Town of Shalimar
Frequently Asked Questions
|Do I live in the Town?|
|Will the police department watch my house while I'm on vacation?|
|What is the Town's garbage schedule and how do I report any problems?|
|When does the Town get sprayed for mosquitoes?|
|What services does the Town provide?|
|Where do I call for information on sports leagues in the town?|
|What are the hours for Town Hall?|
|How do I get a message on the Town's Marquee?|
|Do I need a permit to......?|
|Do you need a license to do work in Shalimar?|
|What is the millage (property tax rate) for Shalimar?|
|What and Where are the public schools for Shalimar residents?|
|How do I get public utilities turned on/off? Report problems? What are some other important community offices?|
If you live on any of the following streets: Avalon Lane, Carl Brandt (#2 ONLY), Cherokee Road, Clifford Drive, Barron Court, Gardner Drive, Sara Drive, Sunset Bay Court, Shalimar Drive, Snug Harbour, Old Ferry Road (west side), Palm Shores Drive, Mande Court, Brande Court, Plew Avenue, Richbourg Avenue, Erwin Fleet Drive, Dana Court, then, you are probably in the town limits. Map of Town Limits.
Definitely! Please notify the Shalimar Police Department or Town Hall whenever you are planning on being away from your home. There is a house watch form that the Police Department will need you to complete. The form can either be completed here or you can stop by the Town Hall (located behind the Shell Station) and complete one in person. The police will make a note to provide special attention to your residence during their frequent patrols of the town. Also, we encourage you to report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood regardless of the time of day. All minor infractions should be reported to the Shalimar Police (225-1272 or 651-1115). Help us keep Shalimar a nice and safe community.
The Town Commission negotiated a Garbage Contract with Waste Management. If you are unhappy with your garbage can size, please contact Town Hall (651-5723) and we can change it out for you. Please be advised that the smallest of the 3 sizes tends to fall into the garbage truck so if you choose this size, you may find that your can is missing one day.
- Curbside refuse collection is made on Monday and Thursday and the company asks that you place your carts at curbside no sooner than 6:00 p.m. the day before a scheduled pick up.
- Curbside collection of yard trash is
Monday of each week. Bundles of shrubbery, limbs, etc. should be no larger than six (6) feet in length or four (4) inches in
diameter. Bundles, bags and containers should not weight more than 50
- Curbside recycling collection services is Thursday.
There is also a bulk collection available for bulk waste. Bulk waste includes bulky materials such as furniture and mattresses but does not include debris from remodeling projects (including carpet). The day for bulk collection is Mondays.
Also, white goods will be picked up by Waste
Management. The pick up day is Saturday but must be called in by the
Collections will not be made on New Years Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day unless you hear otherwise.
Waste Management does not handle any Hazardous
Materials (HazMat). HazMat (which includes, but is not limited to, old
paint cans, paint thinners, fluorescent bulbs, oil filters, batteries, etc.) can
be dropped off at town hall or call us and we can pick them up for you.
Please contact us for the complete list of HazMat.
Special pickups can be arranged by appointment and may result in additional fees on your monthly bill.
To report problems, the local telephone number for Waste Management is (850) 862-7141. Please remember to identify yourself as a Shalimar Resident.
When does the Town get sprayed for mosquitoes?
For further information: Cindy Halsey, Environmental Services, 651-7394
County workers have been spot spraying areas since early spring and have continued the County’s ongoing larvaciding program throughout the year. Now that the warm temperatures are remaining constant, spraying efforts are more likely to be effective. "Once the warmer evening temperatures move into the area, we begin to see an emergence of the mosquito population in our communities," says Cindy Halsey, Okaloosa County Environmental Services Manager. “This year is predicted to have a particularly high mosquito rate. It is important that residents begin taking personal precautions such as emptying free-standing water, cleaning gutters and removing debris from their yard. These measures are absolutely the most effective way to control mosquito populations on your property.”
Mosquito spraying reminders and the Florida Department of Health’s “5 D’s” for prevention:
Mosquito spraying trucks will not spray areas where residents are outside.
If the lights on top of the vehicle are on, spraying is taking place.
New spray is odor free and equipment is much quieter. If light is on, area is being sprayed.
Questions or comments should be directed to the environmental control department at 651-7394, Monday through Thursday. Please do not stop drivers, as they must discontinue spraying.
Dusk and Dawn (avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are seeking blood, for many species this is during the dusk and dawn hours).
Dress (wear clothing that covers skin).
DEET (use mosquito repellents according to label including DEET [N, N diethyl-m-toluamide] on skin when you are outside).
Drainage (check your home to rid it of standing water in which mosquitoes can lay their eggs).
addition to taking precautions against human illness, residents are reminded to
have outdoor animals vaccinated against disease. Horses
should be vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
The Mosquito Control Division of Public Works is open Monday through Thursday from until to accept calls about citizens’ mosquito concerns. They can be reached at 651-7394.
