462 Abalone Ct, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, 32548, United States
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#12 b -Gerlach House- one of 3 prefabs(10 & 15)

by grandmaR

Miracle Strip Parkway- This building was built on the Gulfview Hotel grounds for Adam Gerlach in 1914. It is another one that is a prefabricated kit from Sears which was brought to the site by barge and assembled. I did not get pictures of the other two prefab houses at #10 and #15. This house is across from the hotel.

The #10 house at 207 Shell Avenue S.E. was the first example on the tour of a prefabricated Sears mail order house from the early part of the century (1913 in this case). The house was built by and for E. R. McKees who was a forest ranger in Niceville. The house was used as a ranger station for Camp Walton.

I also missed #15, which was White House built in 1925 at 189 Brooks Street. That one was a prefabricated mail order house from Sears built for Fred H. White (hence the name - it isn't a replica of the one in Washington D.C.) It served as a temporary public school for older students while a second room was being added to the Camp Walton School (#2) in 1927.

watercolor resort

by doug48

a nice side trip from the fort walton-destin area is the watercolor resort complex at grayton beach. this upscale resort has a luxury ocean front hotel, a couple of excellent restaurants, and a shopping area. a very nice place to stop when in the grayton beach-seaside area of northwest florida. for more information on this area see my grayton beach pages.
from fort walton-destin take US 98 east about 20 miles to CR 30A. take CR 30A southeast about 5 miles to watercolor.

No Catch for the Early Bird

by grandmaR about Rick's Crab Trap

We drove back to Fort Walton Beach, and tried Rick's for the Early Bird Specials. On the way, we drove by "Okaloosa on Ice" which is an outdoor ice rink set up in a local park from Nov 18th to Jan 2nd. We had seen the Early Bird sign when we tried before to go here for dinner only to find they were closed on Tuesday. I'd heard that it was a good place to watch the sunset but in the winter the sunset is too early, and the weather is too cold to eat outside.

Ricks was almost under the Brooks bridge (relatively deserted and with very little parking), but they have ABSOLUTELY NO CONCEPT of early bird specials even though their sign out on the road advertises "Lunch and Early Bird Specials". They said the special was all you could eat fried shrimp for $19.00. But while that might be a special, it wasn't an early bird special because it was for all night.

In season, they also have:
Pontoon rentals by 1/2 or day, sunset cruises, live entertainment

Their menu said:
** No seperate check on parties of 6 or more **
** Extra plate charge $2.95 **
** Parties of 6 or more 15% gratuity will be added ** Bob had a cup of seafood gumbo ($3) and a tossed salad with shrimp ($7.50) which came in a big blue-green plastic clamshell - very unstable.

I had the crabcake dinner - two crabcakes, 2 hush puppies, fries and cole slaw for $14.95. Then I had something called chocolate confusion for dessert ($3.25). This was a layer of chocolate cake, a layer of chocolate with the texture of cheesecake, topped with chocolate icing with chocolate chips in it.

Currently on their website is:


Fish of the Day (Catfish or Snapper) $11.95
Deviled Crabs (Two Deviled Crabs) $10.95
Fried Oysters (10-12 Breaded Oysters) $12.95
Fried Shrimp (12 Shrimp breaded in our special flour) $14.95
Fried Soft-Shell Crab $14.95
Fried Seafood Platter (Deviled Crab, Fish, 3 Oysters, 3 Shrimp, Clab strips, then topped with a Blue Crab) $16.95
Crab Cakes (Two of Rick's Homemade Crab Cakes) $12.95
Fried Shrimp and Oyster Combo $14.95

(Above Served with French Fries, Cole Slaw & Hush Puppies)

Steamed Shrimp and Steak $18.95
10oz Ribeye & 1/4lb shrimp with new potatoes, corn and broccoli

Ribeye Steak $16.95
12oz Ribeye with french fries, Salad & Bread

Grilled Amberjack $14.95
With new potatoes, corn & broccoli. Grilled with our special seasoning

Grilled Amberjack & Fried Shrimp $16.95
With new potatoes, corn & broccoli. Grilled with our special seasoning

Broiled Snapper $14.95
With new potatoes, corn & broccoli

Grilled Chicken and Steamed Shrimp $12.95
With new potatoes, corn & broccoli

Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna $14.95
With new potatoes, corn & broccoli

Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna & Steamed Shrimp $16.95
With new potatoes, corn & broccoli

Fishing. This is just the...

by Beachdave

Fishing. This is just the catch from one boat which was out in the gulf for approximately 4 to 6 hours. The fishing is really great March through the end of October but you can fish all year round. The boats are not really expensive except depending on what you want to catch. You can fish from the beach, a license is required, you can fish from the pier, license are not required because it is in your fee. The fee for fishing on the pier for 24 hours is around 8 us dollars.
Great fun. You do not have to keep the fish but if you choose to keep the fish several restaurants will cook them for you and serve all side dishes for approximately 5 us dollars. This does not include drinks.

Pirates at Fort Walton Beach

by Beachdave

"June 2, 2001"

Well, we were invaded yesterday by the krewe of Billy Bowlegs, a lengendary pirate figure in these parts of Florida. They docked their ship at the Fort Walton Beach Landing on Friday, partied late into the night and then fired fireworks before they sailed into the night. Before they departed they stated they would be back on Saturday. They were told that tourist were welcome anytime but come in peace.

The militia was going around the crowd at the landing to see if there were any pirates that had already landed.

And then the militia fired the big gun.

We could then see the Pirate ship in the distance.

The pirate ship was firing back in the direction of the landing at the militia.

And then the pirate ship was right at the landing.

The pirate ship then circled the bay firing at the militia and the militia fired back.

And then the militia was firing back.

This went on for several hours before the pirates finally landed and took control of the town.

After the pirates mixed with the crowd it turned out that they were friendly after all. They passed out doubloons, beads and cups.

The crowd did not seem upset at all with the invasion.

We hear about the possible invasion on Friday night when we heard the noise of the fireworks. We don't live far from the landing. We went down early the next morning and the bay was empty except for a few boats.

As a matter of fact the crowd was enjoying themselves.

The pirates were mingling with the crowd and having their pictures taken with everyone.

Their leader Billy Bowlegs had his photograph made with anyone that wanted it.

The pirates said that they could not stay and run the town for long because they had other towns to pilage so they will give a parade Monday night June 4, 2001. They would give out more beads, doubloons and cups at the parade. They promised that they would be back next year for the invasion as they have many years in the past.

The bay was empty in all directions.

The only activity that we saw was that the militia had set up their tents and aimed the guns in the direction of the bay.

The militia were nervous and looking in all directions.

We left for several hours and when we came back the bay was filling with boats of people who had heard of the invasion.

There were hundred of boats filling the bay.

And there were boats coming from all directions to see the fray.

While back at the landing the militia was getting ready for whatever may occur.


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