Nov. 24 - 30


35 years ago — 1978

The state of Florida explored a tax on saltwater fishing.

Destin teenager Richard Malone was the sole survivor of a Texas plane crash that killed three people.

The Destin Library had its first phone installed, paid for by the Destin Lions Club.


30 years ago — 1983

A Holiday Isle developer reported threats and vandalism to his office after he helped the Florida Marine Patrol cite a Destin boat operator for dumping fish debris into the harbor.

The Destin McDonald’s opened, prompting some residents to call it “the social event of the season.”

Bert Wise was named 1984 chairman of the Destin Fishing Rodeo.


25 years ago — 1988

Destin’s Wal-Mart discount store was under construction of the Emerald Coast Parkway.

Destin City Council began preliminary plans for the new Destin Community Center.

Dalton G. “Coach” Threadgill, a teacher at Destin Elementary School for 27 years, died at the age of 58.

A group of city and business elders from Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island were renewing a push for a tourist “bed tax.”

A group of Destin citizens banded together to save the landmark Green Knight from being moved or torn down.


20 years ago — 1993

Okaloosa School Board members approved a policy change and eliminated corporal punishment from county schools beginning in September.

Turkeys at Food World were 49 cents a pound.


10 years ago — 2003

The Destin City Council votes to place a referendum on the March electoral ballot for the unincorporated areas east of Destin to decide if they want annexation or not.

The huge cow at Collaborations in Seagrove Beach was discovered missing and found out that the owner of the consignment item had returned to pick it up.

“Sweetheart, The Search For The American Beauty,” a reality show to premiere in 2004, was in Destin holding auditions and casting local talent to headline the production.

If Destin and Okaloosa County had enforced the law, many homeowners complaining about noise at Destin Airport would never have moved close enough to be bothered. State rules would have kept residential development more than 2,000 feet away.

A 40-foot tree stood in the center of Destin Commons for its first Christmas.