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Mar 27


Posted to AROUND ABOUT TOWN by Brian Hughes

Don’t let the less-frequented parking lots fool ya. Most Crestview restaurants are not only serving, some have even extended their normal business hours. While patrons can’t actually dine inside under the new regulations, they’re picking up meals from their favorite eateries or having them delivered in increasing numbers.

“We’re seeing a steady business,” Michael McDuffie, manager of his family’s Wild Olive Restaurant, said. “We’re not closing between lunch and dinner anymore, and actually, we’ve started delivering weekly fixed-price meals with sides for families of two, four or six people.”

Mayor JB Whitten and other city officials visited almost every Crestview restaurant from north to south earlier this week.

“I’m really amazed at the resiliency of our businesses,” he said. “Everybody was cheerful, upbeat, hopeful and adapting to the changing situation. First, they had to close every other table. Then they could only do take-out. But they’re all doing their part to stop the spread of the (corona) virus while still serving our citizens.”

For resident Debbie Campbell, who was picking up her lunch order Wednesday at Azteca Mexican restaurant, the new arrangement suits her just fine.

“I’d rather take out than sit down anyway,” she said.

Farther south on State Road 85, May Wright was busily putting together bags of take-out orders at Thai-Siam.

“It’s the same food. The same menu,” she said. “The only difference is now it’s all carry-out.”

From north to south, here’s a rundown of what’s open. Most eateries accept phone and in-person orders. Be sure to socially-distance yourself from other patrons while you’re waiting for your order!

• North 85 Diner/Penny’s Place, 6194 State Road 85, 306.3277, open for take-out

• Pounders Hawaiian Grill, Winn-Dixie shopping center,, open for take-out

• China Star, Winn-Dixie shopping center: closed

• Hot Dog Shoppe, Winn-Dixie shopping center, no answer to calls

• David’s Catfish House, 1296 Ferdon Blvd. N, closed

• Taco Town, 1238-A, Ferdon Blvd. N, 423.0004, open for take-out

• Waffle House, 1130 Ferdon Blvd. N, 758.8643, open for take-out 

• Johnny O’Quigley’s, closed

• WOW: Wings On Wheels food trailer, 971 Industrial Dr, 481.4087, open for take-out

• Azteca, Goodwill shopping center, 682.8206, open for take-out

• Hot Kim Chi, 496 Ferdon Blvd. N, 683.1995, open for take-out

• Vitaliano Pizza, Pasta and More, 398 Hickory Ave. E., 423.1466, open for take-out

• The Wild Olive, 797 Pearl St. N, corner Hickory Ave., 682.4455, open for take-out or delivery

• Thai Siam Cuisine, 396 Cedar Ave., E, 423.4510, open for take-out

• Wings of Fire, 397 James Lee Blvd. E, 689.3473, open for take-out

• Pigstickers BBQ, 898 James Lee Blvd. E, (in American Legion), 826.8805, open for take-out

• Waffle House, 298 James Lee Blvd. W, 682.2515, closed

• Wayne’s Catfish House, 346 James Lee Blvd. W, 398.5266, open for take-out


• Casbah Coffee Company, 196 Pine St. W, 306.1616, open for take-out

• You Sushi and Hibachi, 450 Main St., 306.3986, open for take-out

      • Uncle Bill’s Family Restaurant, 252 Ferdon Blvd. N, closed

      • Back Home Bakery and Café, 307 Main St. N., 398.5472, open for take-out

      • Hideaway Pizza, 326 Main St. N., 682.3225, open for take-out

      • Tom’s Main Street Ice Cream, 269 Main St. N., closed

      • Tropical Palm, 286 Main St. N, 682.5532, open for take-out

      • Arirang Restaurant, 172 Woodruff Ave. E, 398.8903, open for take-out

      • Desi’s Restaurant, 197 Main St. N, 682.7477, open for take-out

      • Lao-Thai Xpress, in Main Street Eats, 147 Main St. N, 561.7804, open for take-out

      • Kay’s Kurbside Café, in Main Street Eats, 147 Main St. N, open for take-out

      • Coney Island Hotdogs, 107 Main St. N, 683.1045, open for take-out

      • Hub City Smokehouse and Grill, 168 Main St. S, 423.7770, open for take-out

      • Good Thing Donuts, 318 Ferdon Blvd. S, 682.3373, open for take-out

      • Jin Jin Chinese Restaurant, 642 Ferdon Blvd. S, 689.1101, open for take-out


• Emerald Isle Seafood, 1260 Ferdon Blvd. S, 683.1418, restaurant closed, seafood market open

• Pepper’s Mexican Grill and Cantina, 1900 Ferdon Blvd. S, 398.5042, open for take-out

• McAlister’s Deli, 2100 Ferdon Blvd. S, 398.8400, open for take-out

• China One, 2258 Ferdon Blvd. S, (Publix shopping center), closed

• VooDoo BBQ & Grill, 2493 Ferdon Blvd. S, 600.2271, open take-out

• Bamboo Sushi & Hibachi, Big Lots shopping center, 689.1391, open for take-out and delivery

• New York’s Famous Pizza & Pasta, Big Lots shopping center, 398.8820, open for take-out and delivery

• Starbucks, 2520 Ferdon Blvd. S, 682.0496, open for take-out

• Gyro Zone food trailer, Big Lots shopping center, 687.2690, open for take-out

• Panera Bread, 2670 Ferdon Blvd. S, Ste. 102, 423.7172, open for take-out

• Hunan Chinese Restaurant, 3375 Ferdon Blvd. S, 682.2223, open for take-out

• Applebee’s Grill & Bar, 215 Rasberry Rd, 689-0050, open for take-out

• Juicy Crab House, 180 Cracker Barrel Dr, 331.3689, closed

• Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 201 Cracker Barrel Rd, 682.8804, open for take-out

• Waffle House, 3804 Ferdon Blvd. S, 682.7173, open for take-out

• La Rumba Restaurant, 100 John King Rd, 683.0208, open for take-out and delivery

• Samuel’s Roadhouse, 114 John King Rd, 423.1003, open for take-out


In addition to the above-listed eateries, most of Crestview’s plethora of fast-food establishments are open for drive-thru take-out.

