The Destin Library will be closed starting December 4 and will reopen January 2, 2024. This closure is necessary to install new carpeting throughout the Library. Programing will be suspended while the building is closed, and the Library’s collection will be unavailable to patrons for check out. However, the Library will be open for the annual “Visit with Santa” event on December 1 at 6 p.m. Bring the kids for cocoa, cookies, and a picture with Santa Claus! If you have any questions, please contact the
The public is invited to attend the City of Destin’s Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Destin Community Center. "This year’s theme is ‘Music to Our Ears’, and we'll have a local band to add a little flair to an already great annual event,” said Tamara Young, Public Information Director. “Jones and Company will share their talent, and the event gives City departments and important partners a chance to engage with the community on what we do." Nonprofit organizations
In honor of The Tatissa Zunguze Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Okaloosa Suicide Prevention and Support group, Mayor Bobby Wagner and the Destin City Council proclaimed September 2023 as National Suicide Prevention & Action Month in the City of Destin. All residents are encouraged to take time to understand mental health through education and recognize that we need to take care of ourselves while we take care of each other. Tatissa was one month from college graduation when she took her life. She
After 17 years in the making, the Captain Royal Melvin Heritage Park officially opened to the public on Tuesday, July 18. Members of the City Council, Chamber of Commerce and relatives of Royal Melvin took part in cutting the ribbon to what has been nicknamed the “Gateway to the Harbor.” The park is located at 206 Harbor Boulevard. “We are the sons of Captain Royal Melvin,” began Bo Melvin, as he and his brother Scott took to the podium at the celebration. “It is an honor to be here today. It has been a
The City of Destin Public Works Department has rented a large Vacuum Truck from Vermeer to assist with cleaning the major stormwater drainage structures. Starting the week of July 10, work with structures along Highway 98 will begin, followed by the Weir on Gulf Shore Drive. After those two areas are completed, drain boxes and pipes throughout the City will be cleaned. Disruptions to residents and tourists will be kept as minimal as possible, but please be advised there could be traffic delays at times as
The Destin Library staff would like to remind the community that they offer notary services free of charge. No library card is required. The Notary Public, Kitti Capps, is available on the following dates and times: • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9-10 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. • Wednesday: 3-4 p.m. • Friday: 9-10 a.m. Please call 850-837-8572 to make your notary appointment or if you have any questions about what is required to notarize your documents.
On May 2, the Destin Chamber celebrated the graduation of 21 business professionals from its 14th Destin Forward class. During the event, the prestigious Destin Forward Leadership Award, chosen by class vote, was presented to Kayla O’Leary of Waypoint Title. She is seen in the photo on the left with Chamber Chairman Jason Belcher, FNBT Bank. Destin Forward, a community education and leadership program, was created to help find and educate future city and business leaders. After a retreat in August, the
The start of the 2023 Hurricane Season is only a few weeks away. The City’s Department of Public Works provides one-on-one flood protection consultations to home and business owners within our City limits. These consultations include a review of existing documentation (Elevation Certificates, V-Zone certificates, photos, development plans, etc.), an evaluation of the structural and/or mechanical vulnerabilities of the structure to flood damage from rising waters, the recommendation of best management
On this week’s episode of the Hello Frances podcast, our host Shantelle Dedicke interviews Bobby Wagner, Mayor of Destin and Owner of Land Air Sea Productions. Bobby shares his aspirations for the City of Destin, specifically, generational thinking, a way to invest in the families that live here so that they will stay in the area for generations. Bobby also discusses the importance of a fresh perspective in local government, how creativity fuels everything he does, and much more! Listen now.
