This week in Destin history: A first ever Republican rally

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Oct. 27 – Nov. 2

35 years ago — 1978

The Destin Volunteer Fire Department won three trophies at the second annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, including Best Overall.

Topping out ceremonies were held for the new Beach House condominium east of Destin.

Destin artist Betty Blackwell won the special achievement award from the Sister Kenny Institute in Minneapolis for her painting of a Destin beach scene.

A Republican rally at the Destin Community Center was billed as the “first-ever in Destin” and possibly in Okaloosa County.

30 years ago — 1983

Health Research and Planning Associates of Tallahassee became the third entry in the race to build a hospital in Destin. The firm proposed a $22 million, 152-bed facility.

Another condominium under construction on Destin’s beach was red-tagged by the county for violating the red clay ordinance.

The Destin Alliance was angry over the lack of county services in spite of the village’s $430 million tax base. Suggestions from members to get the taxpayers’ money’s worth included incorporating Destin and creating a separate county, possibly with south Walton County.

25 years ago — 1988

The Okaloosa County Tax Collector’s Office announced a branch office would be opened in Destin.

The future of the Green Knight, a Destin landmark for 20 years, was in doubt after plans for a new shopping center on U.S. 98 and Main Street were announced.

A Destin-based company applied for a city occupational license to operate a dinner cruise ship from East Pass.

20 years ago — 1993

A 13-year-old Destin boy was charged with aggravated assault after he reportedly threatened to kill an 8-year-old-boy with a toy gun, which the 8 year old did not know was a toy.

Destin Water Users officials cut the ribbon outside the utility’s new office building on Benning Drive.

Steve Henry of Birmingham caught a 28.6-pound barracuda while fishing on the Invicta with Capt. John Holley, and was in first place in the Barracuda Division at the Rodeo.

Local angler Tracey Block hooked a 5.8-pound speckled trout for top honors in the Speckled Trout awards.

Okaloosa commissioners were unsure how sewer services would be provided at the Destin Airport, as the county had been denied use of a drainage easement for sewer line installation.

A new Oriental restaurant, The China Inn Buffet on U.S. 98 at the Downtown Destin shopping center, offered diners the chance to pick and choose from a buffet full of favorites.

East Pass Fuel and Supply donated a mannequin to be the skipper of the historic seine-boat Primrose.

Jaco, a subsidiary of Crystal Beach Development of Destin, purchased the Paradise Village office complex on U.S. 98 in Fort Walton Beach with, according to Jay Odom of Jaco, seven buildings and 55,000 square feet of office space.

10 years ago — 2003

The amphitheater at The Arts Center at Okaloosa-Walton Community College opened with a pops concert on Sept. 6 and performance by Mark Schultz at the dedication in November.