This week in Destin history: When minimum wage was $2.65

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

35 years ago — 1978

Destin welcomed its first attorney, Mark Evan Frederick.

The minimum wage was $2.65 per hour, to increase to $2.90 an hour Jan. 1, 1979.

The 30th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo was set to begin, under the direction of Rodeo Chairman Jim Sawyer.

Okaloosa County was ranked 21st of the 67 Florida counties in retail sales for 1977; Escambia County was No. 7.

30 years ago — 1983

The Destin Fire Control District approved the largest budget in its history, more than $246,000.

White-Wilson Medical Clinic on Airport Road held its grand opening ceremonies, introducing more than a dozen specialists at the location.

25 years ago — 1988

Destin City Council discussed an ordinance banning the use of alcohol in all city parks.

Jo McFarland was elected president of the Indian Bayou Ladies Golf Association.

20 years ago — 1993

Plans back on the drawing board for new Destin City Hall as council members decide façade needs to reflect Destin.

A resolution sought to exempt non-emergency county vehicles for Okaloosa from paying tolls to cross the Mid-Bay Bridge, and Commission Chairman Ray Sansom said two cents out of their five cent local option gas tax already is pledged to the bridge.

Mid-Bay Bridge provided increased business for Niceville and Destin, with an increase in morning and afternoon traffic also noted.