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After 3 1/2 hours of public comments and discussion, Fort Walton Beach City Council made no action on a citywide mask mandate.

Tuesday’s special meeting was called to discuss the city’s stance on masks and face coverings and receive public input. The input was just as divided as the council. 


The Okaloosa County COVID-19 Advisory committee will be recommending a mask mandate to commissioners next week. 

During a Zoom meeting Friday morning, the committee, made up of physicians and healthcare professionals, unanimously voted on the recommendation that masks be required when social distancing is not possible. 

“I feel like for the first time we’ve done something really productive,” said the committee chairperson, Dr. Deborah Simpkin.