Harbor district public parking for Seafood Festival and Fishing Rodeo

Special to The Log

The City of Destin provides free public parking options in the harbor district for the 2012 Destin Seafood Festival and Destin Fishing Rodeo. Four city-owned parking lots will be ready for the festivities along the harbor boardwalk during the month of October.

“Our planners have identified parking options for the harbor district and our public services crew has made sure the lots are ready,” said Ken Gallander, community development director, City of Destin. “This is a big month for our businesses along the harbor and it is important that we provide easy access for our residents and visitors to get to them.”

There are four public parking lots on or near U.S.98, providing access to the harbor. Parking in all of these lots is on a first-come, first-served basis and is free. The public is encouraged to use these lots when visiting the new harbor boardwalk throughout the year and especially during the Seafood Festival and Fishing Rodeo.

Public Parking Lots:

Marler Street (corner of Marler Street and U.S. 98) Destin Community Center Destin Library Zerbe Street (corner of Zerbe Street and Sibert Avenue)

There are three designated crosswalks along U.S. 98: Marler Street; across from AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar; and Stahlman Avenue. Please use these crosswalks to cross U.S. 98. The Sheriff’s Posse will be posted at the Marler Street and Stahlman Avenue crosswalks during the Seafood Festival, Oct. 5-7.

Important harbor district parking tips:

Destin Community Center parking is available on weekdays and weekends. The lot is occasionally closed for special community center events. Closing signs will be posted.

Destin Library weekend parking is available after hours: Saturday after 1 p.m. and all day Sunday.

The Marler Street parking lot is open weekdays and weekends.

Parking is allowed in rights-of-way unless “No Parking” signs are posted. Do not park on sidewalks. Do not park in bike lanes.

No overnight parking is allowed in city parking lots.

All parking in the harbor district is within a 5 to 10-minute walk to the harbor boardwalk.

There are a number of private parking options in the harbor district. Some charge a fee.

For more information about the Destin harbor boardwalk and parking in the harbor district, visit the city’s website at www.cityofdestin.com.