City of Destin holds local government open house

Annie Blanks | 315-4450 | @DestinLogAnnie |
Guests line up for a free fish fry at the City of Destin's local government open house Thursday at the Destin Community Center. ANNIE BLANKS/THE DESTIN LOG

“It takes a fishing village” was the theme at this year’s city government open house, and the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village came together Thursday to put on a fun and informative event for the community.

Twelve departments from throughout the city, including Waste Management, Destin Water Users, the Destin Library and more set up fish-themed booths in the gym of the Destin Community Center.

Guests were given a handout with different questions about the city, and stopped at each booth to receive the answer. They were also treated to a fish fry, courtesy of Jim Shirah, head chef at Dewey Destin’s Harborside Restaurant. Local officials were on hand to answer questions and interact with members of the community.

Jurate Burns, director of the Destin Library, was one of the city departments who had a booth set up.

“It’s fun to try to contact more of the residents who don’t use the library,” she said. “It is a good opportunity and it’s always a good fish fry!”

Helen Driggers, a citizen of Destin who said she is active in the Destin Senior Club, said she enjoyed Thursday’s event.

“I like to know what is going on in our city. I enjoy the city,” Driggers said. “I think this is exciting. It’s great to have different businesses recognized for their service to the community.”

Destin City Manager Carisse LeJeune was manning the city manager’s booth, nicknamed the “Ship’s Wheel.” She wore a nautical-themed outfit and interacted with various citizens who stopped by to speak with her.

“I’m just so excited to see so many of our citizens come out and enjoy the day,” she said. “They can eat some great fish and learn something about the city they live in. We just want everybody to have a good time and just fish, eat and be merry.”