This week in Destin history: Destin Water Users predicted a water shortage for summer

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

40 years ago — 1974

Okaloosa County Sheriff Ray Wilson reported his force of 19 deputies was severely overworked.

Destin Water Users predicted a water shortage for the summer, until the new tower was built.

The Log welcomed Drummond Braden as its new fishing writer.

35 years ago — 1979

The state Department of Transportation nixed sidewalks on the north side of U.S. 98 because of the high cost, $45,000.

The Destin Coast Guard Station led the Mobile Group in search and rescue cases. Chief Barry Bernstein reported a 30 percent increase over the previous spring.

30 years ago —1984

The Okaloosa County Road Department installed almost a mile of sidewalks on Beach Drive, paid for by the Destin Elementary PTO.

About a dozen DOT and Department of Environmental Regulation officials were at the Destin Community Center for a meeting on drainage plans for the new U.S. 98, but only three residents attended.

In spite of a DWU moratorium on sewer connections, the Okaloosa County Planning and Zoning Department approved several Destin projects, including the Destin Princess and Island House.

25 years ago — 1989

The boundaries of Destin’s two voting precincts were changed, moving Holiday Isle voters to Precinct 20.

Destin City Council looked for property in the heart of the city to serve as an historical area for the city’s two museums and the seine boat Primrose.

The Destin Fire Board began looking for a site in East Destin for a third fire station.

20 years ago — 1994

The Emerald Coast Golf Association says they receive about 800 inquiries a month.

A 200-pound turtle was found dead on a Destin beach with several parallel cuts on its back.

Spring breakers boosted revenue on Mid-Bay Bridge to 83 percent of projected collections.

Fifty-four percent of those voting in the Log telephone survey said they would approve a sales tax dedicated to school construction.

Earth Day cleanup activities centered on the harbor to collect trash, littler and debris.

Some Destin residents and business people were surprised to find out they lived in an area that has “Mardi Gras with no clothes that lasts all week,” according to New Orleans’ Times-Picayune.

10 years ago — 2004

Destin Assembly of God pastor Joseph Rogers’ effort to remove the Revolutionary War novel “My Brother Sam is Dead” from the Okaloosa County School District because of obscene language was voted down by the School Board.