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Posted on: February 23, 2024

Agendas posted for upcoming City Council meetings on Tuesday Feb. 27, 2024

The Fort Walton Beach City Hall Chamber.

The City of Fort Walton Beach City Council has two meetings scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024:

  • 4 p.m. Workshop meeting on Charter Amendments
  • 6 p.m. Regular City Council meeting

Meeting agendas and agenda packets have been posted for both meetings and can ...

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Posted on: February 22, 2024

Volunteer Needed for Firefighters' Retirement Fund Board of Trustees

REV3 Volunteer Firefighters Retirement Fund Board Volunteers Needed

Applicants must be legal residents of the City of Fort Walton Beach. DEADLINE TO APPLY is March 8. To apply, click this link https://fwb.org/FormC.../Be-a-Volunteer-12/Be-A-Volunteer-54 

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Posted on: February 12, 2024

Business Security Mini-Course to be held Wed. Feb. 21

a flyer for the Business Security mini-course held Feb. 21 at the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber

Are you a business owner? 

Then join us for our next Business Security Mini-Course on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Our Community Policing Officers will share the latest insights...

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Posted on: February 19, 2024

Two City Council meetings scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024

The Fort Walton Beach City Council Chamber.

The City of Fort Walton Beach City Council has two upcoming meetings scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024:

  • 4 p.m. Workshop meeting
  • 6 p.m. Regular City Council meeting

When finalized, the meeting agendas and agenda packets will be posted here:

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Posted on: February 9, 2024

Fort Walton Beach Police Department welcomes new officer

Maj. Mark Hayse welcomes Officer David Muse to the Fort Walton Beach Police Department.

The City of Fort Walton Beach welcomed Officer David Muse to the Fort Walton Beach Police Department on Friday. Police Maj. Mark Hayse administered the oath to Officer Muse in a ceremony attended by family, fellow police officers, City Manager Jeff Peters...

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Posted on: February 15, 2024

City Council meeting summary for Feb. 13, 2024

The Fort Walton Beach City Hall Chamber.

City Council meeting summary for Feb. 13, 2024

The City of Fort Walton Beach City Council took the following actions during a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024.

CONSENT AGENDA

Acceptance of Utility Easement at 207 Fourth Street SE Recommends City Co...
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Posted on: February 5, 2024

February Community Bike Ride this Saturday at FWB Recreation Center

A picture from the January 2024 Community Bike Ride organized by the Fort Walton Beach Police Dept.

REMINDER: Our next Community Bike Ride will be on Saturday, Feb. 10 and will start/finish at the Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center at 132 Jet Drive NW. We will have a free helmet fitting and giveaway at 8:30 a.m. and the ride will start promptly at 9 a....

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Posted on: February 10, 2024

February Community Bike Ride in central Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach Police Officers and city residents participate in the February Community Bike Ride

Thanks to all who turned out at the City of Fort Walton Beach's Recreation Center Saturday for the Fort Walton Beach Police Department's February Community Bike ride through central Fort Walton Beach. 
Community Bike Rides are he...
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Posted on: February 5, 2024

City Council meeting next Tuesday, Feb. 13

The Fort Walton Beach City Hall Chamber.

The Fort Walton Beach City Council has a regular council meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024 at 6 p.m.

Once finalized, the meeting agenda and agenda packet will be posted her

https://fortwaltonbeachcityfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx

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Posted on: February 5, 2024

City welcomes three new firefighters to department

Fort Walton Beach welcomes three new firefighters to department.

We’d like to welcome our three newest firefighters to the City of Fort Walton Beach team.

James Mercer is a Fort Walton Beach native who graduated from Choctawhatchee High School and spent four years serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. James worked...

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Posted on: January 30, 2024

CRA Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting at 4:30 today at Gulfview Center

A flyer for the City of Fort Walton Beach's CRA quarterly stakeholder meeting

The City of Fort Walton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency will be holding the first of four 2024 Quarterly Stakeholder Meetings today (Tuesday, Jan. 30) at 4:30 p.m. 
The meeting will be held at the Gulfview Center, located at 115 Miracle Strip...
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Posted on: January 30, 2024 | Last Modified on: October 3, 2023

More than 50 teens enjoy evening event at Recreation Center Saturday

Teens pose for a photo during the 2024 Teen Night event at the city's Recreation Center.

