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The Bay beacon

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Title:
The Bay beacon
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Beacon
Place of Publication:
Niceville, FL
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Bayou Enterprises Inc., Stephen W. Kent- Publisher
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2010
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Weekly
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.) ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Bluewater Bay
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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30.516111 x -86.471667 ( Place of Publication )

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Began Apr. 22, 1992.
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Description based on: May 11, 1994.

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Valparaiso city commissioners are keeping open the option of a property tax hike for the coming fiscal year, at least for now. During a special budget meeting on July 24, commissioners agreed to tentatively set the property tax millage rate for the 2018fiscal year at 5.2813, a little more than 5 percent above the current millage rate of 5.024. They emphasized, however, that this tax rate is merely tentaThe Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce recently inducted four leaders who made broad and lasting contributions to the community into the Civic Hall of Fame. The honorees were the late Nancy Myers Grigsby, the late Walker Vester Spence, the late Jessie Alma Edge, and Gordon Fornell. An Alabama native, Nancy Grigsby and her husband, Bill, moved to Niceville in 1985, where she immediately immersed herself in the community, emboding the definition of a servants heart as she went about life with grace, humor and strength. She worked as a medical social worker and patient educator at Fresenius Medical Care where her patients and co-workers were part of her extended family. There she started and maintained one of the Beacon Staff The Niceville City Council on Aug. 14 is scheduled to consider four petitions concerning land use, including the rezoning of a waterfront office property on Bayshore Drive to allow residential use.Walter and Jerry Spence, officers of Spence Brothers Properties, request that their office properties at 301 Bayshore Drive, totaling a little under an acre, be rezoned from C-2, General Commercial, to R3, Oneor Multi-Family. The parcels are adjacent to a new waterfront municipal park called Niceville Landing. Billy Mosteferis requests his 0.17-acre lot behind his commercial property at 1601 and 1603 Partin Drive North be annexed into the city with a zoning of C-2, General Commercial, and a Future Land Use of Commercial. Charles and Page Caggiano, 428 Lilac Ct., request a special exception to the city Land Development Code for a 15-foot rear setback on their R-1 lot as opposed to the required 25 feet. The change would allow construction of a sunroom.Douglas Hutcheson requests that an estate-owned one-acre lot at 220 Niceville Ave. be rezoned from R-1, Residential Single Family, to R-1B, Residential Single Family. T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 Police Blotter, page A-3 Behind the wheelBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Okaloosa County Commission has proposed a countywide millage rate for next year at 3.8308, unchanged from the current rate. Meeting Monday in Crestview, the commission also proposed to continue the current special-district millage rate of 0.2990, charged only to owners in unincorporated areas of the county. Although the proposed millage rates are unchanged, they would result in an increase in property-tax collections of more than 6 percent, due to rising taxable values of existing real estate and to new construction. The countywide property tax helps to fund countywide government services and operations, while the special tax levied in unincorporated areas funds county parks, recreation, and storm water control in those areas. The millage rate sets the amount of property tax owed Area residents were busy preparing for the upcoming school year, taking part in fishing fun, and golfing for a cause. The Niceville High School marching band held its last day of band camp, preparing the new halftime show. As practice drew to a close, parents were invited to take part. The first home football game is scheduled for Aug. 24 against Lincoln (Tallahassee). The Niceville Police Department held its first Charity Golf Tournament in Bluewater Bay, to benefit elementary school students and teachers. Center right, the Golfin' Chicks before teeing off. Bottom right, (left to right): Fritz Johnson, Bluewater Bay golf director, Carolyn McAllister, Plew Elementary principal, Kristina Clark, Edge Elementary assistant principal, and Mark Higdon, Niceville policeman. The Bluewater Bay Marina held its annual Pinfish Grand Nationals, in which kids and adults competed in two-person teams. Caleb and Timmy Hicks reeled in the champion catch. Top center, Noah Williams, 6, and his dad had a great time fishing. Top right, the Burnette family. Beacon photos by Paula MimsCounty taxes to rise as millage is stableLand-use petitions to be airedBeacon Staff U.S. Rep Matt Gaetz said Donald Trump Jr. will appear at a campaign rally Thursday in Niceville for the Dist. 1 Republican congressman. The event, to be held in the sports arena at Northwest Florida State College, will also feature U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, according to the Gaetz campaign. DeSantis, a Flagler County Republican, is a candiA busy weekend around townThis office tract fronting Boggy Bayou on Bayshore Drive would be rezoned to allow residential use if the Niceville City Council grants the property owners petition.Beacon photo Please see MILLAGE, page A-2 Please see HIKE, page A-6 Trump Jr. to stump for Gaetz50Wednesday, August 1, 2018 6 Pages, 1 Section, 3 Inserts Chamber inducts four into its hall of fame Gordon Fornell Jessie Alma Edge Walker Spence Nancy Grigsby Valparaiso mulls hike in millage Matt Gaetz Donald Trump Jr. Please see CHAMBER, page A-2 Please see GAETZ, page A-6With another year s school bells in the offing, the Okaloosa County School District is looking to fill driver s seats in its bus fleet. The scene last week in the Niceville High School parking lot.Beacon photo

