This week in Destin history: A first step toward our fast food future

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Feb. 3 - 9

35 years ago — 1978

A state Department of Transportation study found that traffic at the intersection of U.S. 98 and Marler Street, the location of the Destin Post Office, was insufficient to warrant a traffic signal.

Five of the 1-0 candidates for Fort Walton Beach High School’s Striking Viking were from Destin — Doug Stanton, Bilko Dickenson, Chris Wagner, Greg Keebler and Mark Robinson.

Motorists in Destin battle numerous heavy traffic bottlenecks due to construction of the new bridge on the west and the new storm sewer system on the east.

30 years ago — 1983

Joy Dunlap was elected president of the Destin Community Center Board of Directors, which had a goal for 1983 of “doing something” with the seine boat Primrose and starting a joint recreation committee for Destin.

A 3,600-square-foot Hardees restaurant was under construction on U.S. 98, making it the first national fast food franchise company to tap the Destin market.

The state Department of Natural Resources installed the first official signs for Henderson Beach State Recreation Area.

The Destin Log announced it would begin early morning home delivery.

25 years ago — 1988

Destin developer George Dana “Doodle” Harris was one of the lucky $5,000 winners in the Florida lottery.

Humana Hospital-Destin took in 33 patients stranded by a fire at Humana Hospital-Fort Walton Beach.

Donna Royster was welcomed as the Destin Kiwanis Club’s first woman member.

20 years ago — 1993

Harbormaster Bo Melvin said Army Corps of Engineers were working to remove sand that blocked easy passage of the Destin harbor, making it nearly impossible for two boats to pass.

Destin Postmaster Edward Taylor reported some mail posted Dec. 22, 1992, has not been delivered, the first time a quantity of this size has ever turned up missing.

Thanks to students at Destin Elementary School and their teacher, Martha Baker, Ben Wuerffel’s life was saved after he swallowed a nickel, which became lodged in his throat.

Baker first did the Heimlich maneuver and, when that didn’t work, hit him on the back until the nickel went down his throat.

Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup sells for 45 cents a can at Delchamps, while top sirloin steak is $2.99/pound.

Destin Elementary receives high marks across the board for 1991-1992 school year, especially in key areas such as student attendance, discipline and promotion and discipline.

Local residents and visitors walked 1,200 feet out onto the Mid-Bay Bridge and back as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Contractors and the bridge authority answered questions about construction.

10 years ago — 2003

In spite of a lawsuit between Walton and Okaloosa Counties over potential traffic problems, Turnberry Associates, the developer of Destin Commons, said the company is moving “full speed ahead.”

A few men and women of St. Andrews By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, known as “the Motley Crew” celebrated  the completion of  the columbarium.