This week in Destin history: Bridge or ferry?

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

35 years ago — 1977 Four key volunteers on the Destin Volunteer Fire Department, all Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies, resigned reportedly at the order of Sheriff’s Department officials claiming conflict of interest with Sheriff’s Department duties.

Okaloosa County commissioners voted to maintain the “grandfathered-in” status of the Moody-Kelly Concrete plant on Joe’s Bayou. The Log’s poll question was “Would you rather see a bridge or a ferry connecting Destin to Niceville?”

Universal Studios announced the New Florida Girl dock in Destin had been chosen over waterfront sites in Niceville and North Carolina for the filming of parts of “Jaws II.”

30 years ago — 1982 Okaloosa County commissioners approved a $400,000 expansion plan for Destin Airport.

Sandestin announced plans for the 163-unit Bayside Hotel/Condominium.

The fourth annual Destin Seafood Festival was expected to draw 40,000 or more people.

25 years ago — 1987 Terry J. Watkins was the recipient of the Destin Chamber of Commerce’s Ross and Nell Marler Citizenship Award.

Destin charter boat captains faced tougher rules on using old car bodies and other materials to create fishing reefs in the Gulf.

Charles Morgan received the Destin Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year Award.

20 years ago — 1992 A fire that was deliberately set caused an estimated $20,000 damage to a townhouse on Log Place, but was confined to upstairs bedroom and burned itself out prior to arrival of Destin Fire Department.

Bob Moore was the overall spinnaker winner and Bud Reed was the overall nonspinnaker winner of the Destin Cup.

Destin’s Burger King offered table service from 4-8 p.m. and was available with the purchase of any entrée, including the new meals served in baskets with fried shrimp, steak, chicken or a Whopper, with a baked potato or fries and slaw or a dinner salad.

Elizabeth Ann Dalton of Santa Rosa Beach brought in the first fish of the Rodeo, a 6.8 pound king mackerel.

10 years ago — 2002 Suzanne Sherer of Destin, fishing aboard Capt. Brent Buffkin’s Reel Doc charter boat, caught the first fish of the 54th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo, a 3.1-pound sailcat.

A lone man robbed the SouthTrust Bank in Destin.

Wayne Moore’s worry is that Legendary, the company that hopes to build a nearly 15-acre village at the harbor, will destroy the massive magnolia tree in the name of development. The tree is still in the news 10 years later, as locals try to save it.

Destin Water Users will extend its lines through all of Crystal Beach, providing service to the 100 homes and 100 vacant lots that don’t have sewer access. A Log editorial is disappointed with city officials and other “important” people who did not turn out for the Destin Fishing Rodeo kickoff party.

Two Destin Water Users employees say their supervisors have done nothing to correct what they claim is a racially hostile workplace complete with racial epithets and a hangman’s noose left at a worker’s station. DWU said they had taken extensive corrective measures.