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Okaloosa County government by property owners, for each $1,000 of appraised, taxable value of their property, after homestead exemptions and other discounts. For example, the owner of a home within the city limits of Niceville or Valparaiso, appraised at $200,000 taxable value, pays $766.16 in annual county property tax, in addition to other taxes owed to such other government entities as the Okaloosa County School District and the cities of Niceville or Valparaiso, including whatever taxes those cities charge for parks, recreation, and storm water control within their city limits. An owner in an unincorporated part of Okaloosa County, such as Bluewater Bay or Seminole, whose property has a taxable value of $200,000, pays the same countywide tax, but also pays an additional $59.80 to fund the countys parks, recreation and storm water municipal services taxing unit (MSTU). Residents of unincorporated areas may also owe property taxes to the school district, the East Niceville or North Bay fire districts, and such other taxing authorities as Bluewater Bays Municipal Services Benefit Unit. The county millage rates were unanimously approved after four budget workshops. The county commission still has the option of lowering either or both millage rates, if it chooses to do so during either of two public budget hearings to be held before the fiscal year begins Oct 1. Those hearings are scheduled for 6 p.m., Sept. 4, at Crestview City Hall, and for 6 p.m. Sept. 18, at the county administration building in Shalimar. While the millage rates are likely to remain the same for the coming fiscal year, the amount of revenue they are expected to generate will grow from the current fiscal year to the next, due to appreciation in property values and the value of new construction. Countywide property tax revenue budgeted for FY 2018 was $60,648,365, but is expected to be $64,496,382 in FY 2019, while revenue budgeted for the parks, recreation, and storm water MSTU for FY 2018 is $2,226,078, and is expected to grow to $2,360,877 in FY 2019. Next years countywide rolled-back millage (the hypothetical rate that would have resulted in the same revenue as this year) would be 3.7052, not counting the parks tax. Property tax revenue accounts for only a portion of the total county budget, with other funding sources including state and federal assistance, assorted fines and fees, and customer service fees charged for such enterprise fund services as the county water and sewer system. During Mondays meeting, county staff members told commissioners that Okaloosa Countys current tax rates compare favorably with those of the other counties in Northwest Florida. For example, the aggregate millage rate for Okaloosa County is 3.9714, the lowest in Northwest Florida. The highest aggregate millage among the five counties belongs to Escambia, at 7.4521. Okaloosas per capita tax rate, including property taxes, surtax, and franchise fees, is $277 per person, the lowest among the five counties, according to the Okaloosa County figures. During the meeting, Commissioner Carolyn Ketchel said that Okaloosa Countys relatively low property taxes are a good thing for residents, but highlight the need for a 10-year, halfpercent countywide sales tax proposed for voter approval on this years general election ballot. Such a local-option sales tax, said Ketchel, will provide much-needed revenue for infrastructure improvements not funded by property taxes. She said that about 40 percent of the sales tax, if approved by voters, will be paid by tourists and other visitors. longest running kidney disease support groups in the state. She was a provider of hope, comfort, prayers and emotional and spiritual support. She was often seen at Plew Elementary School reading to children; in fact, there she received the nickname Fancy Nancy after the beloved childrens book. She also participated in Relay For Life, various Cancer Support Groups, served on the Sacred Heart Foundation Board, assisted with Ronald McDonald House fundraisers, and was a member of Impact 100. Two of her passions in life were First Baptist Church of Niceville and The Florida Baptist Children's Homes. She was part of the fabric of her church and taught various classes and Bible studies the entire 31 years she attended, 20 of which she served on the church board. She led numerous mission trips to Guatemala where she worked in a children's malnutrition center, even after she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Her leadership in the Florida Baptist Children's Homes impacted thousands of children and families in crisis in the panhandle, across the state and the world. She challenged the board and staff to make strategic plans to implement programs for foster care, child hunger, single moms, and antitrafficking and many others. According to her obituary last November, Some would say that Nancy lost her battle with cancer. The truth is cancer never had a chance with her. She lived close to 14 years after her diagnosis and accomplished more in that time than most people do in a lifetime. Walker V. Spence was born in 1908 in the family home overlooking Boggy Bayou. He was part of Niceville High Schools first graduating class in 1930. He worked in the familys sawmill. Walker and his wife, Lola, were among the 333 people who signed the Niceville charter in 1937, incorporating Niceville as a city. Walker began his forestry career as a forest-fire fighter and towerman in the Choctawhatchee National Forest, which in 1940 was transferred to the U.S. military and is known today as the Eglin Reservation. In 1960, Eglins conservation program, under Walkers leadership, received the first ever Gen. Thomas D. White Fish and Wildlife Conservation Award, which they have received several times since. Walker remained in the forest industry for 35 years, retiring as chief of natural resources of the Eglin Air Force Base Reservation in 1966. He was responsible for planting millions of pine trees and for maintaining and stocking more than 25 fishing ponds on the reservation. Today the reservation provides recreational activities for thousands of people each year to enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, canoeing and hiking. In the late 1950s, Col. Fred Gannon, Director of Civil Engineering at Eglin, envisioned turning the land along the south shore Rocky Bayou into a park. Spence and his team were instrumental in the design and development of the park, today the Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. With the explosion of growth after WWII, Walker and Lola saw a