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Thurs., 4 p.m. Adventure Club group bicycle ride begins at the golf course club house parking area in the Bluewater Bay Resort subdivision. 897-3624. Thurs., 7 p.m. Ike Bartley in concert at The Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village 4323 Commons Drive West, Destin. $10 per person, free for MKAF members and children under 12. 650-2226. Sat., 7 p.m. & Sun., 6 p.m. Night at the Museum at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. No alcohol will be served at Sunday's event. Tickets $35 per person, $30 for museum members. Reservation required. 678-2615. Wed., 2:30-6:30 p.m. Blood drive at First Baptist Church of Niceville, 622 Bayshore Drive. By Marcia Anne Sanders Beacon Staff Writer An easing of Niceville's alcohol-sales ordinance passed its first hurdle at the Niceville City Council. The city council will hold a public hearing Aug. 12 on a plan to allow restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks earlier on Sundays, and closer to schools and churches on any day. The council gave preliminary approval to the measure July 8. The president of Ruckel Properties Inc., Steve Ruckel, asked the council to exempt restaurants from the current rule barring the sale of alcohol for onpremise consumption closer than 500 feet from churches or schools. Ruckel also asked that the sale of alcohol to restaurant diners be allowed earlier on Sunday than the current 1 p.m. starting time. In a letter accompanying the request, Ruckel Properties Chairman Marion Ruckel Skalicky had asked that a Sunday serving time of 9 a.m. be allowed because some restaurants offer alcoholic drinks with Sunday brunch. A draft city ordinance included the 9 a.m. time. At the July 8 council meeting, however, Steve Ruckel said 11 a.m. would be fine from his point of view, and the council agreed. Ruckel said at the meeting that his company, which owns various commercial properties, found it difficult to market premium locations in Niceville because of the ordinance. He added that new restaurants increase employment opportunities and decrease "retail leakage," when consumers go to other towns to shop. In support of the amendment of the ordinance, Councilman Bill Schaetzle pointed out that stores already sell alcohol because the distance prohibition By Rich Byrd Beacon Correspondent Environmental issues were the primary topics of discussion by board members at the Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board (NVRSB) meeting which convened July 10. Rick Helms, NVRSB plant manager, reported that a challenge surfaced July 3 that involved the reclaimed water system. Helms stated that an unexpected algae bloom developed at the sewer board's reclaimed-water retention pond on the Eglin golf course, Niceville. The algae caused an odor that drew complaints from residential communities off North Partin Drive, Niceville, that use reclaimed water, according to city officials. Lannie Corbin, Niceville city manager, stated that city hall had received multiple phone calls related to the foul smell. The NVRSB team identified the cause and initiated action to eliminate the odor and prevent a recurrence. Actions included changing out the water and the purchase of an algaecide to treat the growth. Reclaimed wastewater is highly purified effluent that the regional sewage plant on Highway 85 North, Niceville, sends to customers for use in irrigation by certain residential subdivisions, businesses and public institutions. Helms said this was an issue that had never happened By Marcia Anne Sanders Beacon Staff Writer Most Okaloosa County public schools students improved in reading and some in math last year, according to an analysis of FCAT results issued last week. The standardized testing results were analyzed as "cohort" comparisons to highlight year-over-year changes for the same students. An example of a cohort would be a group of, say, third graders who advance to fourth grade the next year. Their test results as third graders, compared with those of all Florida third graders, would be compared with their results a year later as fourth graders, relative to all fourth graders. The extent to which the same students progress in relation to gradelevel yardsticks is reported in cohort results. Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson said that the district uses cohort results to see how students are doing in a particular school and also how they are doing each year. With the information, she said, teachers and administrators can make changes to shore up weak points. In reading for the 2013-14 school year, all Okaloosa County public school grades from 3 to 10 improved overall in state rankings except 10th graders who went from being ranked 5th in the state in 9th grade to 9th in 10th grade, and 7th graders who stayed at 3rd in the state, according to the school district. The highest reading gains were from 4th graders who went from 17th in the state as 3rd graders to 9th in the state in the 4th grade. School-by-school results were not immediately available. Okaloosa middle school students in state rankings for reading went from 5th place in 5th grade in 2012-13 to 3rd place in 6th grade in 2013-14. Seventh graders stayed at 3rd place among Florida's 67 counties. Okaloosa high school grade 9 cohorts went up to 4th from 5th place in the state rankings for reading. The grade 10 cohort fell from 5th place to 9th in reading. Okaloosa scores rose in math grades 3 through 8 but not for all groups of students. Fifth graders made the biggest improvement, going from 17th to 8th place in the state. However, 4th graders went from 21st to 27th in the state. Jackson said that there is still work to do. "Elementary math will be a focus for our district," she said. "We're breaking it down by schools and some principals are making changes." Sixth and 7th graders did the same as last year in math, ranking 7th in the state. Middle school cohort scores in math had small increases or stayed the same except for grade 8 students who went from 9th place to 3rd. T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n 50Wednesday, July 16, 2014 firstname.lastname@example.org The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 10 Pages, 2 Sections, 4 Inserts COMINGUPBeacon photo by Marcia Anne SandersNiceville firefighter Chris Russano, 25, checks water and foam levels in a fire truck's tanks earlier this week. City firefight ers recently joined a union which they have asked the