This week in Destin history

Special to The Log

May 5 - 11

35 years ago — 1978

The Marlborough Marina (where Destin Yacht Club now stands) reported 29 charter boats and 39 private boats entered its first cobia tournament, with 261 cobia caught during the six-week tournament.

Flossie Harper was elected president of Destin American Legion Post 296 Auxiliary.

Destin businessman Bud Pritchard was named one of the area's "Ten Best Dressed Men" during a March of Dimes benefit program.

30 years ago — 1983

The city of Destin announced it would sponsor its first FourthFest, a new Independence Day celebration featuring fireworks, food, music and contests.

Destin teen Melissa Dillon earned the title of Okaloosa County tennis champ.

No Lotto ticket outlets had yet come on line in Destin.

25 years ago — 1988

The Destin Fire Board approved hiring a third paid firefighter and was considering hiring a part-time fire inspector.

A 10-member Destin Harbor Committee was appointed by Okaloosa County commissioners to solve pollution problems in Old Pass Lagoon.

20 years ago — 1993

Several charter boat captains noted that the East Pass was difficult enough to operate without having to operate at a lower speed, and the Destin City Council members rejected a proposal to designate the pass an idle speed no-wake zone.

Army Corps of Engineers personnel began working to widen the entrance to Old Pass Lagoon.

Destin artists Richard Williams and Edna Wagner Piersol Windes were selected to show their work at the State of the Art '93 competition in Boston, Mass.

The Back Porch was the first place winner in the 1993 Destin Gumbo Contest.

Destin Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, an 88-bed skilled nursing facility next to Destin Hospital, plans to open within a year.

Mother's Day prime rib dinner at Pandora's was $8.95.

Cinema 6 in Destin was showing Indecent Proposal, The Sandlot and Dave.

10 years ago — 2003

The lifeless body of a Hispanic looking female in her mid-20s was found face down in the surf near Pompano Joe's by a TDC beach maintenance employee.

A Destin woman, Tammy Williams Neely, was scheduled to be sentenced in July on charges of writing a bogus $6 million check and scamming several area banks out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Destin City Council approved the first reading of a moratorium on signs above a certain size.

The "Sea of Galilee" mural, painted by local John LeGrand, was dedicated at St. Andrews By-the-Sea Episcopal Church.