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Encyclopedia > Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Nickname: The Emerald Coast
Location of the city within the state of Florida
Country United States
State Florida
County Okaloosa
Government
 - Mayor Mike Anderson
Area
 - City 8.2 sq mi (21.3 km²)
 - Land 7.5 sq mi (19.3 km²)
 - Water 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km²)
Population (2005)
 - City 19,817
Time zone CST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-6)
Website: http://www.fwb.org

Fort Walton Beach is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States.As of 2005, the population estimate for Fort Walton Beach, Florida is 19,817 recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau.[1] // A nickname is a name of a person or thing other than its proper name. ... Image File history File links FLMap-doton-FortWaltonBeach. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Following is a list of counties in Florida. ... Okaloosa County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Michael Moschello Anderson (born September 21, 1973 in Winnsboro, South Carolina) is an American Football running back who currently plays for the Denver Broncos of the NFL. In 2000 Anderson was chosen as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Okaloosa County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...


Fort Walton Beach is a year round fishing and beach resort. Its busiest time of the year is spring break, while thousands of people flock to the Emerald Coast. Emerald-green waters in Destin, FL, part of the Emerald Coast. Pensacola Beach, part of the Emerald Coast. The Emerald Coast (sometimes called the Redneck Riviera) is an area in the southeastern United States on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, roughly bounded by Pensacola, Florida on the west...

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History

Prehistoric settlement of the Fort Walton Beach is attributed to the mound building "Fort Walton Culture" that flourished from approximately 1100~1550 AD. This culture appeared to come about due to contact with the major Mississippian centers to the north and west. It was the most complex in the north west Florida region. The Fort Walton peoples put in to practice mound building, intensive agriculture, made pottery in a variety of vessel shapes and had a hierarchial settlement patterns that reflected other Mississippian societies.


The first Europeans to step foot into what is now Okaloosa County and the Fort Walton Beach area were members of Cabeza de Vaca's party, who travelled by boat from what is now Panama City Beach, Florida in 1528- "Then we set out to sea again, coasting towards the River of Palms. Every day our thirst and hunger increased because our supplies were giving out, as well as the water supply, for the pouches we had made from the legs of our horses soon became rotten and useless. From time to time we would enter some inlet or cove that reached very far inland, but we found them all shallow and dangerous, and so we navigated through them for thirty days, meeting sometimes Indians who fished and were poor and wretched people".


The area is described at "Baixa de Baca" in a Spanish map dated 1566. In later English and French maps the area of was noted as "Baya Santa Rosa" or "Bay St. Rose". A number of Spanish artifacts, including a portion of brigantine leather armor, are housed in the Indian Temple Mound Museum.


Contrary to popular belief, there is no documentary evidence of pirates using the area as a base of operations. Piracy was rampant in the Gulf of Mexico from pirates working out of Hispaniola, the Caribbean, and the Florida Keys. Notable raids occurred in 1683 and 1687 against the Spanish fort at San Marcos de Apalachee (by French and English buccanneers), a 1712 raid against Port Dauphin (now Alabama) by English pirates from Martinique, and the actions of the late 18th century adventurer William Augustus Bowles who was based out of Apalachicola. Bowles was never referred to as "Billy Bowlegs" in period documentation.


During the era of Spanish and English colonization, the area of what was to become Fort Walton Beach was noted in several journals but no worthwhile permanent presence was established.


Originally, Fort Walton Beach was named "Camp Walton." In 1861, Camp Walton was a confederate military camp made up of the 1st Florida Regiment, which consisted of men from the Walton County Militia. At this time, Okaloosa County did not yet exist. Walton County received its name from Col. George Walton, who served as an aid under Andrew Jackson and whose father, George Walton Sr., is the 56th signer of the Declaration of Independence. As a result of Col. Walton's influence in the politics of northwest Florida, his name was honored by establishing Walton County.