We had more than 50 teens at our Let’s Glow Teen Night event on Saturday at the Fort Walton Beach, Florida Recreation Center. Teens danced in the gym to music from DJ Shabastin, enjoyed dinner, played indoor volleyball on one o...
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Posted on: January 30, 2024

Great fun Sunday at Fort Walton Beach's annual Mardi Gras Parade and celebration

A woman in costume participates in the City of Fort Walton Beach's 2024 Mardi Gras Parade.

Thanks to all those who joined us Sunday for the City of Fort Walton Beach's Fourth annual Mardi Gras Parade and downtown celebration.

Hundreds of people representing nearly 20 local organizations and businesses donned Mardi Gras costumes and made...

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Posted on: January 25, 2024

City Council meeting summary for Jan. 23, 2024

City Hall Building

The City of Fort Walton Beach City Council took the following actions during a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

CONSENT AGENDA:

Award of ITB 24-002 - Concrete Sidewalk Construction -_Annual Bid -- Recommends City Council authorization to awa...

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Posted on: January 22, 2024

Property owners receive matching $10,000 CRA grant for improvements to downtown building

A picture of the Burrito Del Sol restaurant in downtown Fort Walton Beach.

Downtown Fort Walton Beach property owners Glenn and Valerie Wenzel (fourth and fifth from left) were joined by (left to right) CRA Administrator Alisa Burleson, Growth Management Director Chris Frassetti, Council member David Schmidt, City Manag...

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Posted on: January 4, 2024

REGISTRATION EXTENDED! for Teen Night event this Saturday, Jan. 27

The Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center to host a Teen Night on Saturday, Jan. 27.

REGISTRATION EXTENDED for our Teen Night event on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the City of Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center.
**New Registration deadline is 7 p.m. Friday.** Register in person at the Recreation Center, located at 132 Jet D...
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Posted on: January 4, 2024

City of Fort Walton Beach's annual Mardi Gras parade; celebration set for Sunday, Jan. 28

Participants parade up Eglin Parkway during the 2023 Mardi Gras Parade.

Join us for the City of Fort Walton Beach's annual Mardi Gras Parade and Downtown Throwdown, set for Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Fort Walton Beach.

The parade floats line up at 10 a.m. along First Street SE between Eg...

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Posted on: January 18, 2024

Agendas and agenda packets for Jan. 23 City Council meetings posted

City Hall Building

The agenda and agenda packet for the Fort Walton Beach City Council's two upcoming meetings on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, have been posted and can be found at the link below. This site also contains a schedule of upcoming city meetings as well as agendas, mi...

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Posted on: January 20, 2024

City of Fort Walton Beach congratulates two firefighters on their recent promotions

Fort Walton Beach firefighters Thearon Shipman and James Freudenberg

City of Fort Walton Beach congratulates two firefighters on their recent promotions.

 

Thearon Shipman was promoted to the position of Battalion Chief on Dec. 9, 2023.

 

A Fort Walton Beach native and Choctawhatchee High School graduate, Shi...

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Posted on: January 22, 2024

City's outdoor restrooms to reopen with warmer weather

A sign for restrooms.

The city's outdoor restroom facilities, which have been closed because of recent freezing temperatures, will be reopened this week.

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Posted on: January 16, 2024

UPDATED TUESDAY: All outdoor city restrooms to remain closed through weekend

An restroom icon marked closed.

With more sub-freezing weather in the forecast, the decision has been made to keep all City of Fort Walton Beach outdoor public restrooms closed through the weekend. We will evaluate weather conditions Monday to determine when to re-open the city&apos...

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Posted on: January 17, 2024

Upcoming City Council meetings

City Hall Building

The Fort Walton Beach City Council has two meetings scheduled for next Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024:

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 4 p.m. - City Council workshop on Workforce Housing Fund
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 6 p.m.  - Regular Meeting

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Posted on: January 16, 2024

Police Department welcomes two new officers

Police officers David Bowell and Austin Howard, left, were sworn in by Police Chief Bage.

