The Old Maritime City marker will depict that until the advent of the automobile all commerce in the area was by water. In 1911, the steamer Belle, loaded with naval stores sank with the loss of four lives, including local Capt. Noah Edward Burlison. The Niceville Fish Company operated by Claude Meigs and the Spence Brothers Fish Company were the leading commercial fishing industries of the Choctawhatchee Bay region, maintaining fish warehouses and fleets of boats.
The Boggy Mill Company Site marker will highlight the timber and lumber industry during the early 1900’s. The complex consisted of 40 acres, one of the largest lumber‐mills operating in the area in the early 1900’s.
The Niceville Fire 1934 marker tells of the fire that destroyed three grocery stores, a dry goods store, creamery, post office building, hotel, drug store and fish warehouses, estimated at $100,000 (worth $2,000,000 in 2021). There was no running water with which to combat the flames and it appeared for a time that the town would be completely destroyed until the forest firefighters and CCC workers took charge.
The public is invited to attend a Dedication and Unveiling Event at Lions Park 940 Bayshore Dr. in Niceville at 10:00 on October 6, 2022. The City of Niceville is honored that State Representative Patt Maney will participate.
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