March 17 - 23


35 years ago 1978

The Destin Charter Boat Association reopened its booking office for the season.

Destin's oldest restaurant, The Wharf, held grand opening ceremonies to mark extensive redecoration and the addition of a lounge area.

A Fort Walton Beach man flipped his plane landing at Destin Airport, but walked away uninjured.


30 years ago 1983

The Destin Rotary Club presented a new 12-passenger van to the Destin senior citizens group.

Three Destin girls, Tina Hecker, Anette Brannstrom and Christine Farwell, were among 24 hopefuls vying for the Miss Fort Walton Beach High School title.

Grace Lutheran Church became a reality in Destin and began meeting at the Destin Elementary School.


25 years ago 1988

The Destin Fire Board's decision to start its own dispatch service created a delay in the 9-1-1 emergency system to handle fire calls in Destin.

The Destin YMCA continued its struggle to become independent from the Playground YMCA.

Budget cuts hampered local U.S. Coast Guard efforts to enforce a new federal law designed to keep drunk boaters off the high seas.


20 years ago 1993

Destin crews busy removing tree limbs and debris from streets after icy cold weather and winds hit the area. Even pelicans needed rescuing from the cold, when they became stranded on the Destin bridge, causing a few traffic problems.

Although Jimmy Vaughn established the Outstanding Senior Citizen Award, he never expected to receive it, and over his protests he was selected Senior of Quarter.

Okaloosa commissioners approved bid advertising for two more blocks of hangar space at the Destin Airport.

With $61,000 left from a budget to resurface the Spring Lake area, some unpaved streets would get paved or streets with constant repair needs could be repaved.

Due to the cold weather, opening day ceremonies for the Destin Little League Association were rescheduled.


10 years ago 2003

A 10-foot-wide pedestrian pathway is only one of changes that will be made along Old U.S. Hwy. 98.

In first month of operation, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast admitted 141 patients and treated 1,201 in the emergency room.