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History of Niceville in Northwest Florida Okaloosa County - 08/19/2007


Evidence shows that perhaps up to 10,000 years ago Native Americans were living in the area now occupied by the City of Niceville. A number of projectile points have been found and burial mounds dot the area offering mute proof of times long past. Conflict arose between these native populations and the European explorers who began arriving in the area around 1500-1700. This was a time of proud Native Americans, conquering Spanish conquistadors, and thieving pirates.

By the early 1800s the new American government had settled in, and established its own systems of politics, religion, and trade, much the same way the Native Americans had done centuries earlier. During these times the fishing industry thrived on mullet caught in the sandy-bottomed bays of the area. One such bay was called Boggy Bayou, named for a great deposit of peat discovered at the mouth of Juniper Creek. It wasn't long before a tiny fishing village was established along the shores of the bay. The village, named Boggy after the bayou itself, was the starting point for what would later become Niceville.

In 1842 a cattleman from Louisiana named Jessie Rogers drove his herds to the head of Boggy Bayou and settled in the area. Permanent settlement began as the Civil War ended, and the war's victims left their devastated homes behind to find a new life. Boggy provided them with abundant sunshine, waterway transportation and inexpensive tracts of land. It was around this same time that a legislative act established two counties in the area, Santa Rosa, and Walton. It was from these two counties that the county of Okaloosa, in which modern day Niceville is located, would be created in 1915.

The settlement continued to grow when a gristmill was established by John Nathey and his father, to serve the increasing number of farms in the area. Part of that mill still stands on what is now the Eglin AFB golf course. A general store and a sawmill further improved upon the primitive conditions the homesteaders endured, and a number of turpentine distilleries began operating in the area. As trade began to expand beyond the local community, the need for a postal service was realized. Dr. James C. White was named the first postmaster, and on August 17, 1893 the U.S. Postal Service officially recognized the city of Boggy. A few years later the residents decided that 'Boggy' was an unflattering name to represent a respected and growing community, so on November 5, 1910 the city was renamed 'Niceville.' Some residents still were not happy with the name, and on May 24, 1919 the city was again renamed, this time to 'Valparaiso' which is Spanish for 'Vale of Paradise.' One mile from the town, another community was developing, and it was dubbed 'New Valparaiso.' This created confusion among the residents of the two towns, and all but halted the mail delivery. After much discussion the town's name was changed back to Niceville on November 1, 1925 and it has held the name ever since.

Over the next decade Niceville continued to develop their small, thriving community. Some type of local government was needed to represent the interests of its citizens. On July 7, 1938 a mass meeting of the qualified voters was held to organize a municipal government and to elect officers. They decided to incorporate the city using its official name of Niceville. The bounds of the territory limits were decided on, and a circular disk with the inscription 'City of Niceville, Florida' was selected as the seal. Two petitions were drawn up, one opposing the proposed incorporation, and the other in agreement with the proposal. Of the 329 registered voters who took part, only four opposed the incorporation. The chairman declared the name duly selected, the seal duly adopted, and the territory limits definitely designated by metes and bounds. J. M. Reynolds was elected the first mayor of the City of Niceville on July 15, 1938 and J. W. Windham was elected the first clerk. C. G. Meigs, Wallace Spence, Herman Anderson, Thomas Powell, and G. B. Anchors were the first five councilmen. Hughey Holmes was elected Marshall of the city.

The first recorded school in Niceville was constructed in 1922. Two other schools, established in the 1920's close to the site of the present Edge Elementary, were demolished, the first by fire and then in 1936 its replacement by a hurricane. Classes were conducted in various locations such as the present-day Valparaiso Community Center and a dance hall on Howell Hill until 1938, when the school was again rebuilt. This school, constructed by the Works Progress Administration, consisted of only the front section of the present Edge Elementary School building. The auditorium and additional wings were erected later.

In the spring of 1963, a high school was established in the City of Niceville. Prior to this time, high school age Niceville students attended Choctawhatchee High School with other students in the area. The first class of seniors graduated in the spring of 1966. One year later, the new Niceville Senior High School was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Over the next few years the school was expanded to include a gymnasium, an auditorium, a band room, a wing of classrooms and an industrial arts building. Another wing has been constructed that will house science labs, a home economics suite, general purpose classrooms and administrative offices.

Today the municipality of Niceville remains a small, close-knit community of just under 20,000 with ever increasing public services. The population is served by one high school, a middle school, two elementary schools, a private center of education and a community college

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History of Fort Walton Beach in Northwest Florida - 08/19/2007


From a population of 90 in 1940 to over 175,000 in 2002, the Greater Fort Walton Beach area has enjoyed growth in many areas. Undiscovered for many years, the area abounds with both large and small businesses, beautiful residential neighborhoods, sophisticated condominium complexes, an active industrial park engaged in light, clean industry, and many opportunities for outdoor sports and activities. A civic auditorium, council chambers, library complex, and attractive parks give the city its core of activity. Fort Walton Beach has an unusual number of fine restaurants and entertainment facilities. A top rated educational system provides students with the opportunity of a kindergarten through graduate school education. The city has many churches of every denomination as well as numerous clubs and civic organizations. Situated on the beautiful white sands of the Emerald Coast on the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Walton Beach draws from a business area of more than 177,000 people.

