The city of Destin announced Monday afternoon that it had canceled the City Council meeting scheduled for later that evening along with facility activities.

The White House released updated nationwide guidelines Monday that recommends Americans avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

To protect the well-being of Destin residents, the city of Destin canceled Monday’s executive session at 5:30 p.m. and the regular city council meeting slated for 6 p.m. at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail.

The council had been expected to appoint an interim finance director as well as start the search for a new, permanent finance director.

The city has also suspended activities through March 30 at the following facilities:

— Destin Community Center

— Morgan Sports Center

— Buck Destin Park

— Destin Library

These facilities will be closed as a proactive measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Destin City Hall will remain open as well as other department facilities. Destin’s beach parks and facilities will also remain open.

City officials remain vigilant and in constant contact with the state and local health department and Okaloosa County Emergency Management.

As information evolves regarding COVID-19, city officials will provide updates across all city social media platforms and the city website. The city encourages everyone to monitor credible sources and information can be found at

For health-related questions the public should call DOH – Okaloosa at 850-344-0566 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The state’s call center is 1-866-779-6121 and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents can also email questions to