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Gulf Restoration Projects Funded, Including $11 Million To Escambia County


Date: 11/18/2014

Another $4.22 million will go to the Boggy Bayou area of northwestern Choctawhatchee Bay. The money comes from a pair of 2013 settlements totaling $2.544 billion with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve certain criminal charges against Transocean and

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Snowbirds in Santa Rosa County

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 11/17/2014 2:40:00 PM

Most of the snowbirds flock to the Navarre Beach Regency where they hold socials and potlucks, although there isn't a designated club like those in Destin, Okaloosa Island and Walton County. “There's some that come down and visit with the same people and

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Singing in harmony: Meet Destin’s NWF Symphony Chorale members

The Destin Log

Date: 11/15/2014 9:42:00 AM

The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, soloists, and instrumentalists from the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra are performing a free holiday concert November 21 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Niceville. Of the chorale, three members hail

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Community Happenings Nov. 15

The Destin Log

Date: 11/13/2014 1:01:00 PM

The City of Destin’s Eighth Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Destin Community Center. There will be hand-crafted jewelry, woodcarvings, watercolor paintings and more from over 60 vendors. Admission is free to

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HDR Inc. to conduct Brooks Bridge studies (DOCUMENT)

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 11/12/2014 6:18:00 PM

Decisions about how best to replace the Brooks Bridge and establish an alternate crossing between Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island will be left to HDR Inc. The architectural and engineering firm with offices across Florida, including one in Niceville

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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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