This week in Destin history
Jan. 13 - 19
35 years ago — 1978
The Destin Chamber of Commerce voted to apply pressure on public officials to halt construction of a planned storm sewer system that would drain pollutants from U.S. 98 in Old Pass Lagoon.
Fire Chief Terry Watkins reported there were 27 volunteers in the fire department.
Grace Jones reported that 36 lots had been sold in the Destin Cemetery and 28 burials had been held.
A winter visitor to Destin found a dead doe on the beach, but when he returned with the wildlife officer, the deer had been removed.
Ivan “Red” Lyon was elected to his second year as president of the Destin Snowbird and Mockingbird Club.
A county-operated bus was running between Destin and Fort Walton Beach from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with stops in Destin, Okaloosa Island and Fort Walton Beach.
30 years ago — 1983
Tony Carroll was hired as Destin’s first paid firefighter at a salary of $13,000 and Hank Berry was named assistant fire chief with a salary of $14,000.
Jane Moore, president of Preservation of Destin, reported the state Conservation and Recreational Land commission was shocked to learn that condominiums could be built on the undeveloped tip of Holiday Isle.
Senior citizens in Destin were surveyed on their interest in a proposed retirement home for the aged on Beach Drive.
25 years ago — 1988
The state Department of Natural Resources reversed its position that the Old Pass Lagoon flushing pipeline was ineligible for a permit.
20 years ago — 1993
Harbor Master Bo Melvin said that although small oil spills in the harbor could be remedied with a little dishwashing liquid, it sinks to the harbor floor where fish eat the soap — not conducive to their continued good health.
Laura Long selected as Destin Elementary’s Teacher of the Year.
The Destin Snowbirds Club of 1993 had many of the same activities as today’s group — casino trips to Biloxi, blood pressure screenings, euchre, bridge, golf, fishing, and a craft show.
More than 100 parents and students drove through dense fog to attend a meeting of the Okaloosa County School Board to show their support for construction of a Destin Middle School.
The Destin Log installed a new telephone system that allowed people to reach their ad sales rep, classified advertising, members of the news staff and anyone else at The Log.
Real estate sales in Destin increased more than 250 percent in 1992, according to W.R. Hutchison’s Summary of Okaloosa County Real Estate Transactions.