The City of Fort Walton Beach would like to welcome two new police officers to the Fort Walton Beach Police Department.

David Bowell and Austin Howard were sworn in during a ceremony Tuesday that was attended by fellow officers, family members, City Manage...

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Posted on: January 16, 2024

Tips for keeping your water pipes safe in freezing weather

A picture of an outdoor water faucet.

With below-freezing temperatures forecasted for tonight and tomorrow, here are some precautions the City of Fort Walton Beach recommends residents take to protect their pipes and plumbing systems.

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Posted on: January 13, 2024

Community Bike Ride in Kenwood

More than a dozen bicyclists turned out Saturday for the Kenwood Community Bike Ride.

Thanks to all the bicyclists who came out for our Community Bike Ride through the Kenwood Neighborhood Saturday morning. It was cool, but the sun was out and it made for a pleasant 4-mile ride from Kenwood Elementary School to the Fort Walton Golf Club, d...
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Posted on: January 11, 2024

City offices, facilities closed Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

An flyer advertising the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.

City of Fort Walton Beach offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. Exceptions are listed below:

  • There will be no impact on police and fire services.
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Posted on: January 8, 2024

January Community Bike Ride

Residents and police participate in a community bike ride in downtown Fort Walton Beach.

**Story updated with correction: The start/finish location for the ride is Kenwood Elementary School.

Come join our police officers for a bicycle tour of the Kenwood neighborhood.

The Fort Walton Beach Police Department will be holding its January Community...

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Posted on: January 10, 2024

City Council meeting summary for Jan. 9, 2024

City Hall Building

City Council meeting summary for Jan. 9, 2024

The City of Fort Walton Beach City Council took the following actions during a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024. 

10. ORDINANCES  (First Reading)

10.1:  2132 Ordinan...

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Posted on: January 8, 2024

Deadline for Adult, Youth soccer closing soon

Pictures of youths participating in Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center's youth soccer league.

SOCCER REGISTRATION CLOSES THIS THURSDAY:

The registration deadline for the City of Fort Walton Beach's Youth and Adult Spring Soccer programs is Thursday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. 

If this is your first time registering, you'll need to ...
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Posted on: January 8, 2024

(UPDATED) Potentially severe storms heading our way tonight

A graphic depicting potentially severe storms coming to our area beginning Monday evening.

Monday 11:45 a.m. update from Okaloosa County Public Safety Director Patrick Maddox:

We have concluded our briefing with the National Weather Service. 

Confidence is high in a multi-hazard, significant weather event beginning today and lasting thro...

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Posted on: January 8, 2024

Boil water notice for Brooks Street addresses rescinded

A woman fils a glass of water from a sink.

RESCISSION OF PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE
January 7, 2024
TO: 
175,181,183 Brooks St. SE, 185 Units 101,201,202,301,302 Brooks St. SE, 187 Units A201, A202, A203, A301, A302, A303, A401, A402, A403, A501, A502, A503, B201, B202, B203, B301, B302...
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Posted on: January 4, 2024

City Council meeting set for Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.

City Hall Building

The Fort Walton Beach City Council has its next regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024. Unless otherwise noted, all Fort Walton Beach City Council meetings are open to the public and held in the Council Chamber at 107 Miracle Strip...

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Posted on: December 28, 2023

Neighborhood Clean-Up scheduled for Jan. 2-31

A Fort Walton Beach sanitation crew pick up large items during Neighborhood Clean-up month.

Want to get an early start on your spring cleaning? The City of Fort Walton Beach's sanitation department will be holding its bi-annual Neighborhood Clean-up from Jan. 2 to 31 for city residents.

Trash collection crews will be collecting unwanted ...

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Posted on: January 3, 2024

Cheerleading registration open for upcoming youth basketball season

A flyer advertising registration for Cheerleading at the Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center.

