No. 1. Lannie Corbin, a board member who is Niceville city manager, asked, “What time frame are we looking at regarding start time?” Stephens stated that both proposals would present a challenge with delivery time. Either option would take approximately 15 weeks to get equipment in place to start modification. Board member Heath Rominger, a Niceville city councilman, stated that he understood the recommendation to replace the screens and its expected impact on eliminating clogging filters. However, he made it clear that he was not “100 percent convinced” that the proposed resolution would result in the advertised result. Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold, also a board member, asked Helms what the impact on the approved contract funding would be. Helms stated there would be “no impact” to the project's contract funding. As an alternative they would be using their “reserve funds” which are separate from the contract funding. As an additional discussion point, Stephens stated that he had discussed with Siemens who should pay for the new screens. Stephens stated that given the initial misinformation given by Siemens that the company should assist in paying for the new head-works screens. Siemens, Stephens said, responded that it had provided 24 additional submerged screens, have had to send their field personnel here several times to look at this filtration clogging issue, and paid for taking all of the media out of one of the plant's three sewagetreatment "trains," or process lines, at no additional cost. Thus, the company reasoned, they have done enough and should not have to participate in the funding of the new screens, according to Stephens. Stephens indicated he would send a formal request to document the company's response. A motion was initiated by Corbin to proceed with Proposal No. 1 to upgrade the existing system. The motion was approved unanimously by board members. A secondary issue was presented by Stephens related to the need for a walkway across sewage-treatment train No. 2 to minimize operators' walking distance and response time if required. The estimated cost for the addition of a three-footwide aluminum walkway with hand rails was $24,794. Patrick Strong, board chairman, echoed the need and voiced his support of this action. Arnold initiated a motion to proceed and the board concurred. SEWAGEFrom page A-1vated boardwalk and a state authorized paddling trail along and in Turkey Creek. —Restoring the hydrology and vegetation of a former borrow pit adjacent to the south end of the park and to use it for both active and passive recreation. —Enhancing existing conservation educational programs through working with established educational programs and the utilization of existing facility as a Community Resource Center. —Providing a primitive hiking and camping experience on undisturbed properties with no evidence of human modification. —Maintaining existing habitat for endangered or threatened plant and animal species, including a natural ecological corridor along Turkey Creek from the Eglin Air Force Base Reservation to Boggy Bayou. —Providing a buffer to the Eglin reservation and avoiding incompatible development in aircraft hazard zones. The existing Turkey Creek boardwalk paralleling the spring-fed waterway is 1.75 miles long. There are plans to add another 400 feet of boardwalk, with the help of a proposed federal grant, that would tie the north and south boardwalks together, according to Corbin. Work is expected to begin by Sept. 30, much of it done by city employees. The federal grant has been applied for but not yet approved. Corbin said the federal money is likely, but if it is not approved the city will find the money elsewhere. “Now is the time to really go forward on this,” said Corbin. “It’s a good project for the city of Niceville.” dads from our area is a former law enforcement officer and now a respected lawyer. His wife is a nurse. If they were to even possess the CBD that would ease their child’s profound and perhaps fatal suffering they would be breaking the law. So they are caught— between the life of their child and their respect for the law. "As a father myself, I am unwilling to require these parents to be criminals in order to get treatment for their children. As the father of Rep. Matt Gaetz, I am proud of my son for his political courage in fighting for these families as they fight for their children’s’ lives. "This past week, Matt has received the support of (Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel) to introduce a stand-alone bill (HB 843) to decriminalize this non-euphoric CBD solely for the purpose of helping these children with medical conditions that cause seizures. "Today, a group of Republican Senators led by Senator Rob Bradley filed a companion bill in the Senate, SB 1030. To become law, this legislation will have to pass both House and Senate committees and earn the votes of a majority of legislators on the floor as well as the Governor’s signature. As your senator, I will support this legislation as it moves through the committee process and I will vote for it should it reach the Senate floor. "I recognize the position Matt and I have taken may be controversial in the minds of some of our Northwest Florida neighbors. It has taken time and prayer and struggle for me to arrive at my position. I respect those with differing points of view. Regardless of your opinion, I hope you will call, write, email or contact me with your questions, concerns or criticisms. "Let me assure you that my support for compassionate use of CBD in these extreme cases is far different