This week in Destin history: A 30-year treasure hunting tradition ends

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

35 years ago — 1978

Anglers geared up for the third annual Shark Fishing Tournament, sponsored by the Destin Jaycees. Every mako caught would earn the fisherman $25.

Okaloosa County commissioners voted to include in the county's master plan four access roads between the new four-lane U.S. 98 and the existing 98.

30 years ago — 1983

Destin Postmaster Al McLeod warned local businesses of a spate of mail fraud schemes targeting the area.

The Destin Charter Boat Association Women's Auxiliary sponsored the eighth annual Destin Shark Tournament with a $1,000 first prize.

The Destin Charter Boat Association launched a campaign to have Capt. Malcolm Patterson named to the state's new Marine Fisheries Commission.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization reviewed statistics showing 23,000 motorists would be using the Destin bridge daily by 1995, indicating the need for a new bridge across Choctawhatchee Bay.

25 years ago — 1988

Destin City Council voted 7-0 to oppose a state proposal to put in 100 campsites at Henderson Beach Sate Park.

David Meyer was installed president of the Destin Lions Club.

Roberta Wycoff was installed president of the Destin Woman's Club.

Environmental damage on Okaloosa Island caused by treasure hunters during the Billy Bowlegs Festival ended the 30-year-old hunt on the island.

20 years ago — 1993

Emergency vehicles issued toll-free cards to use on Mid-Bay Bridge as bridge opens June 26 with a 5K walk/run across the bridge.

An ordinance governing personal watercraft rental passed on first reading and requires a refueling plan and a beach access permit to transport personal watercraft onto or from the beach. Permanent restroom facilities are also a requirement.

City Councilman Guy Clark suggests that a municipal golf course on land being considered for airport expansion would bring in money to support future recreation projects.

Log Publisher Mike Levi, Stan Wilusz and Ben Levi pulled in seven dolphin, two weighing in at 30 pounds or more, while on the Headline.

Fresh watermelons $2.99 each and pork spare ribs $1.19 a pound at Delchamps — just in time for the Fourth.

The Grand Isle Grill opens across from the Back Porch with live entertainment by Salty Dog and kids eat free from 4-7 p.m. nightly.

Diver Mark Walker discovered a patch of soft coral and another of hard coral while cleaning the bottom of the harbor, but whether this can be taken as a sign that water quality is improved remains to be seen.

New catamaran style 42-foot sportfisherman First Light was christened and became part of the Destin charter boat fleet.

Taco Bell makes plans to open in Destin in early 1994.