need for affordable housing for young couples coming to Eglin Air Force Base. In the late 1940s they began building small starter homes, Walker himself doing much of the carpentry and landscaping. He opened Gulf Coast Building and Supply in Valparaiso with his brothers in the 1940s and a gas station on John Sims Parkway in the 1950s. In the 1960s, along with his brothers and several community leaders, they chartered the Okaloosa National Bank, the first bank in Niceville, later First National Bank of Niceville. Spence served as mayor of Niceville from 1967 to 1971. He was a charter member of the Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Club, served on the Okaloosa County Council on Aging and the United Way board, and was a dedicated Mason and chamber of commerce member. He passed away in 1984. A native of Opp, Ala., in her youth Jessie Alma Granny Edge was a frequent visitor with her family to Niceville. After falling in love with the postmasters son, Joe Edge, they eloped and settled here, eventually raising nine children. Her husband managed Meigs Fish House and later the ice house and Nicevilles first garage. In 1979, after the passing of her husband, Granny started to focus on community activism. She became a delegate in the Florida Silver Haired Legislature. In 1983, she was the first women to be elected to the Niceville City Council and is said to be the oldest person in the U.S. ever to win a first bid for election at age 83. Her campaign slogan was I love everybody. If you want to see something done, just come see Granny. She retired from office at age 92. She was a lobbyist for a new county hospital and the Twin Cities Pavilion assisted-living facility. In doing so she gained a reputation as a political force of nature. State Rep. James Ward was reported to have told a friend Youve got to get Jessie off me! When she phones its like your grandmother twisting your arm. She passed away in 1998. Lt. Gen. Gordon Gordy Fornell (USAF Ret.), is well known in Northwest Florida and is widely respected for the significant contributions he makes to the Niceville, Valparaiso area. His vast military experience and knowledge is matched only by his credibility, influence, and ability to bring people together for a common good. Born in Chicago, Fornell has a wide range of operational and test experience in the Air Force. He has flown over 50 types of aircraft, logged over 7,000 flight hours, wears parachute wings and is a certified level III program manager. Among his numerous military decorations is a Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters. Fornell served in senior acquisition leadership positions in Air Force Systems Command and Air Force Materiel Command, which included two commandsone as Commander, Armament Division at Eglin Air Force Base from 1985-1987 and second as Commander, Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base from 1988-1993. These organizations developed and acquired all non-nuclear munitions and communications, command and control, and intelligence systems for the Air Force. He retired in 1993 as a threestar general and after traveling to almost every corner of the world he settled with his wife, Barbara, in Bluewater Bay. He serves as chairman of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority and of the Air Force Armament Museum Foundation. He is vice chairman of the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast Board and vice commodore of the Eglin Yacht Club. He is an active member of Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, Emerald Coast Military Affairs Council, Enterprise Florida, Defense Support Initiative of the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council, University of West Florida Presidents Council, a life member of the Air Force Association, and adviser to Floridas Great Northwest. Fornell has led five visits to Washington, D.C., to lobby on behalf of military personnel, families and veterans in Northwest Florida. He is the founder of the Gate-to-Gate Run at Eglin, a 33year-old Memorial Day Weekend tradition where runners place flowers at the Veterans Memorial along the route in honor of those who served. Page A-2 Wednesday, August 1, 2018 THEBAYBEACON Gulf Coast DentalWe can help you smile again.Do you have gum or periodontal disease?There is now a FDA approved way to treat this chronic, debilitating disease.Dr. Steven G. RobinetteGraduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry Practicing in NW Florida with more than 22 years of experience. Dedicated to excellence in dentistry.Gulf Coast DentalBluewater Bay 4566 Hwy. 20 E. #108 Courtyard Plaza Niceville, FL 32578gulfcoastdental.com(850) 8979600This laser technique involves no pain, no cutting, no stitches, and best of all... no down time! Call us for a FREE Consultation! 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ArrestsOn July 2 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Herman Louis Beck II, 35, of 133 3rd St., Niceville, on a charge of shoplifting. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident in Niceville on May 31 in which Beck had been seen in Walmart placing items in a shopping cart, then passing all points of sale without making payment. Total value of the items taken was $66.67. * On July 12 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Jennifer June Sillence Masino, 48, of 131 Menzel St., Valparaiso, on a charge of breach of the peace. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident in Niceville on June 18, in which Masino had driven her vehicle to someones residence and started yelling, screaming and blowing her vehicles horn, and refused to leave when asked to do so. * On July 12 Niceville police arrested Michael David Archer, 40, of 211 Deer St., Niceville, on charges of driving while license suspended; 4th or subsequent offense, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and drug equipment possession and/or use. An officer observed a Mercury Mountaineer traveling west on John Sims Parkway, and ran the tag through a police database which revealed that the owners drivers license was suspended. The officer stopped the vehicle and found Archer, the owner, behind the wheel. Archer admitted to knowing that his license was suspended and consented to a search of the vehicle. The search revealed trace evidence of what appeared to be methamphetamine, which field tested positive, as well as several syringes and cotton swabs. A search of Archers person revealed suspected heroin which field tested positive. A police database