city to recognize in labor talks.Firefighters seek union contractStudents improve test scoresAlgae blamed in stink from reclaimed waterBy Marcia Anne Sanders Beacon Staff Writer Niceville officials will meet with city firefighters on their bid to unionize. The planned meeting followed a suggestion by City Manager Lannie Corbin that a member of the council work with himself, the city attorney and representatives of a labor union to address concerns of Niceville firefighters who are seeking a union contract for the first time. At a city council meeting July 8, Councilman Dan Henkel made a motion that the council give him that responsibility. Councilman Sal Nodjomian made a motion that he, too, work with Corbin, the city attorney and the firefighters in the matter. Both motions passed. Eighth District Vice President Jim Poirrier of the Florida Professional Firefighters came before the council and informed them that all city of Niceville firefighters have joined the International Association of Firefighters. Poirrier said that he would file a recognition agreement if the city approves of unionization or appeal to a state laborrelations board if it does not. An algae bloom in a reclaimed-water retention on the Eglin golf course was the apparent cause of odor complaints from customers earlier this month. The pond, which is operated by the Niceville-Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board, will be treated with algaecide to kill the growth.Beacon file photo Police Blotter, page A-4 Please see ALCOHOL, page A-3 Please see UNION, page A-2 Please see ALGAE, page A-6 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Alcohol-sales easing set for hearing Mary Beth Jackson
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However, he added that he thought what the council was concerned about was that if a contract is not approved by both sides, what the cost would be to arbitrate. Poirrier said that terms of arbitration to reduce cost could be added to the contract. Poirrier told the council that there is no cost to the city for the recognition agreement process but there is a cost for a state recognition certification hearing since both sides may hire legal representation. He also said there may be more union members if the recognition certification process is followed and PERC opens the enrollment to other people at the fire station. The recognition agreement process takes four to six weeks while a state recognition certification hearing process can take from one to three months to complete. According to Poirrier, "We're UNIONFrom page A-1 Please see CONTRACT, page A-3
trying to go the easier process, but the end result will be the same." Florida statute 447 gives public employees the right to union representation, although they may not strike. Poirrier said at the meeting that he would like an answer from the city regarding the unionization within 30 days or he will send a recognition certification petition to the state. Starting pay for Niceville firefighters is $9.81 an hour, although everyone on the current force is paid more than that, according to city records. Complete Niceville pay scales were requested but not furnished by press time. Niceville pays 100 percent of health insurance for a firefighter, and 87 percent for a family. The Niceville firefighters who have joined the union are members of International Association of Firefighters Local #3505 which is an amalgamated local of North Bay Fire District and Niceville Fire Department. Each group would negotiate its own contract. 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The second reading will be at the next meeting of the city council Aug. 12 and the third and final reading and vote will be on Sept. 9, both at 7 p.m. in the council chambers in the city complex on Partin Drive. Public hearings will be conducted at those readings. Councilman Heath Rominger said he reached out to his constituents and found support for the changes. Calling it a "tough decision," he also said that there is a lot of nice real estate that falls close to churches and schools. Councilman Sal Nodjomian said he thinks the change "meets the intent of the original ordinance." He pointed out that Compass Rose restaurant in Valparaiso and Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Niceville, among others, serve alcohol. After the meeting, Ruckel said one of the company sites currently precluded from serving restaurant alcohol was a vacant commercial lot on John Sims Parkway next to Plew Elementary and Niceville Christian Church, and near Rosemont Baptist Church. In other business at the meeting, two ordinances annexing city property at 1023 N. Partin Drive and 415 Hickory Ave. passed on third and final reading. The Partin Drive location will be annexed to the city so renter Stephanie Clifton can open a dog boarding, daycare and grooming center. Clifton requested that the owner Caray "Skipper" Kemp ask for annexation because the city requires only 30 feet of side yard to any C-2 General Commercial property with a dog boarding center on it abutting a residential district while the county requires 100 feet. Currently there is a wooded lot on one side of the property and a mobile home park on the other side. Walter Smith asked for annexation on Hickory Avenue of his eight townhomes so his tenants who are already on the city water system will also get sewer and garbage service through Niceville. 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ArrestsOn June 24 the Walton County Sheriffs Office arrested Steven Todd Bullard, 46, a selfemployed landscaper, of 11 Hal St., Niceville, for a drug violation. An officer conducted a traffic stop on Bullard for a tint violation, and because the officer observed that Bullard was not wearing his seat belt. When contacted by the officer, Bullard stated that he did not have a drivers license. The officer deployed a drug sniffing dog, which alerted on the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed 1.5 pills, which were identified as hydrocodone. * On June 29, the Walton County Sheriffs Office arrested Samuel Jacob Carden, 19, unemployed, of 227 Karen Court, Niceville, for one count of marijuana distribution. Police reported that Carden traveled from Niceville to a county park, located at the end of County Line Road in Villa Tasso for the purpose of selling marijuana. * On July 6 Robert Barcley, 59, of 1 Kristen Court, Niceville, was booked into the Walton County Jail on an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was