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Title: The Bay beacon
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Title: The Bay beacon
Alternate Title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: April 14, 2010
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00099641
Volume ID: VID00101
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 30766158
lccn - sn 98001910
issn - 1097-6469

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Wednesday. 9:30 a.m.
Time to green up for
spring. The
Garden Club
will hold its
April meeting at
the Valparaiso Library
Community Room and
auction off club members'
donated plants. Everyone is
Call 678-1461.
Thursday. II a.m.
It's tax day and the
Niceville-Valparaiso Tea
Party will hold the second
annual April 15 Tea Party in
front of the Niceville City
Hall, with speakers, music
and food.
Call 217-9244.
Saturday. II a.m.-4 p.m.


drop by
to see what others have at
the Northwest Florida State
College ROTC Car and
Motorcycle Exhibition in
the outdoor amphitheater.
There will be contests and
plenty of fun for kids and
Call 729-6022.
Sunday. 6 p.m.
Enjoy the
music of Stanton
Lanier, the
founder of
Music to Light
the World, at First
United Methodist Church
of Niceville. Free.

More in Calendar, B-3.
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Sights and sounds of freedom

$5.8 million sewerage upgrade planned

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Niceville, Valparaiso,
Okaloosa County Regional
Sewer Board gave the go-ahead
to begin engineering plans on a
proposed $5.8 million technolo-
gy upgrade.

The project is expected to
raise sewer rates for Niceville
and Valparaiso customers
between $3 and $3.40 per
Construction bids on the tech-
nology upgrade could come as
early as October.

The proposed sewage treat-
ment upgrades will accomplish
at least two major objectives:
-Remove most of the nitro-
gen from treated effluent before
it leaves the sewage-treatment
plant in Niceville on its way to
sprayfields on Eglin property.

For years nitrogen compounds in
the effluent sprayed on hay crops
at the sprayfields north of
Niceville have caused groundwa-
ter to exceed nitrate levels,
resulting in hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars in state-ordered
environmental fines and correc-

tive actions.
-Reduce by nearly 75 per-
cent the utility's need to lease
290 acres of Eglin land for the
sprayfields. In the near future
Eglin plans to charge the
Please see SEWER, page A-8

Marines activate

Eglin F-35 unit

By AI Clarke
The first Marine Corps training
squadron for the nation's newest
fighter jet has begun operations,
although its first aircraft isn't expect-
ed until later this year or early next
The unit, VMFAT-501, "stood
up" in a ceremony April 2 as the
Marine Corps' first F-35 training
squadron at Eglin Air Force Base.
The Marines unit is part of the
Air Force 33rd Fighter Wing, which
will train pilots and maintainers from
the Air Force, Navy and Marines,
and those of allied nations, on the F-
35 Lightning II.

The new squadron, nicknamed
the Warlords, is the first Marines
squadron to be part of an Air Force
The 58th Fighter Squadron,
which will train Air Force personnel
on the F-35, was established in
October, also as part of the 33rd
Fighter Wing. The Navy counterpart
will be formed later. The first F-35
to be based at Eglin, the F-35A, the
conventional takeoff and landing Air
Force variant, is scheduled to arrive
later this year.
Maj. Gen. James E Flock, com-
manding general, 2nd Marine Aircraft
Wing, Marine Corps Air
Please see F-35, page A-9

Valparaiso studies

building its own


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The Valparaiso City
Commission Monday authorized
talks with Florida environmental
officials on the possibility of
building a small municipal
sewage-treatment plant.
Meantime, the commission
also authorized city officials to
begin negotiating for a $1.2 mil-
lion loan to modernize its share
of the Niceville, Valparaiso,

Okaloosa County Regional
Sewer plant in Niceville. Even if
the city builds its own small plant
as proposed, it would still need
the regional one, according to
Mayor Bruce Arnold.
City Attorney Doug Wyckoff
Monday presented the commis-
sion a proposal from Alcoa Inc.
to build a pilot sewage-treatment
and disposal plant in the city.

Please see STUDIES, page A-6

After 21 years at the corner of
John Sims Parkway and Revell
Drive, the Niceville Garden
Center moved about a quarter-
mile west to its new home, next
to Po Folks restaurant. Moving
crews squeezed the main 30- by
50-foot Garden Center building
between trees and jockeyed
their load over a dirt path and up
a hill to its new location
Thursday. The move was
required to widen an entry road
to a new shopping center to be
anchored by a Walmart store.
Tammy Winchenbach, co-
owner of the Garden Center,
said she hopes to open at the
new location in four to six
weeks, but will have limited
sales at the old location in the
Beacon photo by Del Lessard

Walmart buys

Niceville site

for $4 million

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
The land on which a Walmart is expected to be built
in Niceville has been sold to the retailer by the devel-
oper for $4 million, according to records of the
Okaloosa Property Appraiser.
The property, which was sold by Valparaiso Realty
Feb. 1, consists of 17.62 acres, documents filed with
the appraiser show. For tax purposes, the land was
assessed at $81,905 in 2009. Assessments for 2010
have not been released yet.
Walmart has agreed to construct a Supercenter store
Please see WALMART, page A-8

North Bay

mulls new


Eglin land eyed

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
The biggest issue to be resolved in planning for the
North Bay Fire District's next 10 years appears to be
whether to repair the district's aging fire station on White
Point Road, or to build a new one on Range Road at an
estimated cost of between $1.5 million and $3 million.
North Bay fire commissioners met April 6 in a non-
voting workshop to discuss a draft of the fire district's 10-
year plan.
Please see NORTH BAY, page A-7

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Eric and Angel Thorn shielded the ears of their children, Logan, 2, and lan, 8 months, from some of
the louder jet noises at the Eglin air show Saturday. Eric, an Army member stationed at Hurlburt
Field, said the F-22 demonstration was his favorite. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Eglin Air
Force Base, the two-day air show drew over 135,000 visitors, according to a base spokesperson.

'Bye Bye

The drama department at
Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy will present the
musical "Bye Bye Birdie," at
7 p.m., Friday and Saturday,
at Niceville High School. Set
in the 1950s, the play
revolves around romance
and rock 'n roll as recording
star Conrad Birdie is drafted
into the Army, a la Elvis.
Tickets are $5 for students,
$10 for adults, and can be
purchased through RBCS
(678-7784), at Bayou Book in
Niceville, or at the door.
Beacon photo by Del Lessard



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arrested by sheriff's deputies April
4 on a misdemeanor worthless
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Donald Eugene Harper Jr., 35,
of 323 23rd St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies April
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1410 22nd St., Niceville, was
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When three of the GPS units
were activated they showed
Niceville addresses in the memo-
ry. Investigators subsequently
contacted residents at those
addresses and confirmed that they
were missing GPS units. Two of
the victims said they had GPS
units stolen but had not reported it
while the third victim said he
noticed the GPS was missing but
didn't realize it had been stolen
until notified by deputies and had
matched serial numbers of the unit
found in a pawn shop.

Taylor Ray Roberts, a fast food
employee, 19, of 256 Chicago
Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies April 2 on the
misdemeanor charge of violation
of probation on the original
charges of reckless driving and
resisting an officer without vio-

A 17-year-old Niceville boy
was arrested by Niceville police
April 3 for resisting an officer
without violence.

