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🚨 FWB: A woman’s body was found in a wooded area on Maples Street near Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach on Monday morning. According to the city, the Fort Walton Beach Police Department received a call regarding the body around 10am. Officers arrived on-scene and confirmed that there was deceased woman in the area. Circumstances surrounding the death are unknown at this time.
💰 Helen Back Navarre: The building that was once the home of Helen Back Again in Navarre has been sold for $1.25 million, according to the Navarre Press. The report states that JTS Capital Realty BB LLC was originally seeking $1.75 million. The new owners are open to restaurant, retail or other potential ventures looking to utilize the building. Click here to read more about the future plans.
❄️ Sever weather: According to WEAR Channel 3, a weak cold front is heading to northwest Florida early this (Tuesday) morning. This cold front (cold front #1 of the week) will bring an isolated rain chance, a wind direction shift and a bit of a cool down. The second cold front will arrive this weekend says Morning Meteorologist Kaitlin Wright. This one has the potential to be stronger.
🙀 Weird sea life:On Sunday at approximately 3:15pm, a witness was walking on Navarre Breach near parking lot 37-B when an unknown item was discovered at the water’s edge of the Gulf. At the time, the item had a faint resemblance to a human hand. The witness picked the item up with a bag and took it to the Navarre Beach Fire Department. At that point, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted.
Sheriff’s Crime Scene and Detectives arrived on scene to take possession of the item for continued investigation. On Monday morning, just after 11:00am, the Sheriff’s Office received verbal confirmation through the Medical Examiners Officer, the item discovered on Navarre Beach IS NOT a hand or any other human body part. The item is believed to be some type of sea life.
Have you ever seen anything like this?
More items being discussed at the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioner’s meeting this morning
✏️ Election cost sharing: In front of the board this morning is a cost-sharing/saving measure which would align more local elections on one day. This would, in theory, have affects on the costs of elections and would change some election dates from where they are now to the general election dates in November. The average cost for a city election is approximately $10,000. The City of Destin has opted to move its city election to coincide with general elections. The Supervisor of Elections is seeking guidance from the Board on how they wish to fund city elections, so the City of Destin may be notified and evaluate their options moving forward.
Sidenote: it will be interesting to see the outcome of this as FWB City Councilman David Schmidt continues to have talks in FWB about moving the municipal election date to November as well.
📺 Testing the media waters: The tourism department is asking the board for permission to spend $220,000 on a study to determine how many people are coming to our area due to advertisements and earned media the County is putting out into the wider world. The idea is that this study will help the County determine if the hard-earned tourism tax dollars they are spending on media campaigns are bringing more people to our area to vacation.
🌊The importance of the Gulf: The commissioners will also vote on a proposed resolution to proclaim 2020 as the year to recognize the importance of the Gulf of Mexico to the nation.
The meeting is happening at the Crestview Courthouse (101 James Lee Blvd, Crestview) at 830am this morning.
County seeking recycling committee volunteers
♻️ The Deets: On November 5, 2019 the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners voted in agreement of the formation of a committee to review, comment and/or make recommendations to the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners on matter of Recycling administration and operations.
👥 Members: Nine (9) member committee.
- Three at-large citizens/residents
- One member from the Senior Professionals
- One member for the education community
- Two members recommended by the League of Cities (one North, one South)
- One member representing commercial businesses
- One member representing the environmental community
♻️ Term: 2 years
Ok, that’s all I have for you today. Hope you have a great Tuesday and we will talk more tomorrow!
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