This week in Destin history: Old 98 in the balance

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Oct. 13 - 19

35 years ago — 1978

Edmund Gaudet of Louisiana brought in a Rodeo record-breaking sailfish, a 64-pound, 14-ouncer caught inshore from Capt. Bill Fields’ Solitaire.

A Log editorial bemoaned the absence of Destin’s 2-year-old youth football program, which was canceled due to no place to play and a lack of volunteers.

Gubernatorial candidate Jack Eckerd and presidential hopeful Phillip Crane were campaigning in Destin and Fort Walton Beach.

30 years ago — 1983

The Destin Charter Boat Association honored Capt. Jimmy Trammell, Capt. Howard Marler and Capt. Jewel Melvin with lifetime memberships.

Ground-breaking ceremonies were held for the 660-seat Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Beach Drive.

Destin resident O.C. Douglas was honored by the Florida Highway Patrol for his 20 years of service to the FHP Auxiliary.

25 years ago — 1988

Rudy Sutton was installed president of the Destin Kiwanis Club.

Despite a lack of local support, state officials were again considering closing Old U.S. 98 through Henderson Beach State Park.

The Destin Fire Board officially recognized the new firefighters union.

20 years ago — 1993

Covington, Ga., angler Bill Smith caught the world record 80.4-pound grouper with Capt. Kelly Windes on the Sunrise.

Destin’s Bill Phillips elected chairman of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority.

Steve Riggs assumed his new position as president of the Okaloosa Economic Development Council and announced the creation of a new committee, the Defense Support Committee, to meet the distinct problems brought on by a changing military mission.

Martha Glawson landed a 77.8-pound white marlin while fishing with Capt. Oscar O’Steen on the Hebe to set a new AmSouth Rodeo Record.