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James Bobby Bain Jr., a handy-
man, 49, of 1310 Als Drive,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies April 1 on the charge of
violation of probation on original
charges of resisting arrest with
violence, fleeing/eluding law
enforcement, DUI, resisting arrest
without violence, and driving
while license suspended or

James Lee Stouder, a sales
associate, 18, of 500 Kelly Mill
Road, Valparaiso, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies March 27 on the
charge of failure to appear on the
original misdemeanor charge of
petit theft.

Laura Beth Sells, a restaurant
hostess, 23, of 1404 Palm Blvd.,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies March 31 on the charge
of violation of probation on the
original misdemeanor charge of
driving while license suspended or

Yvette Tanya Glover, a retail
employee, 23, of 592 Hill Lane,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies April 5 for violation of
probation on the original charges
of possession of cocaine, child
neglect without great harm, pos-
session of drug paraphernalia, and
tampering with evidence.

Tina Marie Chavis, 38, of 304
Reeves St., Niceville, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies April 5 on the
charge of violation of probation on
the original misdemeanor charge
of passing worthless checks, five
Christopher James Coletti,
unemployed, 45, of 4516
Highway 20, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies April
6 on a misdemeanor violation of
probation charge.

Shannah Lee Short, 27, of
1217 Bayshore Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
April 7 on the charge of violation
of probation on the original misde-
meanor charge of driving while
license suspended or revoked.

Patrick Ocain Moriarty Jr., 21,
of 316 Branch Hill Park,
Niceville, was arrested by sheriff's
deputies April 1 on the charge of
violation of probation on the orig-
inal charge of grand theft auto.

Nicholas Brandon Gardner, a
fast food clerk, 24, of 304 Reeves
St., Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies March 26 on the
charge of violation of probation on
the original misdemeanor charges
of driving while license suspended
or revoked and possession of mar-

Christopher Joseph Steve
Helms, 22, of 379 Bayshore
Drive, Valparaiso, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies April 6 on the
charge of violation of probation on
original charge of possession of a
controlled substance without a
DUI arrests
Patrick Joseph Prestarri, 21, of
4122 Beach Drive, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies for
DUI on Highway 98 at the sea
wall, March 28 at 5:40 a.m.

Jason Matthew Crozier, 23, of
395 River Chase Blvd., Crestview,
was arrested by Niceville police
for DUI on Highway 85 at Lewis
Street, April 2 at 4:33 a.m.
Crozier was also cited for speed-
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35 mph zone.

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From page A-2
105 Windlake Court, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's deputies
for DUI on Potomac Street at
Spencer Drive, Fort Walton
Beach, April 5 at 1:36 a.m.
A Valparaiso resident from the
400 block of Government Avenue
reported that someone stole a bot-
tle of prescription medication
from her purse March 29.

A Valparaiso resident from the
first block of Southview Avenue
reported that unknown persons)
stole a $1,200 laptop computer
from an unlocked vehicle at the
residence sometime April 4-5.
Two other unlocked vehicles at
the residence were also entered
and ransacked, but nothing was
reported missing from either of
those vehicles.

A Valparaiso resident from the
100 block of Edge Avenue report-
ed that unknown persons) entered
a pickup truck that was parked in
a detached garage but with the
rear of the vehicle halfway outside
the garage sometime April 4-5.
The victim reported the burglar(s)
ransacked the interior and that he
was unsure if anything was stolen.

An April 7 Bay Beacon
preview story on the
Florida House District 4
special election held yes-
terday should have noted
that Republican candidate
Matt Gaetz did not return
the reporter's request for

A man reported that unknown
persons) stole a GPS unit from
his unlocked vehicle April 1 while
the vehicle was in a parking lot at
1031 E. John Sims Parkway. The
stolen unit was valued at $100.
A Niceville resident reported
that sometime March 28-29
unknown persons) stole his
skateboard after he left it on the
front porch of a friend's home in
the 2000 block of Kildare Circle.
A Niceville resident from the
100 block of 3rd Street reported
April 4 that his vehicle was bur-
glarized and a cooler stolen from
the back of the vehicle.
A Niceville resident reported
that someone stole his prescription
medications from his vehicle
April 1 while it was parked on
Springwood Way.

Sr re Department IRports
L Niceville
Th /ille Fire De rtm nt responded to the following calls April 5 through
o tructu Fire 21 Emergency M ical Call
1 Vehicle _iI Vehicle Crash "
0 Othi m i cle Crash (th Extricatio r _
0 Illegal Burn 3 Other Emergerf Call
0 False Alarms 0 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
Azalea Drive...................M....Medical ..........................4....4/05/10 ...............07:47
SR285 @ MM #12.................Cancelled en route................4/05/10...............10:52
Everglade Drive .............M....Medical ..........................4....4/05/10 ...............11:17
Cadillac Avenue .................. Medical ............................... 4/05/10 ...............16:48
Bayshore Drive ................... Medical ..........................4....4/06/10 ...............08:48
Kelly Road ........................... M medical ..........................4....4/06/10 ...............10:19
Dolphin Point Road................Alarm activation.................. 4/06/10 ...............10:53
Reeves Street ................M....Medical ..........................4....4/06/10 ...............16:18
Keller Court ......................... M medical ............................... 4/06/10 ...............18:55
Helm s Street ....................... M medical ............................... 4/07/10 ...............08:42
Seminole Circle..............M....Medical ............................... 4/07/10 ...............09:45
28th Street......................M....M medical ............................... 4/07/10 ...............13:19
Cedar Avenue ..................... M medical ............................... 4/07/10 ...............16:50
Perdido Circle.................M....Medical ............................... 4/08/10 ...............06:19
27th/Bayshore Dr................ Cancelled en route................4/08/10...............12:00
Partin Dr./Palm Blvd. .............Vehicle Crash..................... 4/08/10...............17:02
Bayshore Drive ................... Medical ............................... 4/08/10 ...............23:19
W John Sims Pkwy .............. Medical ............................... 4/09/10............... 08:27
Finck Road .......................... M medical ............................... 4/09/10 ...............13:15
W John Sims Pkwy ..............Medical ............................... 4/09/10...............13:37
Deer Street.......................... M medical ............................... 4/10/10 ...............07:12
W John Sims Pkwy ..............M medical ............................... 4/10/10 ...............07:51
S R85N ................................. Extrication ........................... 4/10/10 ...............12:35
Linden Avenue .................... Vehicle Crash ..................... 4/10/10 ...............19:01
Harding Road...................... M medical ............................... 4/11/10 ...............10:51
Government/SR20.................Vehicle Fire......................... 4/11/10 ...............16:00
Park Avenue........................ M medical ............................... 4/11/10 ...............16:59
Sem inole Circle................... M medical ............................... 4/11/10 ...............23:04
Weekly Safety Tip: Run cool water over a burn for 10 to 15 minutes; never apply
ice. It is dangerous to put butter or any other grease on a burn, because it seals
in the heat and can damage the tissue further. If the burned skin blisters or is
charred, see a doctor immediately Web Page:
North Bay
The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls April 4 through
April 12,2010.
Location SituationDate Time
Bobcat Cove.......................M....Medical assist EMS ...............4/04/10...........08:15
Pinehurst Cove...................M....Medical assist EMS ...............4/04/10...........17:40
Armadillo Trail.......................... Assist invalid...................4....4/05/10...........08:46
N. W hite Point Road ..........M....Medical assist EMS ...............4/05/10...........15:43
Range Road & E. Hwy 20......... Vehicle Accident................. 4/05/10........... 16:52
Lido Circle................................ Smoke detector activation.....4/06/10...........03:49
White Point Rd & Brookh...........EMS excluding vehicle ..........4/06/10...........08:44
Parkwood Place...................... EMS excluding vehicle .......... 4/06/10........... 09:39
W indlake Drive ........................ EMS excluding vehicle ..........4/06/10...........18:13
W hite Point Road .................... EMS excluding vehicle .......... 4/07/10..........01:12
White Point Road/30...............EMS excluding vehicle ..........4/07/10...........11:26
Cat Mar Road.......................... EMS excluding vehicle ..........4/07/10...........12:15
Lancaster Drive & Shadow........No incident found................4/08/10...........05:48
W hite Point Road.................... EMS excluding vehicle ..........4/08/10...........12:45
Canterbury Circle ...............A....Alarm activation..............4....4/08/10...........16:19
Midland Court.....................N....No incident found................ 4/09/10...........14:12
Midland Court.......................... Unauthorized burning ............4/09/10...........14:48
Caribbean Way & Saint Cro ......Unauthorized burning ............4/09/10...........17:33
Cat Mar Road.......................... EMS excluding vehicle ..........4/1010/...........11:49
Partin Drive.........................C....Cover assignment, standby...4/10/10...........12:42
Brookhaven Way................M....Medical assist EMS ...............4/1010/...........18:06
Oakwood Circle..................M....Medical assist EMS ...............4/11/10 ...........11:12
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

