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County to address beach trash concerns in Destin

The Destin Log

Date: 7/26/2014 3:05:00 PM

When it comes to trash on the beach in Destin, Okaloosa County Public Works Director John Hofstad told city leaders he’s heard his fair share of backlash. “We’ve taken some criticism, and rightfully so,” he said during Monday night’s Destin City

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Boy battles terminal cancer, dreams of Destin

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 7/25/2014 9:25:00 PM

DESTIN — Most 12-year-olds don’t have bucket lists. And if they do, they probably assume they have plenty of time to check the boxes. Cameron Mullis doesn’t. The Kentucky boy has been battling cancer since before he can remember. Coming back to

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Hydro Flight: Soar above Destin on Flyboards and Jet Packs

The Destin Log

Date: 7/25/2014 4:59:00 PM

Editor’s Note: As part of the “100 days of Summer,” The Log will be exploring Destin and the activities it has to offer during the summer season. This week the featured pastime is hydro-powered flight. Flying; it’s the thing most dreamt about, the

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Destin Bottom Fishing

FLORIDA SPORTSMAN

Date: 7/25/2014 6:47:00 AM

We quickly started catching some really nice Red Snapper. Too bad we were in Federal Waters and had to release them. We caught about 6 all in the 15 pound range. We got a late start this morning didn’t leave til about 9. Found some cigars and pilchards

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Search comes up empty for fast-food bridge jumper

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 7/24/2014 7:00:00 PM

Witnesses told dispatchers man was wearing a Whataburger uniform when he jumped. They also said he swam to Okaloosa Island, climbed out of the water and took off running, according to Michele Nicholson, spokeswoman for the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

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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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