This week in Destin history: March 16 - 22

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

40 years ago — 1974

The state Department of Transportation surveyed Okaloosa County to determine the feasibility of installing a mass transit system.

The Holiday Isle Leaseholders Association reported that isle residents were concerned about “uncontrolled massing of boats” in East Pass Lagoon.

Okaloosa County zoning for Destin was labeled a “disaster” in a Log editorial and a letter to the editor.

35 years ago — 1979

Destin’s first traffic light went up at Gulf Shore Drive and U.S. 98.

A Log survey reported 56 percent of respondents favored a local police district for Destin.

The League of Women Voters joined Destin in an effort to have the state purchase beach property east of Destin for public use.

30 years ago —1984

Destin Democrats supported presidential candidate Gary Hart in a presidential preference primary.

The OPAL organization (Old Pass Lagoon) raised money to clean up Destin harbor.

Brenda Strobel of Atlanta caught the season’s first cobia on March 19.

25 years ago — 1989

The old Independent Baptist Church building on Legion Drive was demolished in preparation for the new city park, Buck Destin Park.

Okaloosa commissioners endorsed a plan to change the boundaries of Destin’s two voting precincts.

The First Presbyterian Church of Destin celebrated its 50th anniversary.

A 22-acre parcel of land south of U.S. 98 in Destin, once the proposed site of the Admiralty condominium, went on the auction block.

20 years ago — 1994

Destin’s Senior of the Quarter, Joy Dunlap, described himself as “busy as a 72 year old can be.”

Flamingo Café’s Chef Angelo Mango was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Chef’s Tasting in Sandestin.

Destin and St. Jean de Luz, France, became Sister Cities, with both known as fishing villages and attracting winter visitors.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recommended an immediate emergency ban of live rock harvesting in federal waters off the coast of Florida and Alabama.

Sixth percent of the people in Destin who responded to The Log’s telephone survey believe the city’s top priority should be an alternate road to U.S. 98.

Fishing duo of Chris Wagner and Andy Block on the private boat Full Pull spotted, hooked and pulled in the first cobia off the beach, officially marking the start of the Destin Annual Cobia Tournament.

Sugar Loan Apartments on Airport Road eases shortage of apartments in Destin by offering 136 apartments.

The 10-story Oceania condominium on Gulf Shore Drive was approved by the Destin Planning Commission.

10 years ago — 2004

The City of Destin re-surveyed the Mean High Water Line along its two miles of beach within the scope of its beach restoration project, the Okaloosa/Walton county line west to Henderson Beach State Park.

The City of Destin committed to ensuring implementation of the Beach Renourishment Project for critically eroded beaches.

By the end of 2004, plans to extend Commons Boulevard to Airport Road should start becoming reality, with plans for roundabouts still in the planning stage.

Cold Stone Creamery opens at Destin Commons, with 50 percent of all ice cream purchases on opening day going to the local Make-A-Wish Foundation Chapter.