This week in Destin history

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Jan. 20 - 26

35 years ago — 1978

Ray Shoults was elected president of the Destin Community Center Board of Directors.

Capt. Dave Marler, one of Destin’s seafaring pioneers, died at the age of 76.

Rose Berry was elected president of the Destin Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary,

The Destin Chamber of Commerce overturned its decision to oppose the planned U.S 98 drainage system after being assured the system would keep most pollutants from reaching Destin harbor.

30 years ago — 1983

Shoreline Towers East held a “topping off” party to celebrate the project’s completion.

An armed robber held up Destin Drugs and took a large amount of narcotics for the second time in a month.

A Destin man, abducted from his home and forced to withdraw money from a local bank, escaped unharmed after gunman left him tied in the woods in South Walton.

A Log editorial asked the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department for more visible police protection as the upsurge in crime in Destin continued.

25 years ago — 1988

The Destin Chamber of Commerce announced plans for a spring festival to emphasize quality arts and crafts, not food booths.

Two Destin businessmen launched an effort to form an organization for promotion of arts and cultural activities in the area.

A Destin real estate firm announced that Exxon and Waffle House were planning to build businesses on Emerald Coast Parkway near the new Abbot Realty building.

20 years ago — 1993

Joy Dunlap received the Ross and Nell Marler Award to honor Destin residents who contribute to the community with the same pride and compassion Marler did.

Okaloosa County commissioners gave approval to build three beach accessways in Destin at a cost of $59,700.

A disagreement that lasted more than a year was finally resolved with the Destin Cit Council voting unanimously to purchase a 12-acre site on Two Trees Road.

10 years ago — 2003

ResortQuest International, the publicly traded company that owns Abbott Resorts, will relocate its corporate headquarters to the Destin area.

When calling the just opened Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, piano music by Walton County’s Nancy Veldman is played over the phone lines for people on hold.