THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: Nantucket Cottages and Legion Cove developments approved

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Jan. 19 - 25

40 years ago — 1974

Destin’s Dick McHarg was named Realtor-Associate of the Year by the Fort Walton Beach Board of Directors.

A Log editorial praised June Winton, a new Destin resident from California, for gathering litter from the beach nearly every day.

35 years ago — 1979

Construction of the new Destin Methodist Church on Beach Drive was 50 percent complete.

Jim Sawyer was elected president of the Destin Community Center Board of Directors.

Fire Chief Terry Watkins announced at a meeting of the Destin Friendly Hands that there were no plans for a Destin-based ambulance.

30 years ago — 1984

The newly formed Citizens for Incorporation announced it would present a city charter to the state Legislature to put an incorporation referendum on the November ballot.

Joy Dunlap was re-elected president of the Destin Community Center Board.

The Okaloosa Gas District announced it would lay natural gas lines in Destin in March.

Destin’s Bobbie Cosper was named Woman of the Year by the Destin chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.

25 years ago — 1989

The 1st District Court of Appeals denied the city of Destin’s appeal to review the state’s reclassification of Old U.S. 98 to a county roadway.

20 years ago — 1994

Destin’s first full-time gynecologist, Dr. Charles McFatter, left a 19-year practice in Mississippi to move to Destin.

Helen Wren, new returning Rodeo secretary, said the use of computers makes keeping track of entries easier, and the increased involvement of children is a plus for the month-long Rodeo.

A nine-year-old Destin boy was arrested on charges of theft after he reportedly took a package of comic books from the Happy Store on U.S. 98. The books were worth about $8.

Larry Hughes, proprietor of Destin Kitchen and Bath on Mountain Drive, estimated about $1,500 would be needed to clean graffiti off building.

Freezing temperatures and a sprinkler system left on turned plants outside The Medical Center on Airport Road into glistening sculptures.

Nine Destin residents vied for the office of mayor and four City Council seats.

Destin Planning Commission gave approval to two single-family planned unit developments, Nantucket Cottages at the corner of Old U.S. 98 and Crystal Beach Drive, and Legion Cove, on Legion Drive between Beach Drive and Main Street.

10 years ago — 2004

The Grill at Silver Shells won the 15th Annual Great Southern Gumbo Cook-off at the Market Shops at Sandestin, and took the People’s Choice award.

As of Jan. 19, Destin Snowbird Club had 2,020 registered snowbirds, with 1,716 from the states and 304 Canadians.