released later that day. * On July 8 Niceville police arrested William Charles C ovey, 28, of 419 Edge Ave., Valparaiso, for 16 counts of dealing in stolen property. Covey had pawned 10 stolen firearms and an assortment of other stolen items at several local pawn shops.Notice to AppearOn July 5 the Walton County Sheriffs Office gave a notice to appear to Robert Vincinte McClintock, 32, of 248, Four Mile Road, Freeport, for marijuana possession, not more than 20 grams.Animal controlOn July 2, Valparaiso police responded to a report of a problem dog. A mail carrier had called and stated she was unable to get out of her truck due to a very big aggressive dog. Police were able to return the dog to its residence and made contact with the dogs owner, advising her of the city ordinance in reference to roaming animals. * On July 4, Valparaiso police responded to a report of a hitand-run on an animal on John Sims Parkway. Upon arrival, police discovered a dog which showed signs of severe back trauma with paralysis of the hindquarters. Police took the dog to the emergency veterinary clinic on State Road 85 in Niceville, and were able to notify a relative of the dogs owner. * On July 4, Valparaiso police found a stray mixed-breed dog near the T-pier in Valparaiso. The brown dog, emaciated, was taken to the city yard.OtherOn June 26 an Okaloosa County deputy sheriff responded to a report of grand theft at an address on 23rd St. in Niceville. The case remains active. * On June 26, the Walton County Sheriffs Office received a complaint of harassment/obscene calls. A woman reported that her exboyfriend had been following her and harassing her with phone calls and text messages. Police contacted the alleged caller, who denied stalking his ex-girlfriend, but agreed to stop calling. * On June 26, Niceville police went to a dwelling on a report of a 6-year-old boy kissing and hugging girls. An officer spoke with the children in front of their mother, and told them they could not be touching and kissing. * On June 26, Niceville police responded to an address on Biltmore Way regarding a report that someone had shot windows with a BB gun. * On June 26, Niceville police received a report that someones mailbox had been smashed the previous night. * On June 27, an Okaloosa deputy sheriff responded to a report of battery in Niceville. The complaint was determined to be unfounded. * On June 27, an Okaloosa deputy sheriff responded to a report of burglary at an address on Pine Street in Niceville. Further investigation revealed the alleged theft to be a civil rather than criminal matter and the case was closed. * On June 27, Niceville police responded to an address on St. Charles Street regarding a report that juveniles had egged the back of someones home. * On June 27, Niceville police responded to the Helen Back restaurant on John Sims Parkway regarding a report that a drunken man with a shaved head and black shirt had relieved himself in the bar and then ran away. * On June 28 Niceville police responded to the Publix supermarket regarding a report that an unidentified woman had tried to take another womans purse. The purse's owner declined to press charges. * On June 29 Niceville police responded to the Tom Thumb store on College Boulevard regarding a report of a theft. * On June 29 Niceville police responded to the Walmart Supercenter regarding a report that someone had found fake $50 bills torn up and left in a recycle bin. * On June 30 Niceville police received a report of a stolen trailer tag. * On June 30 Niceville police received a report that someones mailbox had been smashed. * On July 1 Valparaiso police received a report that a car had been vandalized. The complainant said that he found several bottle rocket firework stems attached to his windshield and in his passenger side door keyhole. * On July 2 Valparaiso police received a report of vandalism to a car. The complainant reported that a passing motorist had told him that his taillights were not on, and he suspected vandalism. Further investigation revealed that the taillights were functioning after all. * On July 2 the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office received a report that a kayak may have been stolen from an address on Weedon Island Drive in Niceville. It was valued at $2,500. * On July 2 Valparaiso police responded to a report of a theft at an address on South Bayshore Drive. The complainant reported a loss of a kayak, cast net, and paddle. The case remains under investigation. * On July 2 Valparaiso police received a report that someone three fishing rods, a tackle box and some miscellaneous items had been stolen from a boat parked at a private dock sometime the previous night. * On July 2, an Okaloosa deputy sheriff responded to a report of burglary to a vehicle on Southwind Court in Niceville. The case is pending. * On July 3 the Okaloosa Sheriffs Office responded to a report of burglary at an address on Rockwood Lane in Niceville. The case was referred to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for further investigation. * On July 3 the Okaloosa Sheriffs Office responded to a report of theft at an address on Bullock Boulevard in Niceville. Investigation revealed the case to be unfounded. * On July 3 the Valparaiso Police Department received a complaint that someone had stolen a grill from an address on Escanaba Avenue. Further investigation determined that the report was a civil rather than criminal matter. * On July 4 the Okaloosa County Sheriffs office responded to a report of theft at an address on Cat Mar Road in Niceville. The case is pending. * On July 4 the Okaloosa Sheriffs Office recovered a UHaul rental van which was discovered abandoned and damaged on State Road 285 near Niceville. * On July 4 Valparaiso police responded to a report of rockets being fired from a large white truck at an address on Kelly Mill Road. Officers contacted the alleged rocketeer and advised him to stop launching. Later on July 4 officers received another report of fireworks being shot off at the same location. Police again responded, and contacted a female at that location, and requested she cease her actions. She replied that she understood, and did not have any more fireworks. * On July 5, Valparaiso police responded to an address on Kelly Way regarding a report of someone shooting off fireworks. Police warned the person shooting the fireworks to stop, and he said that he was done for the night. * On July 5, Valparaiso police responded to an address on Jackson Circle regarding a report of fireworks. Police found several individuals standing in a driveway lighting fireworks, and informed them that they were violating city ordinance and state law. The people ceased lighting the fireworks. * On July 7, Valparaiso police received a report from a complainant who said that he had yelled at someone who was speeding down the road he lives on, but the alleged speeder then came back and confronted and threatened him. Both subjects were advised that if they have any problems in the future to contact the police as opposed to attempting to resolve the issue themselves. 