Registration is now open for cheerleaders for the upcoming City of Fort Walton Beach youth basketball leagues for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. 
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Posted on: January 2, 2024

January City Council meetings

City Hall Building

The City of Fort Walton Beach City Council will hold two regularly scheduled meetings in January: Tuesday, Jan. 9 and Tuesday, Jan. 23. Both meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Fort Walton Beach City Council Chamber at 107 Miracle Strip Parkway SW.

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Posted on: December 21, 2023

Registration for City's youth soccer program opens

Pictures of youths participating in Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center's youth soccer league.

Who's ready for soccer?

Registration for the City of Fort Walton Beach’s Spring youth soccer season  is open now through January 18, 2024. For youths from age 3 through 15. Cost is $25 for city residents and $45 for non-resident...

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Posted on: December 28, 2023

City offices will be closed Monday for New Year's Day

All City of Fort Walton Beach offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024.

With the exception of the Fort Walton Beach Golf Club, all City of Fort Walton Beach offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024 in observance the New Year's Day holiday.

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Posted on: December 27, 2023

Trash and recyclable pick up schedule for New Year's Day holiday

The Fort Walton Beach trash pickup schedule for week of New Year's Day.

The City of Fort Walton Beach's trash and recyclable collections schedule next week will be modified.  Please see schedule above for details. Normal pick up schedules resume on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024.

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Posted on: December 28, 2023

Firefighters brighten Christmas for 200 local children

A picture from the Santa's Firehouse Cruz-Thru Christmas toy drive.

The Fort Walton Beach Fire Department's annual Christmas for the Kids toy drive was a huge success this year. This year’s goal was to make a brighter Christmas for 200 local children. Event organizer James Freudenberg said they were abl...

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Posted on: December 18, 2023

Council meets for workshop on vagrancy

The Fort Walton Beach City Hall Chamber.

The Fort Walton Beach City Council had a workshop on December 12 to discuss updates and develop new ideas to address the City Council’s #1 Priority- Vagrancy.  

Some updates include:

  • The City is currently working with all municipalities in Okaloosa...
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Posted on: December 19, 2023

Holiday office closures

Holiday Office Closures.

The City of Fort Walton Beach offices and facilities will have modified hours during the week of Christmas and New Year’s Day to allow our employees to spend time with their families. Changes to normal operating hours for each office or...

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Posted on: December 13, 2023

City Council meeting summary for Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023

City Hall Building

The City of Fort Walton Beach City Council took the following actions during Tuesday night's regularly scheduled meeting.

6. CONSENT AGENDA

Item 6.4:  Authorization to Waive Competitive Bidding Process for Library Mural Project

Requests Cit...

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Posted on: December 13, 2023

Recognitions during Tuesday night's Fort Walton Beach City Council meeting

2023 Christmas Parade winners Dino Latino were recognized Tuesday in City Council meeting.

A trio of T. rexes crashed the City of Fort Walton Beach's City Council meeting Tuesday evening. Representing Dino Latino, the dinosaurs were there to accept the award in the Best Service category of last week’s Fort Walton Beach Christ...

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Posted on: December 13, 2023

Winter Wonderland nets thousands of visitors, gifts and financial donations

One of the Winter Wonderland pallet houses, decorated in a Christmas theme.

About 1,500 people turned out Friday and Saturday evenings for the Fort Walton Beach Police Department’s 4th Annual Winter Wonderland. This year’s event saw two firsts: the event was moved to the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds and expanded to two nights.

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Posted on: December 11, 2023

Upcoming City Council meeting agendas

The Fort Walton Beach City Hall Chamber.

The City of Fort Walton Beach City Council has three upcoming meetings scheduled for this Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023.

•3:30 p.m. – City Council workshop meeting: Vagrancy

•4:30 p.m. – Community Redevelopment Agency-regular ...

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Posted on: December 11, 2023

Three Fort Walton Beach Police Officers promoted in ceremony Monday

Fort Walton Beach Police Officers Ben Crawford and Shane Mooney pose for a picture.

We’d like to congratulate Ben Crawford, Kenny Sirmans, and Shane Mooney with the Fort Walton Beach Police Department. The three officers received promotions Monday in a ceremony at the police station, where they were joined by family members, fe...

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Posted on: December 9, 2023

Winter Wonderland continues tonight (Saturday Dec. 9)

Santa Claus and young boy pose for a picture at the 4th annual Winter Wonderland event.

