This week in Destin history

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

June 2 - 8

35 years ago — 1978

According to statistics compiled by the National Marine Fisheries, the port of Destin accounted for 40 percent of all billfish caught in the northern Gulf of Mexico in 1977, which meant Destin retained its title, "Billfishing Capital of the Gulf."

The top three condominium unit sellers for the year were Jetty East, Holiday Surf and Racquet Club and Century Park West.

Plans were under way by the Okaloosa County Council on Aging for programs in Destin for senior citizens.

30 years ago — 1983

Employers in Destin's construction, motel and fast food restaurant businesses were begging for lack of applicants.

A number of Destin residents were calling state and county agencies to remove alligators from their bayfront neighborhoods and even from a backyard swimming pool.

Singer Johnny Rivers, whose hits included "Memphis" and "Secret Agent Man," appeared live at Nightown in Destin.

25 years ago — 1988

Destin's first outlet for the Florida Lotto opened and business was booming.

Comedian Bob Hope enjoyed a round of golf at Destin's Indian Bayou Country Club.

The Coleman L. Kelly Trust agreed to set a selling price on right of way for an access road leading to the proposed Mid-Bay Bridge.

20 years ago — 1993

Nearly 100 people joined together at Destin Memorial Cemetery for Memorial Day ceremonies, with 46 new American flags placed on the graves of American veterans at rest in the cemetery.

About 120 fifth graders crossed the bridge from Destin Elementary to middle school during graduation ceremonies.

A Chick-fil-A outlet, the first ever franchise in a theme park, opened in Big Kahuna's, as Ron Cathey, executive vice president in charge of operations for Chick-fil-A, took time to ride the new Skycoaster.

About 50 people gathered for the historic moment of lowering the 80-ton final segment of the Mid-Bay Bridge into perfect placement.

Evelyn Drowne, homecoming queen for her high school in Walkerton, Tenn., in 1939, returned there to ride in a yearly parade.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at The Dunes of Destin, a 65-lot Gulf front planned unit development in the heart of Destin.

10 years ago — 2003

Legendary Inc. named Robbie Atwell, associate from Tony's Pasta by the Sea, as the recipient for the Legendary I.M.A.G.E. award, given to the associate who best exemplifies Integrity, Motivation, Achievement, Growth and Excellence.

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's 2003 Concerts in the Park were held inside Kelly Plantation, a gated residential community.