This week in Destin history



Dec. 23 - 29



35 years ago — 1977



The Destin Chamber of Commerce voted to discontinue the Marine Showcase.



A year-end review of 1977 reminded Log readers that Destin’s very first American Red Cross blood drive collected 86 pints of blood.



30 years ago — 1982



Two armed men bound and gagged postal Clerk Faye McCullough and robbed the Miramar Beach Post Office of cash and money orders.



John Gnotek was elected president of the Destin Rotary Club.



25 years ago — 1987



The State Department of Environmental Regulation commended Destin as an “environmentally conscious local government,” citing Harbormaster Mitch Dudley’s enforcement work on the harbor and other environmental problem solving.



The city of Destin was drawing up a long-term lease with the Okaloosa County School System for the athletic fields near Destin Elementary.



20 years ago — 1992



Destin Fishing Fleet Inc. purchased land off U.S 98 between Melvin’s Early Bird Cafe and the Destin Ice House to be the new Fishermen’s Co-op property.



Cajun’s Fabulous Fried Chicken in Destin offered free Christmas dinner to all who would otherwise be alone, with home delivery available for homebound and pick up available for those who need a ride.



According to a computer model traffic survey for the year 2015, leaving U.S. 98 as a four-lane highway with an Azalea Drive bypass is a feasible response to traffic circulation problems.



15 years ago — 1997



Rumors circulate that Publix will locate in the Destin area, but no confirmation received.



Ray Navitsky, executive director of the Destin area Chamber of Commerce, elected president of the Northwest Florida Association of Chambers.



10 years ago — 2002



The 2002 Destin Holiday Decorations Contest named the homes of George Hoffman on Indian Trail and Mike and Michele Buckingham, also on Indian Trail, tied as Best Decorated House. Assembly of God Church chosen as the Best Decorated Business and Sunsail was named Best Decorated Organization. The home of David and Lind McCombs on Indian Trail was awarded for Best Theme.



With the anxiety of war on the horizon and the U.S. economy suffering, local religious leaders feel the need to turn the minds of members to the spirit of Christmas.