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism and Saltwater Restaurants is excited to host the Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 8-10 a.m. Volunteers from businesses, government agencies, communities and families are all welcome to attend. The goal of the cleanup is to remove as much trash and debris from local beaches. There are multiple locations where volunteers of all ages can participate. Join this local effort at any of the below cleanup locations by registering here. • The Boardwalk on Okaloosa
The Destin Library will celebrate 20 years in its current Sibert Avenue building on March 17, and an entire week of festivities is planned to mark the occasion. On Friday, March 10 at 6 p.m., the celebration begins with a Spring Fling on the lawn with face painting, lawn games and craft activities. All ages are welcome. Throughout the day on Monday 13, there will be a special origami craft for patrons to try. On Tuesday, March 14 at 2 p.m., author and Coast Guard veteran Ashlee Leppert will offer an
The public is invited to attend a meeting to discuss the City of Destin’s ADA Transition Plan for Pedestrian Walking Facilities. The meeting will take place on February 24th at 9 a.m. at the City Hall Annex (Council Chambers) located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The Departments of Community Development and Public Works are seeking public input on pedestrian access to the City's parks and public facilities/areas as well as suggestions on how best to improve the City’s existing pedestrian infrastructure. The
Effective February 14th, the City of Destin’s new version of COMPASS (COMmunity Permitting and Support System) will be going live as a cloud-based system. This migration from on-premises system to a SaaS (Software as a Service) will improve performance and reliability of the city’s permitting, licensing and code compliance system. To make the system-wide upgrade, COMPASS will be offline beginning Thursday, February 9th at 4 p.m. until the morning of Tuesday, February 14th. During this time, the system will
A nearly 340-ft beachfront “Tarpon Beach Park” is now on its way to becoming a reality thanks to the partnership between the City of Destin, the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and Trust for Public Land. To celebrate this project, on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, at 10 a.m., located at 3310 Scenic Highway 98, the City of Destin hosted ceremony as the current structures on the three parcels adjacent to the Tarpon Beach Trail will be cleared to make way for the park
In a landmark private property rights case that will shape the Destin Harbor for years to come, the City of Destin has prevailed against the Destin Fishing Fleet, Inc., as to all counts, after a legal battle that was ongoing for almost five years. The Fleet was seeking nearly $15 million dollars from the City pursuant to the Bert J. Harris Private Property Act. However, the First Circuit Judge found that the Fleet wrongly accused the City of Destin of violating the Bert Harris Act, which allows demands for
During its Jan. 13 Business Before Hours and Annual Membership Meeting at LuLu’s Destin, the Destin Chamber honored some of its most outstanding volunteers and installed its 2023 Chairman and Board of Directors. Before passing the gavel to 2023 Chairman of the Board Jason Belcher of FNBT Bank, 2022 Chairman Jennifer Gutai Comella of Hand Arendall Harrison Sale presented the James D. Neilson, Sr., Chairman’s Award for Volunteer Service and the Paul Woolman Ambassador of the Year Award. These awards are
The 38th annual “Elf on the Shelf” Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 10th, 2022, at 10 a.m. *UPDATE* The parade will begin at the intersection of Beach Drive and Highway 98, then travel west down Harbor Boulevard (Hwy 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators are asked to stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the parade. At no time should parade spectators enter the street area. We ask that parents and guardians closely monitor their children and keep them out of the street at all
Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) is pleased to announce its Fall 2022 Commencement keynote speaker, Mel Ponder. Since November 2020, Mel has served as an Okaloosa County Commissioner for District 5. He is also the association executive for the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors and the founder and president of Business Empowered (BE). Mel had the honor to previously serve as mayor of the city of Destin as well as serve in the Florida House of Representatives, District 4, before coming back home
Okaloosa County is pleased to announce that the comprehensive quality of life survey, previously offered to randomly selected residents living in unincorporated areas of the county, is now open to all residents living in Okaloosa County. The open participation survey, found at https://polco.us/okaloosa22op and runs November 1 – 15, 2022. We ask that, if residents received a mailed survey invitation, please respond via that survey link instead of the open participation survey. For those who have already
Alan Laird, owner of four of AJ’s restaurants along Florida’s Gulf Coast, is excited to announce his latest business concept to join the AJ family. From reef to range, AJ’s Rocking L – Specialty Meats and Gourmet Market is Destin’s only privately- owned specialty meat and gourmet market. It’s now open in the heart of Destin at Shoreline Village Mall at 872 Highway 98 E. Unit #19 and features grass-fed black angus and Wagyu beef. This new market boasts 2,500 square feet of space and is dedicated to providing
The 38th annual “Elf on the Shelf” Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 10th, 2022, at 10 a.m. The floats will begin at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center and travel west down Harbor Boulevard (Hwy 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators are asked to stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the parade. For those who wish to participate in the parade the application is available online at www.cityofdestin.com/DocumentCenter/View/15248/Christmas-Parade-Application. Applications must
The Destin Community Center will host a youth basketball league for children ages 5 to 16 (age as of September 1, 2022). Registration is currently open online at www.cityofdestin.com/reconline and birth certificates are required. Evaluations and drafts will take place November 7th thru December 9th. Practices will begin the week of November 14th and games will commence the week of December 15th. The fee is $45 for Destin residents and $65 for non-residents. Team sponsorships are $125 for those interested in
The City of Destin, in partnership with POLCO/National Research Center, launched a community survey in September for randomly selected Destin residents. The survey included questions about quality of life, important characteristics of community, services provided by the city and priorities for the future. Today, all Destin residents living within the city limits may participate in the survey thru Oct. 28, by visiting the following link: https://polco.us/n/res/vote/destin-fl/the-city-of-destin-2022-2. For
City staff will host a combined workshop for the Harbor and Town Center CRA to introduce and discuss the scope and logistics of the City’s Utility Undergrounding Project. The workshop with take place at the Destin Chamber Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. For questions, please contact the Community Development Office at 850.654.1119.
