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Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning Feb. 4)

The Destin Log

Date: 1/27/2015 9:57:00 AM

Matinee is $15 and evening show is $18. A local professional comedy troupe, Act4 Murder performs “Redneck Rivalry” at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Angler’s Beachside Grill on Okaloosa Island. Price is $49.95/adults and $24.95/children 10 and under. Call862-2885

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Mysterious barrels wash up on Destin beach

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 1/26/2015 9:14:00 PM

It’s not odd to see items wash ashore in Destin, but when they are large, filled with liquid and there are close to a dozen of them, it’s strange. Especially when men in hazmat suits are spotted along the beach collecting the containers, as was pointed

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Ft. Walton Beach to offer entrepreneurial business training program

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Date: 1/26/2015 9:14:00 PM

City leaders say that Ft. Walton Beach is already very business friendly. But they'd like to see more entrepreneurial businesses fill empty office spaces. And now they say they have a plan to make that happen. City Manager Michael Beedie says they've

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LuLu's restaurant in Destin shooting for an early summer 2015 opening

Date: 1/26/2015 2:13:00 PM

is expected to open as early as this summer. Situated in a spot overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay, the eatery will seat as many as 300 people. Similar to its premier location in south Baldwin County, LuLu's at Homeport Marina, the Destin restaurant will

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OUT & ABOUT: Changes to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 1/25/2015 12:55:00 PM

The restaurant will be located near the Linkside Conference Center and will offer a variety of menu options and beautiful views of the Choctawhatchee Bay. If you had a new year’s resolution to get healthier or wealthier, the University of Florida/IFAS

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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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