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Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - April 21-25

The Destin Log

Date: 4/22/2014 1:18:00 PM

The sun is out and the water is clear and calm at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. Sheepshead has been the catch of the day the last few days at the pier. Other suspects showing up have been Spanish mackerel, pompano and red drum. Pompano fishing

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Chamber donates $500 to Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

The Destin Log

Date: 4/22/2014 1:03:00 PM

Since the race courses offer sweeping views of the Choctawhatchee Bay and waterways of Destin, the CBA is the perfect partner for the race. The health of the area’s water resources is the foundation of its identity and economy. Be it fishing, tourism

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Destin buys out strip club

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 4/21/2014 7:10:00 PM

DESTIN — After years of legal wrangling, the city of Destin will cut a big check to keep the city’s first strip club from opening its doors. At a city council meeting Monday night, city leaders agreed to pay the proposed developers $1.75 million and

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OUT & ABOUT: Looking for a job?

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 4/20/2014 6:46:00 PM

Payroll Management Incorporated is partnering with Cumulus Media in a career fair on Wednesday, May 7th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Businesses interested in participating can call (850) 243-7676

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Predictions suggest quiet 2014 hurricane season

Antigua Observer Newspaper

Date: 4/19/2014 3:07:00 PM

Climatologist Dale Destin has been looking at some of the early predictions which all point to a relatively quiet hurricane season. Destin, who is away studying at Columbia University, wrote in his official blog, that three major bodies have agreed on

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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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