Fall Festival at Wee Care Park in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 27

Date/time: Friday, Oct. 27, 4 – 6 p.m.

The Matrix Community Outreach Center would like to invite you to their 2017 Fall Festival sponsored by the Salvation Army of Ft. Walton Beach. Come out and join us for all the festivities! Music provided by Jump & Jive Entertainment, activities, food, drinks, and more. The entire event (including food and drinks) is free to the public.

Wee Care Park is located at 552 Walton Road, DeFuniak Springs.

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Choctawhatchee Audubon Society November events

November 2: Monthly Meeting and Presentation:  “Australia: Birding the Land Down Under.” Lenny Fenimore, a local CAS member and widely traveled birder, will recount one of his recent international trips: the early evolution of avian life in Australia will be reviewed. Photos will include modern-day representatives of the endemic families of birds.

The meeting will be held in Room 130 of the student services building (Bldg 400) at the Northwest Florida State College – Niceville campus. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM and the program at 7:00 PM. Admission is free and open to the public. Call or e-mail Dr. Don Baltz at (225) 252-2760, dbaltz@lsu.edu for more information. Please visit our website at Choctawhatcheeaudubon.org and our Facebook page at Choctawhatchee Audubon Society.

November 4: Field Trip.   Bird with Alan Knothe in an exploration of private forest near DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Meet at the Niceville CVS parking lot in Oak Creek Shopping Center at 7:30 or make your way to Goodwin drive about 5 miles west of DeFuniak off Bob Sikes Highway at 8:30. Wear closed toed shoes and long pants and bring a sack lunch. Contact Alan at (850) 208-1780 for additional information.

November 18: Bird Walk. Join expert birder Bruce Purdy in a bird walk at Destin Beaches. Meet in the parking lot at the SW end of Marler Bridge over East Pass at 7:30. Wear closed toed shoes and a hat and have your current beach permit which can be obtained online at eglin.isportsman.net. Contact Bruce at (305) 359-5334 for additional information.

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Downtown Arts Night in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 3

Historic Baldwin Avenue will be the site of DeFuniak Springs Downtown Arts Night. More than 70 artists, craftsmen, and food vendors will line the streets of Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. including wood workers, jewelers, authors, quilters, basket weavers.

There will be a children’s area this Arts Night with a Wacky Deluxe Slide, a children’s art tent and face painting. You can expect food vendors with a great variety of treats that will include BBQ, cookies, cakes and more.

Entertainment includes Bruce Naylor playing smooth vibes on his jazz and blues guitar, Cassidy Freiburger and Bella Pryor, two high school girls singing and playing pop and modern tunes, and a talented bluegrass band will perform on the balcony of Bogey’s Restaurant.

On the 7th Street Stage (sponsored by the Emerald Coast Technical College) will be two amazing performances.

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Locals get old fishing spots back along U.S. Hwy. 331 causeway

Western side of the southbound 331 causeway now open for fishing. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

After concerns were raised by local fishermen about the inability to fish from the 331 bridge causeway after the construction of the new U.S. Hwy 331 bridge, Walton County Commissioner Comander worked with staff and the FDOT to seek an arrangement whereby the FDOT would allow parts of the causeway to be reopened for fishing.

Due to these efforts, the FDOT District Secretary signed a letter giving the authority for removal of the no parking signs in the area of the relief bridge. In exchange, the FDOT asks that the county execute a maintenance agreement for portions of the causeway near the relief bridge.

The areas opened back up are along the northern end of the southbound causeway, along the east and west side. Signs mark the legal parking areas.

To learn more about the area fishermen’s efforts, click here.

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Walton County fishing report for Oct. 11

Fishing is good

Bay: Trout still biting, some large and small. Redfish bite still very good.

River: Some bass bites, but water still high. Crappie in the creeks.

Click here for fishing forecast

Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.”

Click here to find out more about Copeland’s.
Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop
17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S
Freeport, Florida 32439
(850) 835-4277
Store hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat.: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun.: Closed

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Health advisory issued for Bayshore Drive area in the Choctawhatchee Bay

DeFuniak Springs, Fla. – Due to a sewage spill, the Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) is issuing a health advisory for the Bayshore Drive and surrounding areas in the Choctawhatchee Bay.  This health advisory is also issued for the unnamed lake off Forest Shore Drive.

DOH-Walton advises against any water-related activities at the above location until bacteriological sampling reveals that the area is safe.  Sewage from the spill may have contaminated this area.  Individuals, especially those with wounds and weakened immune systems, may be at risk of contracting a water-borne disease if they come into contact with these waters. DOH-Walton will advise the public when water samples confirm that there is no longer a threat to the public.

For more information, contact the Florida Department of Health in Walton County at (850) 892-8021.


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