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Blackwater River State Forest Wiregrass Trail - 07/21/2008



The Blackwater River State Forest offers a natural retreat set amidst the beautiful rolling hills of northwest Florida. Reaching from Conecuh National Forest along the Alabama border toward Eglin Air Force Base, this state forest is Florida's largest at nearly 190,000 acres. The forest is characterized by its many streams, including the namesake Blackwater River, that flow gently south as they make their way to the Gulf of Mexico. Located in the northern extent of the state forest, the Wiregrass Trail is certified as a segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail and a portion is included in the Division of Forestry's Trailwalker Program. Among its highlights, the trail takes hikers through part of one of the largest remaining stands of longleaf pine/wiregrass natural community found anywhere.




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Major Activities

Trail Length/Surface:
12.7 miles from end to end, unpaved

Fee: None

Counties: Okaloosa, Santa Rosa

Nearby Cities: Munson, Crestview




Notes:
The hiking trail is blazed orange. Heading northwest from the North Hurricane Lake Recreation Area, the trail is 6.4 miles to the terminus at the Alabama border. Heading southeast, it is 6.3 miles to the Jackson Red Ground Trail, which is a continuation of the Florida National Scenic Trail.

The Florida Trail Association (FTA) produces a detailed hiking guide and segment-by-segment maps which are very useful for hiking the Florida National Scenic Trail. For more information, visit FTA's website at http://www.florida-trail.org/ or call 1-877-HIKEFLA.

The 6.3 mile segment from Hurricane Lake to Jackson Red Ground Trail is part of the Division of Forestry's Trailwalker Program. This program offers recognition awards for hiking designated trails in state forests throughout Florida. For more information, contact the office below or visit the program's website (www.fl-dof.com/Recreation/Trailwalker/index.html) .

Directions/Access:
North Hurricane Lake Recreation Area
From Munson, head east on SR 4 2.8 miles to Hurricane Lake Road. Turn left onto Hurricane Lake Road (which eventually becomes Beaver Creek Road) and continue north 8.6 miles to Bullard Church Road. Turn right and continue 1.1 miles to Nichols Road. Take a right and continue to the recreation area. Go to the kiosk in the campground.

From Crestview, head west on US 90 to the intersection with SR 4. Take a right on SR 4 and follow to Hurricane Lake Road. Turn right onto Hurricane Lake Road (which eventually becomes Beaver Creek Road) and continue north 8.6 miles to Bullard Church Road. Turn right and continue 1.1 miles to Nichols Road. Take a right and continue to the recreation area. Go to the kiosk in the campground.

If coming from I-10, take the Avalon Boulevard Exit (Exit 22). Follow Avalon Boulevard to US 90. Take a right and continue to Burger King. Take a left at Stuart Street (Hwy 87). Go to Milton High School. Take a right across from Milton High School on Hwy 191. Follow for approximately 20 miles to Munson crossroads (Hwy 191 and SR 4). Follow directions from Munson above.


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More pictures added to the MLS for the airport home at 502 Tailspin - 06/30/2008





















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Coldwell Banker wins the Innovator of the year award - 05/20/2008


Beginning May 15th, 2008, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, the 2007 Inman News' Innovator of the Year winner in the brokerage/franchise category, became the first national full-service real estate company to distribute its listings to a GPS device. Coldwell Banker worked with Dash Navigation Inc., the first GPS provider to have an Internet connected GPS device and deliver Web-based content directly to the GPS.Just as Coldwell Banker now feeds listings to such Web sites as Google, Yahoo, Trulia and others, brand listings from around the U.S. will now be fed to DASH users by accepting the Coldwell Banker feed via their "myDash" personalized Web site. Listings then automatically load on their Dash navigation device."We have been waiting for the day to deliver our listings to GPS users and are thrilled that the Dash Express has finally opened that door to us," said Michael Fischer, senior vice president of marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "Our relationship with Dash is a natural progression in our effort to have consumers engage with Coldwell Banker at every turn so that when the time comes to enter the market they are apt to collaborate with a Coldwell Banker sales associate. "The Coldwell Banker feed, now exclusive to Dash, allows consumers to call up Coldwell Banker listings, map them, get directions and view other Coldwell Banker listings in close proximity.


