This week in Destin history: Vandalism through the decades

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Feb. 10 - 16

35 years ago — 1978

Destin contractors were plagued by expensive pilfering and vandalism at job sites and suspected an organized ring of burglars due to the volume of stolen material.

Marna Miles of Destin was named Boss of the Year by the Spanish Trail Association of Business Women.

The Destin Community Center Board was asked to sponsor a special district restricting signs, storefronts and future use of vacant lots in Destin to prevent the community from becoming “another Panama City.”

More than 500 attended the Destin Lions Club second annual Pancake Feed.

30 years ago — 1983

Destin Water Users announced a $1 million expansion program, including another well and elevated tank, declaring it would be needed to meet the increasing demand for water.

The western tip of Holiday Isle was rejected by the Conservation and Recreational Lands Committee of the Department of Natural Resources for purchase by the state as a bird sanctuary.

After the third armed holdup in six weeks, Destin Drug owner Billy Jones announced he would never be in his store again without a gun.

A Log Asks survey showed six of eight people wanted Henderson Beach State Park to be left in its natural state.

25 years ago — 1988

The Destin Post Office escaped a $430 million nationwide cutback because it was in a “high traffic area” due to a steady stream of snowbirds and summer visitors.

Vandals hit Destin Airport causing thousands of dollars in damage to planes and parked vehicles.

20 years ago — 1993

City Facilities Manager Eddy Harris and Elaine Clark of the Destin Woman’s Club planted a holly tree at the Destin Community Center in memory of Mattie M. Kelly, a charter member of the club.

Despite cool temperatures and drizzling rain, more than 600 runners turned out for the second annual Fud-2-Fud 10-mile/3-mile run and 3-mile walk. Destin’s Diane Dodge was the first woman to cross the finish line.

The Hatteras Café makes plans to move into the Destin Yacht Club where Marina Café now sits.

The Steering Committee for the Beautification of Downtown Destin applied for a $150,000 grant to begin what they call “the Greening of Destin.”

10 years ago — 2003

Destin hosts the Florida’s Junior Miss pageant at the Destin Community Center.