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Coast Guard Station Destin in wait and see mode

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 2/25/2015 3:23:00 PM

DESTIN — Like the rest of the country, the personnel at Coast Guard Station Destin are waiting to see if Congress will pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. If the House and Senate don’t act before current funding runs out on Friday

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Gearing up for Spring Break: Destin prepares for influx in visitors

The Destin Log

Date: 2/25/2015 5:04:00 AM

The weather is getting warmer, the snowbirds have begun to fly back up north and Help Wanted signs are posted up and down Hwy. 98. All of these signals point to just one thing; Spring break season is right around the corner. In preparation for the great

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Volunteers sought for Eglin restoration board

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 2/24/2015 1:28:00 PM

The board meets once a year, with its next meeting scheduled for March 5 at 9 a.m. at the Ramada Beach Resort on Okaloosa Island. The meeting is open to the public. To be considered, contact Mike Spaits at Contact Daily News Staff

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A Creative Collaboration: Destin’s Annual Spring Craft Fair (PHOTOS)

The Destin Log

Date: 2/24/2015 12:45:00 PM

The Destin Community Center was filled to the max Friday and Saturday with 73 local and regional vendors selling their crafted wares. The scene was a sensory overload for visitors as the fair offered items from handmade jewelry and clothing to candles and

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Surf Fly Fishing in Destin Florida


Date: 2/24/2015 7:53:00 AM

Though a chill north winds blew hard over Choctawhatchee Bay, we could see the Gulf of Mexico was flat as an ice-skating rink. The Destin surf really comes alive in the springtime, as water temps nudge back toward the upper 60s. Cobia, Spanish mackerel and

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

This area 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-Ft.Walton Beach. Destin 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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