From page A-1
Wyckoff told commissioners
he'd been authorized by city offi-
cials to look at alternatives to a
costly planned upgrade of the
regional sewer plant which, as a
member, Valparaiso must pay its
The attorney said he contact-
ed environmental specialists
who led him to Alcoa, a compa-
ny he said has established a new,
proprietary tKelliii l.:-. sewage
treatment facility at one of its
own facilities in Pennsylvania.
Alcoa officials came to
Florida to meet with Wyckoff
and offered to build a cost-free

pilot plant for Valparaiso that
would handle about 50,000 gal-
lons of sewage per day, one-
sixth of what Valparaiso sends to
the regional sewer plant in
Niceville. The proposed treat-
ment plant would be chemical-
free and would use little land, he
said. Wyckoff said the cost-free
pilot project was offered as a
way for Alcoa to showcase its
new sewage t~cliii l*.,. for
other markets.
Wyckoff said that if the city is
satisfied with the pilot plant,
Alcoa could easily expand it. It
was unclear whether the cost-
free offer would extend beyond
the initial 50,000 gallons a day,

Wyckoff, who said he had
briefed individual commission-
ers before Monday's public
meeting, asked the commission
for permission to negotiate with
the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection and
Alcoa to establish the pilot
sewer plant in Valparaiso. He
also asked the city to pay about
$2,500 to analyze city sewage, a
request made by Alcoa in order
to customize the pilot sewer
treatment plant for Valparaiso.
Reactions were mixed.
Commissioner Diane Kelley
said she'd researched Alcoa's
project in Pennsylvania and
wanted to know why the compa-
ny needed permits for introduc-
ing additional pathogens in its
effluent. She also asked whether
Valparaiso's engineer had
looked at the proposal. Wyckoff
said no, that city engineer Roy
Petrey's company,
Polyengineering, is also the
engineer for the regional sewer,
and that Alcoa used a proprietary
treatment method that it did not
want to disclose.
Mayor Arnold was concerned
that Alcoa would dump its treat-
ed effluent into a stream, some-
thing he doubted the DEP would
allow Valparaiso to do. Wyckoff
said the Alcoa plant would pro-
duce reuse water safe enough to
be used for irrigation, or be
dumped into a stream.
"We need more information
before we can make a decision,"

Beacon photo by Del Lessard
The Valparaiso City Commission Monday authorized talks to explore the possibility of building a
small city sewage-treatment plant.

said Commissioner Tom Miller.
"Being autonomous from the
county (one of the three owners
of the regional sewer system) is
very attractive to me," said
Commissioner Neal Shermer.
He reminded the audience that
Valparaiso once had its own
sewer treatment facility, before
the NVOC Regional Sewer
Board was established in early
Commissioner Heyward
Strong, whose son Patrick is the
current president of the Regional
Sewer Board, said he had reser-
vations about the proposal and
wanted to first get a written eval-
uation from DEP about the
potential benefits of Alcoa's pro-

posal. Strong was also con-
cerned about paying the city
attorney for his time to negotiate
with DEP and Alcoa
"I don't understand why
Doug (Wyckoff) wants to be
involved," Strong said. Wyckoff
estimated his time at about 15
hours, at a cost of $150 per hour.
Valparaiso resident Larry
McCain urged caution and
voiced his concerns as a taxpay-
er and a former Georgia devel-
opment official. Since the pro-
posed technology is all propri-
etary and there are no other users
except a small treatment plant at
Alcoa's own facility, McCain
suggested that the city ask envi-
ronmental experts to analyze the

College president pact

The Board of Trustees of
Northwest Florida State
College has approved a three-
year contract with Ty Handy to
serve as the college's new pres-
ident starting June 21.
Handy was selected by the
Board to lead the college fol-
lowing a six-month national
search which attracted 76 can-
didates from 30 states. Handy
is a Florida native and is presi-
dent of Vermont Technical
College trustees on April 6
approved a contract for Handy
which calls for a base salary of
$196,000 annually, use of a col-
lege-owned car and cell phone,
and an annual contribution to

an annuity plan. The board also
approved a one-time relocation
benefit of $20,000.
Also at the board meeting,
voted to
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term of the
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from May
31 to June
30 so there Ty Handy

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overlap Handy earned his doctorate
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future," said trustees Chairman
Wesley Wilkerson.

proposal, rather than hire a
lawyer to lead the city's effort.
After estimating that it would
cost only about $5,000 to do the
requested sampling and allow
the city attorney to negotiate
with DEP and Alcoa, commis-
sioners voted unanimously to
proceed with the investigating
the proposed city treatment
After the commission
adjourned, Arnold said that
Valparaiso was still committed
to funding the proposed modern-
ization of the regional sewer
plant. The proposed Alcoa pilot
program would be a small
investment in possibly meeting
the city's future needs, he said.

