July 28 – Aug. 3


35 years ago — 1978

Twelve inches of rain in 10 days created flooding and washouts in Destin.

Destin resident Dick McHarg showed off the dozens of hubcaps he collected in just one weekend, lost due to “chuck holes” in U.S. 98 west of Beach Drive.

The Destin Fire Department reported a quiet summer, with no fire calls since May 14.


30 years ago — 1983

A number of condominium managers reported a slow summer season, while the rest of Florida reported “gangbuster” tourism.

Horrendous piles of trash accumulated at Henderson Beach State Recreation Area, but both state and county officials denied responsibility for cleaning it up.

First National Bank of Okaloosa County’s Destin branch was robbed at gunpoint for the second time in three weeks.

First Mutual Savings Association announced it would build an office in Destin, making it the fourth financial institution to locate here.


25 years ago — 1988

A state plan to put 50 cabins and 100 campsites for RVs at Henderson Beach State Park was shelved due to opposition by local campground owners and Destin city officials.

The Destin Harbor Board voted to seek more manpower to patrol the harbor and prevent reckless driving and near collisions between boaters, water scooters and water skiers.

Melissa Span of Panama City landed a 542.6-pound blue marlin for the championship of the East Pass Towers Invitational Billfish Tournament.


20 years ago — 1993

Three Destin youths were formally charged for the break-ins at Destin United Methodist Church, with original estimates at $3,500 and expected to be more.

Okaloosa commissioners approved a request from the city of Destin to designate portions of Indian Bayou as “no-wake, idle speed” zones.

Rhodes Auto Repair celebrated its 20th anniversary in Destin.

Vegetation in Legion Park was removed to make way for a new volleyball court.

The newest thrill on the Emerald Coast was Big Kahuna’s Sky Coaster ride.


10 years ago — 2003

After being open less than six month, the number of admissions coming through the emergency room at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast leads to expansion plans, doubling the number of ER rooms to 16.