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Crestview Florida Main Street office building for sale more pictures of the landmark building - 05/20/2008































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Landmark office Building for sale over 5700 sq ft on Historic Main Street - 03/18/2008


Commercial Sales - Office

MLS #: 488332m OfficeFile#: ListPrice: $1,190,000
Status: Active Last Change: Property Type:
PropName: CHIROPRACTIC & ATTORNEY BUILDING Price/Sq Ft:
Location: 102 & 104 MAIN STREET Price/Unit:
CRESTVIEW, FL Price/Acre:
ZipCode: 32536 Building Sq Ft: 5715
County: OKALOOSA Frontage:
MainArea: 25 Crestview Area WF Feet:
SubArea: 03 CRESTVIEW NORTHWEST YearBuilt: 1925
ParcelID: 17-3N-23-2490-0008-048F Const Status: Existing
Directions: Downtown Crestview corner of N. Main Street and Industrial.

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Truly priced to sell, this is a one-of-a-kind building great for investing in the rapidly growing Crestview area. With a perfect location in downtown Crestview's revitalized "Florida Main Street" state-designated historic district, this two-story circa 1925 landmark was built as a hotel with eleven rooms on the second floor which were converted into office space. It is situated thirty miles from the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, near Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Pensacola & Navarre on the I-10 corridor in the fastest growing city of its size in the entire state; also near aerospace hub of Eglin Air Force Base with rapid growth due to BRAC realignment. The first floor has two separate storefronts, one of which is currently a doctor's office and will relocate or continue with a lease. This storefront features terrazo flooring. The entire second floor has clear-coated tongue-and-groove heart of pine walls and ten-foot ceilings with exposed "Chicago Brick" on the outer facing walls. The second floor also includes a full kitchen, tiled floors, a gas range, crown molding and trim on all 17 second-story windows and solid wood custom cabinets as well as hand-built custom carpentry with cypress, cedar, and pine throughout. Each room has a ceiling fan. The second-floor bath features a custom-built tiled shower. There is a 420 square foot deck off the second floor as well. The exterior is all brick with new hurricane-insulated windows and 2 new insulated and tinted storefront windows. These are the all new 2000-2005 mechanicals: new A/C and heat pumps, electrical wiring, plubming, CAT5 data/telephone lines and amplified digital cable to current code in every room. This property need to be seen to be truly appreciated. It is ideal for office space or a restaurant/bar. A unique piece of property you don't want to miss. Owner may finance for qualified buyer.

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New Coldwell Banker Ads - 03/11/2008








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Click the button to call me - 03/05/2008



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Study Military's impact strong and growing - 03/05/2008

Press release came across my mailbox today.

Who do you turn to for economic security along the Emerald Coast when the bottom drops from the real estate market?

The military.

A study released by Enterprise Florida concluded that military spending remains one of the state's leading growth industries.

DOCUMENTS:
Read the entire Florida Defense Factbook
Read the economic impact analysis: Volume 1 , Volume 2 and Volume 3

It's particularly valuable to Northwest Florida, where defense-related spending accounts for 35 percent of gross regional product.

According to the "Florida Defense Industry Economic Impact Analysis" completed by the University of West Florida's Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development, between Oct. 1, 2004, and Sept. 30, 2005, in Okaloosa County:

l Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field generated $2.2 billion in defense spending.

l Countywide, the economic impact of the military was $6.6 billion.

l The average annual earnings per military job is approximately $81,300, or 199 percent more than the area's other jobs in industries such as farming, retail and construction.

The air bases are "incredibly important for all the obvious reasons," said Jim Breitenfeld of the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council. "The high wages. The total spending."

Though the report attributes 73 percent of economic activity in Okaloosa to defense-related spending, Breitenfeld said he wasn't alarmed because the bases are stable employers.

"I don't know if we're dependent (on the military), but it would be a heck of a withdrawal if it disappears tomorrow," he said.

Breitenfeld would like to see Northwest Florida diversify economically in areas where it has competitive advantage such as aviation and high-technology information processing.