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 sheriffs offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 7, 2014 through July 13, 2014. 1 Structure Fire11 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire0 Vehicle Crash 1 Other Fire4 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn5 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms1 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME E. John Sims Pkwy.................Medical.................................7/7/14....................18:03 SR 85 N...................................Brush fire..............................7/8/14....................15:43 26 th Street...............................Cancelled..............................7/8/14....................16:02 SR 85/SR 293.........................Good intent...........................7/8/14....................20:01 SR 85 N...................................Medical.................................7/9/14....................10:54 E. John Sims Pkwy.................Vehicle crash........................7/9/14....................14:21 E. John Sims Pkwy.................Vehicle crash........................7/9/14....................14:27 Nathey Ave..............................Medical.................................7/10/14.................06:13 E. John Sims Pkwy.................Medical.................................7/10/14.................08:26 Reeves St................................Medical.................................7/10/14.................12:34 Windward Way........................Structure fire.........................7/10/14.................15:01 Windward Way........................Lightning strike.....................7/10/14.................15:46 N. Partin Dr..............................Medical.................................7/11/14..................05:33 Davis Dr...................................Medical.................................7/11/14..................07:42 N. Partin Dr..............................Medical.................................7/11/14..................18:56 SR 285/SR 293.......................Vehicle crash........................7/12/14.................08:37 N. Partin Dr..............................Medical.................................7/12/14.................08:45 E. John Sims Pkwy.................Service call...........................7/12/14.................10:30 N. Partin Dr..............................Alarm activation....................7/13/14.................02:16 E. John Sims Pkwy.................Medical.................................7/13/14.................05:07 E. College Blvd........................Vehicle crash........................7/13/14.................08:26 Howell Rd................................Medical.................................7/13/14.................14:24 N. Partin Dr..............................Alarm activation....................7/13/14.................20:34 Weekly Safety Tip: Never put synthetic fabrics, plastic, rubber or foam in the dryer because they can retain heat. Clean the lint screen before and after use. Dryers must be vented to the outside and plugged into its own outlet. Never leave home with the dryer running. The Niceville Fire Department has a Facebook page, check it out! Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 7, 2014 through July 13, 2014. Street Situation Date Time E. Hwy. 20....................................Medical.....................................7/7/14.............13:00 Hwy.20/Lancaster........................Vehicle accident.......................7/7/14.............15:28 Parkwood Pl.................................Detector activation...................7/7/14.............17:50 Scenic 98/Destin..........................Dispatched & cancelled..........7/7/14.............17:52 Merchants Way............................Medical.....................................7/8/14.............17:04 N. White Point Rd........................Medical.....................................7/8/14.............18:22 Bailey Dr./John Sims...................Dispatched & cancelled..........7/9/14.............14:27 Highway 20..................................Medical.....................................7/9/14.............16:23 Brrrington Ln................................Medical.....................................7/9/14.............21:33 Reeves St.....................................Medical.....................................7/10/14...........12:37 Windward Way.............................Bldg. fire...................................7/10/14...........15:01 Windward Way.............................Lightning strike.........................7/10/14...........15:46 N. White Point Rd........................Medical.....................................7/10/14...........16:13 Hickory St.....................................Dispatched & cancelled..........7/11/14...........18:36 Sunset Beach Cir.........................Medical.....................................7/11/14...........20:28 N. 