So there is no need to forgo your favorite local cuisine. You can now eat it in the comfort of home. But for the benefit of our local waitstaffs, please remember to tip according to the value of your meal — and more, if you feel so moved. Your hard-working neighbors behind the counters appreciate it!May Wright holds up another take-out order at the Thai-Siam. Like most Crestview restaurants, the Th
Oct 22

Sunshine Law

Posted to City Clerk by Elizabeth Roy

The Facts about Sunshine Law Violation

Recently, The Crestview News Bulletin published an article about possible “Sunshine Law Violation” regarding a Workshop on October 15th about Itinerant Vendors.  Here are the Facts:

The Sunshine law requires “reasonable notice” regarding any public meetings or workshops to be held by a local governmental entity.

     From the Sunshine Law Manual:

   The sunshine law does not define the term “reasonable notice.”  Therefore, the type of notice is variable and depends upon the facts of the situation and the board involved.  in each case, an agency must give notice at such time and in such a manner as to enable the media and the public to attend the meeting

The subject of the October 15 Workshop was discussed as an agenda item at the September 24 City council workshop.  At that time, the date/Time of October 15 at 5:00 pm was discussed and agreed upon by the members of the City Council present. 

The Agenda for the Meeting was posted online and in City Hall on Thursday, October 11.  As a reminder, City hall was closed for Hurricane Michael at noon on October 9 and remained closed on October 10.  Those citizens who have opted for text notifications should have received this text on October 11.

The Sunshine law also does not require that an agenda be published, although it is recommended, and we strive to get that information out as quickly as it is available.

From the Sunshine Manual:

The sunshine law does not mandate that an agency provide notice of each item to be discussed via a published agenda although the attorney general’s office has recommended the publication of an agenda, if available.  The courts have rejected such a requirement because it could effectively preclude access to meetings by members of the public who wish to bring specific issues before a governmental body

In the recent article, there was a “quote” regarding the publication of agendas and supporting documents 7 days in advance.  This comes from the Florida Administrative Procedure Act, and does not apply to Municipalities, or agencies appointed by a municipality.

Florida Statute 120, which establishes the Administrative Procedure Act. In section

120.52 establishes the definition of an agency.

120.52 Definitions. —As used in this act:

(1) “Agency” means the following officers or governmental entities if acting pursuant to powers other than those derived from the constitution:

(a) The Governor; each state officer and state department, and each departmental unit described in s. 20.04; the Board of Governors of the State University System; the Commission on Ethics; the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; a regional water supply authority; a regional planning agency; a multicounty special district, but only if a majority of its governing board is comprised of nonelected persons; educational units; and each entity described in chapters 163, 373, 380, and 582 and s. 186.504.

(b) Each officer and governmental entity in the state having statewide jurisdiction or jurisdiction in more than one county.

(c) Each officer and governmental entity in the state having jurisdiction in one county or less than one county, to the extent they are expressly made subject to this chapter by general or special law or existing judicial decisions.

This definition does not include a municipality or legal entity created solely by a municipality; a legal entity or agency created in whole or in part pursuant to part II of chapter 361; a metropolitan planning organization created pursuant to s. 339.175; a separate legal or administrative entity created pursuant to s. 339.175 of which a metropolitan planning organization is a member; an expressway authority pursuant to chapter 348 or any transportation authority or commission under chapter 343 or chapter 349; or a legal or administrative entity created by an interlocal agreement pursuant to s. 163.01(7), unless any party to such agreement is otherwise an agency as defined in this subsection.”

The term agency applies to the definition above.   The exact excerpt from the Administrative Procedure Act is as follows:

120.525 Meetings, hearings, and workshops.

(1) Except in the case of emergency meetings, each agency shall give notice of public meetings, hearings, and workshops by publication in the Florida Administrative Register and on the agency’s website not less than 7 days before the event. The notice shall include a statement of the general subject matter to be considered.”

The workshop that was held on October 15 was solely intended for the City Council to hear the facts and to determine what if any changes needed to be made to the “proposed ordinance” and if in fact they wanted to proceed with an ordinance.  The agenda clearly stated that the subject of itinerant vendors would be the topic, and the documentation itself was over 110 pages long.  If and when the ordinance is complete, it will be presented in the prescribed fashion in a regular or special meeting and the final reading and public hearing will be advertised a minimum of 10 days prior, as required by Statute. 

The only sunshine requirement for the documentation was that it be available as a public record request.   That request was made at the end of the meeting, and while an immediate providing of those documents is not required, they were handed to the requesting party before they left the meeting room.   No other requests for the documents have been received.

If you have any questions. Feel free to contact my office at 850-682-1560 or

Jul 29

Support Crestview Police and First Responders

Posted to Council Member, Group 1 by Thomas Sutton

On Saturday, communities across America are showing their support for their police and first responders. Locally, people are gathering at the FWB Police Station and the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office to show support by being there, bringing signs, saying prayers, waving hands, honking horns, etc. from 11 AM until noon. We need to do the same here in Crestview. Join me tomorrow [Saturday] in the parking lot of the Crestview Police Station to show our support. Spread the word, bring friends, but most of all bring prayers for those who protect us on a daily basis.