This week in Destin history: Threatening notes sent to The Log, chamber, post office

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Dec. 29 – Jan. 4

35 years ago — 1979

•The Destin Chamber of Commerce reported winter tourism had increased 35 percent over the previous year. Nearly 400 couples had registered at the chamber, with 65 percent from Canada and $35 percent from the northern U.S.

•Threatening notes signed “The Destin Dopers Association” were left at The Destin Log, the Destin Chamber and the Destin Post Office.

•The Destin Coast Guard station welcomed its first women “Coasties,” two seamen apprentices.

30 years ago — 1984

•Burglars broke into the Destin Post Office and made off with bundles of mail being held for people out of town for the holidays.

•Okaloosa County prepared to widen and repave Mountain Drive.

•A study by the state Division of Tourism labeled the Florida Panhandle as an emerging area in convention and marketing areas.

•Temperature dropped to 8 degrees as an icey winter blast struck Destin over the Christmas weekend.

25 years ago — 1989

•The arrest of three local men solved a string of burglaries in Destin.

•Destin resident Rick Freshwater was named the first executive director of the Destin Family YMCA.

20 years ago — 1994

•Destin City Councilman Bob Lloyd resigned his position to run for mayor in the March election.

•Crystal Beach Development President Jay Odom promised his new Destiny development was be his biggest and best yet.

10 years ago — 2004

•Josh Blackburn, lead guitar and singer for the house band at Hog’s Breath in Destin, suffered serious injuries including three fractured vertebrae, multiple cracked ribs, a severe head wound and a collapsed lung when he was in a car accident in Walton County.

•A group that included Destin developers Buddy Runnels and John McNeil and hotelier Frank Flautt purchased two golf courses and the Marriott Hotel in Panama City Beach. The purchase price was $34 million.