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White Point Rd........................Medical.....................................7/13/14...........19:03 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-4 Wednesday, July 16, 2014 North Bay Fire Control District Okaloosa County Niceville, Florida BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERSThe North Bay Fire Control District is currently accepting Letters of Intent for the position of Fire Commissioner. The requirements are: (1) be a Florida registered voter and (2) live within the jurisdiction of the North Bay Fire Control District. The North Bay Fire Control District is a Drug Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, contact the Administration Office at (850) 8973689. Please submit your Letter of Intent to the North Bay Fire Control District, 1024 White Point Road, Niceville, Florida 32578 by Friday, August 8, 2014. All applicants must be present for consideration at the next Board of Fire Commissioners meeting to be held on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at the North Bay Fire Control District.FIRE COMMISSIONER VACANCY FRESH & FROZEN PORK BEEF CHICKENWestville MeatsUSDA CUSTOM PROCESSING PLANT We sell meat in bundles Order 24 Hours in Advance850-548-1201Mon. Fri. 8 AM 4:30 PM 2569 R.M. Ward Rd., Westville, FL Credit Cards EBT Cards CALL FOR SPECIALSITS WORTH THE DRIVE! Call or visit usPOWELL AGENCY, INC.Complete Insurance Servicewww.powellagency.com 110 N. Partin Drive Niceville 678-2514 Joseph C. AntoniottiJoseph Carl Antoniotti of Groveland, Florida, formerly of Niceville, Florida, died on July 9, 2014 after a 4-year battle with cancer. He died at home, cared for by his wife and family. He was 66 years old. Joe was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on September 24, 1947. He was the beloved only child of Olga (Cauda) and Alfred Antoniotti. Joe was married to Donna Genovesi on June 27, 1970 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. They celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary last month. After graduating from St. Peter's College with a degree in natural and computer science, Joe was commissioned in the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam, Granada, and Panama. He left active duty in 1978, and served in the Army Reserves until his retirement as a Colonel in 2007. As a civilian, Joe spent his career developing weapons and weapon systems for Lockheed Martin and other government contractors for use by the military. Joe was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary, and his parents. He is survived by his wife Donna; his children Joseph (Kimberly), Adrienne (Michael) McGinley, Geralyn (Jeremey) Davis, and Vincent (Lucia). He was a wonderful Pop to Michael and Katherine McGinley, Caden, Gracen, and Gannon Davis, Cole, Lina, Alicia, Sophia, and Mia Antoniotti. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Father Vincent Genovesi, S.J. Joe loved to read and write and was published in many military journals. He continued to write a book, about New Jersey during his childhood, throughout his illness. Joe enjoyed spending his time at the Braves spring training games with his wife. He enjoyed swimming and kayaking on the lake behind his home. Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Sons of Italy. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. The family received friends Sunday, July 13, at the Brewer & Sons Funeral Home, 1018 West Avenue, Clermont from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral services were held on Monday, July 14, at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 720 12th Street in Clermont. Interment was Tuesday, July 15, 11 a.m., at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell. Memorial contributions may be made in Joe's name to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778. Brewer and Sons Clermont Chapel (352) 394-8500. Obituary Joseph Antoniotti 1181 E. 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The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, July 16, 2014 The Boathouse Landing is more than one of the best restaurants in the Niceville/Valparaiso area. It is also a place to experience Florida living at its best. I like everything about it the food, the atmosphere, and the staff, said Valparaiso resident Robin Helmer, as she recently shared a meal with her friend Sandra Carroll, of Niceville. Its a nice place to come and unwind, said Sandra, to listen to music, and to enjoy the view of the Bayou. Family owned and operated by Nick and Lisa Sarra since 2001, the Boathouse Landing is a favorite gathering place for Northwest Florida residents a place to enjoy a fine meal while relaxing with friends, listening to live music, and watching boats, seabirds and dolphins at play in Boggy Bayou. Food and drink are among the best to be found along the Emerald Coast, and diverse enough to please most everyone. For meat lovers, steaks, such as the Steak Diane, or a 12 ounce Ribeye are two excellent choices, while seafood entrees include Bronzed Mahi-Mahi topped with crawfish etouffee, as well as the Boathouse Grouper topped with lobster, or snow crab clusters. You may also choose to combine an 8 ounce New York Strip Steak with stuffed shrimp, fresh grilled or blackened Mahi-Mahi or Alaskan Snow Crab Legs. Daily Early Bird specials from 4:30 to 6 p.m. include such favorites as Pan Sauted Catch of the Day served encrusted with chopped pecans and topped with honey cinnamon sauce, Shrimp Etouffee, Chicken Picatta, Fried Gulf Shrimp or New York Strip Steak. Growing in popularity are the Brunch items served both Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 2 p.m. alongside the regular lunch mvenu. Located along John Sims Parkway on the shore of Boggy Bayou in Valparaiso, the Boathouse Landing is conveniently close to Eglin Air Force Base and the Niceville/Valparaiso community, making it an ideal spot for a quick but relaxing lunch, or for a long, leisurely supper with someone special. Easily reached by car, The Boathouse Landing is equally accessible by boat, with ample dock space available for boaters who drop in during or after a day on the water. Overnight boat slips may also be rented on a nightly or monthly basis. Elevated indoor and outdoor seating offers a wide view of Boggy Bayou, while the ground floor Bilge Pub bar and grill offers both indoor and outdoor seating right along the shoreline. The Bilge Pub is a favorite place to find oysters on the half shell, to celebrate Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and to enjoy live music, from country and soft rock to island style tunes, on Fridays and Saturdays till 10 p.m. Private banquet rooms may be rented for small gatherings, or for groups of 75 or more. For Robin and Sandra, coming to the Boathouse Landing reminds them of just how much they enjoy living in Northwest Florida. We dont have to spend time and money traveling to come here, said Sandra. We already live here, and can come to the Boathouse Landing whenever we please. I always bring my out-oftown friends and relatives here when they come to visit. So do I, added Robin. The Boathouse Landing is located at 124 John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso. For reservations call 678-2805 or visit www.theboathouselanding.com. 