confirmed that Archer had 3 convictions for driving while license suspended/revoked. * On July 15 Niceville police arrested Carl Delmar Dotters III, 49, of Dunedin, on charges of possessing marijuana over 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. Also arrested was Timothy Ray Worth, 31, of New Port Richey, on charges of marijuana possession over 20 grams and drug equipment possession and/or use. Also arrested was Jonathan Edward Klim, 30, of Hudson, on charges of knowingly driving without insurance, possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony, possessing marijuana over 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. An officer stopped a Ford, registered to and driven by Klim, in which Dotters and Worth were passengers, for speeding on College Boulevard. During the traffic stop, the officer discovered suspected marijuana in the vehicle, some rolling papers, a bag containing a bottle of infused hemp oil, a pink gas mask with marijuana residue, and an orange plastic smoking device with marijuana residue. Klim was found to be in possession of a .38 cal. handgun. * On July 16 Niceville police arrested Nicole Marie Zima, 35, of 111 Harding Rd., Niceville, on charges of displaying a handicap parking permit that belongs to another, driving while license suspended, first offense, shoplifting, and drug equipment possession and/or use. Also arrested was Maria Theresa Caronna, 24, of 1309 Keturah Street, Niceville, on a charge of shoplifting. Zima had driven to Walmart, despite having a suspended drivers license. She parked in a handicap parking space, displaying a stolen handicap placard. Zima entered the store, selected items which she scanned at false prices, and tried to leave with $24.82 worth of merchandise that had not been properly paid for. Caronna attempted to leave the store without paying for $36.54 worth of merchandise. A subsequent search of Zima at the Niceville police station revealed her to be in possession of suspected fentanyl which field tested positive. * On July 17 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Jeffrey Wayne Godwin, 35, of 205 Reeves St., #11, Niceville, on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, and 2 counts of felony battery. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident in Niceville on April 9. Godwin was also arrested July 17 on a charge of battery, 2nd or subsequent offense, on a warrant stemming from an incident in Niceville on May 17. * On July 19 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Jamie Delaine James, 45, of 200 Spencer Pl., Niceville, on a charge of shoplifting. James entered the Bargain Box, a secondhand retail store owned by Crosspoint Church, and attempted to leave without paying for $189 worth of merchandise. * On July 20 Niceville police arrested Jessica Ann Brand, 33, at large, on a charge of shoplifting. She entered the Dollar General store on John Sims Parkway and attempted to leave without paying for $29.45 worth of merchandise. She told police that she had planned to return later and pay. * On July 20 Valparaiso police arrested James Lamar Williams, 19, of Conyers, Ga., on a charge of marijuana possession over 20 grams. An officer stopped a Chrysler four-door on College Boulevard for no tag light. During the stop, the officer smelled the odor of marijuana and observed fragments of suspected marijuana strewn throughout the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed approximately 25 grams of marijuana in a backpack, which Williams said was his. * On July 21 Valparaiso police arrested Mary Angela Denise Mulcahey, 25, of 112 Skinner, #D, Fort Walton Beach, on a charge of drug equipment possession and/or use. Also arrested was Jerrod Adam Skiles, 46, of 117 Windham Ave., Fort Walton Beach, on a charge of drug equipment possession and/or use. Acting on a tip, officers found Mulcahey and Skiles hiding in woods near State Road 85 and College Boulevard, and in possession of multiple syringes, a spoon, and pieces of cotton. * On July 22 Niceville police arrested Madison Marie Thompson, 23, of 203 Bartonwood Court, Niceville, on charges of petit theft, grand theft of between $300 and $5,000, larceny of a credit card, illegal use of credit cards 2 or more times within 6 months to obtain $100 or more, passing a forged or altered instrument, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. An officer responded to a report of the theft of a wallet at an alehouse on John Sims P arkway. The officer learned that Thompson had apparently taken someones wallet and credit cards, then made purchases at several different businesses for a total of $2,369. * On July 22 Valparaiso police arrested Chad Hunter Mott, 31, of 393 Satsuma Rd., Niceville, on a Santa Rosa County warrant for knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked. * On July 22 Valparaiso police arrested Chasity Chantel Powell, 26, of 505 23rd St., #B, Niceville, on a charge of driving while license suspended, 3rd or subsequent offense.Criminal summonsesOn July 11 Niceville police issued a criminal summons to Hailey Lynn Barnard, 18, of 296 W. Oakdale, Crestview, on charges of marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. Also cited was Jade Danielle Kaplan, 22, also of 296 W. Oakdale, Crestview, on charges of operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. 209 Government Ave., Niceville 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. Serving Niceville-Valparaiso for 50 yearsBrowse our selection of Hardwood & Laminate Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 20, 2018 through July 26, 2018. 