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Meetings this week, March 22-28, 2015

Pensacola News Journal

Date: 3/22/2015 12:36:00 AM

•West Florida Public Library Board of Governance: 3 p.m. Monday. West Florida Public Library, Genealogy Branch, 5740 N. Ninth Ave. 494-7373. •Veterans Memorial Park Foundation of Pensacola Inc. Board of Directors: 9 a.m. Tuesday. Will meet at the

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The Finest Factor: How a readers’ choice contest builds business

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 3/21/2015 4:22:00 PM

DESTIN — The voting is over and nearly 150 new winners of the Finest on the Emerald Coast will be announced in 10 different categories next month. While it could be just another trophy to put on the shelf for some businesses, for others it will a life

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Destin Water Users honored with Excellence Award for fourth consecutive year

The Destin Log

Date: 3/20/2015 9:03:00 AM

Destin Water Users was honored with the 2014 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Plant Operations Excellence Award for Drinking Water at the annual Florida Rural Water Association Focus On Change Seminar in Panama City Feb. 19. The annual Plant

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SEEN on SCENE: Beach photos on Okaloosa Island

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 3/19/2015 11:56:00 AM

OKALOOSA ISLAND — Beachgoers filled the beach on Okaloosa Island behind The Boardwalk on Thursday. Groups of students on spring break came from Missouri, Alabama and Kentucky. A large group of Okaloosa County seniors from Fort Walton Beach High School

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Fishermen air views on possible red snapper regulatory changes

News Herald

Date: 3/19/2015 7:49:00 AM

“Looking out for the new participants or the small shareholder is the most important part of the tweaking we could possibly do,” said Mike Eller, captain of the Lady Em out of Destin. One change up for consideration addresses what to do with shares

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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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