from the marijuana constitutional amendment being sponsored by trial attorney John Morgan in an effort to generate voter turnout for his employee, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. That constitutional amendment misleads the public into a broadbased legalization of euphoric marijuana going far beyond acute medical justification." GAETZFrom page A-1 Rep. Matt Gaetz The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Beacon file photoPersistent difficulties in filtering solids from sewage entering the Niceville Valparaiso Regional Wastewater Treatment plant have increased the cost of a $6 million upgrade.Page A-2 Wednesday, February 19, 2014 THEBAYBEACON PURCHASEFrom page A-1 4534 Hwy 20 East, Bluewater Bay (Merchants Walk)Each office independently owned and operated.FRIENDLY REMINDER:LINDA ZICKLER, Realtor(850)-621-7233 lzickler@gnt.netAtHomeInNiceville.com FILE FOR YOUR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION!Here’s some real estate news you can use! If you are the owner/occupant of the home you purchased in 2013 or if you have never filed for homestead exemption on the home you own and occupy as your homestead, then you may file for Florida’s HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION which will save you money on property taxes. Check the Property Appraiser’s website for additional eligibility requirements: http://www.okaloosapa.com/exempt.html#homestead. 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ArrestsOn Feb. 1, Valparaiso police arrested Dustin Mitchell Cash, 30, of 216 Marquette Ave., Niceville, for driving a vehicle with no registration. * On Feb. 2, Niceville police arrested Dion Rafel Lowe, a restaurant worker, 43, of 207 Water Oak Lane., Crestview, for one count of resisting an officer without violence. Officers were dispatched to Twin Cities Hospital in regard to a report that Lowe was there and “getting out of control.” When contacted by police, Lowe falsely identified himself as Fernando Thomas, and refused to give his correct identity after being asked three times.DUI arrestsOn Feb. 1, Niceville police arrested Christopher Donald Boudoin, a restaurant worker, 22, of 1503 Mariah Way, Fort Walton Beach, for one count each of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia. An officer found Boudoin passed out in the driver seat of his vehicle with the engine running. The report also stated that Boudoin admitted to having been drinking at a restaurant. An inventory of the vehicle revealed a glass pipe in the center console containing what appeared to be marijuana residue. In the sunglasses holder was approximately 1 gram of marijuana, which was field tested and came back with a presumptive positive for THC. * On Feb. 4, Niceville police arrested Damon Edward Clay, 44, of 319 Okaloosa Rd. NE, Fort Walton Beach, for driving under the influence. According to the police report, Clay was seen drinking in the vehicle and stopping without cause in a traffic lane at State Road 20 and Partin Drive, impeding the flow of traffic. When stopped by police, he also showed other signs of intoxication, and a halffilled container of beer was found in the vehicle. He was also cited for driving while license suspended or revoked, open container, refusal to submit to a breath test, and not wearing a seat belt.SummonsesOn Jan. 30, Okaloosa deputies issued summonses to Ronnie Lynn Watts, 18, and to Billie Timmothy Roll, 20, both of 1512 27th St., Niceville, for shoplifting. According to the police reports, both suspects concealed items in blue Walmart tote bags and exited the Niceville Walmart without rendering payment.Bear afootOn Feb. 3, Niceville police received a report of a bear sighted at the corner of St. Charles and Florida streets. The bear fled into the woods, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission was notified.OtherOn Jan. 21, an Okaloosa County deputy responded to a report of burglary to a residence at an address on Gleneagles Drive, Niceville. The victim stated that upon returning from a trip, she observed that her engagement ring and other pieces of jewelry were missing. * On Jan. 24, Niceville police and Okaloosa deputies responded to a report of a disturbance in progress at an address on 45th Street, Niceville. Upon arrival, no one wanted to press charges. * On Jan. 29, an Okaloosa County deputy responded to a report of a vehicle burglary at an address on Meadowbrook Court, Niceville. The victim informed police that a number of documents containing personal and family information were discovered missing from the vehicle on Jan. 28, after the family had visited the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles on Jan. 22, and had left their documents in the vehicle. * On Jan. 28, an Okaloosa County deputy was sent to an address on Porter Lane regarding a report of a person in a parking lot, bleeding. The victim informed the officer that he had been injured during an argument, but declined to press charges. * On Jan. 31, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office recovered a stolen 2013 Dodge Ram red pickup truck in the woods of the Eglin reservation near Bluewater Bay. * On Feb. 1, Niceville police responded to a report of a theft at an address on Dolphin Point Road. The complainant reported that someone had stolen his concrete saw from inside of a locked work trailer. * On Feb. 2, Niceville police responded to a report that some children had found a 15-pound rock, possibly a tombstone, inscribed “Molly 9/22/1994,” in Meigs Park. The rock was collected and placed into found property. * On Feb. 2, Niceville police