This week in Destin history

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Feb. 24 –March 2 

35 years ago — 1978

The Fort Walton Power Squadron honored Destinites Wally and Ann Clark for years of service to boaters.

A local developer confirmed rumors that a nine-story, $3 1/2 million Holiday Inn was to be built between the Hawaiki and Holiday House on the Gulf.

30 years ago — 1983

A small tornado or waterspout demolished a trailer at Crystal Beach.

The Shores Shopping Center celebrated its grand opening with 30 stores open for business.

25 years ago — 1988

Kelly Trust property east of Destin was cleared for the southern access road to the proposed Mid-Bay Bridge, with theproject being paid for by Lowell Kelly and Lloyd Bell of Destin Utilities.

Destin resident Bud Michelsen received a special community service award given by the Northwest Florida Area Agency on Aging in Pensacola.

20 years ago — 1993

A move by Destin City Councilman Bill Bradley to rename the Destin Community Center Boardroom in honor of James D. Neilson, Sr., stalled after several members of the audience protested the change.

The Fort Walton Beach Lady Vikings win the District 2 Class AAAA championship after defeating Choctawhatchee High School.

The Back Porch took first place at the 12th annual gumbo competition held at the Destin Community Center. Capt. Melvin’s Early Bird Cafe took second, and the Crab Trap placed third.

A can of Bumble Bee light tuna sold for 53 cents and Kiwi fruit was five for $1.

Capt. Ben Marler’s 120-passenger catamaran Emmanuel offered a farewell cruise, “Ireland at Sea,” for winter visitors at a cost of 10/person.

Motorists are urged to find alternative route as work continues on Airport Road.

10 years ago — 2003

Hidden Dunes Tennis and Beach resort hosts the Clarence Chafee Memorial Championship for men 60- to 80- years old for the sixth year.