This week in Destin history: A building boom and gambling bust

Pam Griffin

Oct. 20 - 26

35 years ago — 1978

The Destin Post Office was upgraded to first class status due to Destin’s rapid increase in postal receipts.

The Panhandle headquarters for “Democrats for Good Government” held ribbon-cutting ceremonies in Destin.

The Department of Transportation had to replace two pier columns on the new East Pass Bridge, which was under construction, due to faulty concrete construction.

The Destin Chamber of Commerce voted 50-18 in a straw vote to oppose the 2 percent bed tax proposed to finance a convention center on Okaloosa Island.

30 years ago — 1983

With its third wastewater treatment plant nearly completed, Destin Water Users made plans for yet another 1 million gallon capacity expansion to meet the demands of Destin’s building boom.

The Destin Charter Boat Association appointed Capt. Howard Marler as harbor master for Old Pass Lagoon.

Loren Copeland was named president of the newly formed Shores Merchants Association.

The Destin Community Center Board voted to halt all leasing, selling or disposing in any way of center property to “put the brakes on” the continual whittling away of Community Center property.

25 years ago — 1988

Indian Oaks homeowners asked the City Council for no parking signs on the streets in their subdivision.

Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools Pledge Sullivan said a middle school in Destin could be reality in about three years if figures from an upcoming survey justified it.

20 years ago — 1993

The city eyed the lease of a 29-acre recreational site directly north of The Track and in close proximity to 20 acres of land the city has purchased for a new city hall.

A yearlong investigation of gambling on unlicensed premises resulted in raids on several businesses, two in Destin and one in Walton County.

A 2.44-acre plot of land at the intersection of old and new U.S. 98 in Destin is the proposed site of a 72-unit Hampton Inn motel.

Harold VandHaor’s 43.8-pound dolphin, caught on the Backdown with Capt. Gary Jarvis, broke the record.

10 years ago — 2003

Carolyn Ferony was the Destin Festival of the Arts poster competition winner.

Wine Down on the Destin Harbor was held under the tents at Marina Café to benefit the Destin Rotary Club’s many local programs and scholarships and the Destin Harbor Business Association’s mission of supporting business in the Destin Harbor Business District.