Sept. 22 - 28


35 years ago — 1978

The last five miles of Interstate 10 were scheduled to be opened. Highway was started in November 1958.

Jewel Melvin spoke at the official opening of the new Destin Fishing Rodeo office.

Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held for Chuck Clary’s new Sands Liquors and Lounge on U.S. 98.

Overall winner in the fourth annual Marlborough Billfish Tournament was the boat Aquarius. Eighty-four boats, the most ever to compete in a Destin billfish tournament, participated.


30 years ago — 1983

The Destin Fire Board approved including space for an Okaloosa Sheriff’s Department substation in its expansion plans.

In a speech at the Destin Community Center, Sen. Dempsey Barron vowed to oppose restrictions to growth that would unnecessarily impede development in Northwest Florida.

The Okaloosa Gas District announced plans to extend natural gas service into Destin by mid-summer 1984.

Bill Stichler received the Ross Marler Citizenship Award from the Destin Chamber of Commerce.

Ken Beaird was installed president of the Destin Chamber of Commerce.


25 years ago — 1988

Most of the 100 area residents attending a Department of Natural Resources hearing at the Community Center told state officials not to restrict access to the proposed Henderson Beach State Park and to “forget the toll booth.”

Hurricane Florence made its way up the Gulf of Mexico, but local officials said it was unlikely to hit near Destin. Hurricane Gilbert was also being watched.

Corpus Christi Catholic Church dedicated its Pope John Paul II School of Religion.

Destin United Methodist Church broke ground for its new administrative offices.

George French was honored by the Destin Chamber with the Ross Marler Citizenship Award.


20 years ago — 1993

Destin’s tremendous growth during the past few years has now made it necessary for county elections chief Pat Hollarn to add a third precinct.

After gathering input from representatives of sports played in Destin, the city’s Leisure Services Committee agreed to recommend City Council move forward and develop 29 acres of land currently used by Destin Water Users now used for percolation ponds for effluent water.

Destin fishermen and divers gave heir complete support to a proposal that would allow private reef building in the Gulf of Mexico — a shallow- and a deep-water location.

No Captain of the Year Award at 45th Destin Fishing Rodeo, but other opportunities for captains to be recognized for their efforts of hard fishing throughout the Rodeo month.


10 years ago — 2003

The facelift at a once-busy Destin shopping center at the corner of Main Street and U.S. 98  nears completion and Old time Pottery, the newest tenant, is getting ready for opening.

Winners in the 2003 Best of the Emerald Coast were La Paz, for best margarita and best Mexican food, Harbor Docks for best sushi and best seafood, Lucky Snapper for best appetizer and best outdoor restaurant, and Beachwalk Café for best service and best chef.

Local artist Judy Shillingburg was commissioned to create a watercolor rendition of Destin Commons for its November Grand Opening.