About

Fort Walton Beach is a seaside community in Okaloosa County, Florida bordered by the Santa Rosa Sound to the south and Choctawhatchee Bay and Cinco Bayou to the north.

Founded in 1937, the City has a “small town” feel with the benefits of an urban community.

The small-town atmosphere includes eleven traditional neighborhoods, seven of which are located along the shoreline, and each with their own distinct personality and charm.

The City is rich with Native American history dating back 14,000 years. The earliest permanent settlers began arriving not long after Florida became a territory in 1821.

In early 1861 the Walton Guards established an encampment in the area, named Camp Walton after Colonel George Walton, the acting governor of Florida.

In 1868 John T. Brooks purchased 111 acres in what is now downtown Fort Walton Beach and the area Brooks Landing. The most significant factor in the City’s growth was the creation, and later expansion, of what is now Eglin Air Force Base in 1937.

The city boasts nationally top-ranked public and charter schools with a low teacher-to-student ratio. Schools are a part of our neighborhoods, linked by fitness trails, sidewalks and public parks.

Our locally-owned and operated businesses enjoy affordability and amenities which embody the city’s commitment to providing a positive business climate in which companies grow.

The City of Fort Walton Beach is home to 19,507 full-time residents. (2010 U.S. census)

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