We live in a community that supports and deeply cares for others. The City of Destin in conjunction with Biguns Hope Disaster Response Services will be hosting a donation drop off site for those impacted by Hurricane Ian at the Marler Street Public Parking Lot, located at 285 Harbor Boulevard. Donations will be collected daily, beginning Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. – to 6 p.m., until the truck is full. The following donations will be accepted: -Cases of water -Gator Aid -Supplemental Food Shakes -Dry
The Destin Library now has subscriptions to TumbleBookLibrary and TeenBookCloud that all library patrons can access from home. These resources are free and unlimited! TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books and educational games for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading. There are over 250 animated, talking picture books as well as books in Spanish and French, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and exciting games and puzzles. Access TeenBookCloud
The Destin Library presents the vibrant, often whimsical artwork of Halle Castille all through the month of September. Halle is the one-woman show behind Halle’s Comet Designs out of Pensacola, Fla. Her work is often interdisciplinary, mixing different art forms like 3D printing, painting, and sculpture to create new styles. In her latest works, she is investigating the dichotomy between more universal ideas like good and evil, light and dark, and masculine and feminine. The potential energy behind these
The Destin Library is accepting donations for One Hopeful Place through the month of September. One Hopeful Place (OHP) is the primary homeless shelter in Okaloosa County serving single men, women, and veterans experiencing homelessness. Their mission is “to be the front door into permanent housing and to end the cycle of homelessness of those experiencing housing loss in Okaloosa County.” Donations of personal items like toiletries, cleaning supplies, household supplies, and food items can be brought to
The City of Destin, in partnership with POLCO/National Research Center, launched a community survey today for Destin residents. The survey will be active until Oct. 28. Residents will be selected at random and must be 18 years old to participate. All responses are confidential and no identifying information will be shared. Those selected will receive invitation postcards through the mail with a link to take the survey online or can choose to participate with a paper survey. The city will also conduct
On Friday, Sept. 9, the Destin Chamber of Commerce will host their Business Before Hours Breakfast. Councilmembers Rodney Braden and Bobby Wagner, both candidates for Destin Mayor, will share their platforms and answer questions. Registration and payment are required before the event. No walk-ins or payments will be accepted at the door. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members and registration is due by Tuesday, Sept. 6. For more information on attending the event, please contact the Destin
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library is pleased to host an afternoon with local musician Bo Adams on Tuesday, September 13th, at 2:00 PM at the Destin Library (Calhoun Room). Adams, who grew up in Destin and now lives on Panama City Beach, has been playing music since he was fifteen. And for the last 15 years, “Most of my living comes from music.” Recently Adams participated in a virtual open call audition for the television program The Voice. If you are eager to listen to Adam’s music you can find it
Saltwater Restaurants and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism is excited to host the International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 8-10AM. For over 35 years, Ocean Conservancy has held the International Coastal Cleanup® which is a global event that prides itself in, “harnessing the power of people to fight ocean trash.” The goal of the cleanup is to remove as much trash and debris from local beaches and there are multiple locations where volunteers of all ages can participate. Join our
The Destin Library presents Sustainable September with activities for all ages that teach how to transform unused items around your home into upcycled tools and treasures. Reuse your today so you don’t have to reduce your tomorrow! To kick-off the month-long program, beginning September 1st, the library invites you to bring in your clean, plastic grocery bags and in return, you will receive a free, reusable tote. This is a perfect time to unload those plastic bags you’ve been accumulating in a closet or
UPCOMING LEAGUES COED SOFTBALL LEAGUE: The City of Destin will host a coed recreation softball league beginning Wednesday, Aug. 31. A mandatory team captains’ meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m., at Buck Destin Park (724 Legion Drive). Games will be played on Wednesday nights and spaces are limited to the first 16 teams. The team fee is $275 and must be paid before the team is placed on the schedule. The last day to register a team is Friday, Aug. 26. Individual fees are $40, with a $20