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Niceville. I learned this after
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My question is, why are the
local gas stations' prices much
higher than the same gas stations
in Fort Walton? Please do not tell
me it is because of transportation
cost. There is not one gas station
more than five miles from the
refinery where the gas comes
from in the first place.
Is it because the stations think
they can charge us more because
we are basically landlocked? Who
is going to travel to Fort Walton or
Shalimar for gas if you do not
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From page A-1
The plan, drafted by Fire Chief
Joseph Miller for consideration by
the elected board of fire commis-
sioners, is a forecast of develop-
ment and economic changes
expected in the North Bay Fire
district during the next decade. It
also includes recommendations
for how to expand and improve
fire protection and emergency
medical services to the district
during that time, as well as recom-
mendations for how to pay for
such improvements.
The first part of the draft 10-
year plan describes how the fire
district has grown in population
and property development.
"The fire district has grown in
value since its formation in 1979,
when its assessed property value
was $6,248,348 to its current
assessed property value of
$925,702,298 as of Oct. 1, 2009,"
wrote Miller. Property tax millage
rates, Miller wrote, have fluctuat-
ed from a low of less than a half
mill to more than two mills in
2009, but have usually averaged
between one and a half and two
mills. A mill of property tax means
a property owner pays a dollar in
property tax for every thousand
dollars of taxable value of their
property after homestead exemp-
tions and other deductions.
Miller also discussed expected
growth in the district, telling com-
missioners that, "The U.S. Navy
EOD School on Range Road has
become the only DOD school for
this purpose and currently is being
expanded to fulfill the require-
ments of its new additional role of
training for terrorism responses.
The EOD school's operations
have tripled in size and this has
had a significant impact both pos-
itive and negative upon the (North
Bay Fire District). It has brought
additional instructor personnel
into the area that are becoming
residents of the fire district and
supporting its economic growth in
the construction industry as well
as the local merchants."
Miller added: "The negative
has been an increased activity at
the EOD school, generating
increased alarm responses to the
complex where we provide first
alarm response for Eglin Air Force
Base Fire Department as per our
mutual aid agreement with the
Department of Defense. The pos-
sibility of expansion of the Navy
EOD school and the addition of
several planned sites in that area
including proposed military fami-
ly housing on White Point Road
and Highway 20 may increase our
response to those areas in the
"As a result," Miller wrote,
"the fire district has sent a letter to
Eglin AFB requesting property on
Range Road for a new fire station.
This location would place the new
station in the middle of the fire dis-
trict cutting response times to

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
The North Bay Fire Commission is exploring whether to over-
haul or replace its 25-year-old firehouse on White Point Road.

some of the areas of the district
and making access to all areas of
the district equal."
Miller told fire commissioners
that he has not yet received any
reply from the Air Force, but that
he is hopeful that the Air Force
will want to help North Bay pro-
vide fire protection to the EOD
school and to any military housing
or other facilities built within the
North Bay Fire District, rather
than pay for building and staffing
a military fire station in the area.
Assuming the Air Force
donates the land, the cost of build-
ing a new firehouse would be
between $1.5 million and $3 mil-
lion, Miller said Tuesday.
Miler summarized his growth
forecast by writing, "Combining
the current property values of
$925,702,298 with the projected
growth of $150,000,000 in com-
mercial and $39,922,397 in resi-
dential property values, the
assessed property value should
stabilize at a net worth of approxi-
mately $1,115,624,695 in 2019
dollars. However, this figure is
assuming that the economic situa-
tion in the state improves in both
property value and new commer-



cial construction."
Miller forecast that personnel
costs of the North Bay Fire
District will rise from about $1.5
million this year to a little more
than $2 million by 2019.
Operating costs, he forecast, will
rise from about $356,000 to
$734,000 by 2019.
Miller also forecast a need to
buy new fire trucks in about 2012
and again in about 2015, as exist-
ing trucks wear out. The cost of
such trucks, he estimated, will
approach a half million dollars
apiece. Miller suggested that the
fire commission budget between
$100,000 and $150,000 per year
for an equipment purchase fund to
help pay for such vehicles.
Miller also recommended
budgeting another $50,000 per
year for a building fund, to either
repair and/or renovate the existing
fire station, build a new fire station
at the current location, or build a
new station at a new site, if the Air
Force provides such a site as
requested. He said the current fire
station, completed in 1985, is
deteriorating. The floor and drive-
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vehicles, Miller said, and as a
result, large cracks have appeared
in the pavement. In addition, water
may be eroding the soil beneath
the fire station, worsening the
deterioration process.
Eventually, Miller said, the
building's foundation, and perhaps
the fire station itself, will have to
be completely renovated or
replaced altogether. He estimated
it would cost $276,000 to repair
and upgrade the station, as fol-
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value" to lease the land, a sum
estimated at nearly $400,000
annually for the current acreage.
At 80 acres, the Eglin land lease
cost would be reduced to an esti-
mated $107,000 a year. The board
currently gets to use the land for
Sewer engineer Glenn
Stephens, plant manager Rick
Helms and board president Patrick
Strong recommended the technol-
i(-. i, 'i-.ii.i>k, after visiting several
sewage treatment facilities in
Florida and the Southeast last
month. Their recommendation
was to use a treatment technology
developed by Siemens. It would
require a half-dozen aeration tanks

Cindy Voigtlander, 73,
YMCA customer service

sentatives have said the retail
giant expects to complete con-
struction in time to open for
Christmas 2010.
Meantime, the Niceville
Garden Center was moved
about one block to the west
April 8 to make room for the
proposed entrance to the
Walmart store, which is expect-
ed to attract other retail outlets

at the treatment plant to be modi-
fied and millions of special "carri-
ers"-biofilm-coated, plastic
cylinders about a quarter-inch
long-added to the tanks.
The tiny plastic carriers,
designed to increase treatment sur-
face area, are treated with a film
that attracts and grows bacteria
that aid in the removal of nitrates
from sewage in the tanks to a
"guaranteed" level of 3 mg per
liter or less, Stephens said.
The utility has been cited and
fined several times by the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection for exceeding permit-
ted levels of 10 mg of nitrates in
ground water at the sprayfields.
Strong said FDEP said that nitro-
gen in the groundwater impacts
nearby streams where endangered
Okaloosa darter fish live.

"I think about all the
money I'm going to be
getting back."

Aaron Clark, 21,
pizza delivery driver

to the adjacent lots.
The Walmart project was
proposed in 2002 on the 40-acre
site, but ran into regulatory hur-
dles, and, more recently, uncer-
tainty from a slowing economy.
The planned Walmart is
expected to have a unique
appearance, described by a
source as "more upscale, less of
a battleship look." The source

To supplement removal of
more pollutants from effluent,
Stephens recommended installa-
tion of Rapid Infiltration Basins
(RIBS) to replace existing spray-
fields. RIBS is a technology that
disperses treated effluent by flood-
ing several ponds or basins, allow-
ing the wastewater to percolate
more quickly into soil. The sewer
board would be able to build RIBS
on about 80 acres of Eglin land.
The regional sewage-treatment
utility already treats wastewater so
thoroughly that much of it is piped
to irrigation systems for golf
courses, a cemetery, a school and a
subdivision. But often effluent
flow exceeds irrigation demand,
particularly in winter. Hence the
need for the sprayfields to handle
the overflow.
The cost to modify the plant

"The first thing I think
about is resentment I
hate doing this. I don't
like our politicians
taking our money and
voting themselves
Janice McDonald, 60,

said the Walmart hierarchy
decided to come into areas they
consider nicer communities and
have a new standard prototype
reflecting a more stylish aspect.
The Niceville store will be
among the first in the United
States to reflect that style.
The average Supercenter
footprint is roughly 185,000
square feet. The Niceville store

and build RIBS is estimated at
$5,800,000. Each of the three
partners in the sewer board-the
cities of Niceville and Valparaiso,
and Okaloosa County-would
pay a share of that cost based on
their percent of ownership in the
regional utility.
Niceville, which owns more
than 43 percent, would pay an esti-
mated $2,530,540. The county
would pay $2,109,460 for its share
of 36.37 percent. Valparaiso
would owe $1,160,000 for its 20
percent share. Each entity is
responsible for coming up with the
money, either through loans or
other sources, such as reserves.
Whatever the immediate source of
the funds, water and sewer cus-
tomers will ultimately pay for the
Each entity would also pay a

"I think about the "I worry about whether I
money I'll be getting did it right, or if there
back." will be a problem, or if I
might face an audit."

