Destin sustained minor damage from storm

Repairs have already started at city facilities

Sheri Kotzum | 315-4353 | @DestinLogSheri |

The day after Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle, the city of Destin wasted no time assessing damages and beginning to clean up.

An announcement on the city of Destin’s website stated City Hall reopened at 1 p.m. Thursday with all city facilities opening with full staff on Friday morning.

Most of the city facilities and parks came through the storm with no damage except for Joe’s Bayou, where two of the five boat ramps have been closed for repair.

“The docks adjacent to those ramps have some structural issues that’s gonna take some time to fix,” said Doug Rainer, public information mfficer for the city of Destin. “We aren’t sure exactly how long it will take, but it’s not a quick fix.”

The Destin Harbor Boardwalk reopened on Thursday with no damage and stores and restaurants began to reopen and remove plywood from their windows and doors.

The Destin Fishing Rodeo also began to get back into gear as volunteers began putting posters back up and the barge used to weigh-in the fish was brought back to the docks. The Rodeo resumed on Friday.

Officials asked residents not to visit Clement Taylor park until further notice due to a large oak tree that fell during the storm. Rainer said it could take a few days to remove and clean up.

The Mattie Kelly Pier is also closed until further notice.

“(Crews) are checking it for structural integrity,” Rainer said. “It’s an old pier anyway so they’re gonna have to take a really close look at it.”

The seawall at Clement Taylor Park was compromised and will take some time to fix as well, but the seawall at Norriego Point is in great shape, Rainer said.

“It did its job completely,” Rainer said about the Norriego Point restoration project. “It really turned out well.”

Officials asked that Waste Management be called to remove storm debris or residents can take it to the transfer station in Fort Walton Beach at 108 Hill Ave. NW.