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35 years ago — 1978

The second annual Air Race Classic, successor to the Powder Puff Derby, was scheduled to take off from Las Vegas and end at Destin Airport. The Derby, which began in 1947, was an annual transcontinental air race for women pilots.

Ground was broken for Skipper's Restaurant on U.S. 98 above the Kelly Docks.

The Log's special Home and Condominium issue for 1978 noted that condo resale values were up sharply. For example, Gulf Terrace units went from $18,000 the previous year to $28,000-$29,000 and a Dolphin Point unit went from $30,000-$40,000 to $55,000.

Capt. Roger Peale and his boat Nock-Down brought in the first cobia on a registered boat, weighing it in at 41 1/2 pounds.


30 years ago — 1983

Destin charter and party boat captains once again geared up to fight a proposed state saltwater fishing license.

A Destin citizens planning committee recommended making Azalea Drive an alternate east/west corridor to U.S. 98 through Destin.

Tray Elder, 12, of Louisiana, hooked the first cobia of the season, a 34-pounder, aboard Capt. Kelly Windes' Sunrise.

Two Destin men, one a charter boat captain, were charged with conspiracy to import marijuana.

A Destin developer was arrested for failing to pay more than $1 million in federal income taxes.


25 years ago — 1988

From a field of 18 applicants, the Destin Chamber of Commerce selected Winston C. Johnston of Niceville as its executive director.


20 years ago — 1993

Okaloosa commissioners approved a plan to purchase 52 acres of land adjacent to the Destin Airport from the estate of Mattie Kelly, which would allow for aviation development and encroachment protection.

Log Editorial urges city council to come up with a management and use proposal for Henderson Beach Recreation Area as city searches for site for recreational complex.

The Elephant Walk restaurant was remodeled in a style reminiscent of the bungalows of the Far East.

Photo Finish in Destin's Shores Shopping Center offers customers the Kodak Create-A-Print system, allowing them the ability to enlarge prints from negatives in just five minutes.

Destin diver Mark Walker, who has been cleaning rubbish off the bottom of the harbor for more than three years, hopes others will join him every Sunday in this cleanup event to pull approximately 300 pounds of fish heads and 400-500 pounds of other rubbish out of the water.

Log Editorial urges city council to oppose Fort Walton Beach toll bridge which would only penalize Destin residents and help Fort Walton Beach's traffic problems.


10 years ago — 2003

Tim Creehan's Beach Walk Café celebrated its fifth year and received Florida Trend's Golden Spoon Top 25 Restaurants award with a discount for patrons.

Deadline nears for the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce logo design competition.

Gourmet Entrées To Go Restaurant presented Café 98 Unplugged every Friday with contemporary praise and worship music with local Christian musicians.