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Destin cracks down on noncompliant busineses

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Date: 8/24/2016 10:25:00 PM

Tourism season is beginning to wind down in Destin and many on the city's council believe it's a perfect time to tweak the requirements for vendors permits. Just a couple of weeks ago, tourists clogged Harborwalk Village, buying food, drinks and wares from

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Destin Charity Wine Auction Donates $2,660,000 to 14 local charities


Date: 8/23/2016 8:16:00 PM

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - For 14 local charities it was a night to remember. Tuesday night the Destin Charity Wine Auction donated a record breaking $2,660,000. The best part about it? How much money each charity received was a surprise. "We were

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Why are there so many Thai restaurants in this area?


Date: 8/23/2016 12:33:00 PM

“The authentic taste you know? Maybe the spiciness.” Handmade steamed pork dumplings from Jasmine Thai in Destin. One reason for the proliferation of Thai restaurants may have more to do with the area’s biggest employer than the taste of Thai

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Local captains donate trips to kids with special needs


Date: 8/22/2016 3:17:00 PM

It started out four years ago as a way to give back; Destin parasail charter boat owner Steve Potate saw a need to share water sport adventures with children with special needs or terminal illnesses and decided the best way to do that would be to donate

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FDOT to consider bike lane options on Highway 98

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Date: 8/19/2016 8:42:00 PM

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will resurface the portion of Highway 98 going through the Destin city limits. FDOT plans to add bike lanes to the road. Carlos Stephens has biked on the sidewalk for years. The Destin native would never put

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Destin | Okaloosa Island | Ft. Walton Beach | Shalimar | Niceville | Mary Esther | Eglin AFB | Crestview is a community located along the Emerald Coast - Gulf of Mexico in the Northwest area of Florida.

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 Florida 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 Destin community 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.

Fort Walton Beach is a city in southern Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. As of 2010, the population estimate for Fort Walton Beach was 19,507 recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau. It is a principal city of the Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin Metropolitan Statistical Area. Fort Walton Beach is a year-round fishing and beach resort community. Its busiest time of the year is the summer, with spring break being another busy time when thousands of people flock to the Emerald Coast.

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. At the end the Isle is Noriega Point.
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