This week in Destin history: April 6- 12

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

40 years ago — 1974

The Destin Library initiated its memorial book program.

The Destin Community Center Board voted to reopen the question of incorporating Destin. Two people in favor of incorporation were “assaulted and forced to leave the hall.”

Bill Jones’ Destin Drugs oopened for business year round.

35 years ago — 1979

Dr. Joyce Brothers was scheduled to lecture at Okaloosa-Walton Junior College.

Irl Long hooked the leading fish in the Marlborough Cobia Tournament, an 88 ½-pounder.

American Legion Post 296 Commander Ken Harvey presented a plaque of appreciation to George May of Crystal Beach. May had been a Legion member since 1918.

30 years ago —1984

Sonny Shoyer, Deputy Sher8iff Enos on TV’s “Dukes of Hazzard,” spent a week at the Holiday Beach Resort in Destin.

Destin Water Users imposed a moratorium on sewer connections, sending shockwaves through the development community.

Burney Henderson and Mattie Kelly, owners of land east of Destin, announced they did not want their land included in Destin city limits.

25 years ago — 1989

The city of Destin appealed to the Florida Supreme Court to try to keep Old US. 98 open.

The Destin Chamber of Commerce accepted applications for a new executive director to replace Winston Johnston, who resigned.

20 years ago — 1994

Okaloosa Tax Collector Chris Hughes filed 147 lawsuits comprised of 789 complaints for back taxes owed by Okaloosa Island and Holiday Isle property owners.

Okaloosa commissioners appointed Destin City Councilman Chester Kroeger to the Okaloosa Tourist Development Council to complete term of Bob Lloyd.

Sixty-eight percent of those responding to The Log telephone survey were against a state law allowing casino gambling.

Showing at Cinema 6 in Destin were Major League II, The Paper, D2 The Mighty Ducks, Guarding Tess and Grumpy Old Men.

10 years ago — 2004

William Edward “Ed” Brown pleaded no contest to first-degree murder charge and received life in prison in the strangulation death of his sister-in-law, WMXZ-FM disc jockey Valerie Brown.

New beach safety warning flags include double red flags that close the water on beaches under dangerous conditions and purples flags that signify the presence of marine pests, such as sharks, jellyfish and stingrays.

Theo Shaw, an active member of the Destin community and a member of Destin’s first City Council, died at the age of 83.

After a two-year investigation, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers arrested a local angler and a restaurant owner after observing the illegal sale of a freshly caught cobia in Destin.

Destin Chops moved its location to the previous Flamingo Café site.