The Destin Library will be closed all day on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, for its annual staff training. Library staff will also be unavailable to assist patrons via phone or email. All six Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative libraries are involved in the training and will be closed all day. Patrons can still renew their items or place items on hold via the website at readokaloosa.org. Normal operating hours for each library will resume on Saturday, Aug. 20. If you have any questions, please feel free to
The Destin City Council will host a Budget Workshop on Thursday, August 11, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The public may view the workshop at the following link: www.youtube.com/CityofDestin.
The City of Destin is now accepting applications for membership to the Auditor Selection Committee. Members of this committee will assist in developing criteria for evaluation of audit services for the city, procure proposals for audit services, and evaluate and rank the proposals with a recommendation on selection to the City Council. Applicants must reside within the city limits of Destin. Applicants can go to the City of Destin website for more information at www.cityofdestin.com/volunteer. Interested
The Destin City Council will host a Budget Workshop on Thursday, July 14, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The public may view the workshop at the following link: www.youtube.com/CityofDestin.
It’s that time of year again – time to renew your Destin Business Tax Receipts (BTRs). To avoid any late fees, renewal payments are due each year no later than Sept. 30. For step-by-step instructions, visit www.cityofdestin.com/btr.
The Okaloosa County Watersports Coalition (OCWOC) released the second video in a three-part boaters education series. This video will educate locals and tourists on the safe and responsible operation of personal watercraft (PWC). It also discusses tips to safely navigate the Okaloosa County waterways. The video was sponsored in part by the City of Destin and the Okaloosa County Tourism Development Department. Locals and businesses are encouraged to share this with their families and guests.
The Destin City Council will host a Budget Workshop on Thursday, June 23, at 5:30 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The public may view the workshop at the following link: www.youtube.com/CityofDestin.
The City of Destin is now accepting applications for membership to the Destin Youth Council. Applicants must reside within the city limits of Destin and must be a high school student to qualify. Additional information, by-laws and application forms are available online at www.cityofdestin.com. For questions, please contact the city clerk’s office at 850.837.4242.
The Destin Library is excited to showcase the vibrant artwork of SN Dabson during the months of June and July. To coincide with the library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program theme, Oceans of Possibilities, the artist has curated a collection of aquatic-themed pieces to delight the whole family. Playful otters, vivid fish, and a myriad of octopuses swim through dramatic seascapes alive with color. Come take a look while you browse for books to read this summer. SN Dabson art is a family run business located in
To celebrate the 2022 Summer Reading theme, “Oceans of Possibilities,” the Division of Library and Information Services and Florida State Parks bring you “The Real Florida Reader” state park pass. This pass is available for library card holders to check out from the Destin Library or any of the other five Okaloosa County Cooperative libraries. The pass allows for single day-use entry for one passenger vehicle, up to eight people, to use at one of the 175 state parks in Florida. The pass can be checked out
The City of Destin’s Summer Adult Kickball League will begin on Monday, June 20, at Morgan Sports Center. The league is for ages 17+ and a mandatory captain’s meeting will be held on June 6, at 6:30 p.m., at Morgan Sports Center. The meeting will cover league rules, department policies, schedules, and uniform requirements. Player fee is $20 for residents (must reside within city limits and show proof of residency) or $40 for non-residents. Space is limited and open to the first 10 teams who meet all
The Destin Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program will set sail soon! This year, Oceans of Possibilities await readers with weekly themes exploring what the ocean provides as well as its mysteries and myths. Children and adults will be able to compete in reading challenges for badges and prizes including a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer. There will be weekly special events and activities for the whole family like presentations by the Center for Aquatic Sciences and the Choctawhatchee Basin
Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. The 2022 City of Destin Hurricane Guide is now available on the City of Destin website and City of Destin Government Facebook page. This guide is designed to provide valuable information that you can use before, during and after a storm. Hard copies of the guide will be available at all city facilities as well as the Destin Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit: www.cityofdestin.com/hurricaneguide.