responded to a report of a disturbance at an address on Madison Street, where they found that a male and female had been yelling at each other during an argument over a $50 Super Bowl bet. * On Feb. 2, Niceville police responded to a possible burglary at the BP gas station and convenience store on John Sims Parkway. It appeared that someone had used a rock to smash a window to gain entry to the store. The police reported that some water pipes, electronic cigarettes and regular cigarettes were taken. A recreational air pistol and some other items were located in the grass area behind the gas station, and some other items that may have been taken from the store were also found nearby. * On Feb. 3, Niceville police responded to an address on Lincolnshire Drive regarding a report of a stolen vehicle. A witness reported that a 2005 red Ford Focus belonging to her daughter, who is stationed overseas, had disappeared the day before, after the keys had been left in the vehicle. * On Jan. 26, Niceville police responded to the Tom Thumb store on Palm Boulevard in reference to a counterfeit bill. The manager on duty informed police that as she was counting the cash, she noticed a counterfeit $20 bill. Police examined the note, and observed that it appeared to be printed on regular computer paper, with no watermarks or color shifting ink. The manager also informed police that the bill had been tested under black light and failed that test. * On Jan. 26, Niceville police received a report of an attempted break-in at St. Paul Lutheran Church on John Sims Parkway. Police observed that glass had been broken from the church’s music room. * On Jan. 26, Niceville police responded to the Walmart on 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. This information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. A reward is offered by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, 863-8477, or 1-888-654-8477. Information can also be provided anonymously by texting “TIP214 plus the message” to CRIMES (274637)Okaloosa seeks fugitivesThis information is from reports by the Okaloosa County Sheriff s Office. 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John Sims Parkway in reference to a counterfeit $10 bill. A store manager informed police that a man tried to pass the bill to a cashier. The manager said the cashier knew the bill was fake, and advised the man of this. The man then paid, using another cash payment, and appeared surprised that he had a counterfeit bill. * On Jan. 26, Niceville police responded to a report of a domestic dispute. * On Jan. 27, Niceville police received a report from a complainant at an address on 29th St., who said that a man and a woman entered her home through the back door while the complainant was resting at about 2:30 p.m. The complainant was awakened by the voices of the intruders, both of whom then told her that they were very sorry and that they had the wrong apartment. * On Jan. 27, Niceville police responded to a report of a suspicious person, at an address on Reeves Street. The complainant reported that as he left for work that morning, he was confronted by a man in his front yard waving a stick at him and cussing at him. The man was gone by the time police arrived. * On Jan. 27, Niceville police received a report from an employee at Northwest Florida State College, who said that when she arrived at work and retrieved phone messages, there was a message from a man who asserted that he was from the IRS, and stated falsely that she owed the government $55,000. The complainant said that another message came through with threats and bad language. Police questioned the caller. * On Jan. 27, Niceville police responded to an address on Fairwood Drive, where a complainant stated that she had let her dog out that morning, and that the animal returned about an hour later with a wound from a BB pellet. The complainant provided police with a small BB. * On Jan. 15, Niceville police responded to an auto body shop in reference to a report of parts stolen from a vehicle. Value of the missing parts was estimated at $210. * On Jan. 15, a person entered the Valparaiso police station to report that charges had been made to his credit card in the amount of $194.65 by a Nicevlle company with whom the complainant had not done business. * On Jan. 16, Niceville police responded to a report that a man, possibly armed with a pistol, might be en route to a potential victim’s address on Als Drive. A search of the area failed to locate the suspect or his vehicle, and police remained at the residence of the potential victim and her child until they left for another location. The police report indicated that a vehicle at the potential victim’s home had recently had its tires slashed. Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.10, 2014 through Feb.16, 2014. 