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He stated that the cost of the environmentally safe algaecide for the pond and continued treatment throughout the summer season was $824. In other business, the NVRSB received a report from University of Loyola New Orleans on the Okaloosa darter fish last month. The report indicated that darter populations have been reduced in streams around the plant's effluent sprayfield just north of Niceville. The darter is a minnow that resides only in a few streams in the local area near the sprayfield and elsewhere on the Eglin Reservation. The fish is considered a threatened species and its population has been monitored by environmental agencies, so any reduction rings alarm bells. The reported population decline was unexpected because nutrients from the sprayfield generally enhance production of the darter, officials said. As such, there may be other issues that are affecting the fish population. The Loyola report recommended continued monitoring to determine what may be causing the problem. Helms indicated that a review of this issue is not a requirement placed upon the board. However, board members said they wanted to keep tabs on the issue. The NVRSB unanimously approved a motion by Valparaiso Mayor Bruce Arnold to conduct a thorough review of the darter concern every two years. Board engineer Glenn Stephens told members that this would cost about $14,000 a year. The sewer board also elected new officers. Heath Rominger, current board vice president, became president, Lannie Corbin vice president, and Patrick Strong secretarytreasurer. ALGAEFrom page A-1
British humor, zany mayhem, a massive castle and more will fill the mainstage of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville July 16 to 19 for the Northwest Florida State College production of "Spamalot." The summer musical is produced by the Northwest Florida State College Fine and Performing Arts Division with a stellar cast of regional community actors and college students. The parody of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is a comedy billed as lovingly ripped off from the motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail. A 2012 national touring production of the comedy sold out the colleges performing arts venue and Spamalots original 2005 Broadway production won 3 Tony Awards including Best Musical and garnered 14 Tony nominations. We really wanted to present something that was the direct opposite of the emotionally intense 'Les Miserables' we did last summer, said Joe Taylor, the NWF State College dance professor who will make his directorial debut with Spamalot. This farcical comedy, thats full of both visual and scripted zingers, is simply pure fun for the audience." Taylor noted that although drastically different from Les Mis in theme, the NWFSC production of Spamalot will still be presented in the grand scale local patrons have come to expect from the colleges summer musicals. The show has deceptively big sets, as well as elaborate costumes, funny props and tons of wry lyrics and music for the cast to master, Taylor explained. Taylor noted that long-time Arts Center volunteer, Audrey Bailey, a 79-year-old British native and Bluewater Bay resident, is helping coach the cast in authentic British accents, as well as working backstage to help paint the massive custom built set. This is probably the 36th show Ive painted and I love every minute of it, said Bailey. Spamalot will appear for four nights, Wednesday, July 16 through Saturday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the 1,650 seat mainstage theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Advance tickets are on sale now from the Box Office by phone or web at 729-6000 or online MattieKellyArtsCenter.org for $25 adults and $20 for youth ages 18 and younger. NWFSC students may request one free ticket per student ID inperson from the Box Office. 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 TOWN 'Spamalot' on stage at NWFSC The summer musical production of "Spamalot" will appear for four nights, Wednesday, July 16 through Saturday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the 1,650 seat mainstage theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Pictured, volunteer Audrey Bailey, Niceville, assists with her 36th theatrical production at the college painting Spamalot sets and, as a native of England, serving as a British dialect coach for the cast. Rocky senior makes Eagle rankClayton Jago, a rising senior at Rocky Bayou Christian School from Troop 157 repeats the Eagle Scout Oath at his Eagle rank court of honor. For his Eagle project, he designed and led a team of scouts to build five picnic tables to sit under the new pavilion at Rocky. Kids on Campus moves into second sessionAshley Roberts, 10, Savannah Beaulieu, 11 and Julianna Roberts, 13 practice their version of "Hard Knock Life" for "Annie and Matilda in the South Sound of the Beastly Seussical," a compilation of song and dance from various broadway plays. The children were participating in the Northwest Florida State College theater class during the first session of Kids on Campus, a summer camp program for kids going into 3rd through 8th grades. 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CHURCH DIRECTORY The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Page B-2 Wednesday, July 16, 2014 THEBAYBEACON Archery club 3D tourney winners Pictured from left, in Open class division, Barry Hutchinson won 1st, William Turner won 2nd and Mike Watkins won 3rd place. Pictured from left, in the Traditional division, Tom Farmer won 1st, Eric Stiffler won 2nd and Kurt Heitman won 3rd place. Pictured from left, in the Bow Hunter division, Chris Moore won 1st, Randy Garrett won 2nd and Adam Russell won 3rd place. Choctaw Bowmen Archery Club in Niceville had a 3D tournament June 28 at their range behind the Mullet Festival Grounds off Highway 85. The next tournament date will be July 26. Visit choctawbowmen.com. If you're looking for a way to beat the heat this summer, the Blackwater River offers cool water and white sandy beaches where families can enjoy an afternoon outing. Or you can seek adventure on an overnight canoe or kayak trip through dark, mysterious forests and swamps that make you feel like one of the early explorers of Northwest Florida. The Blackwater River starts in Alabama and winds its way south to the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the best areas for recreation are located in the 300,000 acres of state forest located northwest of Holt, along