Okaloosa County launches new beach safety measures, championed and funded by Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism, in partnership with Okaloosa County Beach Safety and Destin Fire Control District. Administered by Okaloosa County Public Safety, the initiatives include a synchronized beach warning flag selection across all guarded beaches in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, a text alert system and GPS-mapped signage to help first responders reach emergencies most efficiently. “The safety of our residents and guests is
On May 3, the Destin Chamber celebrated the graduation of 15 business professionals from its 14th Destin Forward class. During the event, the prestigious Destin Forward Leadership Award, chosen by class vote, was presented to Jenna Kilpatrick of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Destin Forward, a community education and leadership program, was created to help find and educate future city and business leaders. After a retreat in August, the class spent the next eight months touring and learning about
KID CAMPS ARCHERY CAMP: A Bullseye Archery Camp will be held at the Destin Sports Complex softball field on Monday, June 20th thru Friday June 24th. Camp will be from 1:00 to 3:00 pm for incoming 4th and 5th graders, and 3:00 to 5:00 pm for incoming 6th graders and above. The fee is $55 for Destin residents and $65 for non-residents. Each participant must be present on the first two days of camp (Monday and Tuesday), for safety lessons. Participants are encouraged to wear closed toe shoes and secure long
The City of Destin’s Department of Public Works provides one-on-one flood protection consultations to home- and business-owners within our City limits. These consultations include: a review of existing documentation (Elevation Certificates, V-Zone certificates, photos, development plans, etc.), an evaluation of the structural and/or mechanical vulnerabilities of the structure to flood damage from rising waters, the recommendation of best management practices to employ before a flood (that may potential
The City of Destin Parks and Recreation Department is highly valued in our city and everything they do enhances the quality of life of our community. This department provides a wide array of programs and beginning today the public can register online at www.cityofdestin.com/reconline. The city has partnered with CivicRec to implement its parks and recreation management software solution. Available from CivicPlus, the integrated technology platform for local government, the CivicRec cloud-based recreation
Annually, the City of Destin provides an update to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the progress made in mitigating flood losses through the planning and construction of stormwater management projects. This update also complies with the requirements for the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System. Due to the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Destin is prone to significant rainfall events that impact the overall number of repetitive loss properties. Typically, these events
Public information is an important part of the City of Destin’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) reporting requirements through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. What is stormwater pollution? Stormwater is runoff generated during and after a rainstorm. The runoff washes pollutants into our local waterways. FACT! Stormwater is the leading cause of pollution to surface waters in the United States. So it is that time of year again as we enter the spring season and
Registration for the City of Destin’s Youth Fall Soccer League will begin on Monday, March 7, thru Friday, March 18, 2022, at the Destin Community Center. In-person registration is Monday thru Thursday from 8 am - 8 pm and Friday 8 am – 5 pm. Spaces are limited, so early registration is recommended, and coaches/team sponsors are needed. The league is for children ages 3 – 15 (age as of September 1st) and the fee is $40, with a $15 discount offered to Destin Residents with a valid driver’s license. A birth
In partnership with the City of Destin, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the implementing Trustee for this Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) restoration project resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. DEP selected Taylor Engineering Inc., DAG Architects Inc. and Halff Associates Inc. to engage the community and conduct project planning, permitting, design, bidding, and construction administration. The improvement project at the Joe’s Bayou Recreation Area and
Mayor Gary Jarvis will deliver the annual State of the City address and highlight the City of Destin’s accomplishments and strategic plan on Tuesday, February 22nd. Mayor Jarvis’ address shall take place during the City Council meeting being held at the City Hall Annex located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail at 6 p.m. The public may view the State of the City address at the following link: www.youtube.com/CityofDestin.
