This week in Destin history



Nov. 18 - 24



35 years ago — 1977



The Lakeshore Woman’s Club voted to take on the long-term project of providing off-street walking and biking rails in Destin.



Okaloosa County commissioners refused a request by Bernarr Kelly to rezone a bayfront lot to business tourism.



Destin Community Center struggled with a lack of interest and involvement by residents and a quorum not present at board meetings to accomplish upkeep on building and grounds.



30 years ago — 1982



The state approved the incorporation charter of the newly independent Destin Fishing Rodeo Inc., formerly a committee of the Destin Community Center.
While the condo market in South Florida had reportedly “hit the skids,” local developers said the Destin market continued to be stable.



25 years ago — 1987



The Destin Fishing Rodeo selected Capt. Tommy Green as the recipient of its Good Neighbor Award.



Destin resident David Lemak drowned in a diving accident during a local spearfishing tournament.



20 years ago — 1992



A modified request from the city of Destin for money from the Boating Improvement Fund to complete the Old Pass Lagoon flushing system was approved for $60,000.



A request to annex the Emerald Coast Centre into Destin city limits was approved by City Council.



Thanksgiving turkey — 49 cents pound at Winn Dixie; sweet potatoes — 42 cents a pound.



Ten area churches and five colleges and universities are included as beneficiaries in longtime Destin resident Mattie M. Kelly’s will.



10 years ago — 2002



Some street signs on Airport Road replaced by Destin’s Public Works Department with new signs with the city‘s CRA logo.



Belk announced it would open a 67,000-square food store at Destin Commons in the fall of 2003.



A computer model determined that a yet-to-be installed traffic signal synchronization system would improve congestion on the highway.



Florida law requires Destin residents give up their septic tanks once they’re able to tap onto a new sewer line, but Richard Griswold, manager of Destin Water Users, said they can’t force them.



Thomas Cottone, alleged driver of vehicle that hit a tree killing passenger JaColby Morris, was arrested in August for burglary of a residence.