Interstate 10 and U.S. Highway 90, west of Crestview. Within the state forest is the 590acre Blackwater River State Park, which offers such comforts as full-service camp sites, restrooms and picnic pavilions; the rest of the state forest is preserved in a wild, undeveloped condition. Just outside the state park is Blackwater Canoe Rental, a private business that rents canoes, kayaks, tubes and camping gear. The business also provides transportation for you, your canoe and other gear, to a launch point upstream, and then turns you loose to paddle or float back down the river to your starting point. Trips can range from a few hours floating in an inner tube, to a few days of exploring the Florida river, camping wherever you choose each night. Although the Blackwater River does not offer rapids or whitewater experiences, it does offer a chance to see Florida the way its earliest inhabitants saw it. The Blackwater River is a pristine, sand-bottomed river, and gets its name not because its waters are black, but because they are so clear, according to Opal Barron, who helps manage the canoe rental outpost owned by Randy and Ernie Polk. "The water is very clear," said Opal, "and has a slightly dark color from the decaying vegetation that falls into the water from the trees." On either side of the river, white quartz sandwashed down from Alabamaforms white beaches and sandbars, just as it helps form the beaches of the Emerald Coast when it finally reaches the Gulf of Mexico. The forests and swamps along the river are home to just about every kind of wildlife found in Florida, including alligators and poisonous snakes. These, however, pose little threat to anyone who takes reasonable precautions. "In more than 20 years, we've never had an incident of anyone being hurt by alligators or snakes," Opal said. Overall, the Blackwater River is a great place to cool off on a hot day, and to see the "real" Florida up close. Visit Blackwater River for summer fun The river's average depth is about 2 1/2 feet, making it a good place for canoeing wading, and swimming, even for beginners. Deeper areas exist, so be careful and keep an eye on children. Trip TipsBlackwater River, Holt Getting there: Take your favorite route to Interstate 10, then head west to Exit 45 at Holt. Go right (north) about 1 mile to US Highway 90, then left (west) about 10 miles to the town of Harold; then turn right (north) onto Deaton Bridge Road, which will take you past Blackwater Canoe Rentals and into the state park. Address: Blackwater River State Park, 7720 Deaton Bridge Road, Holt. Phone: Blackwater River State Park, 850-9835363; Blackwater Canoe Rental, 800-967-6789. Website floridastateparks.org/blackwaterriver; blackwatercanoe.com. Park hours: 8 a.m. to sundown year-round. Heavy rains may close the park due to flooding. When in doubt, call ahead. Canoe rental: Reservation lines are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week "during the season." The season is not clearly defined, and may vary according to weather and river conditions, so it's best to call ahead. 678-1298 WWW.STPAULNICEVILLE.COM 1407 E. 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Holy Spirit NightTuesday, July 29, 2014, 6:30pm 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 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 drivers 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) Drivers, CDL-A: Home EVERY Weekend. All Loaded/Empty Miles Paid! Dedicated southeast! 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First parcel purchased for Turkey Creek expansion The Florida Communities Trust (FCT) and the City of Niceville closed July 1 on the first of three parcels to expand Turkey Creek Walk Park. In 2011, Niceville submitted an FCT Parks and Open Space Grant application, which was ranked fourth for funding by the FCT governing board. The acquisition plan includes three distinctive parcels. The 67-acre priority parcel acquired today from Ruckel Properties, Inc. will provide a military buffer on the south boundary of Eglin Air Force Base Reservation and protect wooded wetlands along Turkey Creek. "This acquisition is a win for the City of Niceville and for Florida's environment through preservation and base buffering," said Rick Mercer, DEP's director of operations. "We appreciate the hard work and dedication of Niceville, the U.S. Air Force, Ruckel Properties and Florida Communities Trust staff." The site connects to the seven-acre Turkey Creek Walk Park site acquired by the city with FCT grant funds in 1997. Niceville has put into concrete our commitment to the environment and this acquisition will make this available to the public forever, said Lannie Corbin, manager of the City of Niceville. In accordance with FCT grant requirements and within the U.S. Air Forces (USAF) restrictions on the parcel, Niceville will protect and manage the natural communities, and offer passive recreation including a loop nature trail with benches, a swinging bridge over the creek and trail connectivity to the parks and boardwalk to its south. Our family is proud to see the fulfillment of this dream for the City of Niceville and the Turkey Creek Walk Park, said Steve Ruckel, president and chief executive officer of Ruckel Properties, Inc. The total project cost for the acquisition, which includes the land purchase price and acquisition expenses, was $163,840.70. The FCT grant award funded 75 percent of the total cost, which was $122,880.52, with the Nicevilles required 25-percent match of $40,960.18. The USAF provided supplemental funds above FCTs maximum allowable purchase price to assure public ownership of this parcel and secure military buffering restrictions. Acquisition of the two remaining parcels is anticipated by the end of August 2014. "Spamalot" musical The Northwest Florida State College Fine and Performing Arts Division proudly presents Monty Python's "Spamalot," a new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with public performances for four nights only from July 16-19 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Tickets are on sale now by phone, web or in-person from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office. Tickets are $25 adult and $20 for youth age 18 and younger. Contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 729-6000 or at mattiekellyartscenter.org. Adventure ride The adventure club will have a bike ride in Niceville Thursday, July 17 at 4 p.m. Interested riders meet at the golf course club house parking