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CITIZENS SIGNS OFF ON POSSIBLE RATE HIKES

Jun 22nd, 2016 | Comments Off on CITIZENS SIGNS OFF ON POSSIBLE RATE HIKES

 

By JIM SAUNDERS
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, June 22, 2016………. Pointing to a “crisis” in costly water-damage claims, the Citizens Property Insurance Board of Governors on Wednesday unanimously approved a proposed 6.8 percent statewide rate increase.

The proposal would have varying effects for customers of the state-backed insurer, with some homeowners seeing premiums go up more than 6.8 percent and some seeing smaller increases — or even decreases. State regulators will decide whether to approve the rate changes, which would take effect in early 2017. read more » »

MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF INFANT

Jun 22nd, 2016 | Comments Off on MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF INFANT

 

For Immediate Release per WCSO
June 21, 2016

Bielec Jr. Arrest

Bielec Jr. Arrest

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— An arrest has been made in an investigation stemming from the December death of a 2-month-old infant.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a medical assist on December 13, 2015 in reference to an infant, unresponsive at the Raceway Store at 14338 US 90 in Mossy Head.  The child was transported to Sacred Heart where he was pronounced dead on December 14, 2015.   read more » »

In this week’s DeFuniak Herald Beach Breeze

Jun 22nd, 2016 | Comments Off on In this week’s DeFuniak Herald Beach Breeze

This week's edition

Headline news 6/16/16

Jun 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Headline news 6/16/16

DFS CITY COUNCIL JUNE 13 MEETING

Approves non-binding letter of intent for airport project

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DFS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETS JUNE 9

Hears about target areas for development

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FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL JUNE 14 MEETING

Talks funding projects and priorities

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PLANNING COMMISSION JUNE 9 MEETING

Gulf Place development drops hotel, moves forward

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SCHOOL BOARD JUNE 7 WORKSHOPS, MEETING

Discusses insurance and retiree benefits

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WALTON COUNTY K9 EARNS HONORS AT USPCA FIELD TRIALS 

People, Places & Things

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PUBLIC MEETING JUNE 7 ON DEER LAKE STATE PARK

Attendees hear and comment on 10-year plan for park

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TAMPA BAY DRAFTS PAXTON ATHLETE

Austin Franklin to play for Tampa Bay Rays

 

Photos of the week 6.16.16

Jun 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Photos of the week 6.16.16

 

McKnight

COMPETITIVE FLORIDA GRANT COORDINATOR Bob McKnight and Economic Development Committee members discuss where the city is in the process as they approach the second year of the grant the city was awarded from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

DEPUTY CHRIS WHATMOUGH AND K9 FARO. K9 “Faro” and handler Deputy Chris Whatmough finished top 15 in the country this week at the National USPCA Canine Field Trials. (WCSO photo)

DEPUTY CHRIS WHATMOUGH AND K9 FARO. K9 “Faro” and handler Deputy Chris Whatmough finished top 15 in the country this week at the National USPCA Canine Field Trials. (WCSO photo)

 

 

 

Ten-year plan under consideration for Deer Lake State Park

Jun 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Ten-year plan under consideration for Deer Lake State Park

 

By DOTTY NIST

YLER MALDONADO speaks to attendees at the June 7 public hearing on Deer Lake State Park. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

TYLER MALDONADO speaks to attendees at the June 7 public hearing on Deer Lake State Park. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

WALTON COUNTY, FLA— State park personnel were in Walton County on June 7 to hear from the public about a 10-year plan under consideration for Deer Lake State Park in southeastern Walton County.
About a dozen members of the public attended the meeting, which was held in the pavilion at Eden Gardens State Park.
Tyler Maldonado, park planner, spoke about the park and the plan. read more » »

Gulf Place development minus hotel, eight other proposals move forward with favorable recommendations

Jun 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Gulf Place development minus hotel, eight other proposals move forward with favorable recommendations

By DOTTY NIST

ARCHITECTURAL ELEVATIONS submitted for the Culver's Restaurant recommended for approval by the Walton County Planning Commission.

 ARCHITECTURAL ELEVATIONS submitted for  the Culver’s Restaurant recommended for  approval by the Walton County Planning  Commission.

Miramar Beach, FL — Along with eight other requests on the agenda, the Gulf Place Lots 19 & 20 proposal was back before the Walton County Planning Commission on June 9, minus a 50-unit hotel that had previously been part of the plans for the development.
The June 9 planning commission meeting took place at the South Walton Annex. read more » »

Freeport City Council talks funding projects and priorities

Jun 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Freeport City Council talks funding projects and priorities

Story by JEFFREY POWELL

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Freeport, Fla. — The Freeport City Council held its first regularly scheduled meeting of the month on June 14, 2016. Approximately 20 citizens attended the 2 and 1/2 hour gathering, which was held at Freeport City Hall. Councilwoman Elizabeth Brannon was not in attendance for the 9 a.m. meeting.
The meeting began with a short presentation by Restore Act Coordinator Billy Williams and outgoing Economic Development Alliance (EDA) Director Steve Yeager. read more » »

DFS City Council approves non-binding letter of intent for airport project

Jun 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on DFS City Council approves non-binding letter of intent for airport project

By ELIZABETH SINCLAIR

 

DeFuniak Springs, Fla.— Flags were flying at half-staff Monday, June 13 at the DeFuniak Springs City Hall as the City Council began its regular meeting.
Sara Comander, representing the DeFuniak Springs Business and Professional Association, notified the council of changes that had to be made in the Fourth of July festivities due to the high level of water in the Lakeyard. read more » »

Residents walk in support of customary use of the beach

Jun 14th, 2016 | Comments Off on Residents walk in support of customary use of the beach
THE GROUP of Stand Your Sand walkers set off, heading west from Camp Helen. (Photo courtesy of Lynn Nesmith).

THE GROUP of Stand Your Sand walkers set off, heading west from Camp Helen. (Photo courtesy of Lynn Nesmith).

By DOTTY NIST 

 

“It was such a beautiful day,” said Dave Rauschkolb.
With a smaller turnout than expected due to bad weather, but undampened enthusiasm, a group of residents walked a large part of the Walton County coastline on June 4 in support of customary use of the beach by the public. The walk, termed “Stand Your Sand,” was the idea of Rauschkolb, a Walton County resident and business owner. A small group of walkers joined him for a 13-mile trek along the coast, from Camp Helen near the county line to Grayton Beach State Park. read more » »