This week in Destin history: So long, Spyglass

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Oct. 6 - 12

35 years ago — 1978

A 316-pound blue marlin was an early entry in the 30th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo.

Cornelia Wallace, wife of Alabama governor George Wallace, was in Destin to promote several Florida candidates.

The Destin Elementary PTO prepared for its “biggest ever Halloween carnival.”

Destin welcomed chiropractor Dr. Steve Henry to its professional community.

30 years ago — 1983

Destin Boy Scout Troop 504 raffled a 44-foot sailboat they had restored. The vessel had won the Gold Cup in the 1928 Olympic Games.

The Spyglass Inn, one of Destin’s first motels, was razed to make room for a new condominium.

The Destin Log was purchased by the Scripps Howard newspaper group.

25 years ago — 1988

Gayle Young was installed president of the Humana Hospital Destin Auxiliary.

Dr. Tom Toomey was welcomed as Destin’s newest physician.

The Destin Chamber of Commerce honored Al McLeod for his 15 years of service on the chamber board.

Wheelchair-bound Jake Ziglioti of Gulf Breeze was the first racer across the line in the Destin Rodeo Run.

20 years ago — 1993

Mayor Walt Thomas cast the tie-breaking vote as City Council members approved, with some changes, the new sign ordinance with stricter regulations of permissible signs in the city limits.

City Council tentatively approved plans for a new city hall, with its wooden in appearance, higher pitched roofs and a covered entrance.

The charter boat Scrimshaw, advertised for sale by sealed bid by the Destin Fishing Museum, was sold for a high bid of $17,200.

Bob Hope and his wife Delores met with press upon their arrival in Destin to perform in a benefit show for the Air Force enlisted Men’s Widows Home Foundation — as well as play a little golf.

At the closing of day 4 at the 45th Destin Fishing Rodeo, 175 fish had been weighed in.

Jolly Thornhill, of Hurlburt Field, was the winner of the Destin Rodeo Run 10K with a time of 32 minutes 20 seconds.

Destin’s Kristina Creinin, 5, a kindergartener at Destin Elementary, won the Little Miss Mullet Festival title and received prizes including a teddy bear, savings bonds, dinners for two and movie passes.