This week in Destin history: Dec. 8 - 14

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

35 years ago — 1978

Capt. Rex Chambless prepared for his eighth annual trip to take Christmas parties to veterans in Alabama, Va., hospitals.

Destin resident Loid Anderson reminisced about his experiences during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, where he was stationed at Hickam Field.

The Corps of Engineers approved a formal, detailed study of dredging in Destin harbor.

More than 300 people attended the Lakeshore Woman’s Club Mistletoe Ball at Shoreline Towers.

30 years ago — 1983

White Wilson Medical Center agreed to sell 18 acres on Airport Road for Destin’s 40-bed Humana Hospital.

Destin’s first official outdoor Christmas tree was lighted at The Shores Shopping Center.

Destin developer Davage “Buddy” Runnels was elected chairman of the Northwest Florida Water Management District.

25 years ago — 1988

Michael Luther of Destin reeled in a world record 70,8-pound gag grouper while fishing aboard Capt. John Cox’s Restless Wind.

A cold front brought freezing temperatures to Destin and high winds knocked down power lines in the city.

City Manager Jack Dorman announced the new Destin Community Center could be open by May 1990.

20 years ago — 1993

Destin City Council voted to hire attorney Robert McGill as new city attorney after resignation of current attorney, Jerry Miller.

Construction underway for a new Hardee’s at 50100 Emerald Coast Parkway.