Destin - Ft. Walton Beach News

Rockin new eatery coming to Okaloosa Island

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 5/20/2015 1:53:00 PM

OKALOOSA ISLAND — The Boardwalk’s newest restaurant gets off to a Rockin start when it opens this weekend. Rockin Tacos Grill & Tequila Bar, which will be located in the former Howl at the Moon location, will open for dinner and late night Saturday

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New restaurants coming to Destin Commons

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 5/20/2015 11:38:00 AM

DESTIN – Two new restaurants will be joining the lineup at Destin Commons, the shopping center has announced. Denver-based Smashburger and Which Wich of Dallas will move into the recently completed expansion area. Smashburger started in 2007 with

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'Envision Destin' Planning the City's Future


Date: 5/19/2015 5:44:00 PM

DESTIN--The City of Destin is currently looking at updating its comprehensive plan by asking the public how they see Destin in the future. "This is all about future planning, development and redevelopment," said Doug Rainer, Public Information Manager

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Jackacuda's Rod and Reel Report - May 18-22

The Destin Log

Date: 5/19/2015 1:20:00 PM

Under partly cloudy skies, the water was clean and smooth with rollers coming in at the Okaloosa Island Pier on Monday. In the last couple of days anglers have pulled hardtail, bonito, king mackerel, ladyfish, redfish and tuna. A few scattered pompano and

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Gulfarium introduces its new baby

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 5/19/2015 10:39:00 AM

OKALOOSA ISLAND — After a year of waiting, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is ready to introduce its newest dolphin to the public. Lily, the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin born at the Gulfarium 12 years ago, gave birth to the unnamed female calf at 11 a.m

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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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