Destin City Council limits high rises, swears in new member

Tony Judnich
Northwest Florida Daily News

DESTIN — To help finalize city voters’ wishes for controlled future growth, the City Council on Monday unanimously adopted an ordinance that limits building heights.

Designed to provide consistency between the city charter and the city’s comprehensive plan, the ordinance prohibits any structure or part of a structure to be erected at a height higher than six stories, or 75 feet, above the crown of the abutting road unless approved by at least 60% of the city voters at a general election.

The Destin welcome sign stands on the southwest side of the Marler Bridge on Okaloosa Island.

The council on Monday directed city staff to submit the adopted ordinance to the state Department of Economic Opportunity for final approval.

A majority of Destin voters last November approved adding that citywide prohibition to the charter.

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Destin City Councilman Chatham Morgan.

In earlier business at the meeting, former Councilman Chatham Morgan was sworn in to office to serve as an interim council member.

The council agreed in May to appoint Morgan to temporarily fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Skip Overdier. Overdier resigned from the council at the end of April because he and his wife were moving out of state.

In the city’s July 20 special election, voters will be asked to determine whether Jim Bagby, John Green or Bobby Wagner will serve on the council until Nov. 21, 2022, which marks the end of Overdier’s four-year term.

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Morgan will serve on the council until the voter-elected councilman is sworn in on Aug. 2.