If you missed the Fort Walton Beach Police Department's 4th annual Winter Wonderland event on Friday evening, there’s still time to enjoy the fun. 
The event continues tonight (Saturday, Dec. 9) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Nort...
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Posted on: December 9, 2023

CANCELED: Kenwood Community Bike Ride

Residents and police participate in a community bike ride in downtown Fort Walton Beach.

The Fort Walton Beach Police Department's Community Bike Ride that was scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Kenwood neighborhood has been canceled due to inclement weather. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

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Posted on: December 7, 2023

City Council meetings set for Tuesday, Dec. 12

City Hall Building

The City of Fort Walton Beach City Council has three upcoming meetings scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are open to the public and held in the City Council Chamber at 107 Miracle Strip Parkway SW. &bu...

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Posted on: November 13, 2023

Fourth annual Winter Wonderland moves to new location; expands to two days

Advertisment for the 2023 Winter Wonderland event by the Fort Walton Beach Police Department.

The Fort Walton Beach Police Department will be holding its 4th Annual Winter Wonderland event Dec. 8-9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Fort Walton Beach Fairgrounds. Come take a tour of our Winter Wonderland village of Christmas houses, each one constructe...

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Posted on: December 6, 2023

Fire Department kicks off "Christmas for the Kids" toy drive

A flyer for the Fire Department's Christmas for the Kids toy drive.

Fort Walton Beach firefighters are helping Santa again this year with their “Christmas for the Kids” toy drive. This will be the sixth year for the toy drive, which last year helped bring holiday cheer to more than 140 children.

This ye...

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Posted on: November 20, 2023

Kids Night Out Saturday, Dec. 9 at Recreation Center

Promotional flyer for Kids Night Out at Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center.

The Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center will hold a Kids Night Out event on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The event is for children in grades 1st through 5th, and will feature arts and crafts, games, music, dancing, cookie decorating, hot...

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Posted on: December 6, 2023

Local Planning Agency scheduled to meet Thursday, Dec. 7

The Local Planning Agency of the City of Fort Walton Beach is scheduled to meet on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at 107 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW.
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are open to the public and the meeting agenda an...
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Posted on: December 4, 2023

Ballet with Miss Kate

Flyer for ballet classes at the Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center.

The Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center is accepting enrollment for winter ballet session with instructor Miss Kate. Classes are $55 per month and are held on Wednesdays. Pre-ballet (ages 3-4) is 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ballet (ages 5-6) is 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 ...

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade winners announced

Choctawhatchee High School dancers perform at the Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade.

Thousands of people turned out along Eglin Parkway Monday evening for the City of Fort Walton Beach’s annual Christmas Parade. We had 118 entries this year. Congratulations to our 2023 parade winners:

  • Best Service…Dino Latino
  • Best March...
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Posted on: December 5, 2023

New mural taking shape in downtown Fort Walton Beach

Local artist Goldo Marty paints a mural on the back of the Suds-n-Cinema theater in Fort Walton.

A long-term effort by city resident and retired educator Nancy Reynolds to bring public art to downtown Fort Walton Beach is finally bearing fruit.

Reynolds, who taught in Okaloosa County Schools for 34 years, helped create the non-profit group Historic Mu...

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Posted on: December 4, 2023

Eglin Parkway to close Monday night for 2023 Christmas parade

Santa parade 2020

You won't want to miss the 2023 Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade, which 118 entries this year. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. from the intersection of Eglin Parkway and First Street and continue north to end at Hughes Street. Please note that all of...

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Posted on: December 1, 2023

Christmas Parade Lineup

Flyer for the Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade

Here is the line up for the City of Fort Walton Beach’s 2023 Christmas Parade Monday night on Eglin Parkway:

FWB Police

1 Choctawhatchee High School AFJROTC

2 FWB City Council & City Staff

3 FWB Library

4 Ft. Walton Beach High School AFJROTC

5 Okaloosa Coun...

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Posted on: November 16, 2023

Thanksgiving holiday hours for city offices and facilities

A graphic image depicting holiday theme that says Thanksgiving holiday hours.

