This week in Destin history: A rodeo record and Jeb

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Oct. 28 – Nov. 3

35 years ago — 1977 County Commissioner Mike Mitchell told the Destin Alliance the state of Florida still had made no decision on whether the land at the west end of Holiday Isle would be claimed for the public or allowed to be developed privately.

An 18-year old Shalimar woman died in a house fire on Calhoun Avenue when the fire burned unimpeded when water pressure in the hose abruptly stopped because someone had jammed debris in the hydrant.

Marilee Watkins and Mary Ann Adler spearheaded the formation of a women’s auxiliary to the Destin Volunteer Fire Department.

Destin’s Greg Keebler was among the finalists in the National Council of Teachers of English 1977 Achievement Award in Writing, the first time a FWBHS student had been a finalist.

Destin’s new Catholic church was named Corpus Christi.

30 years ago — 1982 Destin Chamber was concerned that the designation of Moreno Point as a federal barrier island might eliminate funds for the bridge from Piney Point in Destin to White Point in Niceville.

Fred Wimmer of Memphis brought in a Rodeo record-breaking 89-pound, 12-ounce amberjack aboard Capt. John Cox’s Restless Wind.

Several Destin condominiums looked into giving up on Warner Cable and installing satellite dishes on the roofs of the buildings.

25 years ago — 1987 Plans for the multimillion-dollar 944-unit Riviera Plaza Hotel on U.S. 98 went down the drain when the 15-acre property was foreclosed on by the Vernon Savings and Loan in Dallas.

Okaloosa County Commission voted to turn responsibility of Wayside Park and Clement Taylor Park over to the city of Destin.

Sandestin Beach Resort donated about 13 acres of land, north of U.S. 98 and west of Mack Bayou Road, which contained an Indian burial site and archeological sites, to the Florida Creek Indians.

20 years ago — 1992 Okaloosa School Board voted to ban fundraising activities that required students to be on roadways to solicit money from drivers.

The Bruner Spartans dominated on the gridiron, defeating Walton Middle School 24-6 in the third annual Rodeo Bowl at Destin Field.

As of day 29, 575 fish were weighed in at this year’s Rodeo.

Members of the Oak Ridge Boys fished during the Rodeo on the Finest Kind with Capt. Tommy Browning, but didn’t make the leaderboard.

Anglers fishing with Capt. Kelly Windes on the Sunrise pulled in a 30.6-pound and a 26.2-pound red snapper to take first and second place on the leader board in the Grand Prize Division at the Rodeo.

10 years ago — 2002 Okaloosa Officials, an organization of local sports officials, stopped providing referees for Destin games because of a billing dispute, but enough were found to provide at least one for each of the 18 games.

Kathy Dallara won the inaugural Sunsail Chili Cook off, judged by The Log’s managing editor Jim Wagner.

Destin Festival of The Arts cancelled as heavy rains rolled through the area.

A 217.4-pound shark caught by James Moye of Destin on the Emoye found a top spot on the leaderboard of the 54th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo.

A record was set at the Rodeo with almost 800 fish weighed in during the 31-day event.

Gov. Jeb Bush visits the Donut Hole on a campaign swing through town.