The Destin City Council will host a public workshop to discuss the proposed Flood Ordinance as recommended by the Local Planning Authority (LPA) on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Destin City Hall Annex Council Chambers, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. In lieu of attending physically, the public may view the meeting at the following link: www.youtube.com/CityofDestin. For questions, please call 850.837.4242.
Each year during the month of December, the Destin Library hosts a food drive to benefit the Harvest House Food Pantry. In the past, the library promoted this event as Food for Fines because the value of the donated food item was used to clear library fines on patron accounts. As of last year, the library no longer charges late fees, so the food drive was rebranded Harvest of Hope. Library patrons proved they did not need an incentive to give to a worthy cause and filled our donation basket multiple times
Residents who reside full-time within the incorporated area of Destin are eligible to receive up to two free Resident Annual parking passes (per household) for use in paid parking areas along Scenic Highway 98 in Crystal Beach, Gulf Shore Drive in Holiday Isle, and the Harbor District. Passes are available at city hall and online. All City of Destin residents who reside within the incorporated city limits of Destin are eligible to purchase an annual resident beach pass from the city for $30 (valid Jan.
Each year, a city employee is nominated and selected by co-workers to celebrate the qualities that inspire us to achieve the City of Destin’s mission: “We are an organization that strives to provide a healthy, safe quality of life, balancing the needs of our residents with the expectations of our visitors, and providing open, clear, accurate communication.” Destin City Manager Lance Johnson stated, “It is a pleasure to honor Matthew Pace of the City Manager’s department as the 2021 Employee of the
The City of Destin is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Holiday Outdoor Decorating Contest. The contest proved to be difficult to judge as many Destin homes, businesses and organizations did a fantastic job showing their Holiday spirit through decorations. Information was provided to the judges who canvassed Destin with the challenging task of picking the best-of-the-best. Best Decorated Business: King’s Furniture & Mattress, 737 Harbor Boulevard Best Overall Holiday: David Stowe, Burning
The Dec. 20 Destin City Council meeting has been cancelled. The next scheduled city council meeting will take place on Monday, Jan. 3. We hope that you and your family have an enjoyable Holiday Season.
The City of Destin recently had its Harbor Pump completely rebuilt, an arduous process that has taken over six months. Parts original to the former pump configuration include the pump housing and one drive short shaft with the remainder being brand new. The pump’s re-installation began Nov. 18, with the arrival of a crane and support staff from Gilbert Pump (Fort Walton Beach). With the subsequent reinstallation of the primary components and restoration of power, the pump is back in full operation. City
The Destin Library continues its yearly tradition of collecting donations for the Harvest House food pantry Dec. 1 through Jan. 7. Bring your non-perishable food items or personal hygiene products to the library to fill our donation box, then write your name on an ornament to decorate our special Harvest of Hope Christmas tree. The Harvest House accepts any non-expired, non-perishable food item like canned meats, canned soups and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, pasta, powdered milk, and drink
The City of Destin is seeking interested and qualified residents to serve on the following boards and committees: Board of Adjustment Local Planning Agency Public Works/Public Safety Committee Town Center Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee Additional information, descriptions of committee and board functions and applications are available from the City of Destin website at www.cityofdestin.com/Boards-Committees or by contacting Rey Bailey, City Clerk at email@example.com or
The City of Destin’s Holiday Committee will be forming to survey and select the best Christmas holiday decorations within the incorporated areas of Destin in six major categories: Best Decorated Business: This will include restaurants, shops, department stores, schools, professional offices, etc. Best Decorated Condominiums: This category includes condominium entrances and property. Best on the Harbor: This category is for homes on the harbor. Best Overall Holiday: This category includes all homes,
Your favorite library system now has a convenient mobile app! The Okaloosa County Library Cooperative has launched a new app available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices. The Aspen LiDA app has all the functionality of the Cooperative’s website at www.readokaloosa.org. Library patrons can browse the catalog, place items on hold, renew checked out items, and much more. Go to your favorite app store and search for “Aspen LiDA” then download the free app today. All you need is your library card
On Dec. 15, 2020, from 6 - 6:45 p.m., the Destin Library will transform into a Winter Wonderland featuring a socially distanced meet-and-greet with Santa Claus. Bring your children for a photo opportunity with Santa and pick out a special holiday-themed grab bag to take home with you along with crafts and sweet treats. Registration is required for this event to insure there are enough goodies for everyone. To register, go to cityofdestin.com/library, click on the Programs and Events page, and then click
