This week in Destin history: Plans were announced for a Destin ball park

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Feb. 16 - 22

40 years ago — 1974

The Destin Community Center Board voted to launch a $10,000 fund-raising campaign to refurbish the old building. Bill Jones was elected president of the community center.

Librarian Evelyn Sarven reported 256 visitors to the Destin Library in January, with 791 books circulated.

Plans were announced for a Destin ball park. Sandestin was to donate an irrigation system for the park.

35 years ago — 1979

The Destin Chamber of Commerce assumed responsibility for maintaining the U.S. 98 medians between the bridge and Destin Lumber Co.

Destin Water Users announced the first rate change in its 15-year history. The board approved a new well and tank at Spring Lake and Kelly streets.

The Destin Fire District, with an estimated tax income of $54,000, was considering the purchase of a $64,000 pumper truck.

30 years ago — 1984

The state Department of Natural Resources recommended Okaloosa County commissioners crack down on requirements for marinas in Old Pass Lagoon, but the commissioners declined to do so.

25 years ago — 1989

The Destin Public Works Committee reaffirmed its support for connecting Stahlman Avenue between Azalea Drive and Kelly Street.

The Mid-Bay Bridge Authority announced the Air Force was expected to approve construction of a bridge from Destin to Niceville during the coming week.

A Destin developer was charged with 25 securities violations in connection with investments in a Destin townhome project.

The Destin Fire Board reaffirmed its opposition to consolidating south Okaloosa County fire districts.

20 years ago — 1994

It was a first for Okaloosa County when The Destin Log installed a drive-through newspaper rack at the McDonald’s Hamburgers restaurant on 98 in Destin with a portion of proceeds contributed to Ronald McDonald Children Charities.

Two acres of land near Crystal Beach Drive owned by the Destin Fire Control District for a training tower is now up for sale.

Chef Allen Suggs of Grand Isle Grill won first-place award in the commercial division of the Fishing Museum’s Seafood Gumbo Contest and Donna Prudhomme won the individual category.

Seventy-one percent of the people who responded to The Log’s telephone survey about proposed missile testing at Eglin were against the project in this area.