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GUEST COLUMN: Sand creates its own storm on Okaloosa Island

The Destin Log

Date: 3/12/2017 3:29:00 AM

Those of us who have lived on the Florida Panhandle for a long time clearly remember the devastation caused by past hurricanes, including Erin and Opal in 1995, Georges in 1998, Isidore in 2002, Ivan in 2004, and Dennis in 2005. I will never forget when

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Florida Panhandle is home to hundreds of old houses

The Miami Herald

Date: 3/12/2017 12:33:00 AM

Only one of Okaloosa County's 10 oldest homes is located south of Choctawhatchee Bay. The three-bedroom, one-bath structure is at 1551 U.S. Highway 98 W. in Mary Esther. Built in 1901, the 2,456-square-foot, two-story house sits off the highway and backs

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Beach permit applications soar

The Destin Log

Date: 3/11/2017 5:13:00 AM

The permit is required for every Eglin-owned beach access on Okaloosa Island, including the popular access at the foot of the Marler Bridge. Eglin officials say the permit serves to educate the public about habitats and natural resources of the beach

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Emerald Coast Regional Seder April 10

The Destin Log

Date: 3/10/2017 11:29:00 AM

The chicken and vegetable dinner will be wheat and dairy free. The event starts at 6 p.m. April 10 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at

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So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

The Destin Log

Date: 3/10/2017 8:57:00 AM

Adieu, adieu, to you and you, and you … so the song from “The Sound of Music” goes. Tuesday’s meeting of the Destin Snowbird Club put closure to the 2016-17 snowbird season and already highlighted things to look forward to in the next one

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Destin | Okaloosa Island | Ft. Walton Beach | Shalimar | Niceville | Mary Esther | Eglin AFB | Crestview is a community located along the Emerald Coast - Gulf of Mexico in the Northwest area of Florida.

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 Florida 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 Destin community 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.

Fort Walton Beach is a city in southern Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. As of 2010, the population estimate for Fort Walton Beach was 19,507 recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau. It is a principal city of the Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin Metropolitan Statistical Area. Fort Walton Beach is a year-round fishing and beach resort community. Its busiest time of the year is the summer, with spring break being another busy time when thousands of people flock to the Emerald Coast.

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. At the end the Isle is Noriega Point.
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