It is time once again for Food for Fines at the Destin Library to benefit The Harvest House Food Pantry. For each non-perishable food item or toiletry item brought to the library from Dec. 1 - Jan. 8, the library will apply $1.00 toward your overdue fines. If you don’t have any fines, you can still donate items to this worthy cause. The Library will accept any unexpired, unopened food items, especially canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, canned pasta and sauce, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes,
City of Destin Council to Continue to Utilize Communications Media Technology for December 7 Council Meeting
On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the Destin City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-28 – which provides for Uniform Rules When Using Communications Media Technology When a Physical Quorum of the City Council is Present and Extraordinary Circumstances Exist. The next regular city council meeting will take place on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at 6 p.m., at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The meeting may be conducted utilizing communications media technology (“CMT”) to provide the
The City of Destin’s Holiday Committee will be forming to survey and select the best Christmas holiday decorations within the incorporated areas of Destin in six major categories: - Best Decorated Business: This will include restaurants, shops, department stores, schools, professional offices, etc. - Best Decorated Condominiums: This category includes condominium entrances and property. - Best on the Harbor: This category is for homes on the harbor. - Best Overall Holiday: This category includes all
Beginning, Tuesday, Dec. 1, full-time residents (within the incorporated city limits) are encouraged to submit their request for a 2021 Annual Pass via the city website at https://www.cityofdestin.com/342/Annual-Passes. For those who do not have internet access, beach parking passes are only available at City Hall. Henderson Beach State Park and Joes Bayou Boat Ramp passes are available at both City Hall and the Destin Community Center. For questions, please contact Destin City Hall, 4200 Indian Bayou
Two or more members of the Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency-Advisory Committee may attend the Destin City Council workshop scheduled for Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. The topic of this meeting is to discuss matters related to livery vessels. The workshop will be held at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin, Florida 32541, and members of the public are invited to attend. The public may also use GoToWebinar to virtually attend the meeting. You may register for
The Destin Library now has 24-hour access to an up-to-date academic encyclopedia and other online research sources that they are sharing through their website. With COVID-19, many students need to study remotely or perhaps they waited until the night before to write a report for school; they now have access to credible sources of information whenever they need it. The Destin Library has online subscriptions to Encyclopedia Britannica, EBSCO Academic Search Premier, and Points of View Reference Center. These
The City of Destin will host its 34th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting event on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, from 6 - 8:00 p.m., at the Destin Community Center parking lot, located at 101 Stahlman Avenue. Join us by cruising through our Christmas light decorations and patrons will be able to see our Christmas Tree lit up from the comfort of their vehicle. A visit from Santa & goodie bags will be available for all children. We ask that you please bring one non-perishable food item for admission. Donations will be
The 36th annual “Joy to the World” Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at 10 a.m. The floats will begin at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel west down Harbor Boulevard (Hwy 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators are asked to stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the parade. For those who wish to participate in the parade, please email Recreation@cityofdestin.com to request an application. Applications must be received no later than Friday,
The City of Destin needs interested and qualified residents to serve on the following boards and committees: Board of Adjustment, Harbor and Waterways Board, Harbor CRA Advisory Committee, Town Center CRA Advisory Committee, Local Planning Agency, Parks & Recreation Committee, and Public Works and Safety Committee. Please submit your application to the City of Destin no later than Nov. 30, 2020. Additional information, descriptions of committee and board functions and on-line applications are available from
Have you ever wondered what lies beyond the realm of the living? On Thursday November 19th, at 2:00 p.m., take a trip beyond the veil with the Destin Library and Curt Strutz to find out! Curt is a paranormal researcher and keynote speaker for the Illinois Paranormal Conference whose expertise has also been featured on television. Using a fun mix of history, photography, storytelling, and humor, Curt will lead you through some of the nation's most haunted locations including abandoned hospitals, schools,