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What is it about Niceville?

nicevilleWhen I first started working in Niceville I knew I had found someplace special, and we started looking to move here almost immediately.  I’ve been told that there is only one town named Niceville in the entire world.

Originally named after Nice, France, to portray a high brow European town, the Niceville we know and love now has kept that European open minded quality but rather than being snobbish it has an air of friendliness and acceptance.  When you come to Niceville, you are made welcome.

I’m not the only one that sees something special here.  Niceville appears in a number of books, movies and stories as a place that inspires the imagination.  From Jonathon Stroud’s book titled Niceville, a horror set in a fictional town of the same name to Jonathon Gunger’s book 34/4, which is set in the real Niceville, this is the little town that sticks with you.

The popular movie, “The Help”, is named Niceville in some other countries, and the likes of Tobuscus and All American Rejects have called this town home.  The Bay Beacon, the paper I work for, was even just on David Letterman!  So why all the interest in one small town?

Here’s some of the places I’ve found Niceville in popular culture…

Niceville The Help

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Beacon highlights

It was a great week at the Beacon!  I got to interview Carsten Stroud about the sequel to his book Niceville, called The Homecoming.  I’ve had no time with all the finishing up moving and family visiting so I’m still at the beginning of the first book but so far it is excellent.  Spooky, real with a twist of the supernatural… I’ll be reviewing both books when I’m finished and look forward to talking to Carsten again next year about his final book in the Niceville trilogy.
Carsten Stroud article

Another highlight was this great photo I got of the Niceville city manager panhandling on the corner to help fund the city firework’s show.  The annual pyrotechnic show, which costs around $28,000 to put on, is paid without using one penny of tax payer money.  Niceville and Valparaiso, our sister city, have a year long fundraising push to collect the money.  They recycle aluminum cans, sell smoked pork butts at Superbowl, limited edition T-shirts and even beg on the street corners to make sure the skies over Boggy Bayou are lit up each Independence Day.  I’m so glad I was able to get this photo!

Fireworks Fund

My third favorite thing that happened at the Beacon this week was being able to get Mr. Smith’s visiting parents a cameo appearance in the paper.  Since all the festivities were rained out July 4, we went to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida where they were doing free admission and passing out flags to celebrate.  We ran into the museum manager, who photogenically was wearing red, white and blue and the rest is history ;p

Smiths in Beacon