This week in Destin history: Joy Dunlap reported fishing brought $17 million a year to Destin

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

April 20 - 26

40 years ago — 1974

The first king mackerel of the season, a 25-pounder, was caught aboard the Rob Roy with Capt. Hoot Hilpert.

Silver Dunes condominium advertised for experienced maids at a wage of $2 an hour.

35 years ago — 1979

After lengthy research, Joy Dunlap reported fishing brought $17 million a year to Destin.

One hundred feet of beachfront on U.S. 98, across from Seascape main gate, was advertised at $69,000.

Holiday Isle leaseholders complained of severe traffic problems when trying to leave the island over Easter weekend.

30 years ago — 1984

Destin developers, reacting to Destin Water Users moratorium on sewer taps, looked at alternatives such as package wastewater plants.

Mark Metz of Destin prepared to try out for the 1984 U. S. Summer Olympics Swim Team.

25 years ago — 1989

Okaloosa County officials created a tourist development council and began working on a tourist development, or bed, tax to go before voters.

Destin City Council voted to require an independent safety study of the proposed Harbor Cove dry storage facility on the harbor.

Local mid-bay bridge supporters chartered a bus to Tallahassee to urge that the Florida Cabinet support the bridge.

20 years ago — 1994

Area divers cleared nearly 3,000 pounds of trash, debris and foreign material from the ocean bed and harbor bottom as part of Earth Day Beach Cleanup.

Despite 2-to-1 opposition to grandfathering unlicensed contractors, Okaloosa commissioners approved changes to the electrical, mechanical and plumbing codes and contractors ordinances permitting the issuance of certificates or competency under “hardship” conditions.

Air Force closes seawall public parking.

Sixty-two percent of the responders to The Destin Log telephone survey believed personal watercraft should be outlawed in Destin harbor.

The Blue Marauder hauled in a lunker of a ling at 88 pounds to take top slot in the World Championship Cobia Tournament at Harbor Docks.

The planning commissioners unanimously approved the amended plans for a 13-story Holiday isle condo.

10 years ago — 2004

Destin drew up plans for a traffic roundabout at the Airport Road/Main Street intersection, but one city councilman said it would make traffic worse than better.

Fifty banners with artwork by DES students flew from the lampposts of the main street in Destin Commons to raise money for art programs at Destin Elementary School.