I went to Destin for the first time last year and had a wonderful time. I generally make a beach visit every year to Florida. Places like St. Augustine, Port St. Joe, St. George Island, Pensacola are all great destinations I have visited.
Seeing all these beach battle articles has made me change my mind on coming back this year to Destin. I come for the beach, and if I have to fight or be harassed to get there it is not worth it since there are so many other beautiful places in your state to go.
This will kill your tourism if this negativity is allowed to stand like it is. Just my two cents worth.