This week in Destin history: Sandestin sold

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Aug. 18 - 24

35 years ago — 1978

The entire Sandestin complex was sold by Chase Manhattan of New York to the Bohemen Group, based in the Netherlands.

Destin was featured on the WTVY Channel 4 “Morning Show.”

Destin Water Users announced a rate hike for those of its 1,300 customers who used more than 10,000 gallons of water per month.

The Destin Coast Guard Station reported its 300th case since opening in the fall of 1977, putting the station ahead of all others in the Mobile group except Pascagoula, Miss.

30 years ago — 1983

A pilot safely “ditched” a Cessna on the beach at Dune Allen after the engine died during a flying lesson.

After his causeway bill was vetoed by Gov. Bob Graham, Rep. James Ward turned his attention to a toll bridge across Choctawhatchee Bay from Destin to Niceville.

25 years ago — 1988

The discovery of a hypodermic needle in beach debris at Crystal Beach caused a scare in Destin.

Destin City Council members told Okaloosa County commissioners they wouldn’t accept Wayside Park unless Destin Airport came with it.

Eugene Heelan of West Palm Beach took first place in the 13th annual Fort Walton Beach/Destin Open Billfish Tournament with his 639.5-pound blue marlin.

20 years ago — 1993

Air Force allows personal watercraft vendors to return to the seawall between Destin and Okaloosa Island if they agree to no more fighting and no docking on land to conduct business.

For the fourth consecutive year, Destin’s millage rate dropped and was set at 1.4817 for fiscal year 1994.

Planners approved two condo projects — Crystal Sands, a proposed 85-unit condominium project on old U.S. 98, and 30-unit Emerald Dunes on the south side of U.S. 98.

Construction underway at the site of the new Destin Health Care and Rehabilitation Center on Airport Road next to Destin Hospital.

10 years ago — 2003

Darin Grigg named general manager of Destin Commons and Mary Kathryn Wells appointed center’s director of marketing in preparation for opening.

Flamingo Café set to close more than 17 years after opening, after owners Allen and Dee Dee Phillips decided to move on to other pursuits.