This week in Destin history: Feb. 23 – March 1

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

40 years ago — 1974

Don King’s Gardener’s Corner reported the price of carpet grass seed was about $1.75 a pound, while centipede grass seed was $17.95 a pound.

The Log featured an article by ballet teacher Gay Gareneau about the history of classical ballet.

35 years ago — 1979

The Northwest Florida Legislative delegation asked the state Department of Natural Resources to appraise the Henderson beach property and start negotiations for its purchase.

Okaloosa County commissioners voted to apply county zoning laws to the unplatted section of Holiday Isle’s west end on an emergency basis after 37 restricted lots were sold there for multifamily townhomes.

Northwest Florida Water Management District told county commissioners Destin had the most serious water problems in south Okaloosa County.

30 years ago — 1984

Bob McIlroy was elected president of Destin’s Citizens for Incorporatiion.

Okaloosa commissioners unanimously endorsed a Destin incorporation referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The Destin Chamber of Commerce unanimously voted to oppose the state Department of Transportation’s plans to seven-lane U.S. 98 through Destin.

25 years ago — 1989

Destin benefactor Henry Hinkel died at the age of 75.

Snow flurries were reported in Destin as temperatures dropped to 30 degrees.

The U.S. Air Force agreed to grant the easement needed for construction of the Mid-Bay Bridge.

20 years ago — 1994

Fifty-nine percent of the people who responded to The Log’s telephone survey about a national health care system were in favor of the proposal.

The Kelly Plantation would be a 250-acre residential project east of Destin, the first phase in a 900-acre development to eventually be known as the Destin Country Club.

Big Kahuna’s and Wade Shahid were named in a negligence lawsuit filed by Ty Christopher Grubbs, which stemmed from a 1992 incident in which Grubbs was burned while in a go-cart.

10 years ago — 2004

Destin continued its skyward growth with a new development, Turnberry Harbour that, if approved, would include three 35-story condominiums.

Destin and Walton County landowners opposed to beach restoration filed petitions that delayed the proposed $16 million project.