This week in Destin history: Our favorite fish

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Oct. 14 - 20

35 years ago — 1977 Capt. Ed Robinson and his family, fishing aboard the private boat Ballyhoo, weighed in the first grand slam — blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish — ever caught in the Destin Fishing Rodeo.

The U. S. Postal Service officially approved a special one-day cancellation mark to commemorate the Old Destin Post Office.

Two Alabama divers rescued from the Gulf after a nighttime search by the Destin Search and Recovery Team, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and private boats.

A survey of Destin restaurants revealed the fish most asked for by customers was red snapper.

30 years ago — 1982 Drs. George and Yvette Novak and their 13-month-old daughter, Yvette, escaped from Czechoslovakia and took up residence in Destin.

The Log’s question of the week was, “Has Destin outgrown a volunteer fire department?”

Destin’s construction industry responded with cautious optimism to the lowering of the prime interest rate to 12 percent.

25 years ago — 1987 A search began for someone to head up the new Destin YMCA.

Four different groups applied to the Federal Communications Commission to establish a television station in Destin to broadcast on channel 64.

A resident of Tuscaloosa, Ala., broke the Rodeo record for Warsaw with his 411.4-pound winner while fishing on the Melanie Dawn with Capt. Tom Klosterman.

20 years ago — 1992 Piles of water lettuce harvested from Coleman Kelly Lake as residents grow more concerned about the increased algae and plant growth in the lake.

Janet Rappazini of Miss j’s Portraits in Destin was awarded first place in Portrait of a Woman as well as Best in Show in a professional photography competition in Pensacola.

Numbers are up at the Rodeo as after day 15 this year, 327 fish had been weighed in while only 322 weighed in last year (1991) after day 15. The first few days of the 1992 Rodeo were slim, with no fish weighed in on day three, a first in 10 years.

Parents Against Inherent Racism say a small hangman’s noose hung on the locker of a black student at Niceville High School increases racial tension.

A groundbreaking was held for the new Marina Cafe restaurant on Destin harbor.

10 years ago — 2002 Georgian Rusty Taylor landed a 315-pound Warsaw grouper aboard Capt. Ken Beaird’s Reveille II, and found himself at the top of the Destin Fishing Rodeo’s Warsaw Division.

High winds ripped off roofs and stripped siding from buildings, uprooted trees and caused localized flooding on the west side of Destin as a microburst, which many thought was a tornado, accompanied a heavy thunderstorm.

Destin’s harbor-pump buoy, lost in Tropical Storm Isidore, was recovered and evaluated for damage. The pump keeps water in the harbor from becoming stagnant, and the buoy marks the point where the intake pipe emerges from under Gulf Shore Drive.

A Log Editorial supports Mayor Craig Barker as he tries to set up a program to post lifeguards on Destin’s beaches.

The Destin City Council has budgeted $50,000 for this fiscal year to give the city a positive and distinctive identity, both by publicizing its services and accomplishments and by fashioning a distinctive city symbol or logo.