This week in Destin history: The harbor flush

Compiled by Pam Griffin

Dec. 2 - 8

35 years ago — 1977

The Destin Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously to support the Destin Charter Boat Association in its fight with the Attorney General’s office over alleged unfair price fixing.

Plans announced to turn the old Destin Bridge, built in 1934, into a fishing reef after it was torn down.

Destin Jaycee Auxiliary presented a check for $135 to the Destin Volunteer Fire Department.

A group of Destin residents were among 46 members of the Historical Society of Okaloosa and Walton Counties who traveled by charter bus to New Orleans to view the Treasures of Tutankhamen.

30 years ago — 1982

A nearly-3-acre site on Main Street was “locked in” as the location for the new Destin Post Office.

A new romance novel, “Pride’s Reckoning,” by Carolyn Stromeyer Thornton, featured Destin as its setting.

The state Department of Environmental Regulation found that some of the storm sewers that empty in Old Pass Lagoon, including one at Sandpiper Cove, had very high fecal coliform counts, and began an investigation into the source of the pollution.

25 years ago — 1987

Two women who had been burned in the Dec. 8, 1983, explosion of a Destin office building were awarded $420,000 by a jury. Organizers announced the city of Destin’s first Christmas Boat Parade scheduled for Dec. 14.

20 years ago — 1992

After months and years of preparation, the harbor flushing mechanism was turned on for its first test, and after an anxious first spout of dirty-looking water, clear Gulf water soon rushed into the harbor.

The Fort Walton Beach Lady Vikings basketball team won the Pepsi Emerald Coast Classic.

Santa arrived by helicopter at The Shores Shopping Center in Destin. Fresh-cut Douglas Fir Christmas trees, 6-7 feet, sell for $19.93 at Lowes.

Howard Marler, the first trolling charter boat captain in Destin, was selected as the quarter’s Outstanding Destin Senior Citizen for his contributions to the community, including donating several of his personal items to the Destin Fishing Museum.

First Baptist Church of Destin installs a new 25-foot high fiberglass steeple with four window panels with a light inside that may become a Destin landmark — a light hopefully visible from the sea.

10 years ago — 2002

Phoenix Air suspended its service from Destin to Marietta, Ga., for the winter and will resume flights in April.

Kristine Pisiewski of Destin was accepted into the first class of students in the first dental assisting program at Okaloosa-Walton Community College. City Councilor Sam Seevers said two years is too long to remove the traffic signal at the U.S. 98/Restaurant Row intersection and install one at the other end of Restaurant Row at U.S. 98.

Destin teacher Robert Colon, band director and music instructor at Destin Middle School, named a finalist for the district Teacher of the Year.

Members of the Holiday Isle Improvement Association asked to decide if they want to pay for burying power lines on Gulf shore Drive.

Tom Becnel’s lawsuit that claimed he was defamed by City Council member Larry Williges was dismissed by Okaloosa Circuit Judge G. Robert Barron.

Fudpucker’s celebrates 20 years in the Destin area.