Dec. 1 - 7


35 years ago — 1978

Guardsmen from the newly commissioned Destin Coast Guard Station rescued three teenagers adrift in the Gulf off Destin and also assisted an oceangoing tug aground on the beach on the same day.

A Destin Elementary PTO survey of students’ parents showed the vital need for sidewalks and stop signs in the area around the school.

Dee Presley, Elvis’ stepmother, was in Destin to write a book about her life in the “quiet, beachside atmosphere.”


30 years ago — 1983

The state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services granted Humana Inc.’s request to build a 40-bed full-service hospital in Destin.

Vandals broke out 18 windows at Destin Elementary School, the third such incident in a short time. The youngsters responsible were all under 12 years of age.


25 years ago — 1988

The Destin Chamber of Commerce formed its Economic and Industrial Development Committee to attract industry and jobs to Destin.

The Destin Harbor Board endorsed rezoning 16 acres adjacent to Sandpiper Cove from residential intensive apartment to special marina/residential, bringing the harbor flushing pipeline a step closer to reality


20 years ago — 1993

Sandpiper Cove developers wants to change the category on Destin’s future land use map for three vacant parcels in Sandpiper Cove to high density residential, allowing 135 units to be built on the parcels instead of the 68 currently allotted.

Through trial and error, local galley chef Ed Butler won first prize in the Mid-Gulf Sailing magazine’s Galley Gourmet 1993 recipe contest for a recipe for Magic Crabmeat Quiche.

The United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., reported that Cadet Nathaniel B. Hesse participated in a humanitarian relief effort called “Operation Heartland” to help victims in Des Moines, Iowa, recover from summer floods. He is the son of the Rev. Michael Hesse and his wife Claudia of Destin.

Okaloosa County commissioners gave long-awaited approval for construction to begin on a Tourist Development Council Welcome Center on Okaloosa Island.

The Army Corps of Engineers began work to increase the average depth in Destin’s East Pass to 16 feet. A spot about 1,200 feet into the Gulf was to be increased to about 22 feet deep and the spoils were to be used to reinforce the east jetty at the Pass.

After seeing Destin through its turbulent beginning and into what appears to be a new prosperity, Planning and Zoning Specialist Jackie Fortner decided to retire.

BayDestin Execute Plaza, 495 South Shore Drive in Destin, will be the business complex of the 2000s, according to the project’s developer, Clark Ries.