area in the Bluewater Bay Resort subdivision. For more information, call Bob and Audrey Hains at 897-3624. Concerts in the Village The Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive West, Destin, will be have Ike Bartley in concert Thursday July 17 at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, free for MKAF members and children under 12. Bring a chair, wine and a picnic and relax. For more information, call 6502226 or visit MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org. Night at the Museum Night at the Museum will be Saturday, July 19 at 7 p.m. with a wine tasting and Sunday, July 20 at 6 p.m. at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. No alcohol will be served at Sunday's event. Tickets are $35 per person, $30 for museum members with a discount for groups of 6 or more. Reservation required. Visit heritagemuseum.org or call 678-2615. Blood drive There will be a blood drive Wednesday, July 23 at First Baptist Church of Niceville, 622 Bayshore Drive, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will also be a blood drive at Walmart, Niceville, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All donors from either drive will receive a beach towel. There will be a blood drive Tuesday, July 29 at Walmart, Niceville, from 9 a.m. to noon. Alzheimer's support Alzheimer's Family Services will hold a support group for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimers disease at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30at the Niceville United Methodist Church, Chandler Center, located at 214 S. Partin Drive. The support group is free and limited respite care is available. To make arrangements for respite during the meeting, please contact Alzheimers Family Services in advance at 866-478-7790. Seeking volunteers The Transformations Ministrys Powered for Life class at Niceville United Methodist Church is looking for individuals willing to participate as Mentoring Partners for the two adult classes as well as a second youth class in the fall. The Orientation class for those interested in the ministry or in becoming Mentoring Partners will begin Aug. 5, from 6-7:30 p.m. and continue every Tuesday night in August. Applications are available at Niceville United Methodist Church in the Commission Caf or online at nicevilleumc/tranformations. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kim Colpitts at 461-0203 or Rebecca Ainslie-Perez at 509-9984874. Summer camp at museum There will be a week-long "Time Travelers" Summer History Camp at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso, August 11-15 from 9 a.m.noon. Discover, explore and experience days-gone-by as campers aged 5-12 travel back in time. Cost is $60 for the week, $50 for family membership members. Become a new member at the $50 family level, and receive one childs camp registration half off. The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is dedicated to providing affordable and fun, quality programs. Space is limited, please pre-register. Call 678-2615. Basket weaving There will be a Heritage Alive! basket weaving class for beginners at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Instructor Lou Holt will be teaching students to make a basket designed to hold paper plates. The cost is $35 or $30 for Museum Members and includes all materials. Space is limited. Register by calling 678-2615. Healthcare seminar The Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce will offer "Healthcare Reform For Your Business" on Thursday, August 28 from 9 a.m. noon at the Costa Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College. The cost is $25 per person, and attendees do not have to be a Chamber member. 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Page B-4 Wednesday, July 16, 2014 THEBAYBEACON The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 BEACONSPORTSBEACONSPORTS NVLL claims championshipNiceville Little League 7-9 year olds machine pitch beat Destin Little League 30-22 to claim the District 1 Championship in their division. Pictured, team members Avery Brechtel, Brooke Carpenter, Chloe Ellis, Kerrstin Embry, Ava Gibson, Faith Ingram, Macey Kidder, Ashley Leach, Chelisa Newsome, Annakah Porter, Shyania Shutt, Sabrina Squire and Olivia Walker along with their coach Chris Kidder and assistant coach Ryan Ingram.Niceville Little League 9-10 wins districtNiceville Little League 9-10 year olds beat Shalimar Little League 10-0. Pictured, Melaina Bryant, Sarah Jack, Ella Randall, Riley Elledge, Riley Gibson, Cadyn Biggs, Chloe Christianson, Mackenzie Wood, Reagan Howell, Emily Cary, Emmalie Langston, Kaylin Early, Manager Donald Randall and assistant coaches Robert Gibson, Aaron Howell and Dave Jack.Traveling Eagles win Grand Slam titleThe Traveling Eagles 9U Maroon travel ball team won the Grand Slam Session I 9u Championship beating the Panama City Hooks 84. June 21. Their overall record was 33:5:1 for the season. Pictured, back row from left, Coach Marcus Chambers, Manager Randy Eubanks and Coach Trevin Eubanks. Middle row from left, Braden Holcomb, Connor Folley, Brody Bankston, Raiden LaFortune, Aaron Jenkins, Camden Chambers and Aiden Morale. Front rwo from left, Jake Hill, Brock Marello, Christian Sweat, Ayden Garrity, J.T. Lupella, Cooper Mee and Preston Murphy. www.bankccb.com State College Register & Pay by WEBFALL TERMSchedule An Advising Appointment! 2014 2014Enroll for Sessions 1 & 2: July 23 August 19Enroll for Session 3: F F A A L L L L A F F F FA FA FA T E E T M E R R M E E n r o l l o r n E E n r r n E l l f o r S e s s i o o si s e r S o lf l J u l y 2 3 A u g u u ug 3 A y 2 Jul r o l l f o r S e s s e rS o lf l o r o n s 1 & 2 : : s 1 & 2 n o u s t 1 9 9 t1 s u s i o n 3 : : n3 o si E n r r n E r o l l f o r S e s s e r S o l f l o r s i o n 3 : : n 3 o si HEARING PROBLEMS?IT MAY BEJUST WAX.SPECIAL HEARING TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION July 22nd, 23rd& 24thTue., Wed. & Thu.Call Today to Schedule Your Appointment! With a hearing screening and use of our high intensity Video Otoscope well be able to see if you JUST HAVE WAX BLOCKAGE!Call now TOLL FREE: 1 (888) 714-5795Niceville Hearing Center, Inc. Twin Cities Medical Plaza 1001 College Blvd., W., Bldg. 2 Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 659-3923 www.NicevilleHearingCenter.com Destin Hearing Center, Inc. 4012 Commons Dr. W. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 307-5376 www.DestinHearingCenter.com earCareTMASSOCIATES, INC