This week in Destin history



Dec. 30 – Jan. 5



35 years ago — 1977-78



Destin’s first medical clinic prepared to open at the foot of the Destin Bridge with four doctors.



Coast Guard Station Destin personnel rescued two people and their disabled 29-foot sailboat from the rough waters at East Pass.



A year-end business wrap-up indicated most Destin merchants had a steady increase of business in 1977.



Charter boat Her Majesty II offered free transportation to all Destin residents and winter visitors to the annual Cross Dive in Santa Rosa Sound.



30 years ago — 1982-83



Miramar Beach Post Office broken into for a second time with a money order machine and other items taken.



A Log year-end review noted that “Once sleepy South Walton came out of its cocoon” in 1982.



One of top stories in Destin was the resounding defeat of yet another incorporation attempt.



25 years ago — 1987-88



Destin attorney David Palmer, 88, the oldest practicing lawyer in Okaloosa County, was presented the Peerless Advocate award.



A Log year-end review noted that “play” was the byword for Destin in 1987, as City Council sought to provide residents with recreational facilities.



1 0 years ago — 2002-03



Revised plans for Jay Odom’s Grayton Grand development project were submitted after the project met community opposition and was denied approval by the Board of County Commissioners last year.



The 2002 “Builder of the Year” award went to outgoing BIA President John Dalton of Dalton Brothers Builders. “Associate of the Year” for the second year in a row was Jean Jackson Crews of BB&T.



Kay Phelan was selected as the new executive director of the Cultural Arts Association.