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City to look at taxi regulations

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 8/30/2014 4:29:00 PM

DESTIN - It’s not often you hear citizens asking government to create new regulations, but that’s exactly what Stanislav Nikilov did during the Aug. 25 Destin City Council meeting. “What we suggest, is basically for the city to have requirements

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VIDEO: Terrifying shark episode in Florida caught on video

New York Daily News

Date: 8/30/2014 8:33:00 AM

The video shows the pair strolling out of the sea as the shark approaches. Those filming the video, from a penthouse at the Silver Beach Towers resort in Destin, can be heard shouting at the swimmers to get out of the water after trying to warn them about

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Crab Island: Destin’s sandbar playground (photos)

The Destin Log

Date: 8/30/2014 7:20:00 AM

Editor’s Note: As part of the “100 days of Summer,” The Log will be exploring Destin and the activities it has to offer during the summer season. This week the featured pastime is Crab Island. Anyone who has visited Destin knows that one of the most

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10 reasons for a golf trip to Florida's Panhandle, from great seafood restaurants to great courses

World Golf

Date: 8/29/2014 6:47:00 AM

Some outstanding beaches include Perdido Key State Park near Pensacola, Grayton Beach State Park near Destin, and Panama City Beach. The fishing crazy town of Destin affords quick access to deep water with an offshore shelf that descends to 100 feet within

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Fort Walton Beach Science Center moving to new location

Weather Alert

Date: 8/27/2014 8:21:00 PM

If you've gone to school in Okaloosa County in the last 25 years, you've been here. It's The Science Center, and every year thousands of kids come here to learn and experiment. They've got to move out of this current building, and now they've worked with

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Destin | Miramar Beach | Santa Rosa Beach | Okaloosa Island | Ft. Walton Beach | Shalimar | Niceville | is a community located along the Emerald Coast - Gulf of Mexico.

Destin is known for its white beaches and emerald green waters. Originating as a small fishing village, it is now a popular tourist destination – according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, over 80 percent of the Emerald Coast's 4.5 million visitors each year visit Destin. The city styles itself "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village", and claims to have the largest fishing vessel fleet in the state of Florida.

Destin is named after Captain Leonard Destin, a New London, Connecticut fishing master who settled in the area c. 1845 or 1850. The first condominiums were built in the 1970s, although Destin was not incorporated as a municipality until 1984. The city has experienced rapid growth since the 1980s.

The city is located on a peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from Choctawhatchee Bay. The peninsula was originally an island; hurricanes and sea level changes gradually connected the island to the mainland. As of the 1940s it technically became an island again with the completion of the Choctawhatchee-west bay canal. Destin has a total area of 8.2 mi². 17.5 mi² of it is land and 0.6 mi² of it (7.95%) is water.

Destin is near several other cities in the region. The city of Fort Walton Beach is located to the west at the inlet of Santa Rosa Sound into Choctawhatchee Bay. North of Destin, across the bay is Niceville, with the Mid-Bay Bridge linking the two by road. Panama City (to the east) and Pensacola (to the west) are each about 50 miles away.

At the western tip of the peninsula is East Pass (also known as Destin Pass), separating it from Santa Rosa Island to the west. East Pass is the only outlet of Choctawhatchee Bay into the Gulf of Mexico, Many sources claim that the pass was dug by hand with an inrush of water widening it within hours. The pass appears in early maps and surveys from Spanish, French, and English surveyors, such as Thomas Jefferys's 1775 map The Coast of West Florida and Louisiana. Frequent dredging is required to keep East Pass navigable.

"Crab Island," a significant sandbar located in East Pass, is a popular anchorage in the area. The entrance to Destin Harbor, a lagoon between the beaches and the main body of the western portion of the peninsula, is located just north of the East Pass jetty. The lagoon is formed by a sand spit named Holiday Isle; many condominiums have been built along the harbor since the 1970s.
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