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Destin Airport deal appears near (DOCUMENTS)

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 10/24/2014 5:22:00 PM

DESTIN — The Federal Aviation Administration has stepped back to let Okaloosa County and Jay Odom’s Destin Jet negotiate a settlement over a dispute on how Destin Airport is run. And it appears the two sides are close to finding a solution everyone can

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Rodeo fishing the Walton Way

Walton Sun

Date: 10/24/2014 5:11:00 PM

Fishermen from Walton County have been getting in on the action at the Destin Fishing Rodeo. The scales are open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on the docks behind AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar throughout the month of October. Some of the Walton anglers

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City of Destin celebrates 30th anniversary

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Date: 10/23/2014 9:00:00 AM

Today the city of Destin is celebrating its 30th anniversary. You're invited to join the mayor, council and staff for a celebration at the Destin Community Center. Starting at 11:30 am city staff will cook lunch for everyone. The mayor will make a

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The bikers are back: Florida State H.O.G. rally starts today

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 10/22/2014 4:32:00 PM

Every year, the state's H.O.G. Rally chooses a place to set up shop and this year, the Emerald Coast won the bid with events located at Okaloosa Island, Destin and Fort Walton Beach. “It’s beautiful here; we love it,” said Linda Crouse, registration

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Upcoming Events and Entertainment (beginning Oct. 31)

Walton Sun

Date: 10/22/2014 1:11:00 PM

Taste of The Beach Brunch On The Bay: Enjoy a Sunday Brunch with views of Choctawhatchee Bay from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Baytowne Marina. A portion of the proceeds will support the Sandestin Foundation for Kids

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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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