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Stuff the Bus Toy Drive Still Needs Donations


Date: 12/14/2014 5:41:00 PM

If you donate through them you will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize trip to Destin. They will also give free pancakes to start off your workday if you donate between 7 and 10 a.m. You can even get pictures with Santa every night when you come

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LuLu's is coming to Destin

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Date: 12/14/2014 5:40:00 PM

LuLu's Destin is in the planning stages for Lucy Buffet, owner of LuLus Gulf Shores and sister of entertainer, Jimmy Buffet LuLu's Gulf Shores in an Alabama is a landmark and Lucy Buffet says it's time to spread the gumbo love. Buffet says LuLu's Destin is

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COLUMN: ‘The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village’

The Destin Log

Date: 12/13/2014 11:14:00 AM

My hometown was located on a tiny peninsula nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay; it was a fortress protected by sand dunes that almost reached the sky. Consisting of a single highway that only had one traffic light, a single

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Destin Forward 2015 class completes second workday on Primrose and old Destin Post Office

The Destin Log

Date: 12/12/2014 3:11:00 PM

In partnership with the city of Destin and various other donors, the Destin Forward 2015 class spent time on Saturday morning, Dec. 6, chipping and painting away at two of Destin’s most precious artifacts. Under the advisory of Project Manager Keith

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Sandestin welcomes new center

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 12/12/2014 3:00:00 PM

The building features a two-story lobby area with views of Choctawhatchee Bay and a new water fountain that is lit up at night with LED lighting and a working fire pit. The building will serve as the main check-in site for people staying at the resort and

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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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