March 10 - 16  


35 years ago — 1978

George French was re-elected president of the Destin Water Users Board of Directors.

Okaloosa County commissioners allocated $10,000 for asphalt sidewalks on Kelly Street near Destin Elementary.

The Destin Community Center Board of Directors voted not to sponsor a special district plan designed to give Destin a more authentic “fishing village” image.

DeeDee McDaniel was the first contestant to sign up for the 1978 Miss Destin Rodeo contest.


30 years ago — 1983

The Destin Coast Guard Station launched its new self-righting, 30-foot surf rescue boat.

Construction in Destin claimed more than half of Okaloosa County’s $12.3 million in building starts for February 1983.

A memorial service was scheduled at the new Destin Cemetery for Jeanne S. Kelly, wife of the late Coleman L. Kelly. She had disappeared in the Gulf of Mexico on the Flying Dutchman in October 1976 and was legally declared dead in 1981.


25 years ago — 1988

Lab supervisor Mary Kelly was named Destin Water Users Employee of the Year.

Joe Mizell was re-elected president of the Destin Community Center.

The city of Destin was soliciting a “wish list” from local organizations to determine what facilities should be included in the new Destin Community Center.


20 years ago — 1993

Although the new flushing system for the harbor and Old Pass Lagoon is in operation, problems still exist with water circulation, and the Department of Environmental Regulation withholds approval for a 24-slip marina for Henry Maclin, representing Waterview Towers in Destin.

Destin and North Bay Fire Departments arrive at a mutual aid agreement to provide emergency assistance on both sides of the Mid-Bay Bridge.

Okaloosa School Board renewed two leases with the city of Destin for use of the athletic fields adjacent to Destin Elementary School.

The Log asked some 4 year olds where leprechauns live and what they like to eat. Travis Campbell said,

“He lives in the sewer and eats spaghetti and meatballs with green ice cream, then goes to bed.” Michael “Rocky” Socoly said, “The leprechaun is 106 years old. He kicks high, plays a lot and eats pizza.”

Rhodes Auto Repairs celebrated 20 years in business.


10 years ago — 2003

Intruders at the Destin Commons construction site drove heavy equipment through the facility, smashing through walls, knocking over portable toilets, and causing other damage totaling an estimated $1 million or more.

Abundant Life Church plans move to Poinsiana Boulevard in former skating rink with a name change to Destiny Worship Center.