Feb. 17 - 23


35 years ago — 1978

There was a rumor in town that a Holiday Inn would be built next to Destin Hawaiiki, but Holiday Inn officials said there was nothing definite planned. Ultimately, the building became a Holiday Inn, which served Destin until 2012.

The Log’s annual Market Basket Survey of grocery prices revealed prices in Destin were 19 percent above those in Fort Walton Beach and 14 percent above the state average.

Plans for Indian Bayou’s 18-hole golf course and 327 home sites were made public; partners in the project were Roger Clary, Preston Hood, Wayne Patton, Gary Lee, Paul Sims, Elbert Ponder and Bob Lee.


30 years ago — 1983

Destin Charter Boat Association figures reported fishing in Destin had grown into a $ 52 million industry in 1982, nearly doubling its income from 1980.

During a walk, Nancy Newsome encountered a beaver on Destin’s beaches.

The first Destin Tour of Homes, co-sponsored by the Destin Library Board and the Friends Guild of the Destin Library, was under way.


25 years ago — 1988

A Mississippi company was negotiating with the Kelly Trust to bring a 167-foot casino cruise ship to Destin for the summer.


20 years ago — 1993

Hooters of Destin kicked off its operation with a VIP party that raised $2,500 for Bridgeway Center.

The 12th annual Destin Gumbo Contest, initially started to raise funds for a Community Center in Destin, will now raise funds for the Destin Fishing Museum.

High levels of bacteria found in Destin’s drinking water were not supplied by Destin Water Users, but by Destin Utilities Company.

Frank McPherson, graphic artist for Destin Printing and Graphics, won three awards, including Best of Show, in the Emerald Coast chapter of the American Advertising Federation First Addy Awards competition.

A one-story, 88-bed nursing facility and a two-story medical center proposed for Airport Road met with unanimous approval from the Destin Planning Commission, with the access road to be named Mattie M. Kelly Boulevard.


10 years ago — 2003

The beach renourishment project given the go ahead by Okaloosa County officials will encompass two miles of beachfront property in Okaloosa County and 4.5 miles of beaches in South Walton.