This week in Destin history: Aug. 17 - 23

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

40 years ago — 1974

The Destin Chamber of Commerce sent a formal request to Rep. Jere Tolton asking for an investigation of the markup of diesel fuel to the Destin fleet.

The number of Destin Water Users members reached the figure the Farmers Home Administration required for aa reduction in water rates.

35 years ago — 1979

Operations at Destin Airport were expected to increase to 200,000 in 1995.

After a three-year wait, wake control signs were placed in Old Pass Lagoon.

Destin’s first seafood festival, sponsored by the Destin Charter Boat Association and its Women’s Auxiliary and the Destin Fishing rodeo Committee, was announced with book fees of $15.

30 years ago — 1984

Eglin Air Force Base did not object to a request by the Wengroup Companies to lift the 75-foot height limit on Holiday Isle; a 200-foot high-rise was planned.

25 years ago — 1989

Destin City Council voted to reduce the size and cost of the proposed community center.

The City Council agreed to require garbage collection at all residents and businesses in Destin.

The Destin Water Users waste water treatment plant was named “Plant of the Year for the Northwest Florida Region by the state Department of Environmental Regulation.

20 years ago — 1994

A Tennessee man drowned in the Gulf off Miramar Beach, and no nearby ambulances were available to respond to beach emergency.

Destin’s Hatteras Café and Flamingo Café were named to the Top 200 restaurants in Florida list.

John Holley, for the fourth year in a row, captained the boat that brought in the winning king mackerel in the Destin King Mackerel Tournament.

Fort Walton Beach High School varsity and junior varsity Viking cheerleading squads were named the top team in their respective divisions at the conclusion of the National Cheerleading Association camp.

10 years ago — 2004

Rock star Cheryl Crow and Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong were spotted at Destin harbor and also in south Walton.

Destin Commons plans to build a three- or four-story parking structure on the west side of the shopping center as it prepares to expand its retail area by 140,000 square feet.

A beach sit-in was planned by Bob Biel near the Back Porch to protest actions of beach vendors.

Peter Bos, who started Sandestin, created Regatta Bay and Destin Commons, said the area is not through growing.

Local restaurateur Charles Morgan opened his new restaurant Camille’s at Crystal Beach, honoring his mother, grandmother and daughter, all named Camille.

Peter Bos told Council his Turnberry Harbour project would make Destin financially better off, more glamorous and famous nationwide if Council agreed to annex the site.

Peter Bos cancelled his Turnberry Harbour project after an outcry locally triggered news articles after vote to annex the land.

Shane Moody, president and CEO of the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce, began planning to meet with area officials to discuss what could be done about trash on the medians and roadways.

Too many calls caused the Destin Airport noise hotline to stop recording all the calls regarding noise the previous weekend.

Dr. Scott Runnels, the only orthodontist in Destin, was one of about 5 percent of all orthodontists in the country to go paperless.