Many factors go into making Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa County the vibrant area it is today. However, there are five important areas that stand out: the military impact in the community, the high tech industry located here, the abundant educational opportunities, the cost of living and the life-style advantages. Browse through the community section to see things that make the Fort Walton Beach area such an attractive place to work, live and play.

Fort Walton Beach is rapidly earning the reputation as the "Technology Coast." Dozens of small and mid-size companies designing and manufacturing a vast assortment of products for military/industrial use have chosen our area as their home. These businesses often keep a low public profile due to their military and defense connections, but their impact on Fort Walton Beach is great. Their presence means an influx of professionals who are highly skilled, highly educated and highly paid. As the "Technology Coast" grows - and by all indications it will do so by leaps and bounds - so will the Fort Walton Beach metro area.

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History of Destin Florida located in Okaloosa County in Northwest Florida - 08/19/2007


Located in the Florida Panhandle, the City of Destin has a rich historical heritage dating back to American Indian inhabitants as early as the 7th century A.D. Spanish explorers surveyed Florida in 1538. Don Francisco Tapia was commissioned to survey the Florida coast and in 1693, drew the first known map of East Pass and its shores. Destin traces its immediate history to a fisherman, Captain Leonard Destin, who moved here from New London, Connecticut, and settled in Northwest Florida in about 1845. Captain Destin pioneered the fishing industry and Destin has maintained this heritage to the present.

With the growth and development of Destin from a small fishing village to a major tourist resort came the need for a local government structure. The City of Destin was originally chartered as a municipality under the laws of the State of Florida in 1984. However, the community of Destin, in existence for more than one hundred and fifty years, has a long history as a fishing village and premier resort destination.

Known as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village", the largest and most elaborately equipped fishing fleet in the State of Florida docks at the Destin Harbor. In addition to fishing, recreational opportunities include golf, tennis and watersports, including diving and snorkeling. The 100 Fathom curve draws closer to Destin than any other spot in Florida providing the speediest deep-water access on the Gulf. The City of Destin is home to 11,119 full-time residents (2000 US Census).

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Baker Florida located in Okaloosa County Northwest Florida - 08/19/2007

About Baker
Baker

Electricity/Gas

CHELCO Electric
1-800-342-0990

Gulf Power
1-800-225-5797

Okaloosa Gas
(850) 729-4700

Baker

Water/Sewer

Holt Water Systems
(850) 537-4113

Okaloosa County Water and Sewer
(850) 651-7171

City of Crestview
(850) 682-6131

Auburn Water Systems, Inc.
(850) 682-1258

Baker

Garbage

Waste Management
(850) 862-7141

Baker

Telephone

Sprint
1-800-SPRINT1

BellSouth
1-888-757-6500

AT&T
1-800-222-0300


Baker

Satellite/Cable

Cox Communications
(850) 682-5131

DISH Network
Ask me about a gift card for free installation!

DirecTV
1-800-347-3288

Baker

Miscellaneous

Department of Motor Vehicles
106 Hollywood Blvd. SW
Fort Walton Beach, FL
(850) 833-9122
(850) 833-9123 - appointments

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Northwest Florida Commercial property located in Crestview Florida - 08/19/2007


Commercial Crestview Florida Fast growing area over an acre Corner lot ListPrice: $230,000
These four lots, all adjacent and totaling 1.13 acres, are on the west side of Bay street between Blakely Ave and Springhill Court. The three other Parcel IDs are 20-3n-23-0000-0043-0000, 20-3n-23-0000-0045-0000, and 20-3n-23-0000-0050-0000. Located in an area with lots of building activity. Convenient to Main Street Crestview and Hwy 85

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Northwest Florida vacation spots located in Okaloosa County Florida - 08/19/2007


Okaloosa Florida Enjoy all Okaloosa vacation spots
River Parks

Guest Lake Park Boat Ramp 3850 Yellow River Log Lake Road, Holt
Milligan / Yellow River Park 5100 Ellis Road, Baker
Oak Grove River Park 2751 Hwy 2, Laurel Hill
Shoal River Wayside Park (Bill Duggan Jr. Park) 5999 Hwy 85 S, Crestview
Cotton Bridge Park - 6301 Hwy 4 W, Baker

Beach Parks

James Lee Park 3510 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin
John Beasley Park 1550 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach
Newman C. Brackin Wayside Park 1460 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach

