Next week will be a busy one as the city of Destin has scheduled four special meetings to discuss everything from short-term rental issues to the future of the city.
City Council and staff members will meet on Monday for a workshop discussing the short-term rental task force recommendations, specifically the recommendations that didn’t pass unanimously.
Items on the list to focus on include parking, wedding and commercial venues and occupancy rules for short-term rentals.
The short-term rental stakeholder task force is made up of seven people appointed by each voting council member.
On Wednesday, the city council will meet starting at 5:30 p.m. for a two-part discussion regarding Captain Royal Melvin Heritage Park, which the city purchased in 2006. The Restore Act, which was enacted in 2012, granted Destin $1.25 million to turn the parcel into a public park.
According to city spokesperson Doug Rainer, the park is slated to be the gateway to the harbor and the boardwalk once completed.
“We had it designed years ago, and based on conversations with property owners and the CRA board, there may be some change in the design coming, but the design engineer will be at the meeting to talk about our design options,” Rainer said.
The council’s goal at the CRA meetings is to finalize the park’s design.
Friday’s meeting is a large-scale, all-day gathering open to the public to talk about plans and goals for Destin in the next year.
This strategic visioning session happens annually as a broad, high-level meeting regarding the council’s vision for the city. It will take place in the boardroom of City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“There’s team-building involved; it’s almost a retreat,” said Rainer. “It’s not a meeting to hammer out details on specific projects.”