Destin Council welcomes more single-family homes for Indian Bayou West subdivision

Tony Judnich
Northwest Florida Daily News

DESTIN — A major subdivision to be called Indian Bayou West, as well as the project's development order, received the City Council’s unanimous approval Monday.

The project will feature 86 single-family homes on about 69 acres that once contained a nine-hole golf course at the Indian Bayou Golf & Country Club.

The project is located at 1 Country Club Drive E.

Lots for single-family homes are “badly needed” in Destin, Curtis Gwin, the agent representing golf club owner Indian Bayou Properties, told the City Council.

Lots for single-family homes are “badly needed” in Destin, Curtis Gwin, the agent representing club owner Indian Bayou Properties, told the council.

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Two years ago, the council adopted ordinances to change the zoning and future land use designations for the former golf course parcel from recreation to low-density residential-village and low-density residential, respectively.

At Monday’s meeting, Councilwoman Prebble Ramswell noted that city officials have received many emails from people interested in buying lots in the planned subdivision.

Mayor Gary Jarvis agreed with Gwin that Destin has a big need for more single-family homes.

Jarvis also said he is thankful the developer was not looking to build apartments.

Councilwoman Teresa Hebert did not attend Monday’s meeting.

As part of the new project, Indian Bayou Properties plans to reopen a portion of the original Indian Bayou Trail, the new south end of which will connect to West Commons Drive near the city Public Works Department’s maintenance facility.

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The old Indian Bayou Trail was closed about a decade ago when Commons Drive was extended to Airport Road. 

The Indian Bayou Golf & Country Club was the first golf course developed in Destin. It featured 18 holes when it was completed in 1978 and was enlarged to 27 holes in 1991.