This week in Destin history

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Oct. 7 - 13

35 years ago — 1977 A 12-year-old Fort Walton Beach boy drowned in rough surf in the Gulf off Holiday Isle.

More than 200 attended a fish fry hosted by the Destin Community Center to welcome personnel and families of Destin’s new Coast Guard station.

The Destin Rodeo kickoff dinner and dance drew more than 200 people to Sandpiper Cove Yacht Club.

Members of Village Baptist Church erected a steeple on their new sanctuary.

30 years ago — 1982 Pensacola landowner Burney Henderson agreed to sell the state Department of Natural Resources a 1.3-mile stretch of untouched Gulf-front for $13.1 million. This would become Henderson Beach State Park.

Gov. Bob Graham served as honorary weighmaster at the Rodeo dock and helped with the Children’s Choafer Contest. Destin condominium owners filed an appeal with the Okaloosa County Board of Adjustment protesting a 90 percent increase in assessment in one year and a 184 percent increase since 1977.

Just 67 of Destin’s 990 Republican voters voted in the primary.

Destin residents Muri Cass and Jere Boutz were the top local runners in The Destin Log Rodeo Run.

25 years ago — 1987 Volunteers wrestled with the decision to form an independent YMCA in Destin or organize a branch of the Playground Area YMCA.

AmSouth Bancorporation announced plans to purchase First National Bank of Destin for $10.68 million.

Bob Ware was sworn in as 1987-88 president of the Destin Kiwanis Club.

20 years ago — 1992 A day of wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of those attending the Destin Seafood Festival. One complaint seemed to be that not enough local restaurants participated and it was becoming more like a “state fair than a Destin Seafood Festival,” according to Kevin Ortego of Louisiana Lagniappe.

City staff asked anyone with knowledge of the whereabouts of street and stop signs that have disappeared to return them to City Hall — no questions asked.

Workers widening Airport Road.

10 years ago — 2002 A packed house turned out at City Hall for the hearing on Peter Bos’ proposal to rebuild the west end of the harbor — perhaps more than turned out for the failed Home Depot proposal the year before.

Kerry McNulty broke was the first person to ever register a kayak in the Destin Fishing Rodeo.

Dewey Destin told the council that a proposed ordinance setting a 70-foot height limit along the harbor’s north shore wouldn’t be legal if the owners it affected didn’t consent. The Destin Seafood Festival was a big success at its new home in the parking lot of the former Kmart store, with estimates of about 24,000 attending.

Shannon Burton of Niceville was crowned Miss Gulf Coast of 2002.

Senior Ashley Baggett of Destin was crowned the first homecoming queen at South Walton High School.

Attorney for Destin Water Users say noose was not a racially charged device but a way of one temporary worker showing another how to snare an alligator.