The 1st Florida regiments camp was located in front of the Indian Temple Mound, which is now known as the Heritage Park and Cultural Center, and their mission was to protect the "Narrows" from Union ships. Although the 1st Florida Regiment did not see much action, they did keep busy by digging up prehistoric Indian remains buried in the Indian Temple Mound and displaying them at camp.


Geography

Fort Walton Beach is located at 30°25′13″N, 86°37′0″W (30.420199, -86.616727).GR1


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.3 km² (8.2 mi²). 19.3 km² (7.4 mi²) of it is land and 2.0 km² (0.8 mi²) of it (9.26%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Transportation

Nearby Okaloosa Regional Airport (airport code VPS) serves Fort Walton Beach, as well as Valparaiso, Florida. Airlines that currently serve Okaloosa Regional Airport are American Eagle, Delta Airlines, Delta Connection, Continental Express, Continental Connection, and Northwest Airlines. They provide non-stop service to Atlanta, Chicago O'Hare (begins 9/5/07), Cincinnati, Dallas Ft. Worth, Houston, Memphis, Orlando, and Tampa. Also the Okaloosa County Transit provides public transportation though out the county. Okaloosa Regional Airport (IATA: VPS, ICAO: KVPS) is an airport located near Valparaiso and Fort Walton Beach, in Okaloosa County, Florida, USA. It is located within Eglin Air Force Base, so no private aircraft are permitted to leave out of or arrive at Okaloosa Regional. ... Valparaiso is a city located in Okaloosa County, Florida. ...


Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 19,973 people[2], 8,460 households, and 5,419 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 78.8% White, 13.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 2.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.0% of the population.


There were 8,460 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.85.[3]


In the city the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.7 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $40,153, and the median income for a family was $45,791.


Notable Natives

  • Jason Elam - National Football League kicker
  • Carolyn Murphy - internationally acclaimed model
  • Danny Wuerffel - Heisman Trophy Winner, quarterback
  • Andrew Mundy and Kendall Marsh - known in Fort Walton Beach for their talents in street art and custom made stencils and paintings. makshft.bigcartel.com
  • John Bollinger - notable for the best looking half bleached hair ever and his uncanny ability to be awkward around most people especially females.

Jason Elam (born March 8, 1970 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida) is an American football player, currently a placekicker with the Denver Broncos. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... Carolyn Murphy (born on August 11, 1973), is an American supermodel. ... Photograph of the once famous model Dovima A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising. ... Danny Carl Wuerffel (Born:May 27, 1974 in Pensacola, Florida) is an American football player who won the 1996 Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback at the University of Florida under coach Steve Spurrier. ... Official Logo The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (often known simply as the Heisman Trophy or The Heisman), named after former college football player and coach John Heisman, is awarded annually to the most outstanding collegiate football player in the U.S. The award is considered the highest individual player honor...

Economy

The economy of Fort Walton Beach is driven by two primary factors: the military, and tourism. There are two major Air Force bases which border Fort Walton Beach. Hurlburt Field which is home to Headquarters, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), the 1st Special Operations Wing, and the Joint Special Operations University. Eglin AFB is home to the Air Force Material Command's Air Armament Center, the 46th Test Wing, and Air Combat Command's 33rd Fighter Wing. Eglin is geographically one of the largest Air Force bases at 724 square miles (1,875 km²), and thus home to joint exercises, and missile and bomb testing. For example, the 'Mother of All Bombs' (MOAB) was first tested at Eglin AFB on March 11, 2003. Hurlburt Field is a base of the United States Air Force located in Okaloosa County, Florida on the Eglin Air Force Base reservation immediately west of the Town of Mary Esther. ... AFSOC logo. ... // Activated as the 16th Pursuit Group on December 1, 1932, in the Panama Canal Zone. ... Eglin Air Force Base is a base of the United States Air Force that belongs to the Air Force Materiel Command; the Air Armament Center is the host unit. ... Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) was created July 1, 1992 through the reorganization of Air Force Logistics Command and Air Force Systems Command. ... The 46th Test Wing (46 TW) is a wing of the United States Air Force based out of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. ... Air Combat Command (ACC) is a major command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force. ... The Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) (also known as the Mother Of All Bombs) is a large-yield conventional bomb developed by the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts Jr. ...


