Archive for July, 2007

Okaloosa County Florida Budget hearings

July 13, 2007

Commission Meeting Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Budget Hearings Begin

The Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners will hold their next public

Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 17, at 8:30 a.m. at the Okaloosa Co. Water & Sewer

Building, 1804 Lewis Turner Boulevard, in Ft. Walton Beach.

Additionally, the department and agency budget hearings also begin on July 17,

at 1:00 p.m., with an overview. The first Budget Hearing will include departments

with non-discretionary funds or non- ad valorem tax funds:

Tax Collector 1:30 PM

911 Coordinator 1:45 PM

Road/Bridge Construction 2:00 PM

Solid Waste 2:15 PM

Inspections 2:30 PM

Airports 2:45 PM

Tourist Development Council 3:00 PM

Conference Center 3:15 PM

Water & Sewer 3:30 PM

Update on Restoration of Okaloosa beaches

July 6, 2007

Restoration of Destin beaches from the Okaloosa/Walton County line to Henderson Beach State Park, a distance of over 2 miles, has been completed. The planting of sea oats for this project, to help protect the dunes from future storms, should be completed by July 31, 2007.               Remaining projects include all of Destin and all of Okaloosa Island (including portions of the Air Force’s Property) and are anticipated to be completed by 2008. The Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is organizing and funding these future efforts in partnership with Okaloosa County, the City of Destin and Eglin Air Force Base.            

            Emerald Coast beaches were spotlighted this year in Southern Living and have been voted “Best Beach in the South” and “Best Family Destination in the South,” by its readers for 12 consecutive years. Tourism generates in excess of $1.5 billion annually for Okaloosa County.

            The completed beach restoration project will cost the TDC approximately $465,000 per year, for a total of $4.1 million, which will be funded through the resort tax collections or bed taxes. The TDC is committed to funding restoration projects for the remainder of Okaloosa County beaches. For more information and updates, visit

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