FORT WALTON BEACH — Chairman Mel Ponder and members of the Okaloosa County state legislative delegation will have a public hearing.

The meeting is 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 5 in room 142 of the Northwest Florida State College Robert L.F. Sikes Education Center, 805 James Lee Blvd. E, Crestview.

The Florida Department of Transportation will host a 5-5:30 p.m. meeting beforehand.

Delegation members will hear public comments on proposals for the 2018 legislative session. They may also consider and vote on a “local bill” (which is state legislation that only pertains to a municipality, taxing district, or school district within the county).

Contact Ponder's legislative assistant, Samantha Sullivan, before 5 p.m. Aug. 28 to present information at the hearing. Call 833-3713 or email

Due to the limited amount of time and to ensure fairness to all speakers, presentations are limited to three minutes.

To provide the delegation with any background documentation or handouts for their review prior to the hearing, mail or drop off four copies no later than 5 p.m. Aug. 28 at 25 Walter Martin, Suite 202, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. The information will be organized in a three-ring binder for members to review.

The Okaloosa delegation includes Rep. Mel Ponder, Rep. Jayer Williamson, Sen. George Gainer and Sen. Doug Broxson.