There is support industry in the area that benefits from the presence of the bases, including military contractors and the service industry. In Jan 2005, employment (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) in the area was as follows (all numbers indicate percentages of civilian labor force):

Comparison of January 2005 employment statistics for Fort Walton Beach area and Florida
Category FWB Florida
Employment 84.6 --
Unemployment 3.3 4.4
Total Nonfarm 84.0 90.1
Construction & Mining 5.1 6.0
Manufacturing 4.1 4.6
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 15.7 18.0
Information 2.2 2.0
Financial Activities 6.4 6.0
Professional and Business Services 12.1 15.6
Educational and Health Services 7.7 11.0
Leisure and Hospitality 11.4 10.2
Other Services 3.9 3.8
Government 15.4 12.9

Note the lower unemployment rate, which is a consistent feature of the local economy.


The tourism industry is seasonal, with summer being the primary season, and a smaller peak season during spring break, though Panama City Beach is currently (2005) the nearest college spring break favorite. The Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival is held annually. Panama City Beach is a suburb of Panama City, located in Bay County, Florida. ... The annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival is held in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. ...



Cities and communities of Okaloosa County, Florida
County seat Crestview
Incorporated places Cinco Bayou | Crestview | Destin | Fort Walton Beach | Laurel Hill | Mary Esther | Niceville | Shalimar | Valparaiso
Unincorporated places Eglin Air Force Base | Lake Lorraine | Ocean City
Adjacent Counties Covington (AL) | Walton | Santa Rosa | Escambia (AL)


Look up city, City in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with unincorporated. ... Okaloosa County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Crestview is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. ... Image File history File links Okaloosa_County_Florida. ... An incorporated place, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, is a type of governmental unit incorporated under state law as a city, town (except the New England states, New York, and Wisconsin), borough (except in Alaska and New York), or village and having legally prescribed limits, powers, and... Cinco Bayou is a town located in Okaloosa County, Florida. ... Crestview is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. ... Emerald-green waters in Destin, FL, part of Floridas Emerald Coast. Destin is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, commonly known as The Worlds Luckiest Fishing Village. Destin has grown from a historic fishing village to a premiere resort destination. ... Laurel Hill is a city located in Okaloosa County, Florida. ... Mary Esther is a city located in Okaloosa County, Florida. ... Niceville is a city located in Okaloosa County, Florida. ... Shalimar is a town located in Okaloosa County, Florida. ... Valparaiso is a city located in Okaloosa County, Florida. ... In United States law, a region of land is unincorporated if it is not a part of any municipality. ... Eglin Air Force Base is the home of the United States Air Force 96th Air Base Wing of the Air Force Materiel Command, and is also headquarters for more than 45 associate units. ... Lake Lorraine is a census-designated place located in Okaloosa County, Florida. ... Ocean City is a census-designated place located in Okaloosa County, Florida. ... United States of America, showing states, divided into counties. ... Covington County, Alabama is a county of the State of Alabama. ... Walton County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... Santa Rosa County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Escambia County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. ...


External links

  • City of Fort Walton Beach
  • Maps and aerial photos for 30°25′13″N 86°37′00″W / 30.420199, -86.616727Coordinates: 30°25′13″N 86°37′00″W / 30.420199, -86.616727
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    • Satellite image from Google Maps, Windows Live Local, WikiMapia
    • Topographic map from TopoZone
    • Aerial image or topographic map from TerraServer-USA

Fort Walton Culture Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Fort Walton Beach, Florida - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (655 words)
Fort Walton Beach is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States.
The population for the "Fort Walton Beach County Subdivision" according to the 2000 Census is 84,337.
The economy of Fort Walton Beach is driven by two primary factors: the military, and tourism.
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