March 30 – April 5


40 years ago — 1974

New equipment at The Log allowed processing of photographs from glossy prints, and The Log held a contest for local photographers with the winners to be used on the newspaper’s cover.

A letter to the editor suggested Destin form its own planning and zoning committee for relief from county zoning restrictions.

Jennifer Walk, a Destin senior at Fort Walton Beach High School, won the top award in the Fort Walton Beach Civitan Club’s essay contest.


35 years ago — 1979

Two thousand signatures were collected by the Destin Community Center on its petition for the state to buy the beach property east of Destin.

The first entry in the annual Marlborough Marina Cobia Tournament was a 45 1/2-pounder caught by Jeannie Willie of Louisiana aboard Capt. Royal Melvin’s Venture II.

Destin students Ron Caylor, Ralph Gillies, Lauren Jones and Keith Schulz were among the winners in the Bruner Junior High School Science Fair.


30 years ago —1984

A six-inch rain flooded homes around Quail Lake in Destin and left eight inches of standing water on Airport Road.

William Frank Davis was elected president of the Destin Charter Boat Association, and Barbi Miller was elected president of the DCBA Women’s Auxiliary.


25 years ago — 1989

Okaloosa County Tax Collector Doyle Hilton announced a branch of his office would open in Destin in April.

Plans to include an historical area for Destin’s museums in the new community center were scrapped due to limited space and other priorities.

The Destin Family YMCA offered to provide some recreational services for the city of Destin.


20 years ago — 1994

Dredging completed in Destin, making it a bit simpler to navigate the East Pass.

Other than leaving a raccoon family without a vacation home, re-roofing the Destin Library caused no problems or patrons.

Eighty-five percent of the people who responded to The Log poll were against a City Council proposal to impose a 2-percent franchise fee on Destin Water Users.


10 years ago — 2004

Okaloosa and Walton Counties will share emergency medical services if assistance is needed.

Yvonne Freeman of Destin was installed as the 2004-2005 president of Okaloosa and Walton Counties United Way.

Hoping to hear how a lobbyist could help them lengthen the red snapper season and give them more trips in the off-season, members of the Destin Charter Boat Association heard instead that the number of juvenile red snapper being caught accidentally by shrimp boats increased the previous year and that could lead to more restrictions for charter boats.