This week in Destin history
Dec. 9 - 15
35 years ago — 1977
Jerry Najarian received the Destin Chamber of Commerce’s Ross Marler Citizenship Award for 1977.
G&S Boat launched Destin’s newest pleasure boat, the 48-foot Mollie owned by Jim Waitzman.
“Billy Beer,” signed by President Jimmy Carter’s brother, Billy, made its appearance in Destin.
About 2,500 feet of lumber from the old Destin Bridge catwalk was offered for sale by B. H. Diamond Construction Co. with a price of “Make me an offer.”
In The Log’s classified ad section, a Gulf-front lot in Destin was advertised for $36,000.
30 years ago — 1982
The state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services rejected a proposed hospital in Destin, denying a certificate of need on the grounds sufficient hospital beds “… exist to serve the target area for some time.”
Delchamps Food Store opened its doors in The Shores Shopping Center.
The Marlborough Marina, a downtown landmark, was razed to make room for the 12-story Destin Yacht Club.
Services of organization were held for Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. Robert Dale was installed as pastor.
25 years ago — 1987
Sen. Dempsey Barron told Destin Rotary Club members he believed the state sales tax on services would be repealed by legislators.
Destin City Council contributed $5,000 to the Destin Fishing Museum and recommended the museum merge with the Old Destin Post Office Museum Society to better preserve Destin’s historical artifacts.
Destin City Council approved a new policy forbidding seawalls built of riprap along the south shore of Destin harbor.
20 years ago — 1992
A freak accident involving a pickup truck and propane gas tanker forced the closure of U.S. 98 for more than 24 hours and forced a postponement of the annual Destin Christmas Parade.
Delchamps begins a full-scale grocery delivery program for the Fort Walton Beach-Destin area with same day or next day delivery available.
Destin Christian School’s float won first place in the Religious Entry category and Best Overall Float in the Destin Christmas Parade.
15 years ago — 1997
Evelyn Drowne of Destin received the Biannual Outstanding Senior Citizen award presented by Mayor Ken Beaird.
The state Department of Transportation will complete an extensive project development and environmental study to address the transportation needs in the U.S. 98 corridor through Destin.
10 years ago — 2002
City installs 47 new street signs in the 550-acre redevelopment district around Main Street at a cost of $62,000, and although not quite what the city expected, the signs are what was ordered.
Authorities search for two white males who vandalized Big Kahuna’s and caused $14,000 in destruction as they rammed golf carts into each other, damaged a life-sized shark replica and vandalized a work truck.
David Ott, David Seering and Michael J Thomas performed during the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s free Sounds of the Season concert.