Adrian Patoka, 24,
Eglin Air Force Base,
U.S. Army

is expected to be slightly small-
er than that, because it will not
have an auto and tire center. It
also will not have a liquor store
such as that in the Destin store.
Last June, the Bentonville,
Ark.-based discount department
store and grocery chain submit-
ted more than 100 pages of
building plans to Niceville
Building Inspector Don

beacon photo by Uel Lessard
Plastic biofilm "carriers" which
the regional sewer board hopes
will make its wastewater treat-
ment plant more efficient.
proportionate share of the lease
costs for any Eglin land. For the
80 acres needed for RIBS,
Niceville would pay an estimated
$44,500 a year, Okaloosa County
about $37,000, and Valparaiso

Lana Jennings, 24,
Ocala, fruit stand

Baccadutre for review by city
electricians and fire inspectors,
who reported no problems.
The store has already been
approved by the city council
and the planning commission.
At the time, construction was
expected to have begun last fall,
but that-and several subse-
quent-target dates fell

about $20,400.
While the sewer board author-
ized the start of engineering plans
for the modernization, it will have
to give another go-ahead to bid the
project later this year, after each
entity has authorized funding,
expected by October.
The sewer board also agreed to
request a temporary increase in
allowable nitrate levels in the
groundwater at the sprayfields.
The utility will lose 50 acres of
sprayfield land in November due
to construction of a 10.9-mile
bridge connector road being built
by the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority.
The bridge authority recently paid
the sewer board $640,000 as com-
pensation for the impending loss
of use, although it appears that the
sewer board soon won't be using
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vertically. Pictured is a test version of the aircraft. The first train-
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From page A-1
Station, Cherry Point, N.C., said
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Lt. Col. James B. Wellons,
commanding officer, of the new
training squadron, thanked the
33rd Fighter Wing for setting up
the unit for success.
"Never before has a Marine
training squadron been assigned
on an Air Force installation,"
Wellons said.

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Photo by Al Clark
Marines stand at attention during the standup of the Marine
Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 at Eglin Air Force Base
Friday, April 2. Behind them is an EA6B Prowler aircraft.

From page A-10

her time as a county commis-
sioner, and from her experiences
as a military wife and mother in
Okaloosa county. "I'm passion-
ate about this area, and about
public service," she said, citing
her work with county govern-
ment, the military, and the coun-
ty airport system. "I will listen,
and stay involved," she said, "for
the sake of our children and
Parisot said he will bring
"desire, passion, and full time
effort" to the job. He said he has
been a long-time "citizen advo-
cate," attending county commis-
sion meetings, budget work-
shops, and other local govern-
ment activities. He said his goals
as a commissioner will be to
"reduce taxes, maintain fiscal
responsibility, and listen to the
concerns of citizens."
Bennett said his experience in

the Army and as a private-sector
defense contractor and builder
will help him "bring the county
to the next level."
"I'm not a politician,"
Bennett said, and that once in
office, he will find out how to
improve county government.
"There's always something we
can do to save money and do
things better."
Amunds said he will concen-
trate efforts on fiscal matters, to
help county residents get the
"best bang for your buck" when
using tax dollars. He said his
previous experience as a com-
missioner and deputy sheriff also
help him do his job as a commis-
sioner. He said he intends to "put
public safety first" when setting
budget priorities, and will be
"available to take every call"
from constituents.
During the question and
answer session, Bennett was
asked what he would do to repair
the county's "reputation for cor-
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Amunds drew a question
about why he is running for
office. "I want to make a differ-
ence," he replied, and said he
will work on "networking" with
other officials at the county and
city level to work together on
joint infrastructure projects.

Parisot was asked what he
would do to help the county pre-
pare for the arrival of the 7th
Special Forces Group. "Much is
already being done," he said,
such as visits by county and
Okaloosa school District offi-
cials to Fort Bragg, and visits by
7th SFG officials to Okaloosa
Tucker drew a question about
what her top priorities will be as

a commissioner. "Transportaion,
transportation, and transporta-
tion," she replied, saying that the
county needs more and better
roads to enable people to get to
and from jobs, schools, and other
activities. She also said finding
new sources of fresh water is a
necessity if the county is to con-
tinue its economic and popula-
tion growth.
Dick Reinlie, of Mary Esther,

is listed by the Okaloosa County
Supervisor of Elections Office as
a Republican candidate for the
District 4 county commission
seat, but he did not attend the
Republican Women of Okaloosa
Federated luncheon forum.
No Democratic, third-party,
or other candidates are listed by
the Supervisor of Elections
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By Mike Griffith
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Candidates for the Okaloosa
County Commission fielded
questions last Wednesday, dur-
ing a luncheon and candidate
forum held by the Republican
Women of Okaloosa Federated.
The event took place in the con-
ference center of the Holiday
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Jarrod Tredway (NHS
Class of 2008) was recently
accepted into the graphic
design program through the
College of Fine Arts at the
University of Florida. Jarrod
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The United States
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Bradley L. Alvadj
1961 -2010
Bradley Lawrence Alvadj,
49, of Navarre, passed away
on April 8, 2010. He was born
March 12, 1961, in Detroit,
He is survived by his wife
Susie, his son Kevin, of Fort
Hood, TX, and daughter Jules,
of Peachtree City, GA; parents
Gordon and Mary Lou Alvadj
of Niceville; sister Kim
Rodriguez (Joel) of Niceville,
nieces Kally Peace and Katie
Alvadj; Kathy Jaragoski (Paul)
of Suwanee, GA, niece Jena
and nephew Jake; and sister
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Canton, MA, nephews
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TX, nephews Jason and
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Parker (Yvette) of Yokosuka,
Japan, nieces Jillian and
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family members Tim and Janie

