Almost all of Shalimar’s commercial and government establishments are located on or near the North Eglin Parkway. The Shalimar Post Office, Courthouse Annex, the Clifford Meigs Middle School and the town’s fire station are some of Shalimar’s largest employers. Other businesses include a large furniture store, three gas stations, a car wash, law offices, a gift shop, two pubs, a travel agency, two used car dealers, several fast food establishments, the Guiseppi Wharf Restaurant and the branch offices of two banking companies. Recently, the town built a new Executive Office Park which houses the Sheriff’s Department as well as a host of private businesses.
Shalimar’s residential neighborhoods are conveniently designed with most homes providing easy walking access to the town’s three schools and two parks. The Clifford Meigs Middle School has a student population of 720 while the town’s two elementary schools, Shalimar and Longwood, have student populations of 544 and 430, respectively. Several Okaloosa County high schools are located nearby and residents of Shalimar have their choice of a few including one of the state’s highest rated schools, Niceville High. For those looking to attend college, Okaloosa-Walton Community College is only 10 miles away. The nearest university is located in Pensacola, which is about 45 miles away.
Shalimar’s affiliation with the Okaloosa/Fort Walton Beach School District, one of the state’s highest-rated districts, provides its children the opportunity to learn in an excellent and award-winning school system. The district provides the students of Shalimar with a first-class education. Okaloosa schools are consistently ranked among the best in the state, and student performance is continually improving. Okaloosa today has the largest share of ‘A’ schools in the state, with 26 in the district having earned Florida’s highest accolades for academic performance.
Many of Shalimar’s residents seek employment outside of town where several large scale employers in industries such as aerospace, technology, agriculture, and retail are based. Eglin Air Force Base, a mere 2 miles away, alone employs approximately 20,000 civilian and military personnel. Still, it’s the natural resources and boundless beauty found only in Florida’s Panhandle that is the real jewel of the region and why so many choose to reside here. From sand swept beaches and untamed coastline to crystal blue sparkling waters and majestic sunsets, residents of places such as Shalimar are truly blessed by Mother Nature. The region is an outdoor paradise where recreational activities abound in a variety of forms. No matter what excites you, the Emerald Coast provides the outlet you need to live life to the fullest. So, whether you enjoy fishing, golf, tennis, surfing, the arts, or are a history buff who loves to visit museums, Shalimar provides the perfect backdrop for you to live life to the fullest.
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