The City of Fort Walton Beach offices and facilities will have modified hours during the week of Thanksgiving to allow our employees to spend time with their families. Changes to normal operating hours for each office or facility are listed below.

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Posted on: November 22, 2023

Fort Walton Beach’s two cemeteries

Picture of cemetery in Fort Walton Beach.

Did you know that the City of Fort Walton Beach manages two cemeteries within its city limits?

The largest is the 40-acre Beal Memorial Cemetery. The cemetery is named after Dr. James Beal (1861-1945). Born in Ohio, Beal founded the Scio (Ohio) College of...

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Posted on: November 16, 2023

Fort Walton Beach Police, Library participate in Junior League' Chlld Clothing Project.

Fort Walton Beach Police officers talk to young students at a community event.

The City of Fort Walton Beach is proud to have the Fort Walton Beach Police Department and the Fort Walton Beach Public Library representing the city in the Junior League of the Emerald Coast’s annual Child Clothing Project.

The project provides clothing t...

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Posted on: November 16, 2023

City Council summary for Nov. 14

City Manager Jeff Peters unveils the FWB360 logo to the Fort Walton Beach City Council.

The Fort Walton Beach City Council approved a new restroom facility for Jet/Holmes Park and a nature trail following Coral Creek as part of the consent agenda during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. In other business, the City Council took ...

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Posted on: November 11, 2023

Veterans Day Ceremony in Fort Watlon Beach

Fort Walton Beach residents gather to celebrate Veterans Day.

Hundreds of people packed the American Legion Post 235 on Hollywood Boulevard Saturday for the annual Veterans Day observance. The event, hosted by the Veterans Tribute Tower Committee, was moved indoors because of rain.
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Posted on: November 11, 2023

Community Bike Ride Saturday in downtown Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach police and residents participate in a Community Bike Ride Saturday.

We’d like to thank all those who turned out Saturday morning to make our first Community Bike Ride a success. It was a little damp, but we had fun. We’d also like to thank the Downtown Fort Walton Beach organization and the Fort Walton...

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Posted on: November 10, 2023

Ferry Park restrooms now open

New restrooms at Ferry Park are now open.

The new restrooms at the Ferry Park are now open. Use the code written below the keypad (code is the same to open all doors). Once inside, be sure to push lock button at top of handle to deactivate keypad while restroom is in use. If you have any question...

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Posted on: November 10, 2023

WEATHER UPDATE: Veterans Day Ceremony moved indoors because of rain forcecast

2023 Veterans Day Ceremony flyer.

UPDATE to Veterans Day Ceremony Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023.Because of forecasted rain, the Veterans Day Ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023 has been moved indoors to the American Legion Post 235, located at 105 Hollywood Boulevard NW, Fort...

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Posted on: November 8, 2023

Community Bike Ride set for Saturday morning in downtown Fort Walton Beach

Advertisement for the Community Bike Ride in Fort Walton Beach.

Come join us this Saturday morning for the first COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE, hosted by the Fort Walton Beach Police Department and the Downtown Fort Walton Beach, Florida organization!  Ride with our community policing officers as they bicycle through t...

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Posted on: November 6, 2023

Veterans Day office closures

An illustration of two service members in front of a flag.

City of Fort Walton Beach office closures for the Veterans Day holiday on Friday, Nov. 10.

All City Hall offices including Growth Management, Finance and Customer Service, and Human Resources will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, and clo...

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Posted on: November 8, 2023

Fort Walton Beach Christmas tree lighting

Fort Walton Beach Community Chorus will sing carols at the Nov. 24 Christmas tree lighting.

Join us on Friday, Nov. 24 as we "Light Up the Night" with the official lighting of the Christmas tree at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at the Landing with live Christmas music from members of the Fort Walton Beach C...

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Posted on: November 8, 2023

Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade

The Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade is set for Monday, Dec. 4, 2023.

The Fort Walton Beach 2023 Christmas Parade is set for Monday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. If your business or organization would like to have a float in this year’s parade, you can find the application form here. Application deadline is at Noon on Wedn...

