This week in Destin history: So long, Spyglass

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

July 21 - 27

35 years ago — 1978

King mackerel, scarce in Destin for several years, began to return.

The Destin Jaycees Auxiliary disbanded and formed a new group, the Destin Civic League.

The Destin Charter Boat Association appeared before the Okaloosa County Commission requesting its endorsement for the dredging of a channel in Destin harbor.

30 years ago — 1983

Destin Water Users considered providing sewer service to the Crystal Beach area.

Coast Guard Station Destin announced it would no longer get involved in non-emergency rescues due to a change in Coast Guard policy.

The landmark Spyglass Inn and its eight acres of Gulf-front property on U.S. 98 in Destin was purchased by SunDestin Limited for $3.5 million, reportedly a record figure for the area.

25 years ago — 1988

A 103-pound sailfish, the largest known to have been caught on rod and reel in local waters, was hooked by anglers fishing aboard the Invicta.

The City Council considered the purchase of land on Legion Drive for $125,000 for use as a city park.

20 years ago — 1993

The Destin City Council designated no-wake zones for both the west and east prongs of Indian Bayou. In other action, they began discussions involving personal watercraft and the duties of the harbor master and would not continue with plans to develop a municipal golf course near the airport.

Okaloosa commissioners take an extremely cautious approach to approving a permit for an air taxi service operating through the Destin Airport.

In three and a half days of telephoning area businesses, The Greening of Destin committee raised $42,283.35 toward matching a state grant it procured to improve 11 downtown medians along U.S. 98. Goal is $220,000.

Extensive damage was done to Destin United Methodist Church during two break-ins during one weekend.

After the Air Force effectively shut down personal watercraft rental businesses at the seawall on U. S. 98, some vendors moved to the foot of the Destin bridge, where they report business is good.

Adkins Homes Inc. of Destin builds homes to withstand 250 mph winds — with polystyrene construction.