This week in Destin history: A drug deal gone sour leads to murder

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Dec. 22 - 28

35 years ago — 1978

Following a rapid increase in residential construction, a commercial building boom was under way in Destin.

Okaloosa Sheriffs deputies raided three Destin residences and arrested several people for possession and sale of narcotics.

The Destin Medical Clinic announced it would close permanently, just one year after opening. Physicians staffing the clinic said Destin could not support even one doctor.

30 years ago — 1983

Okaloosa commissioners approved naming the park on Calhoun Avenue the Clement E. Taylor Park for Destin’s first schoolteacher.

Destin teen Amy Buntyn received a letter from President Ronald Reagan who answered her questions about why American soldiers were dying in Lebanon, Grenada and other far-flung countries.

25 years ago — 1988

The city of Destin was kept busy replacing Christmas lights that were burning out quickly in the salt air and fog.

A Louisiana man was shot to death at Destin Elementary School in an apparent “drug deal gone sour.” The killer was arrested a few hours later in a Destin motel.

The Destin Lions Club sponsored the city’s first Christmas tree burn.

Destin’s Public Works director announced the department would put in about 180 street lights and install additional sidewalks early in 1989.

20 years ago — 1993

Destin Elementary received a new computer lab, possibly the largest computer lab in Northwest Florida schools with 14 Macintosh computers purchased through the state contract system with a private donation of $25,000.

The community received a gift from Destin United Methodist Church — a Living Nativity.

The 77-year-old Destin’s Children’s Christmas Eve party, started in 1915 by William “Uncle Billy” Marler, who played Santa at the first one, is the oldest structured tradition in the state of Florida.

Destin’s U.S. Gold Gymnastic Academy shocked everyone at the Florida State Gymnastics Championships when the Level 4 girls team did the unexpected by winning second place in the state against large, well-established gymnastic clubs from all over the state.

Okaloosa Emergency Medical Service purchased a new ambulance for Destin and then added new equipment for $51,000.

10 years ago — 2003

Vandals struck between 2-4 a.m. Dec. 21 and damaged or destroyed Christmas decorations at 20 homes on Misty Way, Bayou Drive, Indian Trail, Harbor Lane, Harborwind Court, Lakeside Drive and Country Club Drive.