This week in Destin history: Aug. 24 - 30

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

40 years ago — 1974

A fish fry was scheduled at the Destin Community Center to raise money to help with medical bills for Capt. H.F. “Chubby” Destin who was in Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola for surgery.

Bids were solicited for furnishing space, personnel and all necessary services for a community post office in Miramar Beach.

35 years ago — 1979

The first draft of the state Department of Natural Resources recommendation for state ownership of “new land” created by jetty construction and spoil deposits on Holiday Isle recommended that the 1967 shoreline as shown on maps and photos should form the line of all state claims.

Dr. Steve Henry reported to the Destin Chamber of Commerce that the relatively isolated Destin/Santa Rosa Beach area might qualify for federal health care funds.

30 years ago — 1984

Parishioners dedicated St. John’s Church on U.S. 98 in Destin, the newest Greek Orthodox Church on the Gulf Coast.

Bids were opened for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to close the weir in East Pass jetty.

The Okaloosa County Commission voted to match funds raised by the Destin PTO for the completion of sidewalks on Beach Drive near the school.

25 years ago — 1989

Although the Destin Airport master plan recommended an instrument landing system at the airport by the year 2010, and the airport manager agreed, Okaloosa officials said the ILS was not a priority.

20 years ago — 1994

One day after Troptical Storm Alberto did away with the sign welcoming travelers to “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” Destin Fishing Rodeo Board members began work on selecting its replacement.

The Destin Health Care and Rehabilitation Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

10 years ago — 2004

About 65 protesters, upset after local beach vendors refused to let people set up their personal beach chairs and umbrella in front of rented equipment, gathered on the beach in front of beach vendors near the Seafarer Condominiums in Destin.

Saint Tropez, a women’s retail store and first of its kind in the United States, opened in Destin Commons.

Destin Middle and Destin Elementary both high-performance schools under state guidelines, received a combined $157,368 in school recognition funds.

The start date for Destin and Walton County’s beach restoration project was delayed at least a year because of legal actions from property owners who opposed the work.

Legendary president Peter Bos had to decide what to do with a 76-acre lot near Destin Middle School after he cancelled his plan to bring Turnberry Associates back to Destin.

Books-A-Million in Destin Commons hosted Danny Wuerffel,former Heisman Trophy, winner and star quarterback for the Florida Gators, as he signed copies of his book, “Danny Wuerffel’s Tales From The Gator Swamp.”

The Miramar station of the Destin Post Office received an anthrax scare, just one week after a similar incident temporarily closed the Destin post office on Main Street.