This week in Destin history: Noisy nights

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Aug. 4 - 10

35 years ago — 1978

Most Destin motel and condominium operators told The Log the proposed 2-percent bed tax would hurt tourism rather than help it, because tourists couldn’t afford an increase in rates.

Donna Marie Caylor of Destin was a finalist in the 1978 Florida United Teenager Pageant in Jacksonville Beach.

Local residents enjoyed good food and fun at Coast Guard Day at the Destin station.

30 years ago — 1983

Destin’s tax base topped $430 million, a 54-percent increase from 1982.

Two unrelated vehicle accidents on Gulf Shore Drive put 1,400 Gulf Power customers without electricity in sweltering heat.

Destin condominium managers met with a representative of the Okaloosa County Committee of 100 to seek ways to promote tourism here.

25 years ago — 1988

Destin’s proposed city budget for 1988-89 was $4 million, up $400,000 from the previous year.

Traffic control in Destin harbor was the subject of a Log editorial.

Bundy Walker resigned as executive director of the Destin Fishing Museum and a search was launched for a replacement.

20 years ago — 1993

A total of 97 complaints were registered in first seven months of the year against nightspots for excessive noise, but no business received a citation.

Mayor Walt Thomas voted yes to break a tie about negotiating a contract to purchase 12 acres of land near the Joe’s Bayou boat ramp, with the first improvement to be a parking lot.

Betty J. Moore, granddaughter of William T. Marler, suggests that the future Destin middle school be named for him since he established the first school in Destin.

Abbott Realty Services smashed its previous record for number of tourist telephone inquiries in a one-month period by topping the 50,000 mark for the month of June — an all-time high in the company’s 21-year history.