March 24 - 30


35 years ago 1978

County Commissioner Mike Mitchell and three friends were rescued by the Destin Coast Guard after their sailboat became disabled in the Gulf.

Holiday Isle residents were irate over the third lengthy disruption in their water service in a matter of weeks. DWU said waterless periods were due to mistakes made during construction on U.S. 98 and the connecting of a line at Shoreline Towers.

Forty-nine boats were registered in Destin's first cobia tournament, but no fish had been caught as of March 30.

Capt. Tommy Browning weighed in a 749-pound basking shark he caught 300 yards offshore.


30 years ago 1983

A crowd of nearly 1,000 people christened the Henderson Beach State Recreation Area at a party on the beach with Gov. Bob Graham.

Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean and Mike Love of the Beach Boys gave a free concert at Wayside Park on Okaloosa Island as part of Budweiser's Spring Break '83 celebration.


25 years ago 1988

Plans to dock the 167-foot casino cruise ship Europa Sun in Destin were dropped when U.S. Customs would not grant out-of-port services.

Destin charter boat captains were shocked to learn the exemption from sales tax for charter boats had been repealed.

An entertainment survey conducted by two Destin businessmen revealed the most desired cultural activities in the area were Broadway shows and a theater for the performing arts.

Dale Peterson of Destin landed the first "beach" cobia on March 27.


20 years ago 1993

Gary Wolff brought in the first cobia, a 45.6-pound beauty, in the annual Destin Cobia Tournament aboard Sea Wolff with Capt. Dennis Barrett.

Citing "financial concerns," Destin Harbor Master Royal "Bo" Melvin presented his resignation to Planning and Zoning Director Jane Moore.

An oil recovery center for public use in Destin, which would meet the NPEB requirements of improving harbor water quality, is planned for East Pass Marina.


10 years ago 2003

In an effort to preserve reef fish resources, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council officially enacts a three-year moratorium on charter fishing permits.

Trash stacked up indicates the departure of groups of spring breakers who pool their resources to rent homes during vacation.

Destin Bank partners with Money Network to provide direct deposit without a checking account.

Parrot Heads raise $1,200 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life as they "phlock" to Fudpucker's for a fundraiser.

Kim Wintner of Cornerstone Development was named Volunteer of the Year by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation.