This week in Destin history

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Tragedies on air, land and sea

April 7 - 13

35 years ago — 1978

A private plane crashed and burned on takeoff from Destin Airport, killing the two veteran pilots on board.

Chris Volf was elected president of the Destin Lions Club.

The Okaloosa County Council on Aging and Destin's Friendly Hands program joined forces to form a new service club called the Heritage Club.

A lot on Vera Cruz Drive on Holiday Isle was advertised for $22,000 and a Shoreline Towers penthouse with 2,100 square feet of living area was advertised at $175,000.

30 years ago — 1983

Henry Hinkel's 40 1/2-pound cobia, caught aboard Capt. Tommy Browning's Finest Kind, was the first entry in the annual Destin Cobia Tournament.

A boating accident off Destin claimed four lives. The 22-foot pleasure craft Miss Kathy had left Destin Marina for a fishing trip.

A Log article reported businesses associated with Destin Airport pumped more than $12 million into the area's economy each year.

In his "State of the State" speech, Gov. Bob Graham recognized Destin's efforts and excitement over preserving the Henderson Beach State Recreation Area.

25 years ago — 1988

A Destin man became the first AIDS-related death recorded in Okaloosa County.

A consulting firm doing a long-term study for Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa counties projected Destin would become Okaloosa's largest city, with a population of $31,857 by 2005.

Destin's fast food restaurants were reporting a shortage of local teenagers looking for work.

Humana Hospital-Destin opened a new pediatric room with cribs and a remote-control camera with a monitor at the nurses' station.

20 years ago — 1993

Councilmen Charles Clary and Bill Bradley voted against allowing watercraft rental activity along the Gulf of Mexico, saying they felt some city ordinances were not being followed by rental operations.

Approximately 10-20 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled in the harbor, affecting about 200 yards of shoreline, but no damage to the environment.

A new ordinance approved by City Council made it unlawful to operate any motor driven watercraft in the Gulf within 300 feet of the shoreline.

Destin's Kristina Creinin, 4, was crowned Little Miss Okaloosa County.

The six-story Island House condominium at 700 Gulf Shore Drive on Holiday Isle will contain nine luxury residences, starting at $425,000.

10 years ago — 2003

Daniel Averson, a 16-year-old tourist from Cumming, Ga., had only been in Destin three hours when he was punched in the face and lay unconscious in the sand near the Crab Trap, a victim of an assault and attempted robbery.

David Brechtel, owner of Thomas Kinkade Destin Gallery, presented a check for $4,200 to help provide supplies for the South Walton High School art program.

Swimmers in distress kept rescue crews busy, including a spring breaker pulled from the surf behind Pelican Beach Resort condominiums.