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Posted on: November 3, 2023

Upcoming Fort Walton Beach City Council meetings

The Fort Walton Beach City Hall Chamber.

The Fort Walton Beach City Council has the following meetings scheduled for November and December. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held in the City Council Chamber at 107 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW and are open to the public. Agendas are posted before...

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Posted on: November 6, 2023

Always bring a leash for your pet when visiting city parks

Photo Illustration for leash laws.

As a courtesy to others, always remember to keep your pet on a leash while visiting Fort Walton Beach Parks.

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Posted on: October 3, 2023

National Pedestrian Safety Month: Pedestrian Safety is for Everyone - Video #3

A student crosses a school zone crosswalk on his way to school.

The Okaloosa Community Health Improvement Partnership (OCHIP)safety team takes a look at school zone safety in the last of a video series for National Pedestrian Safety Month.

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Posted on: October 31, 2023

Okaloosa County Commission enact 7-day burn ban

A picture of a campfire.

In coordination with the Florida Forest Service, the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners enacted a 7-day burn ban Tuesday, prohibiting the outdoor burning of any combustible material, including: bonfires, campfires, warming fires, outdoor firepl...

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Posted on: October 30, 2023

Ferry Park restrooms update

Fort Walton Beach employees pour concrete for new restroom facility at Ferry Park.

City of Fort Walton Beach employees poured concrete sidewalks around the new restroom building at Ferry Park last week. The prefabricated concrete building has four individual restrooms with electronic locks and two water fountains attached to the structu...

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Posted on: October 26, 2023

Police Department promotes three officers

Three police officers were promoted in ceremony this week.

Congratulations to the three officers from our Fort Walton Beach Police Department who received promotions this week. Kendra Stalls was promoted to Lieutenant, Thomas Zbikowski was promoted to Sergeant and Kelly Stanley was promoted to Corporal. They were...
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Posted on: October 28, 2023

Flow Tribe closes out Concerts at the Landing series

New Orleans band Flow Tribe performs Friday at the Concerts at the Landing series.

News Orleans-based Flow Tribe entertain the crowd Friday night during the final show of the Concerts at the Landing series. About a dozen different bands performed this spring and fall as part of the series at the Fort Walton Beach Landing.

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Posted on: October 26, 2023

City Council summary for Oct. 24

City Hall Building

The Fort Walton Beach City Council took the following actions during the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24: 

8. RESOLUTIONS

Item 8.1:  2023-20 Resolution to Amend the FY 2022-23 Budget 

Recommends City Council adoptio...

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Posted on: October 26, 2023

Yard of the Month for October

Fort Walton Beach City Manager Jeff Peters presents the October Yard of the Month award.

Congratulations to our City of Fort Walton Beach Yard of the Month winners for October, Kenwood neighborhood residents Stephanie and Tyler Farris. The couple have transformed their front yard into an elaborate outdoor haunted house for trick-or-treaters t...

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Posted on: October 26, 2023

City recognizes Managers, Employees of the Year

Employee of the Year plaque.

The City of Fort Walton Beach recently recognized its employees and managers of the year as part of Florida Government Week. Those city employees honored were:

CITY CLERK: Amber Ford was recognized by City Clerk Kim Barnes as the clerk’s office employee of...

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Posted on: October 24, 2023

City Council Meeting Tonight at 6 p.m.

City Hall - Distance shot

DON'T FORGET! The City of Fort Walton Beach City Council will meet at 6 p.m. tonight for the regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting agenda and agenda packet can be found here:
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Posted on: October 23, 2023

2023 Fall Carnival was a big success

Trick-or-treaters pose in a Barbie box at the City of Fort Walton Beach's 2023 Fall Carnival.

Thanks to the hundreds of costumed characters who came out Friday night to make our 2023 Fall Festival a success! Here’s a look at the festivities at the Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center, which included a trick-or-treat trail, bouncy houses a...

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Posted on: October 23, 2023

City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24

City Hall Building

The next Fort Walton Beach City Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the City Council Chamber at 107 Miracle Strip Parkway SW. The meeting agenda and agenda packet can be found at the link below.

