This week in Destin history: County rejects expansion plans for Destin Airport

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Feb. 9 - 15

40 years ago — 1974

About 100 Destin residents wrote the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protest Diamondhead’s proposal to build piers with up to 60 boat slips in East Past Lagoon.

Newly organized Boy Scout Troop 504, sponsored by Sandestin, met at the Destin Community Center.

A Destin Water Users bookkeeper was arrested and charged with forgery.

35 years ago — 1979

Saxophonist Tater Dahnke of Destin was the featured soloist at the Okaloosa Symphony Orchestra concert.

The Destin Snowbird Club reported it had 800 members.

Roger Clary announced plans for Destin’s first major shopping center, proposed for 13 acres fronting Main Street and U.S. 98.

30 years ago — 1984

The Okaloosa County Commission rejected expansion plans for Destin Airport.

The U.S. Air Force was resisting the Destin Charter Boat Association’s fleet relocation proposal.

Ground-breaking ceremonies were held for the new Destin Post Office on Main Street.

Condominium sales in Destin/South Walton soared to record-breaking $145 million in 1983.

Okaloosa County school officials wanted to expand Destin Elementary to house “an eventual 600 students.”

25 years ago — 1989

Plans were announced for a $1 million amusement park, The Track, on U.S. 98 in Destin.

Destin City Council voted 6-1 to continue its two-year battle to keep Old U.S. 98 in the state road system and to keep it open through Henderson Beach State Park.

20 years ago — 1994

An Optimist Club formed in Destin, with primary goal to provide assistance to the community and play a major role in the development of youth.

Destin City Council members received the most favorable audit report that the body has heard in years, with a 70 percent reduction in unfavorable findings from previous years.

10 years ago — 2004

The candidate forum jointly sponsored by The Destin Log and the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce was cancelled because of concerns over Sunshine Law violations.

Locals shivered in Destin while snowbirds found temperatures spring-like as compared to the bitter cold most left behind.