1 Structure Fire26 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire3 Vehicle Crash 1 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn0 Other Emergency Calls 1 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME N. Partin Dr...................................Medical......................2/10/14.............................09:01 N. Cedar/N. Partin........................Vehicle crash.............2/10/14.............................10:53 Als Dr............................................Medical......................2/10/14.............................11:03 Spencer Pl....................................Brush fire...................2/10/14.............................14:21 N. Partin/N.Palm..........................Vehicle crash.............2/10/14.............................14:40 N. Partin Dr...................................Medical......................2/10/14.............................15:14 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical......................2/11/14.............................08:06 S. Cedar Ave................................Medical......................2/11/14.............................09:03 Ivy Ave..........................................Medical......................2/11/14.............................09:37 Als Dr............................................Medical......................2/11/14.............................14:00 Regatta Dr....................................Medical......................2/11/14.............................15:43 Duncan Dr.....................................Medical......................2/11/14.............................16:31 N. Partin Dr...................................Medical......................2/11/14.............................19:39 S. S.R. 85.....................................Medical......................2/11/14.............................22:04 Als Dr............................................Medical......................2/12/14.............................03:00 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical......................2/12/14.............................03:14 Arrowhead Way............................False alarm................2/12/14.............................12:22 S. Cedar Ave................................Medical......................2/12/14.............................14:29 Als Dr............................................Medical......................2/12/14.............................15:40 Nathey Ave...................................Medical......................02/12/14...........................16:26 Everglade Dr.................................Structure fire..............2/12/14.............................17:38 N. Partin Dr...................................Medical......................2/13/14.............................10:57 27th Street....................................Medical......................2/13/14.............................12:12 Edgewater Dr................................Medical......................2/14/14.............................14:21 Hospital Dr....................................Medical......................2/14/14.............................15:35 29th Street....................................Medical......................2/14/14.............................16:07 Regatta Dr....................................Medical......................2/14/14.............................17:32 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Vehicle crash.............2/15/14.............................05:01 N. Partin Dr...................................Medical......................2/15/14.............................18:15 E. John Sims Pkwy......................Medical......................2/15/14.............................19:22 Forest Lake Terr...........................Medical......................2/16/14.............................06:13 Honeysuckle Way........................Medical......................2/16/14.............................15:57 Weekly Safety Tip: The fire department can t help you unless you can be found. Make sure the number of your house is visible from the street and is in a lighted area so it can be seen at night. Like the Niceville Fire Department on Facebook Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from Feb.10, 2014 through Feb.16, 2014. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME N. White Point Rd...................Medical assist........................2/10/14.....................08:15 Muirfield Dr..............................Medical...................................2/10/14.....................08:55 N. White Point Rd...................Medical...................................2/10/14.....................10:03 St. Rose Cove.........................Medical...................................2/10/14.....................12:49 Spencer Pl...............................Dispatched & cancelled.........2/10/14.....................14:25 Parkwood Pl............................Medical...................................2/10/14.....................23:05 Sunset Beach Pl.....................Medical...................................2/10/14.....................23:58 N. White Point Rd...................Dispatched & cancelled.........2/11/14......................10:22 N. White Point Rd...................Medical...................................2/11/14......................13:43 Jamaica Way...........................Public assist...........................2/12/14.....................02:14 E. Hwy. 20...............................Fire..........................................2/12/14.....................10:10 Range Rd/Hwy.20...................Dispatched & cancelled.........2/12/14.....................12:16 Commercial Dr........................Medical...................................2/12/14.....................12:32 Hwy. 20/Bay Dr........................Vehicle accident.....................2/12/14.....................14:32 Everglade Dr............................Fire in mobile home...............2/12/14.....................17:40 Samana Way...........................Medical...................................2/13/14.....................12:03 White Point Rd........................Medical...................................2/14/14.....................11:30 Bluewater Blvd........................Vehicle accident.....................2/14/14.....................14:08 White Point Rd........................Medical...................................2/14/14.....................16:32 