40 years ago — 1974

Longtime Destin resident Ross Marler died.

Luther Rhodes opened his auto repair shop on Mountain Drive.

The Federal Aviation Administration approved a $651,375 grant for improvements at Destin Airport.

The Destin Chamber of Commerce announced it was developing a full-color brochure featuring tourist attractions in the area.


35 years ago — 1979

The Indian Bayou County Club clubhouse opened for business.

Ground was broken for the Destin Racquet Club on Airport Road.

Construction began on the Seascape conference center.

A full-time ambulance was stationed in Destin on a four-month trial basis.


30 years ago —1984

Longtime Destin resident Capt. Hank Martin died suddenly.

Mysterious “hot spots” in Choctawhatchee Bay prompted researchers to develop a three-dimensional computer model to study the bay bottom.

A two-bedroom, fully furnished unit at Seascape was priced at $66,400.


25 years ago — 1989

The Destin Water Users Board of Directors honored George “Red” Burritt for his 15 years of service by making him the board’s first director emeritus.

Destin’s Scott Sutton, 17, was named to the second team All-State High School Soccer team.

The ninth annual Old Destin Post Office Museum Society Destin Seafood Gumbo Contest was dedicated to the late Henry “Hink” Hinkel.


20 years ago — 1994

Gary Alden, who promised voters a progressive mayor should he be elected, won the seat by a landslide over former mayor and councilman, Bob Lloyd.

Work on the mausoleum on property the late Mattie Kelly owned on Indian Trail was halted when it was found construction was started without a permit.

The Greening of Destin wants to paint the town with a 16-color palette they call the Shades of Destin in an effort to beautify the city.

A significant find on the Kelly Plantation development in Destin showed evidence of several different settlements from various time periods, dating back to 1000 B.C., in relation to the history of Northwest Florida.