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Stapleton, and their daughters
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Madison; and loving family
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Texas and Ranger. Brad leaves
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including classmates from
Heidelberg, Germany, brothers
of the Knights of Columbus
Council 13527, co-workers at
Troy ecampus, and alumni
from The Citadel.
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and was a member of the
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tary career, Brad served in the
24th Infantry Division in
Operation Desert Storm. Brad
was employed by Troy
University campus as an
Academic Advisor.
Funeral services will be
held Wednesday, April 14,
2010, at Christ our Redeemer
Catholic Church in Niceville.
The family will receive visi-
tors beginning at 10 a.m., fol-
lowed by a Rosary at 11 a.m.
The funeral mass will begin at
11:30 a.m., with a reception at
Christ our Redeemer Social
Hall immediately following.
Honorary pallbearers include
son Kevin, brothers-in-law
Paul Chamberlain, Paul
Jaragoski and Joel Rodriguez,
good friend Mike Wesneski,
and members of the Knights
of Columbus Council 13527.
Many special thanks to the
staff in the CCU at Pensacola
Baptist Hospital, and the
friends and co-workers who
have supported the family.
In lieu of flowers, charita-
ble donations can be made to
Troy Foundation, ATTN: Brad
Alvadj Scholarship, Troy
University, Troy, Alabama
36082; or St Vincent dePaul
Knights of Columbus
Council 13527, Christ our
Redeemer Church, 1028
White Point Road, Niceville,
FL 32578; or via website for
Delta Society Pet Partners
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From page B-1
ticipants also met the Speaker
of the House Larry Cretul,
Commissioner of Agriculture
Charles Bronson, Secretary of
the Department of Business
and Professional Regulation
Charlie Liem, Secretary of the
Department of Children and
Families George Sheldon,
Secretary of State Kurt
Browning and the governor's
Chief of Staff, Shane Strum.
They also visited the Supreme
Court, where they interacted
with Santa Rosa County
Circuit Court Judge Thomas
Santurri and Supreme Court
Justice Jorge Labarga. The
groups) also attended com-
mittee meetings, watched the
Florida Senate debate, toured
the supreme court, the gover-
nor's mansion and the Old
During the trip, each class
advocated for or described an
issue of importance to their
specific area such as the mili-
tary presence in Okaloosa and

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at Northwest Florida Regional
Airport, K-12 funding for
Santa Rosa County, Hwy 331
in Walton County and voting
rights for local government
structures in Pensacola.
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being a vital part of Okaloosa
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Destin Area Chamber of
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April 16-Sacred Heart Medical
Group at Destin, 36500 Emerald
Coast Parkway,
7:30 a.m.-3:30
April 18-
Live Oak Baptist
Church, 4565
Live Oak Church Road, Crestview, 8
a.m.-1 p.m.
April 19-Hurlburt, 505th, 8 a.m.-
1 p.m. and Hurlburt, CMS, noon-4

Garden club auction
The Valparaiso Garden Club will
hold its April meeting 9:30 a.m. today,
April 14, in the Valparaiso Library
Community Room. Refreshments
will be served at 9 a.m.
A benefit auction of club mem-
bers' donated plants is planned.
Proceeds are donated to Habitat for
Humanity's landscape projects. Open
to the public. Info: Kay Parsons, 678-
Ride the beach in Navarre
The Adventure Club will take a
bike ride on Navarre Beach 10 a.m.
Wednesday, April 14. Meet at the
parking area near Sailors Grill
Restaurant. Bring a picnic lunch for
after the ride. Info: Clarice, 5814591.
Valparaiso book sale
Friends of the Valparaiso
Community Library are now having a
spring cleaning sale. Hardback books,
books on cassette tape and VHS for-
mat films are $1 each or seven for $5.
Paperback books are 25 cents. The
library is also taking book donations
so now is a good time to bring your
unwanted reading material to the
library (please call before making a
delivery). The sale runs through May.
Info: 729-5406.
Artists to display works
Area artists from the Local Color
Artists Club will feature their latest
works of art at the Artful Things
r Gallery, 1087 B.
John Sims
Niceville, during
the month of April
through May 6.
Artists displayed are: Amy Jo
Rosati, Bill Stephenson, Gini
Simpson, Helen Blair, Lou
Kaunzinger, Lynette Miesen, Marie
Jackson and Patricia Mauldin. Gallery
hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tea Party rally
On "Tax Day" 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thursday, April 15, the Niceville-

Valparaiso Tea Party will host the 2nd
annual April 15 Tea Party Tax Rally in
front of the Niceville City Hall, 208 N.
Partin Drive. The rally will feature
speakers, music and the "Patriot Dog"
selling hot dogs and other food items.
Tea Party hats will also be on sale.
Info: 217-9244.
Scholarships available
The Sons of Italy Lodge is making
academic scholarships available.
Application deadline is April 15.
Qualified students do not have to be of
Italian descent. Applicants must
attend high school in Okaloosa
County, plan to attend a U.S. accredit-
ed college or university in the fall and
demonstrate academic and communi-
ty achievement. For an application
packet, contact the school guidance
counselor or e-mail Scholarship
Chairwoman Michelle Severino:
Bike riding and bocce ball
Go biking and play bocce ball with
the Adventure Club 3 p.m. Thursday,
April 15, in Fort Walton Beach. Meet
at the Fort Walton
Landing on
Brooks Street to
ride bicycles in
the older section of town and play
some bocce after the ride or after sup-
per at a nearby restaurant. Info: Bruce
Blackwelder, 301-9452.
Spring Fest at Destin
The Spring Inspire Fest 2010 is 11
a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 17, Destin
Commons. The family fun day fea-
tures hands-on activities, demonstra-
tions, entertainment, bounce houses,
rock walls, bungee jumps and more.
The festival was created to inspire
families to be active, ., I. 11i creative
and adventurous.
NWFSC Tech Forum
Northwest Florida State College
(NWFSC) will host the first Career
and Technical Education Information
Technology (IT) Forum Friday, April
16, 5 p.m., in the Robert E. Greene Jr.
Science building on the Niceville
campus in the main lecture hall, build-
ing "S", room 110. The event is free of
charge and is sponsored by NWFSC's
Office of Workforce Education,
Career Resource Center, and Business
Walton County School District
Career Development Center and
Florida A& M's S.T.A.R.S. Alliance
will discuss/demonstrate their current
IT and IS programs of study. Area IT
professionals will participate in a
panel discussion to highlight their
career paths and provide feedback to
the audience. Info: 729-5202 or
Free car, motorcycle show
The Northwest Florida State
College's ROTC program plans the
ROTC Car & Motorcycle Exhibition
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in
the college's outdoor amphitheater
(behind the Mattie Kelly Art Center)
on the Niceville campus. The free
day-long, family friendly event fea-
tures a cash prize for Best Car, Best
Motorcycle, Best of Show and
People's Choice. Vehicle registration
begins at 8 a.m. for $15 for two-space
area and $25 for prime space.