Oakmont Pl..............................Medical...................................2/14/14.....................22:37 Canterbury Cir.........................Medical...................................2/14/14.....................23:47 Wren Way................................Medical...................................2/16/14.....................14:24 Parkwood Cir...........................Medical...................................2/16/14.....................17:29 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-4 Wednesday, February 19, 2014 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 • Fax 1-888-520-9323 info@baybeacon.comTh e B a y B eaco n& B eaco n ExpressStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeCandice LeggeGraphic ArtistIgnacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistAngela Yuriko SmithEditorial AssistantKaron DeyBookkeeper Cheryle ValentineReceptionistThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as midWalton County from Villa Tasso to Basin Bayou, including Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. 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like this recognize us says we are going in the right direction." The Aspen Institute identified the top community colleges using a quantitative formula that assesses performance and improvement in four areas: graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates, and equity in student outcomes. These colleges will now compete for the prestigious honor following a year-long research process into how well their students learn, complete degrees, and get jobs with competitive wages after graduating. NWFSC is one of 15 Florida College System institutions that are eligible to compete for this prestigious award. All colleges selected will now submit an application containing detailed data on these criteria. Each college must demonstrate that it delivers exceptional student results, uses data to drive decisions, and continually improves over time. The top 150 community colleges will be narrowed down to 10 finalists in September based on student success in three areas: "student persistence, completion and transfer; gains in outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for underserved students." Valencia College won the inaugural prize in 2011 and two Florida colleges – Broward College and Santa Fe College— were named to the top 10 in 2011. Winners of the 2015 Aspen Prize will be announced in early 2015. The Aspen Prize is funded by America Achieves, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Joyce Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Lumina Foundation for Education. The Aspen College Excellence Program aims to identify and replicate campuswide practices that significantly improve college student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the New College Leadership Project and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges' understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses. The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, D.C., Aspen, Colorado, and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, February 19, 2014 The Boathouse Landing, in Valparaiso, is a relaxed waterfront dining experience for everyone to enjoy. Whether dining with the family, a cozy meal for two, or a place to unwind with a few friends, the Boathouse Landing has something to offer every dining occasion. The Boathouse Landing has been family owned and operated by Nick and Lisa Sarra since 2001. They offer lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, and specialize in fresh seafood, steaks, and pastas. The menu covers an array of savory dishes to suit most tastes. One of the Boathouse s signature dishes is the “Boathouse Grouper” which is pan sauted and topped with Maine lobster meat enveloped in a sherry butter sauce. Their eight-ounce New York strip steak and half pound of snow crab is sure to please the person who can t decide on land or sea. Also, for people with allergies, their gluten free menu has been expanded to include burger style buns and pasta. For those dining on a tight budget-Early Bird Specials are offered Monday through Sunday from 4:30-6:00 p.m. One delectable Early Bird entre is the Pecan Crusted Catch of the Day, which is a pan sauted white fish crusted with chopped pecan, topped with a honey cinnamon sauce then served with rice pilaf and vegetable medley. Another entre is the Chicken Piccata, which is a pan sauted chicken breast topped with a lemon caper cream sauce and also served with rice pilaf and vegetables. Beef Tenderloin Medallions are also another mouthwatering choice. Topped with marsala mushrooms, these melt-in-your-mouth tenderloins are served with red skinned potatoes and a vegetable medley. Other Early Bird choices are Fried Gulf Shrimp and Shrimp Etouffe. The Boathouse is only about a 10 minute drive from the college, which makes it a great choice for pre-show dining. On those nights, reservations are recommended. Also, being on Boggy Bayou in Valparaiso, they are very close to Eglin Air Force Base, which makes it an ideal location for a quick and delectable lunch. If you re planning a retirement or goingaway celebration, the Landing provides a menu of fast, delicious lunch options. The Boathouse Landing s banquet room can be reserved to accommodate small gatherings of people all the way up to large events of 75 or more. The Bilge Pub offers two ways to unwind after a day of work or play, with a comfortable lounge inside, and a covered outside patio and oyster bar. Oysters on the half shell are