Bayou Parks

Longwood Park - 4 Bay Street, Shalimar
Meigs Park - 45A Meigs Drive, Shalimar

Boat Ramps

Bryant Bridge Boat Ramp 100 Bryant Bridge Road, Holt
Pocahontas Boat Ramp 565A Pocahontas Drive, Fort Walton Beach
Ray Lynn Barnes Boat Ramp 3390 Hwy 90 E, Crestview
Rickey Avenue Boat Ramp 165 Rickey Avenue, Fort Walton Beach
Swift Bayou Boat Ramp 213 Edrehi Avenue, Niceville

Neighborhood Parks

Colonel Bud Day Park 185 Woodland Park Circle, Mary Esther
Eagle Park 2980 James Lee Blvd E (Hwy 90 E), Crestview
Lang Road Park 304 Priscilla Drive, Fort Walton Beach
Leo Norred Park 48 Poplar Avenue, Shalimar
Little Marler Park 1247 Siebert Drive, Fort Walton Beach
Seminole Park - 1534 Cat-Mar Street, Niceville
Sylvania Heights Playground - 311 Shirley Drive, Fort Walton Beach

Beach Access ways

Beach Access #1, Blue Dolphin Beachwalk - 372 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
Beach Access #2, Emerald View Beachwalk - 399 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
Beach Access #3, Seashore Beachwalk - 530 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
Beach Access #4 - 600 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
Beach Access #5 - 700 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
Beach Access #6, Doris Jordan Freeway Beachwalk - 820 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
Beach Access #7, Emerald Promenade Beachwalk - 900 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach

Special Use Parks


Baker Block Museum - 1307 Georgia Avenue, Baker
Baker Park - 1450 Charlie Day Road, Baker
Baker Recreation Area - 5503 Hwy 4, Baker
Blackman Community Center - 7590 Hwy 189 N, Blackman
Garden City Park - 6330 Garden City Road, Crestview
Okaloosa Island Boat Basin - 410A Cobia Avenue, Fort Walton Beach
Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier - 300 Pier Road, Fort Walton Beach
Shalimar / Port Dixie Little League Ball Park - 75 4th Avenue, Shalimar
Shalimar Elementary Park - 1340 Joe Martin Circle, Shalimar

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10 Acres Northwest Florida land located in Crestview Florida - 08/19/2007


10 Acres of your own private getaway! From the entrance by the road, down a winding tree-lined driveway...enjoy the wrap around drive for easy entrance and exit. Close to town yet secluded; surrounded only by 10 acre lots, in this subdivision you have plenty of privacy, yet this 10 acres sits less than 5 minutes from the I-10 285 exit. This piece of real estate is perfect for the family that loves the outdoors. Relax and feel the country on your front deck, or come inside and enjoy the cozy fireplace. This home has recent updates including new dishwasher, new stove, and a 2-year old well. New vinyl skirting, new vinyl siding and new vinyl flooring; new carpet as well high-speed DSL availability. Come by and take a look today! Watch the Virtual Tour now available. Listing Broker/Salesperson has ownership interest in the property.

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Land in Northwest Florida located in Crestview Florida - 08/19/2007


LOT 29 FALCON WAY CRESTVIEW, FL 32539 .25 Acre Pines Subdivision Lot 20,000

Price Reduced!!! Listed price now at under most recent sold prices for this subdivision.Don't miss your chance to obtain a lot in the extremely fast-growing "The Pines" subdivision. Great place for a new home on this level lot(s) with adjoining lots available. New construction all around in this subdivision located just off Highway 90 East. Convenient to Crestview, easy commute to Eglin or Destin via Highway 285 3 miles away. Auburn Water available to "The Pines," High speed internet now available.Seller is a licensed real estate agent. Bring all offers

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Northwest Florida Lakefront property in Defuniak Springs - 08/19/2007

LOT 10 LAKE ROSEMARY ESTATES Acreage: 1.07 WFFeet: 140 ListPrice: $85,000
Lovely lake front with view of two lakes 140 waterfront footage on the lake Don't miss this opportunity for lakefront at this price. One of the fastest growing subdivisions in the area. Right around the corner from the new sunlake subdivision.Owner is a Licensed Real Estate agent.city water available, electric is available, and you can put a septic tank on the property. Seller pays all closing cost.

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Buildable lot in Paxton Florida - 08/18/2007


Build your dream home on this wooded half acre lot, select which Florida native trees you want to keep for as much or as little privacy as you would like. The lot sits directly on county Highway 147 which provides you with paved road frontage.Located not far from the Crestivew or Paxton area . With all this it is priced to sell take a look at this affordable lot today.

HWY 147 PAXTON, FL 32538 MLS#:457992 Acreage: 0.50 $15,000

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