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Lane closures set for some bridges in Okaloosa County

Crestview Bulletin News

Date: 7/21/2014 10:11:00 PM

U.S. 98 over East Pass (west end of Destin), eastbound outline lane · Saturday, July 26, U.S. 98 over East Pass (west end of Destin ), westbound outside

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World Cup goalie thrills Destin crowd

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 7/16/2014 5:05:00 PM

Tim Howard was in Destin a few weeks ago — on ostensibly every TV screen in every bar and every household with any semblance of passion for the World Cup or the U.S. soccer team. That time, Howard was under a 38-shot assault from the Belgians in the

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Okaloosa parks pass hazardous water tests

Crestview Bulletin News

Date: 7/16/2014 10:54:00 AM

On July 16, all 13 parks passed tests based onEPA-recommended enterococci standards, and only three, Marler Park on Okaloosa Island, Lincoln Park in Valparaiso, and Henderson Beach in Destin, earned "moderate" instead of "good" ratings. Enteric bacteria

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Destin recognized as top destination

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 7/15/2014 2:35:00 PM

DESTIN – USA Today recently named Destin one of its “10Best Places in July.” 10Best provides its users with information on top attractions, things to do and restaurants for destinations in the U.S. and around the world. Widely known as the “World

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Destin recognized as top destination

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 7/15/2014 2:24:00 PM

DESTIN – USA Today recently named Destin one of its “10Best Places in July.” 10Best provides its users with information on top attractions, things to do and restaurants for destinations in the U.S. and around the world. Widely known as the “World

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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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