available in the lounge. Enjoy a half dozen with your friends and favorite happy hour drink. The Bilge Pub offers happy hour Monday through Saturday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Various drink specials are served daily, with live music playing Friday and Saturday nights until 10 p.m. Live music at the Boathouse can vary from country and soft rock, to island grooves. The relaxed mood of the music adds to the dining experience at The Boathouse Landing. Occasionally, a dining patron may even catch a glimpse of dolphins swimming through the waters of Boggy Bayou while listening to an island Reggae beat. The Boathouse Landing also rents boat slips on a nightly and monthly basis. Slips are available for diners who choose to come in by water for a meal. The Boathouse Landing is located at 124 John Sims Parkway in Valparaiso. Call the restaurant at 678-2805 or visit their website at www.theboathouselanding.com.Advertising Feature The Boathouse LandingFeaturing delectable Early Bird Specials Inside and outside dining is available at The Boathouse Landing Restaurant, both sharing a spectacular view of Boggy Bayou. 143 S. John Sims Pkwy. • Valparaiso ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS 729 -3300 CARING FOR FAMILIES -NEWBORN TO ADULTEMERALD COAST FAMILY MEDICINE• Internal Medicine • Pediatrics • Preventive Care • Sport/school Physicals • Immunizations Dr. T. 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The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild’s (NFSG) annual “A Symphony of Taste Food and Wine Festival” will be held Sunday, Feb. 23 from 1-4 p.m. on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, in the college’s new Student Services Center. Food samples from a variety of area restaurants will be available, accompanied by over 50 different wines from around the world, as well as non-alcoholic beverages and a silent auction. Musical entertainment will be provided by popular jazz pianist Sean Dietrich. The longstanding annual event, now in its 23rd year, raises funds for the regional orchestra as well as youth music education programs that serve thousands of Okaloosa and Walton County students. Tickets are available by phone or web through the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office for $35 at 729-6000 or mattiekellyartscenter.org. Tickets may also be purchased at participating merchants such as Bayou Books, Niceville, and are also available at the door the day of the event for $40 each. The “Symphony of Taste Food and Wine Festival” and the accompanying silent auction serve as the Symphony Guild’s most significant annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the event provide underwriting for the professional Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) as well as funding for the Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Junior Orchestra, the NFSO’s annual performances for all fifth grade pupils in Okaloosa and Walton County, a prestigious annual Concerto Competition for young musicians, the NFSO’s Stars of Tomorrow Concerts, music scholarships and more. The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and membership is open to anyone interested in the arts. For information on participating in the Symphony of Taste as a vendor or donor, contact Joe Purka at 974-1491. 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 aa y y , F F e e b b r r u u a a r r y y 1 1 9 9 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 4 Haugens honored at All Sports banquetBrian and Kathy Haugen of Valparaiso were awarded the Colonel Al Byrne Award at the All Sports Association Banquet on Friday, Feb. 7. The Colonel Al Byrne Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding support of youth athletics. The Haugens were honored for their ongoing efforts to outfit local high school football teams with equipment designed to promote player safety.Food and wine fest to benefit orchestra and youth endeavors Proceeds from the Feb. 23 “Symphony of Taste Food and Wine Festival” and the accompanying silent auction provide underwriting for the professional Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) as well as funding for the annual Concerto Competition for young musicians, the NFSO s Stars of Tomorrow Concerts, music scholarships and more.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko SmithCub Scouts visit Bay BeaconTiger Cub Den 9, Pack 553 of Bluewater Bay toured the office of Beacon Newspapers Feb. 7. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 CHURCH DIRECTORY “POINTING THE WAY TO JESUS”www.iacdestin.org • 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin • 850-837-6324 Immanuel Anglican ChurchSunday Morning Worship Services9:00am ~ Traditional Spirit-filled Worship with Holy Communion 11:01am ~ Walk In…Worship (Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion) Nursery, ages 6 wks-2 yrs; Sunday School, ages 3-12, both servicesYouth OutreachHang out ~ Engage ~ Worship ~ Grow! Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm ~ The ShedKidzNetWednesday Nights starting January 15 Ages 3 years-5th grade 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 SERVICES 8:30 a.m. Liturgical 10:30 a.m. Praise Nursery Care Provided SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES 9:30 a.m., Ages 3-AdultsST. PAUL PRESCHOOL Now Enrolling for 2014 VPK Provider Getting together The public is invited every Thursday to the American Legion Post 221, 444 John Sims Pkwy E., Niceville to socialize and play games. Early birds 6 p.m. Food available. For more information, call 6782682. Horticulture group The Tri-County Horticulture Studies Group meets on Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Okaloosa County Extension Annex, 127 Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach. The subject for study is “Landscape Design” led by Okaloosa Extension Agent Sheila Dunning. Following the lecture, the group will visit the garden of Camellia grower Mike Hollis. Participants are welcome to bring refreshments to share with the group. Drinks will be provided. Tri-County Horticulture Studies is an outreach program of Valparaiso Garden Club. Free and open to the public. For more information visit mariesgardenanddesign. Get wired Get wired on Feb. 21 with CiudadReal, gemologist and jewelry-maker, who will teach two basic skeleton wire wrap styles and one free-form doughnut style in jewelry wire-wrapping. Class meets from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $55 members, $65 non-members. Materials fee is $20. For further info and to sign up for this workshop, visit the ADSO website at artsdesignsociety.org or call 244-1271 during office hours, Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. The Arts and Design Society is located at 17 First Street S.E., Fort Walton Beach. Benefit concert There will be a one night only concert by The Moos Bros., with special guest appearance by The Mulligans, at Club LA, Destin on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. Admission is $20. All proceeds benefit The Taylor Haugen Foundation, TaylorHaugen.org. Meet the author Anne Sanders will be signing copies of her new book, “Behind the Stage” at Bayou Book Co., 1118 E John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, Feb. 22 from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 6781593. Gospel concert Libby and Friends Gospel Concert Ministry presents Ernie Haase and Signature Sound on Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church, 951 South Ferdon Blvd., Crestview. A suggested $10 donation is requested at the door and a love offering will be received. All invited. For more information visit libbyandfriendsgospelconcerts.com. Bird walk Visit the Coffeen Nature Preserve Feb. 22 with Susan Paladini, Preserve Manager. See 200+ acres of dune and dune lake habitat, along with the historic Army Air Force “buzz bomb” test site in South Walton County. Meet at the Winn Dixie on Hwy. 20 in Bluewater Bay at 7:30 a.m. Call Susan at 267-2312 for more info. Cornhole Tournament Come on out for family-fun at the 2nd Annual Corn Hole Tournament, Saturday, Feb. 22 at Twin Oaks Horseshoe Pits at the corner of Hwy 85 N. and College Blvd., Niceville. All ages and skill levels welcome with divisions for masters and beginners. Sign-ups and warm-ups 11 a.m.11:45 a.m., tournament begins at noon. Cost is $25 per team or $15 for individuals. There will be cash prizes, a 50/50, raffles, food truck and a tent with kid’s activities. All proceeds benefit the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Discounted hotel rates available at Hampton Inn for participants from out of town. Dress for the weather, bring your chairs and join the fun. Broadway hit The national tour of the Broadway hit “Memphis” appears Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville. Individual tickets are $45 each and are available online, by phone or in-person. Group discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more. Group sales are by phone or in-person only. Visit Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, Mainstage, 100 College Blvd., Niceville, 729-6000 or mattiekellyartscenter.org. There is a $2 per ticket Box Office processing fee. WAM! Conference The free 4th annual Women and Money Conference (WAM!) will take place on Feb. 22 at the Costa Leadership Institute located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. Registration is free, but seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. Visit shelterhousenwfl.org or call 2431201 to reserve a seat. Breakfast, lunch and childcare will be provided for conference attendees. Chili cook off The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club annual Chili CookOff will be Feb. 22 from noon-4 p.m. at HarborWalk Village, Destin Harbor. Tasting armbands cost $15 at the gate. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life/ American Cancer Society. To enter the Chili contest, contact Larry Phelps at phelps.larry@yahoo.com. Prizes will be awarded. Sunset gazing The February meeting of the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association (NWFAA) will be held Feb. 22 at the observatory, building S-2, on the Niceville campus of the Northwest Florida State College. Anyone with an interest in astronomy is invited to attend. Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up for viewing by sunset. