35 years ago — 1978

The Destin United Methodist Church broke ground on its new 12,000-square-foot building on Beach Drive.

Okaloosa County commissioners awarded the Destin Chamber of Commerce $10,000 toward a winter advertising campaign expected to generate $1,250,000 in extra Snowbird business for Destin.

Jim Braden of Destin won a $1,500 elk hunting trip from the National Rifle Association.

The First National Bank of Okaloosa County opened its Destin branch.


30 years ago — 1983

Laura Archuleta, 13, of Destin rescued a 3-year-old boy from drowning in Joe’s Bayou.

Celes’ Meyer was installed president of the Destin Lioness Club.

Warner-Amex prepared to lay an underground cable into Indian Bayou so the 250 homes there could begin receiving more than a dozen cable channels.

Gov. Bob Graham visited Destin/South Walton to discuss coastal management.


25 years ago — 1988

A community fish fry was held for Dr. Paul Odom, Destin’s first resident doctor, who was moving back to Mississippi.

The rank of Eagle Scout was bestowed up on Destin Boy Scout Kevin Dunn, only the second member of Troop 504 to reach Eagle Scout in the troop’s 33-year history.

Okaloosa County’s 9-1-1 system went on line.


20 years ago — 1993

Gov. Lawton Chiles and the Cabinet gave approval to a submerged land lease for Destin Fishing Fleet Inc. to construct a 40-slip dock and marina complex on the Destin harbor, subject to approval by the Destin City Council.

Firefighters of the Destin Fire Control District agreed to forgo a 3-percent raise already approved by the Fire Board in favor of what they felt to be a vastly improved retirement plan.

Destin Water Users began to rebuild the company’s greenhouse which was demolished when battered by hail in an evening storm that also left hail piled up in yards and large trees blown down.

Contractors attempted to find some identification on an old barrel with holes in it and leaking clear water that was found in Destin harbor by Team E.O. members. The only legible label read “Dispose of Properly.”

Dale E. Peterson Realty Inc. announced that the Grand Caribbean East, a 36-unit condominium project, was scheduled to begin construction in the fall in Crystal Beach.


10 years ago — 2003

The new Medical Office Building on the campus of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast opened, with plans underway to double the size of emergency room at the hospital with more than 6,000 visits in first six months.

A trailer fire at the Destin East Mobile Home Park resulted in the loss of a resident’s home, but no loss of life.