1 Structure Fires11 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire1 Vehicle Crash 1 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn11 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions STREET SITUATION DATE TIME E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................7/20/18.....................08:39 32nd Street...............................Medical..................................7/20/18.....................11:50 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Smoke scare.........................7/20/18.....................13:42 Baywind Dr...............................Watercraft rescue..................7/21/18.....................20:01 Redman Ct...............................Service call............................7/21/18.....................23:48 32nd Street...............................Medical..................................7/22/18.....................08:31 Dolphin Point Rd......................Medical..................................7/23/18.....................08:08 Pin Oak Cir...............................Service call............................7/23/18.....................08:48 Mohogany Ct............................Medical..................................7/23/18.....................11:01 S. Cedar Ave............................Structure fire..........................7/24/18.....................05:59 Kelly Road................................Medical..................................7/24/18.....................06:30 28th Street................................Medical..................................7/24/18.....................08:04 Sasser St..................................Refuse fire.............................7/24/18.....................08:05 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................7/24/18.....................10:56 Oak Ave....................................Structure fire..........................7/24/18.....................11:11 Yacht Club Dr...........................Alarm activation.....................7/24/18.....................16:30 Kelly Rd....................................Medical..................................7/24/18.....................22:15 Bailey Dr...................................Medical..................................7/24/18.....................22:53 Reeves St.................................Alarm activation.....................7/25/18.....................00:22 S. R. 85.....................................Cancelled...............................7/25/18.....................07:38 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................7/25/18.....................11:51 Mulry Dr....................................Lock in...................................7/25/18.....................11:58 E. College Blvd........................Medical..................................7/26/18.....................09:47 Surf Lane..................................Service call............................7/26/18.....................18:46 Kilcullen Dr................................Cancelled...............................7/26/18.....................19:40 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Service call............................7/26/18.....................19:59 Weekly Safety Tip: Make sure the number of your house is visible from the street and in a lighted area so it can be seen at night. The Niceville Fire Department has a Facebook page, check it out! Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire District responded to the following calls from July 20, 2018 through July 29, 2018. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME Windlake Dr..............................EMS call................................7/20/18.....................12:21 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................7/20/18.....................12:35 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Dispatched & cancelled........7/20/18.....................13:42 St. Rose Cv..............................EMS call................................7/20/18.....................14:56 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................7/20/18.....................18:54 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................7/21/18.....................07:20 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................7/21/18.....................12:05 Turnberry Pl..............................EMS call................................7/212/18...................14:54 Baywind Dr...............................No incident found..................7/21/18.....................19:57 Nassau Dr.................................EMS call................................7/22/18.....................05:21 Merchants Way........................EMS call................................7/22/18.....................19:27 N. White Point Rd....................Medical assist........................7/23/18.....................04:45 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................7/23/18.....................05:21 Turnberry Pl..............................Medical assist........................7/23/18.....................14:19 Prestwick Dr.............................EMS call................................7/23/18.....................15:22 S. Cedar/Finck.........................Building fire............................7/24/18.....................05:59 Kelly Rd....................................Dispatched & cancelled........7/24/18.....................06:30 Sasser St..................................Dispatched & cancelled........7/24/18.....................08:05 Oak Ave....................................Building fire............................7/24/18.....................11:11 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................7/24/18.....................13:53 Pine St......................................Service call............................7/24/18.....................14;36 Ida Coon Cir.............................EMS call................................7/24/18.....................14:14 E. Hwy. 20................................Dispatched & cancelled........7/24/18.....................14:45 Dancing Cloud Ct.....................False alarm............................7/24/18.....................20:08 Opa Locka Ln...........................Dispatched & cancelled........7/24/18.....................20:01 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................7/25/18.....................08:39 Danbury Ct...............................EMS call................................7/25/18.....................10:57 E. Hwy. 20................................Dispatched & cancelled........7/25/18.....................13:51 Southwind Ct............................Service call............................7/26/18.....................09:24 Wren Way.................................Rubbish fire...........................7/26/18.....................10:30 Merchants Way........................EMS call................................7/26/18.....................11:54 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................7/26/18.....................13:45 Crete Cv....................................EMS call................................7/26/18.....................17:08 Bay Dr.......................................Dispatched & cancelled........7/26/18.....................20:04 Bayberry Dr..............................Fire.........................................7/27/18.....................15:43 N. White Point Rd....................Alarm activation.....................7/28/18.....................06:01 S.R.293/E.Hwy.20....................EMS call................................7/28/18.....................16:05 Crystal Beach Dr......................Good intent call.....................7/28/18.....................14:38 Jupiter.......................................Dispatched & cancelled........7/28/18.....................15:24 Hwy.293/Hwy. 20.....................EMS call................................7/29/18.....................00:48 N. White Point Rd....................EMS call................................7/29/18.....................10:36 Pippin Dr...................................EMS call................................7/29/18.....................10:49 Olde Post Rd............................EMS call................................7/29/18.....................14:16 Otterlake Cv..............................Dispatched & cancelled........7/29/18.....................18:52 E. Hwy. 20................................Good intent call.....................7/29/18.....................19:46 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, August 1, 2018 Page A-3 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressThe 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 mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. 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Page A-4 Wednesday, August 1, 2018 THEBAYBEACON Investment and retirement strategies Kids summer sagas Spaghetti dinner Summer artist JavaScript Mac user group meeting Candidate forum Linux user group meeting Woodturning guild Ten meals in ten AQUIFERious art exhibit 2018 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 15 E-mail items to info@baybeacon.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday.CALENDAR Crestview 689-7301 Niceville 833-4203 Ft. Walton Beach 833-3555Bus Drivers Needed!Benefits & Good Pay Okaloosa County School District AT YOUR SERVICE HOME REPAIRVinyl Siding Screen Rooms Crown Moulding Replace Rotten Wood & Screens Door InstallationLic# RX0066839 585-9511 TREE SERVICE Actually Licensed & Insured678-9339Dont be fooled by False Ads... Demand Proof of Comp & Liability! BayouTreeService PRESSURE WASHING(850) 699-7866Houses Drive-ways Fencing Dock RVs DecksNo Job Too SmallLicensed & InsuredE&D Pressure Washingq 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 q 4 PAINTING & PRESSURE CLEANINGWhere quality makes the grade! Interior & Exterior Textured Ceilings Pressure Washing Licensed & Insured A+ ProfessionalAPlusProfessionalPaintingInc.comCall today for a FREE ESTIMATE! Locally owned & operatedANGIE'S LIST Service Provider of the Year 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016Painting(850)225-0981 Advertise your business in this size space for only $22.50 per week.(Minimum 8 weeks.)CALL US at678-1080 or email info@baybeacon.comAd design & layout no extra charge. ADVERTISE HERE! PAINTING & PRESSURE CLEANING Spectrum Painting Spectrum PaintingCommercial ResidentialFREE ESTIMATES FULLY LICENSED &INSURED897-0700Interior / Exterior Design 35 Years Work Experience 16 Years in Niceville, BWB & Surrounding Area Advertise your business in this size space for only $22.50 per week.(Minimum 8 weeks.)CALL US at678-1080 or email info@baybeacon.comAd design & layout no extra charge. ADVERTISE HERE! POOL CLEANING KBMPool CleaningGo from green to clean and glistening 225-9345Licensed & Insured PAINTING & PRESSURE CLEANING Expires: 8/31/1815%Off Pressure Washing($100 & up)15%Off Painting($250 & up) ADVERTISE HERE! AT YOUR SERVICEadvertising makes sense! At Your Service 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL 32578 PERSONAL ASSISTANT Dependable & Caring Dog Sitting in Your Home Reliable & Thorough House Cleaning Rides to the Doctor or Grocery Store Need Something Else? Just Ask!References Available Upon Request T ext or Leave Message for Pr ompt Response423-838-2199 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) Part time sales accociate needed. Some weekends, several week days. Eglin AFB Vendor Mall/BX. Computer, cash register sales experience. References. $9.50/hr. Call Deolinda, 850-217-3216. Bachelor rooms in Valparaiso. Washer/Dryer and utilities included. $525/mo. $200/DD. Call 678-1968 and leave message. House cleaning services in Crestview and Niceville areas. Background check and references. Call Cathy at 850-830-5377. Help Wanted Rooms for Rent Services Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Help Wanted Help Wanted Help Wanted Advertise inAT YOUR SERVICELET THE COMMUNITY KNOW YOUR BUSINESSThe Bay Beacon (850) 678-1080 Carriage Hills Realty, Inc. 1821 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville, Florida 32578www.CarriageHills.com REALTOR@CarriageHills.com (850) 678-5178Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.The Best Selling Homes in Our Area have One thing in common1445 & 1447 Hickory St., Niceville 4/2.5 2,182 SF $364,900 eachMove into one of these beautiful homes for free! Builder pays all closing costs. Estimated completion of these beautiful homes is July 31st. Features include quartz or granite counter-tops, custom cabinets with soft close drawers and much more. 4280 Ida Coon Cir., Niceville 4/2 1,936 SF $339,900Move in Mid-September 2018. Main living areas have vinyl plank flooring with tile in the wet areas and carpeting in bedrooms. 1708 Valparaiso Blvd., Niceville 4/2.5 2,182 SF $379,900New construction in the heart of Niceville! There is still time to pick your colors and finishes. Craftsman style home offers quarts counter-tops, custom soft close drawers, Slate finished GE appliances. Estimated completion is to be determined.2416 Edgewater Dr., Niceville Beautiful waterfront lot $650,000Large waterfront lot situated on Rocky Bayou acre with 150 feet of waterfront! Lot faces South/South West. Expansive view of Rocky Bayou, Bluewater Bay area and across Choctawhatchee Bay towards San Destin. CALL OUR OFFICE TODAY WITH ANY QUESTIONS. Other BLOTTERFrom page A-3 CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! Pine needle basketryEarly Native Americans in the region wove abundant longleaf pine needles into beautiful and useful baskets. Popular instructor, Carol Dickson will teach the age-old skill of pine needle basketry using the original Seminole techniques, Friday, August 3, 10 a.m. 3 p.m. at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. The cost is $60 or $55 for Museum Members. (All materials included) Space is limited. Please call to pre-register. (MC/Visa) 850-678-2615.

