In Destin, Hurricane Nate was more of a party pooper than destructive storm.

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In Destin, Hurricane Nate was more of a party pooper than destructive storm.

When Nate made landfall Saturday night, it was a  Category 1 storm. By Sunday, it was downgraded to a tropical depression.

In Okaloosa County, spokesman Rob Brown said Sunday there were no reports of structural damage or damage to roadways. And in the city of Destin, it was the same story.

"Overall, the city faired pretty well during Nate," said Doug Rainer, public information officer for the city of Destin. "We did see some standing water in the low-lying areas and there are a few trees down around town."

The storm surge swamped the docks at Joe' Bayou Boat Launch and the Mattie Kelly Pier, Rainer added. Both locations were closed to the public as of Monday afternoon while staff inspected each structure.

Rainer said the city’s beach access points had minimal erosion. City staff is continuing to assess storm surge issues along the beach.

Taking precaution, events in Destin were canceled throughout the weekend. Even several churches canceled their Sunday worship to prevent congregants from going out in the elements. 

On Saturday, the Destin Fishing Rodeo closed the scales at 3:30 p.m. and did not open back up until 10 a.m. Monday.

"I've been with the Rodeo for 20 years and this was the first time we've closed," said Helen Donaldson, executive director for the Rodeo. "We shut down during Hurricane Opal, but I can't think of a time before that."

The scales closed early on Saturday so that the weigh barge could be moved back a few feet to prevent it from banging into the docks. By Monday morning, fisherman were eager to get back into the water and on the Rodeo's leaderboard when the scales opened at 10 a.m.

"We had our first fish at 10:05 a.m.," Donaldson said. "We were pretty much back to normal and happy to be back."

What seemed to be the biggest upset for the weekend was the cancellation of the Destin Seafood Festival. The call was made to cancel the long-running event on Thursday. The decision was not an easy one, said Jami Jones, chairman of the festival.

"It's heartbreaking," she said. "It's a tough call to make, but safety is No. 1."

The popular Destin Seafood T-shirts and posters are still being sold online and at the Destin Community Center and at the Big Red Grill on the Harbor. Next year's festival will be the 40th annual and volunteers are planning for it to be "bigger and better," Jones said.

"We appreciate the community support — the event is truly something the community hosts," she added. "We look forward to next year...and hopefully there's some sunshine."