Upcoming meetings

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Posted on: September 28, 2023

Fort Walton Beach City Council meeting summary for Sept. 12

Fort Walton Beach City Council Chamber.

The Fort Walton Beach City Council met on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, for three separate meetings. Below are the meetings and official actions taken by the council during each meeting.

 

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING:

8. RESOLUTIONS

8.1. 2023-15 Resoluti...

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Posted on: October 17, 2023

Registration for 12U & 14U flag football ends this week

Youth play a game in the City of Fort Walton Beach's flag football league.

Registration for the City’s 12U and 14U flag football league closes this week on Oct. 19, with practice beginning in early November. The cost is $25 for city residents and $45 for nonresidents.

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Posted on: October 12, 2023

Autumn Poultry entertains the crowd with Concerts at The Landing performance last week

Autumn Poultry perform Friday night at Concerts at The Landing.

We appreciate Autumn Poultry stepping up a week early to perform at last week's Concerts at The Landing. As they say, they’re no “Spring Chickens,” but they did know how to entertain the crowd. Next up is Below Alaba...
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Posted on: October 12, 2023

City Council meeting summary for Oct. 10, 2023

Councilwoman Gloria DeBerry speaks during a Fort Walton Beach City Council meeting on Tuesday.

The Fort Walton Beach City Council took the following actions during the regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023.
RESOLUTIONS:

2023-18 Resolution to Accept FDOT Grant for the Coral Creek Nature Trail
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Posted on: October 12, 2023

Youth flag football and basketball registration open now

Youth participate in City of Fort Walton Beach flag football and basketball games.

Registration is now open the City of Fort Walton Beach's co-ed flag football and basketball programs.
Registration for 12U and 14U league flag football closes Oct. 19, with practice beginning in early November.
Registration for 8U basketball is ope...
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Posted on: October 3, 2023

National Pedestrian Safety Month video series: All about roundabouts - Video #2

Pedestrian tries to cross roundabout.

The Okaloosa Community Health Improvement Partnership (OCHIP) safety team takes a look at rules of roundabouts in the second video of a series for National Pedestrian Safety Month.

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Posted on: September 28, 2023

Join us for Concerts at The Landing!

Concerts at the Landing line up.

Concerts at the Landing line up.

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Posted on: October 2, 2023

National Pedestrian Safety Month video series: Crosswalk Safety - Video #1

Chance Leavins and Nick Tomecek talk about pedestrian safety in a new video series.

The Okaloosa County Health Department has teamed up with community partners in a campaign to help bring awareness to pedestrian safety.

The campaign includes an elementary school Walk, Bike and Roll-To-School event to be held Oct. 4, a school poster conte...

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Posted on: October 4, 2023

Walk to School at Elliott Point

Students, parents, teachers and law enforcement officers walk to Elliott Point Elementary School.

The City of Fort Walton Beach was happy to be a part of Elliott Point Elementary School's Walk to School Day this morning. Students, their parents, and school faculty were joined by Fort Walton Mayor Dick Rynearson, Council members Gloria DeBerry...

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Posted on: September 28, 2023

City Council appoints John Mead to empty council seat

The Fort Walton City Council appointed John Mead to empty council seat during Sept. 26 meeting.

During the City Council’s Regular Meeting held Tuesday, the Fort Walton Beach City Council voted 6-0 to appoint John Mead to fill the vacant seat left when former City Councilman Larry Patrick resigned in August. In a Special Meeting on the Comprehensive ...

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Posted on: September 28, 2023

MGO portal allows for online permitting, business transactions with city

My Government Online portal allows residents to do business with the city online.

DID YOU KNOW? You don't have to go to City Hall to conduct your city permitting and business transactions?

My Government Online (MGO) is the new City of Fort Walton Beach online portal for Building & Inspection, Planning & Zoning, Business...

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Posted on: September 28, 2023

City's Fire Department helps host Volunteer Firefighter Training Weekend

Volunteer firefighters train during 18th annual Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend.

The City of Fort Walton Beach’s fire department and Okaloosa Technical College recently hosted the Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend. Now in its 18th year, the annual event has expanded to five days of training (Wednesday through S...

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