It dawned on me again today what a great place this is to live! Not just for the obvious reasons of the beauty and aesthetics of the gulf and the protection of the military bases — no, it goes beyond that.

The services the community offers are the best I've ever known, and as as a military retiree, I've known a few. To mention some by name: Waste Management, Gulf Power and the local police/sheriff's department provide exceptional service. Even the Okaloosa County water and sewer department is stellar at what they do.

Case in point: They had to dig and replace a large drainage pipe along an easement from front to back on my property and their professionalism, competence and consideration was astounding. It's a small, quaint community, the backbone of the tourism and military industries, where you can find everything you need and none of the things you don't.

I'm proud to be a resident and contributor of this hard-working community full of caring people I call home!

Thank you!

— Deniese A. Dietrich, Fort Walton Beach