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Also at the event is an inflatable
playland with a giant slide, obstacle
course and other bouncy amusements
for children. All day play pass is $7 or
two for $10.
Proceeds benefit the NWFSC
Scholarship Foundation. Registration
and information: Dave Avallone,
FUMC slates comedy
The First Players will present a
comedy, "The Hitchin' Post," as a
desert theater at Niceville United
Methodist Church April 15, 16, and
17, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 18,
2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Deserts will be served at intermission.
Child care for children age 7 and
under will be provided at the Saturday,
April 17, performance only.
Ticket price is $7.50. Open seating
is limited. Tickets are available at
Information Desks Sundays, 9:15
a.m.-noon, Wednesdays in the
Community Life Center, 5-6:30 p.m.
and in the Church Office, Monday-
Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Call 678-4411 for Info or visit
Let's read a book
The Valparaiso Library has a
SMonday and
Tuesday morning
story time each
week for toddler
and pre-school
children. Both
programs meet at 9:45 a.m. and offer

hands-on activities, games and toys,
puppets, music and other materials to
spark the imagination. All stories are
age appropriate and are interactive.
Info: 729-5406.
'Bye Bye Birdie' on stage
Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy's Drama department will
present the musical "Bye Bye Birdie"
April 16 and 17, 7 p.m. at Niceville
High School. Tickets are $5 for stu-
dents and $10 for adults and can be
purchased through RBCS (678-7784),
at Bayou Books in Niceville, or at the
Celebrate the Earth
Fort Walton Beach sponsors the
sixth annual free Earth Day/Arbor
Day celebration at the Fort Walton
Landing, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, April
16, featuring hands-on educational
activities for children of all ages. Info:
Cam Johnson, 833-9505.

Spouses sponsor golf
Hurlburt Spouses Club is sponsor-
ing a Golf Scramble Friday, April 16,
at Gator Lake Golf Course. Check-in
time is 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8
a.m. Cost is $40 .
for non golf club
members and $35
for members and
spouses club
(includes greens fees and golf carts).
Teams will be made of four players
each. Registration and questions:

Barbara, 226-4632. Proceeds benefit
charitable activities.
Walk 4 Autism
The Emerald Coast Autism
Society will hold its fifth annual Walk
4 Autism Awareness 9 a.m.-noon
Saturday, April 17, at Destin Middle
April is Autism Awareness Month
and the purpose of the walk is to raise
awareness of the fastest-growing
developmental disability in the United
States today and to raise funds to
assist schools and other local agencies
that serve children with autism and
their families. Info: Myra Fowler, 426-
1910 or Kristen Bowen, 797-1225.
Beach cleanup
The annual Earth Day Beach
Cleanup is 8-11 a.m. Saturday, April
17. All ages are welcome to volunteer
-Beasley Park (Highway 98 east
of Brooks Bridge, Okaloosa Island)
-Beach Park east of Surfdweller
(Santa Rosa Blvd., Okaloosa Island)
-Henderson Beach State Park
(Highway 98 east of Destin))
-Niceville High School
Breezeway (John Sims Parkway,
Volunteers receive free T-shirts,
bottled water and a snack. Organizers
suggest wearing sunscreen. Info:
651-7131 or emeraldcoast@
Free outdoor movie
Uptown Station on Eglin Parkway,
Fort Walton Beach will hold a free
Family Movie Night, 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday, April 17. Showing is
"Where the Wild Things Are," a 2009
American fantasy film directed by
Spike Jonze and
adapted from
~ Maurice Sendak's
1963 children's
book of the same
name. Bring your
blankets, lawn chairs and coolers but
no pets or glass containers please.
Free concert at FUMC
Marietta, Ga.-based pianist-com-
poser Stanton Lanier will perform
Sunday, 6 p.m. April 18, at Niceville
United Methodist Church. Lanier is
the founder of Music to Light the
World, a non-profit ministry dedicated

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Jazz dinner tix on sale
Tickets for the seventh annual
NHS Jazz Dinner Saturday, May 1, 6
- 9 p.m in the Community Life Center
at Niceville United Methodist Church,
are available through April 22. The
dinner is being catered by chef
Cameron Rodgers and includes
grilled chicken
breast as the main
entree. A silent
auction will
include a wide
variety of items. The NHS Jazz Bands
will be joined by returning guest artist,
saxophonist Jerry Ball, a well-known
professional musician on the
Mississippi Gulf Coast. Tickets are on
salte for $30 each Tuesdays or
Thursday at the NHS band room,
noon-2 p.m. Contact any band student
to order tickets, or call 897-4379.
Entire tables of 8 may be reserved for
Send email inquires to ques-
Scrabble Anyone?
If you enjoy playing Scrabble,
don't miss the Niceville Public
Library's Scrabble table for adults
April 21, beginning at 9:30 a.m. To
reserve a spot: 729-4090.
Plew Evening of Art
Plew Elementary School will hold
its annual Evening of the Arts, the
school's largest fundraiser, 5-8 p.m.
Thursday, April 22. Students create
artwork, as do local artists, to sell and
auction at the event. The evening
includes gallery viewing, auctions, a
craft/gift shop and refreshments.
Men and ladies together
Fort Walton Beach Aglow and the
Full Gospel Business Men's
Fellowship International (FGBMFI)
will come together for the first time
for a special dinner Thursday, April
22, 6:30 p.m. at the Emerald Grande,
Destin. Tickets are $25 per person.
Guest Speaker is H. Mark Taylor,
President of FGBMFI Destin Chapter.
Info: Barbara Williams, 678-1335,, or H. Mark
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In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, Eglin Air Force Base announces
the availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for
RCS 07-812, "MILCON Fitness Training Center and Training Area" for public review and

The Proposed Action would consolidate four existing health training facilities including
Building 810, the current fitness center; Bldg. 843, the Health and Wellness Center (HAWC);
and Bldgs. 719 and 720, the Men's and Women's Field Houses. The new facility would also
provide adequate room for an outdoor Fitness Training Area. Consolidation of the facilities
would combine management and staffing to allow for more economical management and
extended hours of operation of the fitness training facility.

Your comments on this Draft EA are requested. Letters and other written or oral comments pro-
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Final EA and made available to the public. Any personal information provided, including pri-
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Final EA.

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on the web at from April 14 until April 29,
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general public and librarians who can provide assistance linking to the document. Hard copies
of the document may be available for a limited time by contacting: Mike Spaits, 96th Air Base
Wing Environmental Public Affairs, 501 De Leon St., Ste. 101, Eglin AFB, Fla., 32542-5133
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readers. Benefits
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010


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Air Force Airman 1st Class
Donald B. Gresham graduated
from basic military training at
Air Force
Base, San
The air-
man com-
pleted an
DonaldB program that
Gresham included
training in
military discipline and studies,
Air Force core values, physical
fitness, and basic warfare prin-
ciples and skills.
Airmen who complete basic
training earn four credits
toward an associate in applied
science degree through the
Community College of the Air
He is the son of Dawn
Gresham of N. Bayshore Drive,
Gresham received an associ-
ate degree in 2009 from
Southwestern Illinois College,

Army Pvt. Mark M. Jensen
has graduated from Basic
Combat Training at Fort Sill,
Lawton, Okla.
During the nine weeks of
training, the soldier studied the
Army mission and received
instruction and training exercis-
es in drill and ceremonies,

Army history, core values and
traditions, military courtesy,
military justice, physical fit-
ness, first aid, rifle marksman-
ship, weapons use, map reading
and land navigation, foot
marches, armed and unarmed
combat, and field maneuvers
and tactics.
He is the son of Patty and
Bill Meeks of Beverly Drive,
Jensen is a 2007 graduate of
Niceville High School.

