NEWS

This week in Destin history: Sept. 7 - 13

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

40 years ago — 1974

Charles Wm. Kuebler  Jr., MD< opened his office as Destin’s first physician.

The Destin branch of 1st Federal Savings and Loan opened with Sid Ogletree as manager and Mrs. Dalton Threadgill as secretary.

A team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, operating out of a trailer on the tip of Holiday Isle, researched a sand bypassing system to control beach drift and erosion on the island.

35 years ago — 1979

Peninsula Resources Corp. of Corpus Christi, Texas, planned to drill for oil or natural gas on Kelly Trust property east of Destin.

The Destin Library contacted every Destin resident to start a Friends of the Library organization.

Atlantic Medical Equipment of Fort Walton Beach donated a small portable oxygen unit to the Destin Search and Recovery Unit.

30 years ago — 1984

The Destin Chamber of Commerce voted to oppose lifting the 75-foot building height restriction on Holiday Isle.

A citizen’s group organized to oppose the state’s intention to designate the Destin/South Walton peninsula as a barrier island.

25 years ago — 1989

Wendy’s restaurant founder Dave Thomas stopped at the Destin Wendy’s for a tour of the restaurant.

The Destin Chamber of Commerce hired John Foster as its interim executive director and continued its search for a permanent executive director.

20 years ago — 1994

To ensure property owners are not faced with a higher city tax rate, Destin city councilmen snipped $150,000 from the proposed budget to stay at the current 1.4817 millage rate.

The quiet neighborhood subdivision of Destin Azalea Gardens offered 37 homesites in the heart of Destin, with two already occupied, nine others in varying stages of construction and 16 lots sold.

10 years ago — 2004

Destin artist Judy Shillingburg won the 26th  annual Destin Seafood Festival poster competition.

U. S. 98 name changed to Harbor Boulevard from Destin Bridge to Gulf Shore Drive at urging of the Harbor Business Association as a way to promote and market the harbor area.