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. For additional information contact Tom Haugh at 678-6483. Food and wine benefit A Symphony of Taste-Food and Wine Festival will be Feb. 23 from 14 p.m. to benefit the NFSO Symphony and youth musical endeavors. $35 advance or $40 at door. Held across campus from Arts Center at new Student Services Center. Tea Party meets The NicevilleValparaiso Tea Party will meet at Niceville City Hall on Monday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. Ernie Padgett, Okaloosa County Administrator, will be the guest speaker and he will speak on the differences between the present budget and the proposed budget. Classical commentary At the community classical music study series, “Better Listening,” John Drury will present, “Voiceless Opera…or The Fat Lady Doesn’t Sing” Tuesday, Feb. 25. “Better Listening” programs combine commentaries on classic music and related CD selections. The programs will be held each Tuesday evening through March 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall, 1295 Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso. All sessions are free and open to the public. No reservations required. Relay for Life Cancer survivors and volunteers interested in being involved in the 2014 Niceville-Valparaiso Relay For Life are invited to attend a planning meeting Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Niceville. We need everyone in our community to help us “finish the fight” against Cancer. For details call the American Cancer Society at 244-3813. Learn about bromeliads Niceville Garden Club will meet Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Niceville Community Center. Attendees will learn about the care and maintenance of bromeliads. All meetings are open to the public. Email nvgc1@cox.net if you have questions. New ministry There will be a free orientation meeting for “Transformations,” a poverty alleviation ministry, at the Niceville United Methodist Church, room 800, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served beginning at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, all are welcome. For more information, call Joe Shearer Cornhole tourney SaturdayThere will be fun for the whole family at the 2nd annual Cornhole Tournament, Saturday, Feb. 22 at Twin Oaks Horseshoe Pits at the corner of Hwy 85 N. and College Blvd., Niceville. Cornhole is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of corn at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. Cost is $25 per team or $15 for individuals. Cash prizes, 50/50, raffles, food truck and a tent with kid s activities. 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at 687-9404 or Kim Colpitts at 4610203. Alzheimer s support group A support group for those affected by Alzheimer’s will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group is free and limited respite care is available, reserve in advance by calling 866-478-7790. Taylor Haugen fundraiser The 3rd annual TradeWinds Wine and Dinner Fundraiser benefitting the Taylor Haugen Foundation will be Wednesday, Feb. 26. This six course dining experience will pair wines from Washington, California and Italy. with hard to find boutique wines. Tradewinds is located at 205 Government Ave., Niceville. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased from the foundation website, taylorhaugen.org. Growing tomatoes The Friends of the Niceville Library will be hosting a free program on practical tips for tomato gardening for our area with Dennis Gilson, author of Front Yard Farmer frontyardfarmer.com at the Niceville Community Center (adjacent to the Library) 204 Partin Drive N. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10:30 am. Dennis is the author of the blog Front Yard Farmer and also editor of the online Niceville news website niceville.com. For questions please call the library at 279-4863 x 1504 or email us at ncvlibrary@okaloosa.lib.fl.us. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Page B-3 THEBAYBEACON Benefit buffet raises funds for typhoon hit PhilippinesA charity benefit buffet was held at The Holy Name of Jesus Church in Niceville to raise funds for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines last November. $901 was raised at the buffet Jan. 25 for a total of $3,013. Other funds have from private donors, the Filipino buffet group and the Philippine Market and Cafe in Valparaiso.Beacon photo by Angela Yuriko Smith Food bank gets help from KiwanisThe Kiwanis members shared their construction skills with food bank Sharing and Caring to help them expand their storage capacity. Pictured from left, Jim Lindsay, Ron Maddocks, Ed Dunbar, Jim Howard, Mike Chesser and John Woodward. Children s Advocacy gets help wrapping giftsTwin Cities Women s Club helped the Children s Advocacy Center with gift wrapping in December. Pictured from left, Dale Fuqua, Jo Ann Dunnam, Lillian Lewis, Linda Harmon and Brenda Brown. Rocky Bayou shows pastor appreciationRocky Bayou Christian School held a Pastor Appreciation Day Feb. 4, and all pastors from the 100+ churches the students attend were invited. Rocky s Praise Band, right, led worship during chapel service for the students and the 76 pastors who attended. Pictured from left, are members of the praise team; Bryce Cato, JoJo Neau, JoVonna Zuppa and Zach Mandreger. CALENDARFrom page B-2 NEWSPAPER DELIVERY Earn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver s license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville • 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center across from PoFolks) NEWSPAPER GRAPHIC ARTIST PART-TIME Beacon Newspapers, publisher of The Bay Beacon, The Eglin Flyer and The Hurlburt Patriot, seeks a graphic artist to paginate newspaper pages in QuarkXpress, Photoshop images, create ads, and perform other production, office and mailroom duties. Experience with QuarkXpress or another page-layout program required. Applicants should be organized, detail-oriented, and able to work efficiently to meet deadlines. This is a small-business environment that rewards the ability to master new challenges. Nonsmokers. Apply in person at the Bay Beacon, 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. 850-6781080. Help Wanted Help Wanted CLASSIFIEDS B eaco n "Where Buyers and Sellers Meet!" H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H Carriage Hills Realty, Inc. 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