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Beyond Destin: Vortex Springs

The Destin Log

Date: 10/21/2014 11:05:00 PM

Destin has a lot to offer, and although its beaches are world-famous and its seafood delicious, there are hundreds of hidden treasures in the surrounding area of Northwest Florida that yield for fun adventures, day trips and weekend getaways. This column

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Destin Travel Guide

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

Nicknamed the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village," Destin has grown into one of the most popular vacation spots on the Florida panhandle. Founded in the 1830s, Destin used to be a sleepy fishing town until a bridge connected the skinny peninsula with

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Law firm’s Brooks Bridge billboard raises eyebrows

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 10/21/2014 3:46:00 PM

But the subject remains controversial, particularly in light of speculation about building a second bridge which, like Brooks Bridge, would span the Intracoastal Waterway between Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island. Some Okaloosa Island residents are

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Destin YMCA gets 60-day reprieve

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 10/20/2014 5:42:00 PM

City leaders in Destin have agreed to breathe 60 days of life and $30,000 into the Destin Family YMCA. "I will agree to 60 days," Councilman Jim Wood said on Monday night. "If this comes back again, there will be a loud discussion." With a unanimous vote

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Heroes remembered on anniversary of crash

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 10/19/2014 11:30:00 PM

That was the last time they were heard from. They crashed before making it back to the base, the debris found several hours later in Choctawhatchee Bay. None of the three survived. On the 10-year anniversary, many are remembering the men who lost their lives

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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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