News Flash

News items

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.

Property owners receive $10,000 matching grant for work to downtown building.

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 Manager Jeff Peters and Council member Gloria DeBerry, as they are awarded a matching $10,000 grant for improvements they made to their building at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and Ferry Road SE.


Downtown Fort Walton Beach property owners Glenn and Valerie Wenzel recently received a $10,000 matching grant from the City of Fort Walton Beach's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for improvements they made to their 2-story commercial building at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and Ferry Road.


The ground floor of the Wenzel's 5,000-square-foot building has been home to the popular restaurant Burrito Del Sol for about a decade. The second floor has office space that is leased to several professional businesses. Valerie Wenzel said she and her husband had been planning some renovations for the building.

“We had work we wanted to do to the building, but golly, it’s expensive,” said Valerie, “This (grant) really helped.”
Valerie said the grant helped offset some of the more than $25,000 the couple spent on improvements. The project included repainting the exterior, replacing exterior light fixtures and railings around the second-story windows, and the construction of a fence at the back of the building to provide a secure storage area for the restaurant.
The Wenzel’s grant was part of the CRA’s Façade Grant Program, which provides a matching grant of up to $10,000 for improvements to properties within the city’s CRA district.  
The Fort Walton Beach CRA district was established in 1977 to eliminate slum and blight by promoting reinvestment and revitalization in the community.  The Façade Grant supports those goals by encouraging private investment and helping to provide an attractive environment for business activity and growth in the CRA district.
Other recent recipients of the Façade Grant include Sun Kolache Donut & Bubble Tea at 61 Beal Parkway and The Laundry Room - Fort Walton Beach at 35 Walter Martin Road.
As a commercial property owner, Wenzel said she sees the program have a domino effect in the community. The program incentivizes property owners to keep their buildings in good shape, which helps them attract and keep good tenants, which in turn leads to more customers and growth within the CRA district.
“We appreciate the city partnering with property owners and business owners,” said Wenzel. “It makes a huge difference.”
For more information on the CRA and the programs it administers visit:

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News items

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

More than 50 teens enjoy evening event at Recreation Center Saturday

Posted on: January 30, 2024 | Last Modified on: October 3, 2023
City Hall Building

Upcoming City Council meetings

Posted on: January 17, 2024
More than a dozen bicyclists turned out Saturday for the Kenwood Community Bike Ride.

Community Bike Ride in Kenwood

Posted on: January 13, 2024
Residents and police participate in a community bike ride in downtown Fort Walton Beach.

January Community Bike Ride

Posted on: January 8, 2024
City Hall Building

January City Council meetings

Posted on: January 2, 2024
The Fort Walton Beach City Hall Chamber.

Council meets for workshop on vagrancy

Posted on: December 18, 2023
Holiday Office Closures.

Holiday office closures

Posted on: December 19, 2023
The Fort Walton Beach City Hall Chamber.

Upcoming City Council meeting agendas

Posted on: December 11, 2023
Residents and police participate in a community bike ride in downtown Fort Walton Beach.

CANCELED: Kenwood Community Bike Ride

Posted on: December 9, 2023
Flyer for ballet classes at the Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center.

Ballet with Miss Kate

Posted on: December 4, 2023
Flyer for the Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade Lineup

Posted on: December 1, 2023
Picture of cemetery in Fort Walton Beach.

Fort Walton Beach’s two cemeteries

Posted on: November 22, 2023
City Manager Jeff Peters unveils the FWB360 logo to the Fort Walton Beach City Council.

City Council summary for Nov. 14

Posted on: November 16, 2023
Fort Walton Beach residents gather to celebrate Veterans Day.

Veterans Day Ceremony in Fort Watlon Beach

Posted on: November 11, 2023
New restrooms at Ferry Park are now open.

Ferry Park restrooms now open

Posted on: November 10, 2023
An illustration of two service members in front of a flag.

Veterans Day office closures

Posted on: November 6, 2023
The Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade is set for Monday, Dec. 4, 2023.

Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade

Posted on: November 8, 2023
Fort Walton Beach employees pour concrete for new restroom facility at Ferry Park.

Ferry Park restrooms update

Posted on: October 30, 2023
City Hall Building

City Council summary for Oct. 24

Posted on: October 26, 2023
Fort Walton Beach City Manager Jeff Peters presents the October Yard of the Month award.

Yard of the Month for October

Posted on: October 26, 2023
City Hall - Distance shot

City Council Meeting Tonight at 6 p.m.

Posted on: October 24, 2023
Trick-or-treaters pose in a Barbie box at the City of Fort Walton Beach's 2023 Fall Carnival.

2023 Fall Carnival was a big success

Posted on: October 23, 2023
Concerts at the Landing line up.

Join us for Concerts at The Landing!

Posted on: September 28, 2023
Students, parents, teachers and law enforcement officers walk to Elliott Point Elementary School.

Walk to School at Elliott Point

Posted on: October 4, 2023