This week in Destin history
Dec. 16 - 22
35 years ago — 1977
Universal Pictures called it a wrap on the Destin waterfront filming of the movie “Jaws II” starring Roy Scheider. Temperatures were in the mid-20’s to 30’s.
A BACH Turbo jet, delivering 24 Tenneco Oil executives for a meeting at Sandestin and measuring more than 100 feet, set a precedent at the Destin airport by landing on the 5,000 foot runway.
The 43-year-old south span of the Destin Bridge closed forever to make way for new bridge.
Okaloosa County agreed to build sidewalks around Destin Elementary School.
An Okaloosa County health nurse scheduled to be at Destin Community Center once a month to give inoculations.
30 years ago — 1982
Destin’s Dr. Paul Odom announced plans for a seven-day-a-week emergency care clinic on Main Street near The Shores Shopping Center.
Two armed and masked men robbed Destin Drugs of about $300 in “class A” drugs.
Tom Phillips of Destin named Okaloosa County’s environmental officer.
25 years ago — 1987
A bridge connecting Destin with Niceville is deemed environmentally feasible according to the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority.
A 3 BR, 2 BA furnished condo in a highrise on the beach could be purchased for $99,500.
A fire at Destin Sea Dome Resort caused an estimated $40,000 in damage and uncovered 4-0 fire code violations at the resort.
Jim Liufau elected president of Destin’s Committee for Good Government.
20 years ago — 1992
Christmas ham was 99 cents a pound with turkey 59 cents a pound at Delchamps.
Christmas color this year was shades of red, from delicate magenta to scarlet to rich claret hues.
Members of the Destin Kiwanis Club caught the Christmas spirit and assisted the Salvation Army in its holiday bell ringing.
15 years ago — 1997
Howard Marler, Destin’s first charterboat captain who started fishing in 1936, died at the age of 86.
Shifting sands in East Pass narrowed the channel almost 50 percent, but Destin is not high on the U.S. Corps of Engineers list of priorities.
10 years ago — 2002
Destinites Haylee Ellis, Kristen Lee and Michael McQuillen were chosen from more than 2,000 dancers across the nation to take part in a 75-person dance performance before Super Bowl XXXVII Jan. 26 in San Diego.
Capt. Tom Moody’s 116-foot Emerald Magic briefly ran aground on the sandy shoal at the tip of Norriego Point and he hopes new markers are needed for the Destin harbor.
Two suspects plucked an estimated $120 off a wall inside McGuire’s, where as many as 145,000 $1 dollar bills cover the ceiling and walls.
Jennie Bagby was chosen to receive Destin Elementary School’s “Teacher of the Year” award.
Development applications include Immanuel Anglican Church, Madie Court Subdivision off Calhoun Drive, Destin Harbor Hotel, Downtown Destin Shopping Center with new Old Time Pottery and Galati Yacht Center.