This week in Destin history: Aug. 10 - 16

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

40 years ago — 1974

The first East Pass Marina Billfish Tournament was announced, with $850 in prizes offered.

Destin organizations and churches collected funds to help pay Chubby Destin’s medical costs.

Kennedy Boat Works on Sibert Avenue turned out about five fiber glass boats a day.

35 years ago — 1979

First Baptist Church of Destin celebrated its 25th anniversary. Guest speaker was the Rev. Henry Jarvis, founder of the church.

Don Jones was re-elected president of the Holiday Isle Improvement Association.

Kell-Aire Gardens property owners worked with the Okaloosa County Commission to create a taxing unit to provide drainage, streets, water and serew in the subdivision.

30 years ago — 1984

The site of the Kelly Arts Center was moved inland from Choctawhatchee Bay, putting it along the new U.S. 98 bypass.

Destin was soaked with eight inches of rain in two or three days as a result of a stationery storm front.

Destin Water Users faced review by the state Department of Environmental Regulation concerning ground water levels and permitting for the utility’s new sewage plant.

25 years ago — 1989

The U.S. Army Recreation Center on Calhoun Avenue received $1.5 million in renovation, tripling its housing capacity.

Okaloosa County voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase to finance expansioin of the county jail.

20 years ago — 1994

Jim Mueller begins his task as new principal of Destin Elementary School.

Issues on duty-free lunch, class size and salaries keep the Okaloosa School District and its teachers from coming to terms on a new contract.

In the wake of a controversial incident and ensuing investigation at the Destin emergency room, Okaloosa Emergency Medical Services crews have relocated to the Stahlman Avenue Destin fire station.

Fifty-three percent of the people who responded to The Destin Log’s “What do you think?” question were in favor of the county adopting some regulations to control landscapers.

10 years ago — 2004

Destin Fishing Rodeo plans a Rootin’ Tootin’ Rodeo Roundup for children one weekend at the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier and the Hog’s Breath King Mackerel Tournament follows opening weekend.

Homeless man arrested in connection with a weekend break-in at St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church.

With Tropical Storm Bonnie heading for Destin, the city wants foreign students living in tents near the Library to find more stable housing before storm hits. They find rent-free housing at Jay Villa Cottages.

Destin began renovating the old library on Stahlman Avenue in preparation for the new home of the Destin Fishing Museum.

With construction to begin in next few months, condominiums at HarborWalk Village went on sale.

Construction plans were drawn up for proposed 140,000-square-foot expansion and two multi-story parking garages at Destin Commons.

Construction nears completion on Best Buy.