Destin residents came together Thursday to celebrate the 35th annual open house at the Destin Community Center.


Catherine Card, public information manager for the city of Destin, said what she loves about the open house "is seeing that we have people in this community that care about Destin."


The theme of this year’s open house was Looking Back, Moving Forward, which was demonstrated in the design of the event and one of the activities.


Booths of different Destin agencies and departments were spread out over the gymnasium floor with entities from from the Code Enforcement Agency to the City Administrator with information about each agency. At each table was a tidbit about the history of Destin that participants could use to fill out an answer sheet and be entered into a raffle.


Melissa Tomlinson, an event goer, said she learned that cable TV was $4 around the time she was born. Tomlinson said she came out to learn more about the community, and she enjoyed the history questionnaire.


Another event goer, Doug Montana Phillips, who was born and raised in Destin, said he came to meet people, and everyone was polite and cordial.


"The food was excellent," he said.


The food was made by Chef Jim Shirah of Dewey Destin’s, and he picked a traditional menu fried fish, cheese grits, baked beans and cole slaw.


Shirah said he was most excited about "Making sure everyone gets good food."