As a Town, we are an incorporated municipality. The benefits of incorporation include the right to compete with other Florida municipalities for State funding (grants). Both Cherokee Park and Meigs Park were developed with State grant funds. Also, Storm Water Management construction on Snug Harbor Drive, Clifford Drive and Shalimar Drive was accomplished with State grant funds. We received a FEMA grant which paid for the roof and storm shutters on our new Town hall. In July 2001, we received another State grant to purchase additional Cherokee Park Property which will be used to improve access into and out of the park and in 2006 we received a State grant to aid in replacing trees that were lost in past hurricanes. We continue to apply for State grant funds for which we qualify.
We have sidewalks, streetlights and a full-time maintenance department to maintain the parks and public areas.
Our police department provides almost 24-hour surveillance of the Town neighborhoods and businesses. The police department is always ready to aid you during an emergency, even if that means that we have to drive 25 miles out of town to do it. Please keep their number handy.
In addition, the town has Planning & Zoning oversight to include passage and enforcement of ordinances to maintain property values and neighborhood appearances.
The recently renovated Town Hall is available for residents (free of charge) on a non-interference, first-come basis, to use for parties and functions. There are also several great (FREE) services including: photocopies, notary service, faxing (sending and/or receiving), and use of town equipment (tractor, trailer, tools, etc.). If you are interested in utilizing any of these services or have a question about something else we may do for you, please don't hesitate to call us at (850) 651-5723.
This is one of those questions that we get almost daily. Unfortunately, the fields are not located within the town limits of Shalimar so we have very little information regarding the sports leagues. Most of our contacts are outdated. If you are interested in the area sports leagues, the best place to find the info is the Daily News. Every couple days or so, there is a calendar spot in the sports section (called "games people play") with all of the up-to-date league information.
Town Hall is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office may be closed from 12 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch when only one person is on duty. During the hours of 4 p.m. to 5p.m., the office may be closed while the staff catches up on paperwork. Calls will be answered whenever someone is in the office. The local telephone number is (850) 651-5723.
We get this question quite often. We have recently drafted up a form that the residents complete in order to get something posted on the Town's marquee. You can either complete the form here, via fax (850) 651-3337, or you can stop by the Town Hall and complete one in person. If you request that the form be faxed to you, we will accept a faxed copy of the completed form. Our telephone number is (850) 651-5723.
The answer is probably yes! We enforce and enact ordinances to protect you, the property owner, and your neighbors. Except in some minor instances, the Town's permit requirements mirror Okaloosa County's requirements. We do require a permit for cutting certain size trees (Tree Ordinance). We also have our own sign ordinance. In summary, for most construction, you will need a permit. To ensure compliance, just ask anyone at Town Hall.
Yes, we require contractors, journeyman and professionals (basically all workers) to maintain a current license for the Town. We also maintain a listing of all current licenses. If you're planning on hiring someone to work for you, it's best to ensure that they are licensed in the Town. Once again, this requirement is for your protection against legal troubles which may occur otherwise.
The current millage rate for the town of Shalimar is 2.0 mills. This means the Shalimar property tax will be $2.00 for each $1,000 of property's assessed value (minus any exemptions like the Florida Homestead). For example, a property assessed at $125,000 with a $25,000 Florida Homestead exemption would currently be assessed $200 in Shalimar property taxes. From FY2000 to FY2010, Shalimar has been steadily lowering its millage rate and it is now 1.2 mill less than it was 10 years ago - that's 37.5%!!
1350 Joe Martin Circle; Shalimar, Florida
Telephone: (850) 833-4339
Meigs Middle School
150 Richbourg Ave; Shalimar, Florida
Telephone: (850) 833-4301
Choctawhatchee Senior High School
110 NW Racetrack Rd; Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Telephone: (850) 833-3614
Communications (Cable TV) - (850) 862-0175
Gulf Power Customer Service - 1-800-255-5795/Trouble - 244-4711 or 244-4712
Okaloosa County Gas District Customer Service - (850) 729-4700
Okaloosa County Water & Sewer - (850) 651-7171
Telephone (Sprint) - 1-800-339-1811
Daily News - (850) 863-1111
Okaloosa County Offices:
Sheriff (non-emergency) - (850) 651-7400
Supervisor of Elections - (850) 651-7272
Tax Collector - (850) 651-7300
Property Appraiser - (850) 651-7240
School Board - (850) 833-3100
Here are some addresses you may find helpful:
|firstname.lastname@example.org / For questions or comments to Town Hall.|
|email@example.com / For questions or comments to Mayor Combs.|
|firstname.lastname@example.org / For questions or comments related to Police Department.|
|If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or additions to this or any of these pages, please e-mail us.|