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Hannah Clayton of Niceville is one of 27 incoming freshmen in The University of Alabama Honors College to be selected for the University Fellows Experience. Fellows are elite scholars from a variety of disciplines who share a commitment to becoming change agents through their leadership and service. During four years as Fellows, students have opportunities for leadership development, community service and interaction with a variety of academic enterprises. * Katie Lightfoot, a Niceville High School Senior, was recently named the Distinguished Young Woman of Okaloosa County for 2019. The Distinguished Young Women of Okaloosa County held their annual scholarship program recently, in Fort Walton Beach. Over $9,000 in cash scholarships were awarded that evening. Nine young women from area high schools competed in the areas of interview, scholastic, fitness, selfexpression and talent. Other winners of the evening were: Mary Mason White, Niceville High School, 1st Alternate. Winner of the Interview category was: Katie Lightfoot. Winners of the Scholastic category were: Mary Mason White and Bentley Siner. Winners of the fitness category were: Kenzey Calderone and Katie Lightfoot. Winners of the Self-Expression category were Mary Mason White and Katie Lightfoot. The winners of the Talent category were Katie Lightfoot and Mary Mason White. The winner of the Be Your Best Self Essay Award was Mary Mason White. * Katelyn Burdett of Niceville is a recipient of a $2,000 college scholarship awarded at Eglin, AFB by The Scholarships for Military Children Program. Eglin AFB is one of over 250 commissaries operated worldwide by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) Katelyn's parents are Jeffery and Stacy Burdett. Katelyn is enrolled, or plans to enroll at University Of Florida. Katelyn's school and community activities include: UF Honors Program, Key Club, UF Dean's List, VA Girls' State, Minitry Team Leader, Lacrosse and Volleyball. * Carolina Ledford of Niceville is a recipient of a $2,000 college scholarship awarded at Eglin, AFB by The Scholarships for Military Children Program. Eglin AFB is one of over 250 commissaries operated worldwide by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) Carolina's parents are Christopher and Christian Ledford. Carolina is enrolled, or plans to enroll, at Northwest Florida State College. Carolina's school and community activities include: OCF Retreat Support Team, Red Cross, Church Childcare, Track and Volleyball. * Alexandria Tolbert of Niceville is a recipient of a $2,000 college scholarship awarded at Eglin, AFB by The Scholarships for Military Children Program. Eglin AFB is one of over 250 commissaries operated worldwide by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) Alexandria's parents are Douglas and Rhonda Tolbert. Alexandria is enrolled, or plans to enroll, at Florida State University. Alexandria 's school and community activities include: FSU Honors Program, FSU Honors Medical, Scholars Society, FSU Equestrian Team, Medical and Dental Clinic Volunteer. Beacon ExpressOUR TOWNWednesday, August 1, 2018 Page A-5 Call today for a FREE Hearing ProfileJAMESW. DAMEHAS, BC-HIS COUPONS4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 211, Bluewater Bay (850) 279-4545HIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICESIMPLY THE BESTAt Gulf Coast Hearing Center, we feel were the best in town because we offer: OUR NAME BRANDS: Oticon, Phonak, Signia MOST UP-TO-DATE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY FRIENDLY, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE FAIR, AFFORDABLE PRICES 30 DAY TRIAL PRIVILEGE Expires: 8/31/18 Expires: 8/31/18 batteries$3 per packLimit 4by Varta NERA 2$2,00000All Models & SizesReg. $2,30000 Law Office ofSAMUEL M. PEEKThe hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. Probate Wills Trusts Estate Planning Powers of Attorney Medical Directives 678-1178222 Government Avenue Niceville, FL 32578 Whos NewsE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com Whos News Katie Lightfoot Katelyn Burdett Carolina Ledford Alexandria Tolbert Northwest Florida State College celebrated the beginning of construction on the Athletics Indoor Practice Facility with a Groundbreaking Ceremony recently. Several local athletes, community members and donors were in attendance as NWF State College President Dr. Devin Stephenson recognized those who helped make this project possible. The state-of-the-art 10,000 square-foot, brick Indoor Practice Facility will contain five all-purpose tunnels with Burbank Sports nets, artificial turf flooring, LED lighting inside, exterior lighting for safety and will be fully climate controlled for year-round practice. Once complete, this facility will help the teams build upon their record of success on the field. Even more importantly, it will provide a consistent routine for NWF studentathletes, which will improve the quality of their academic experience. Photo: Ramsey Ross, Athletic Director; Heidi Blalock; Jeffrey Schembera; Donald Litke; Eileen Arpke; Devin Stephenson, NWF State College President; Gerald Hollingsworth; Lee Lewis.NWFSC breaks ground on indoor practice facility New officers were recently installed in a special ceremony at Cold Creek BBQ in Valparaiso for the Panhandle Toastmasters Club with Area 53 Director, Louis Cumming presiding. The 2018-19 Officers are (L to R) Skip Cole, Secretary; Clara Dunham, VP Membership; Louis Cumming; Wanda Walker, DTM, Treasurer; David Sandlin, DTM, President; Sharon Johnson, DTM, VP Education; and Addison Tibe, VP Public Relations (not pictured).Toastmasters install new members Art Liming and faithful companion, Bella were recently spotted/photographed by sailing friends, Don and Bridgett Brooks enjoying a ride on Boggy Bayou.A day on the Bayou Katrina Puri (left), Board of Directors for Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center, Niceville, receives $1500 from Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso. Presenting the check is Kiwanis president Lynn Gauthier. To the right of her is CAC Development Consultant, Tom Saffel. CAC's mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect, protect children in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, and restore the lives of children. Katrina talked to the Kiwanians about the work CAC does with children at their center.Kiwanis helps CAC The Twin Cities Woman s Club recently donated $500 towards the refurbishment of a resident room at Twin Cities Pavilion. Twin Cities Pavilion is a not for profit Assisted Living Facility in Niceville. The facility is committed to providing affordable supportive living for low and modest income elderly and disabled persons. In addition to this donation, the TCWC Special Projects Committee focuses on helping better the lives of Pavilion residents by annually hosting the Christmas tree decorating party in December, the St. Patrick s Day bingo party and luncheon in March, and by monthly donations of snacks and beverage items, as well as, other in kind donations as needed.TCWC donates to The Pavilion

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Jeff Garnand, 29, Fort Walton Beach, aerospace engineer I think they should focus on bigger things, like plastic water bottles and grocery bags. I see those all the time, in the water and on the side of the road. Anthony W., 43, Bluewater Bay, securityWhat do you think about proposals to outlaw such single-use plastic products as drinking straws?Location: Bluewater Bay Marina I think it s a really good idea for establishments near the water. Janae Matthews, 42, Bluewater Bay, office manager I think it s ridiculous to make laws to regulate what responsible people are doing anyway, such as properly disposing of trash. Jamie Schuster, 43, Bluewater Bay Sureit only makes sense. No one uses a straw more than once, and it lasts 10,000 years. John Collins, 52, Rocky Bayou, cyber security I am an animal lover, but I think it may only be necessary to outlaw plastics at waterfront locations. Amber Maharaj, 32, Bluewater Bay, mail carrier What should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: info@baybeacon.com Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.Page A-6 Wednesday, August 1, 2018 THEBAYBEACON 410 Government Avenue, Ste. E/F, Valparaiso (850) 729-0004 10%OFF $50 or MoreNot to be combined with any other offer. Expires: 8/31/18. tive, and is likely to be reduced before the budget is finally set for the coming fiscal year, which begins on Oct 1. Mayor Brent Smith said that the tentative increase would give the commission breathing room during future budget meetings and hearings, as they try to match future expenses with revenues. Even if the tax rate is set lower, at the current rate, the city still would stand to collect 8 percent more in taxes due to rising property values and new construction, according to preliminary valuation figures from the county appraisers office. Commissioners also discussed other options for balancing the budget, such as cutting the budget itself, or dipping into reserve funds. During a previous, nonvoting budget workshop held July 17, commissioners did not propose a property tax rate hike, and appeared to reach a consensus to keep the property tax rate at its current level. During the July 24 meeting, however, commissioners decided to tentatively raise the rate, and to report that new tentative rate to state authorities, in order to give themselves the option of enacting a higher rate if necessary, while also keeping the option of lowering the rate before setting a final budget. The budget will be further discussed during two public city commission budget meetings, scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1, and 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, and during two public budget hearings scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 6 and 6 p.m. Sept. 20. There will also be a regular city commission meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. During the July 24 meeting, commissioners made cuts to some departmental budgets originally proposed by city department heads. For example, commissioners eliminated requests from the police department for $12,959 for a new voice recorder and radio-phone system, as well as $4,200 for an audio-video surveillance system. The proposed fire department budget was cut by $31,000, eliminating the replacement of 21 fire hydrants, and another $31,000 cut eliminated the purchase of new self-contained breathing apparatus for firefighters. In the city parks department, $25,000 was cut from a proposed aquatic trail, a proposed $300,000 splash park was canceled, and funding for upgrades to pavilions, benches, and playground equipment was cut from $300,000 to $50,000. A proposal for new bathrooms at Florida Park was cut from $30,000 to $5,000, and a proposal for a new boat ramp at Lincoln Park was cut from $100,000 to $85,000. Some additions were also made to the proposed budget, including hiring a new employee for the parks department for about $50,000 per year, and hiring a new assistant fire chief/fire inspector for about $57,000 per year. Also discussed during the meeting was a proposed 3 percent pay hike for city employees. HIKEFrom page A-1 date Florida governor. Gaetz, a first-term congressman, faces an Aug. 28 GOP primary challenge from Cris Dosev, an Escambia County businessman and former Marine aviator. Donald Trump Jr., eldest child of President Donald J. Trump, is a vice president of The Organization, the real estate company founded by his father. The Gaetz campaign said doors for Thursdays rally will open at 5:30 p.m., with the event itself beginning at 7 p.m. RSVPs, which are required for entry, may be registered at the Gaetz campaign website. GAETZFrom page A-1