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Distressed swimmer in Choctawhatchee Bay identified

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 4/19/2015 5:15:00 PM

BLUEWATER BAY — The man pulled from Choctawhatchee Bay Saturday afternoon has been identified as Aaron Vernable. The 19-year-old was riding on a personal watercraft, northwest of the Mid Bay Bridge, with his mother when he hit a wave and the two were

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Amendment 40 opens doors for charter fishermen to manage snapper

News Herald

Date: 4/19/2015 12:08:00 PM

But it’s a good day for tourism,” added Jarvis, who also is president of the Destin Charter Boat Association. In the past few years, charter boats have seen their season get shorter and shorter as federal regulators said the red snapper fishery was

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Fuds draws AVP DJ to spin for the week

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 4/18/2015 5:44:00 AM

OKALOOSA ISLAND — Jeremy Roueche was 18 years old when he went to the eighth grade dance that changed his life. His buddy had asked him to go and would he help assist him with the disc jockey duties that night. “After that first gig I knew deejaying

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Sheriff's Office to increase patrols at Okaloosa schools

Weather Alert

Date: 4/17/2015 7:26:00 PM

The decision was made in response to incidents of a potentially suspicious nature near schools, specifically at Northwood Elementary in Crestview and Destin Elementary. During the incidents, subjects were seen videotaping the schools and the School

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Local USO celebrates National Volunteer Week

Pensacola News Journal

Date: 4/16/2015 8:38:00 PM

The three centers in Northwest Florida, located on Pensacola Naval Air Station, and at the Pensacola International and Destin Fort Walton Beach airports, are open seven days a week providing a home away from home to military members waiting for their

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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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