This week in Destin history: A Destin pioneer passes

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

This week in Destin history

Nov. 4 - 10

35 years ago — 1977

An Environmental Protection Agency spokesman from Atlanta labeled the rising pollution level in Destin harbor as “a monster in the making” and placed the blame on runoff from U.S. 98, marine and boat spills and the throwback of fish carcasses into the water.

Coast Guard Station Destin honored Capt. John Destin, grandson of the Destin founder, with a luncheon and tour of the new station.

30 years ago — 1982

A malfunctioning voting machine made threatened the legitimacy of a close Destin Fire District race. One machine recorded only three votes for an incumbent commissioner.

The Destin Rodeo Committee presented its Good Neighbor Award to Mel Laird.

25 years ago — 1987

The Destin Chamber of Commerce was investigating the possibility of a spring festival to attract visitors to the area.

Capt. Irby Windes was named Captain of the Year at the Destin Fishing Rodeo award ceremonies.

Destin City Council approved a $30,000 sidewalk-project along Legion Drive from Main Street to Beach Drive.

20 years ago — 1992

The Destin Diner, slated to open in spring on the corner of Airport Road and U.S. 98, will be the only 1950’s-era stainless steel restaurant in the Panhandle.

On the last day of the Rodeo, Destin’s Craig Barnard reeled in a 49.6-pound white marlin on the Sure Thing with Capt. Si Howard to take second place in the Offshore Division for white marlins.

 The Katrina Doll, a fishing boat belonging to Jimmy Shirah, became the first casualty of the Old Pass Lagoon flushing project when it was damaged when it ran into an anchor line related to the construction of the pipe.

Mattie Kelly passed away Oct. 31 at the age of 80. According to a Log Editorial of that day, “If you look around Destin, and the surrounding communities, you will see the hand of the Kellys in the business, fishing and cultural arenas and in the physical appearance of the area.

Mattie Kelly will never be forgotten.”

Voting turnout was heavy at the two Destin polling places. With the volume of ballots to be counted, coupled with computer problems at the Okaloosa County Courthouse in Crestview, results of Destin city races were unavailable. It was finally announced that Walt Thomas was the choice for mayor.

10 years ago — 2002

The Destin Fire Control District bought a $140,000 fire boat, the first one on Choctawhatchee Bay.

Destin’s Angels, a club formed by four area girls, raised more than $500 to assist the family of Hannah McLeod, a 22 month old with a medical condition that affects her ability to breathe, eat and move on her own.

Six manatees were spotted from Valencia Condominiums off Calhoun Avenue on Choctawhatchee Bay in about 4 feet of water.

Snowbirds migrate back to area and begin meeting at the Destin Community Center.

U.S. Gold Gymnastics took the gold in Blue Angel Classic event in Pensacola meet.