In Santa Rosa County, Naval Air Station Whiting Field contributed some $857 million to the economy. Its average annual military wage in fiscal year 2005 was $99,800.

Overall, the military presence in Florida promises only to grow, the Haas report continued. By 2010, military spending statewide might have an impact of $59.5 billion, which would be $7.5 billion more than in 2005.

"While Florida's economy has faced challenges during the past few quarters, particularly in areas hardest hit by the real estate slowdown, high-wage, defense-related jobs are somewhat immune to downturns in the business cycle," said Enterprise Florida president John Adams in a news release.

"They provide strength in Florida's economy even in difficult times."

Daily News Staff Writer Mladen Rudman

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Kohls Fort Walton Beach coming soon - 03/05/2008

FORT WALTON BEACH - Although its corporate office still will not confirm it, Kohl's is coming.

The Okaloosa County Commission unanimously approved site plans for a new Kohl's department store to be located near the intersection of Beal Parkway and Hurlburt Road in Fort Walton Beach.

With Tuesday's approval, construction is expected to start early next month, said John Kramp, site development manager for Kohl's. He said they hope to have the store open by the end of the year.

"It's going to be a fairly long road (before the store opens)," Kramp said. "The timetable is up in the air."

The first phase will be the demolition of the Bay Furniture building.

The new 103,990-square-foot department store will replace the old Bay Furniture next to Winn-Dixie.

The only question commissioners had about the project before its approval was about its storm-water retention. Storm-water guidelines are stricter now than when the furniture store was built, and Kohl's will have to upgrade the retention ponds.

The Daily News contacted Kohl's corporate office Tuesday afternoon for additional information on the new store. Despite its impending approval, Kohl's would not confirm the store.

"At this time, we've not announced any plans to open a new store in the Fort Walton Beach community," Kohl's spokeswoman Courtney K. Rogaczewski responded in an e-mail. "Kohl's has an ongoing real estate assessment process. At any given time, Kohl's is reviewing sites in communities nationwide. We do not comment on real estate speculation. When we have firm details, we are happy to share it at that time."

That is the same response Rogaczewski sent to the Daily News last month.

Article by

Dusty Ricketts





I was really happy to see this I would always find myself going to the Kohls in Ohio for this and that and its about time we got one of these.

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Mossy head blackstone development - 03/05/2008

Mossy Head is a peaceful, sleepy community

Also in the future of Mossy Head is the

Blackstone Development, a 1,300 acre major

project that will provide a balanced mix of residences,

shops, services, civic building and recreational

facilities. There will be approximately

3,300 dwellings (2,200 single-family and 1,100

multi-family units), 140,00 square feet of retail

and service, 37,500 square feet of office space,

day care and an 18 hole golf course. Phase I may

begin as early as 2006 with an anticipated buildout

date of 2015-2020.

The size of these developments will call for

infrastructure needs, most importantly water and

sewer. Tom Terrell, President of Mossy Head

Waterworks, is working closely with the Walton

County Board of Commissioners to explore

options to provide the necessary services. District

3 Commissioner Larry Jones, who represents the

area, agrees that there is going to be a pressing

need in the not-so distant future. Details, costs

and a timeframe are still being looked at, but

Jones wants the county to move quickly so that

sewer service is available at the industrial park by

the time the new school opens.

The Mossy Head Elementary School, to be

located on a 20 acre site was donated from the

Board of County Commissioners to the School

Board, is anticipated to be open for the 2008

school year. The School Board is actively looking

for locations to build a Junior and High School.

Commissioner Larry Jones has worked hard

to obtain a grant for a community park and the

efforts paid off when Walton County was awarded

a grant in the amount of $200,000 from DEP

through the Florida Recreation Development

Assistance Program (FRDAP). The park site is

located at 13170 US Highway 90, just behind the

Mossy Head EMS Station. Walton received a

waiver of any matching requirements through the

REDI (Rural Economic Development Initiative).

The park will have a pavilion, playground with

splash pad, swing sets, an exercise trail, picnic

facilities, benches, restrooms, fencing, and parking

area.

Welcome to the future Mossy Head!

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