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FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): Brooks Bridge - Then, Now and the Future

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): Brooks Bridge - Then, Now and the Future

September 26, 2022

We will take through the history of the Brooks Bridge and give you an update on the replacement project currently underway.

More info on the replacement project by FDOT can be found at https://nwflroads.com/projects/415474-2

In the 1930s the state saw the need to connect northwest Florida to south Florida on a highway system that would require a fair amount of bridges. The Gulf Coast Highway system, aka the Florida Loop would go from Pensacola to Tampa. According to news articles, in 1931 funds began being allocated to build bridges to make this idea come true.

Yes folks we are talking about the Brooks Bridge. We’ve had two Brooks Bridges since the 1930s and were about to see a third. You can already see buildings and signs being removed to make way for the new one. The construction of the new one as you may know, is being overseen by the Florida Department of Transportation.

 

 

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): Building an Indy 500-style speedway in Destin, Florida

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): Building an Indy 500-style speedway in Destin, Florida

August 12, 2022

The Florida International Motor Speedway Destin was going to be a 2.5 triangular track with a 60,000 person seating capacity. The announcement for the track was made in newspapers Jan. 1, 1971. Listen to how this track almost became part of the Emerald Coast landscape.

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): Stories from Okaloosa County drive-in theaters

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): Stories from Okaloosa County drive-in theaters

July 15, 2022

There were drive-ins as early as the 1910s, but the first patented drive-in was opened I 1933 by Richard Hollingshead in New Jersey. He created it as a solution for people unable to comfortably fit into smaller movie theater seats after creating a mini drive-in for his mother. Hollingshead advertised his drive-in as a place where “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.”

Drive ins began to take off around the country in the 50s and 60s and their popularity was evident  in Okaloosa County, too.

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): Updated 07.06.22- Shalimar, Florida - nightlife, a dye plant at Black Point and German U-boats

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): Updated 07.06.22- Shalimar, Florida - nightlife, a dye plant at Black Point and German U-boats

June 29, 2022

We’ll get into whether German U-boats actually infiltrated the shores of the Choctaw Bay, and what would have happened if it turned into the largest seaport in the world as some early developers wanted And of course we will discuss the role of the nightlife in the early years of Shalimar. We will also get into a story about a not so widely know area of Shalimar, Black Point.

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa)- From Timber to Tourism - Water Boggan origin story

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa)- From Timber to Tourism - Water Boggan origin story

June 2, 2022

We explore the origin story of who built Water Boggan on Okaloosa Island in the late 1970s. Thanks to Harvey Fleming for this look into Okaloosa history.

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): Milligan’s fame as the County seat

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): Milligan’s fame as the County seat

May 18, 2022

We don't think much about County seats or what they mean. When Okaloosa County was formed in 1915 by the state legislature, a temporary County seat had to be named and Milligan was chosen. Listen to how they got the seat and how they lost it.

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): AFSOC and Hurlburt Field - The Elite and building character

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): AFSOC and Hurlburt Field - The Elite and building character

April 19, 2022

Listen to AFSOC historians discuss the early history of Hurlburt Field and AFSOC, as well as some funny, serious and patriotic stories about this elite group known as the Air Commandos. Learn more about Okaloosa County services at myokaloosaa.com

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): From Boggy Tech to Northwest Florida State College

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): From Boggy Tech to Northwest Florida State College

March 31, 2022

Northwest Florida State College has grown to be a premiere Junior College, recognized nationally for academics and athletics. Listen to past and present presidents, former students, and other historic recollections about the institution's history and some exciting new projects on the horizon.

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): Niceville’s Mullet Festival and stories from backstage

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): Niceville’s Mullet Festival and stories from backstage

February 17, 2022

Lannie Corbin, Sheila Bishop and William Prince discuss their memories while working behind-the-scenes at the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival. Listen to what they learned about the personalities of artists such as Rick Springfield, Charlie Daniels, the Dixie Chicks and Billy Ray Cyrus.

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): Water Boggan on Okaloosa Island -  Behind the scenes

FLASHBACK (Okaloosa): Water Boggan on Okaloosa Island - Behind the scenes

January 11, 2022

Water Boggan and its various names throughout the years created memories for thousands of children and their families beginning in 1977 on Okaloosa Island. The park was dismantled in the early 2000s but the memories live on in those who visited the park. On this episode of FLASHBACK we talked with two lifeguards who worked at the park for a behind-the-scene look into the park.

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