James M. Robison was pro-
moted to the rank of colonel In
Air Force Reserve and has been
selected to serve as commander
of the Joint Special Operations
Air And Space Squadron at
Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Currently, Robison is the
Joint Special Operations Air
Component chief of
Detachment 2, 919th
Operations Group at Hurlburt
Field. The
colonel has
served in the
military for
25 years.
He is the
son of James
and Frieda
Robison of
E. Third St.,
Blanket, JamesM.
Texas. omb M.
His wife,
Cheryl, is the daughter of Fred
and Margarette Edwards of N.
Cedar Ave., Niceville.
Robison graduated in 1975
from H.H. Arnold High School,
Wiesbaden, Germany, and
received a bachelor's degree in
1983 from Angelo State
University, San Angelo, Texas.

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Alan and Marianne
Haberbusch of Niceville announce
the engagement of their daughter,
Holly Anne Haberbusch, to
Jeffrey Alan Herndon, son of
William and Danna Hemdon of
Jackson, Tenn.
The bride is a graduate of
Niceville High School and Freed-
Hardeman University, Henderson,
Tenn., with a degree in social
work. She is employed by the state
of Tennessee, Department of
Children's Services, as a court l1i-

Holly Anne Haberbusch and
Jeffrey Alan Herndon
aison/case manager.
The groom graduated from
Northside High School, Jackson,
Tenn., and The University of
Tennessee at Martin with a degree
in criminal justice. He is
employed by the city of Jackson
Police Department as a patrol offi-
A May 1 wedding is planned in

Dr. Sebastian and Lois
Maurice announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Andrea
Maurice, to Darian Nix, son of
George and Irmgard Nix of
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Andrea is a graduate of
Niceville High School, University
of Florida, and Northeastern
University in Boston, Mass.,
where she received a master's
degree in exercise physiology.
Darian is a graduate of Middle
Tennessee State University where
he received a bachelor's degree in
aerospace maintenance.
The wedding will take place
Saturday, May 15, at Saints Peter
and Paul Catholic Church in
Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Bluewater Bay Ladies Golf,
March 24,2010, Marsh/Bay
Courses, 333 Tournament,
Best 3 par 5's, 4's, & 3's.
First flight: First, Barbara
Marquis 33; Second, Ardie
Lawrence 34; Third, Gerry
Hagen 35. Second flight:
First, Joyce Chavella 30;
Second, Kathy Bush 31;
Third, Glenda Sharpe 33.
Low putts: Tied at 33, Brenda
Severson, Kathy Bush and
Gerry Hagen. Chip-in: Gerry
Hagen, Marsh No. 3.

Beacon-S Real Estate Marketplace


Stunning Elegance All brick with stucco trim located in
Magnolia Plantation, situated on the 2na tee and lake. This
exquisite beauty is a MUST SEE!!! Circular drive Private. 5
bedrooms, 4 baths. Call for appointment.
4047 square feet. $675,000.
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Located on a Beautiul Landscaped Yard. A Must See!!
Granite, Cultured Marble, Neutral Colors. Looks and Shows
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Grand Oaks, Niceville Large rectangular lot to build your
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boat. Deep water. This community consists of 27 home sites
and this lot is the largest one left for sale. $235,000.
Waterview Cove 3/3 Freeport, All Brick, 1/3 Acre, Pristine
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Citadel Lane Iron Gate S/D Crestview, 4/2. Built 2006. All
Brick home. Like new. Elementary and Middle School is with-
in walking distance and will be open Fall of 09. Short drive to
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2,351 Sq. Ft. $210,000
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brand new kitchen and master bath. 2 living areas plus office,
hardwood floors, new carpeting and a pool/spa with screen
enclosure. Call Elaine Weeks 217-2668 to see this home today!
King's Lake Waterfront with Dock, Mobile Home, 3/2, Owner
Financing, $130,000.
Professional Office Space for lease Courtyard Plaza
located in BWB next to CVS has Office space available.
1,500 Square feet, 2,300 Square feet, 1,875 Square feet or
6,000 Square feet. $13.00 per square plus Cam & Sales Tax.
Crystal Beach, 4/4
Driftwood Estates, 608 and 484 Loblolly,
Santa Rosa Beach.
Windstar Drive, Destin, FL.
Baytree Drive, Bayside, Miramar Beach
Terrapin Trace, Destin
Shipwreck Road, Santa Rosa Beach
-Niceville, Valparaiso, Crestview, Ft. Walton & Destin.
FOR RENT: Custom Built Home in Magnolia Plantation. 5
Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Overlooking Lake. Rental
Available: 1 July 2010. Rent: $2,500.

Jane Rainwater
(850) 897-1101
1-888-390-4450 I
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Bayfront Efficiency, Fully Furnished.............. $147,500
Lakeside Condo, 2/2, Ground Floor..............$169,900
Marina Cove Townhouse, 3/2.5,
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End Unit, Marina Cove Townhome, 3/2.5 .....$199,500
BWB Parkwood, 3/2, Brick, 1-Story,
Fenced Yard, Open Floor Plan......................$215,000
Newly Remodeled Family Home,
Bluewater, 3/2 ........................ ............... $217,000
Marina Cove Townhome, 3/2.5,
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Miller's Run, Brick Home, 3/2, PENDING .....$225,000
Townhome Views of the Bay, New Kitchen,
3/2 .5 ...................... .... .................... ............. .. $ 2 4 0 ,0 0 0
*Waterfront, Marina Cove Townhome 3/2.5....$249,900
Magnolia Plantation, Custom Upgrades, 3/2 $259,000
Lido Village, 3/2.5 ............ ........ ...................... $279,000
BWB Magnolia Plantation 3/2, Golf Course, Brick
Home, Sunroom, Tile, Stainless, Granite......$359,900
Destin Vacation Home, 4/3,
Across From Beach, PENDING......................$499,000
* Raintree Estate, Waterfront Home, 3/2.........$599,000

* Furn., Waterfront Condo, 1/1, Util. Incl., BWB .$1,150
* Furn., Bay Villas Efficiency On the Bay,
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Call our rental office to manage
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Furnished: 1, 2, & 2 + loft:
Pool, Sauna, Fitness Room,
Some Pet Friendly Rooms
$1,200/mo. $1,800/mo.

1/1: $750/mo. includes water

2/2 w/ loft (enclosed) possible
3rd bedroom: $1,700/mo.
2/2: $1,600/mo. Available 4/15/10



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shut out

Niceville High School first
baseman Meaghan Balding
takes a pickoff throw dur-
ing the April 6 softball
game with Mercy Academy
out of Kentucky. The pick-
off try failed, but the
Eagles won the game, 7-0.
Beacon photo
by Sarah Clauson

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Rotary helps USO
Mid-Bay Rotary contributed $500 to the USO. The contribution, like others, came from dona-
tions received from Mid-Bay's annual Golf Tournament in June and the annual Oktoberfest
in September. A USO area is now being constructed in the Northwest Florida Regional
Airport. From left: Harold Peek, Mid-Bay Rotary president; Heidi Blair, director USO, Florida
Panhandle Region; and Art Jean Mid-Bay Rotary president elect.



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