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Victoria's Secret PINK Spring Break Beach Party

Guest of a Guest

Date: 4/12/2014 10:57:00 PM

Victoria's Secret PINK model Sara Sampaio and DJ Irie hosted PINK Nation's Spring Break Beach Party on Thursday in Destin Florida. Guests enjoyed a tasty juice bar, spring break giveaways, dance challenges, and party vibes from DJ Irie. Victoria's Secret

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Hwy 331 Construction Begins April 28th ….

Foster Folly News

Date: 4/12/2014 9:02:00 PM

The $47.6 million design/build project will complete the missing links for the existing four lane roadway located south of the Choctawhatchee Bay all the way north to I-10. The project is currently slated for completion winter 2016. Motorists may

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‘I want this to be my baby’: New Chairman named for 36 Annual Destin Seafood Festival

The Destin Log

Date: 4/12/2014 5:13:00 AM

Jami Jones is the new face of the Destin Seafood Festival. Named the Chairman for the 36 Annual Destin Seafood Festival, Jones said this is a position she feels ready for. “I’m excited about the challenge, I’m not afraid at all, I’m jazzed, I’m

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Ads by sea: New local business to tow billboards

The Destin Log

Date: 4/11/2014 12:00:00 PM

Skelley and Pixley launch in either a 26-foot boat, or a jet ski from Choctawhatchee Bay, and can cruise from Crab Island to Sandestin with their vinyl mesh billboard in-tow

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Senate Approves Parasailing Bill

WJHG

Date: 4/11/2014 4:49:00 AM

TALLAHASSEE -- The parasailing regulation bill cleared another hurdle in the House Thursday. At one point it looked like the bill would die. Local supporters are glad the legislation made it out of the chaotic House committee session. It appeared 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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