EDITOR’S NOTE: The celebration of Walton County’s progress will continue in The Walton Sun with our weekly almanac chronicling our area’s rich history. Each week, Pam Griffin combs the archives for the news nuggets from decades ago. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Sept. 28 – Oct. 5
30 years ago —1983
South Walton voters approved creation of a fire control district by a 3-1 margin and elected a seven-member fire commission.
Twelve condominium units were destroyed in a $1.5 million fire at Seascape Resort and Conference Center. Fire officials said it was the worst blaze in South Walton history.
20 years ago — 1993
The 911 system, which was to move Oct. 1 from the Walton County Sheriff’s Department to the Department of Public Safety, may not be ready due to budget constraints.
In reference to Walton County environmental officers having the right to carry guns and make arrests, First Judicial Circuit state attorney says he can find no authority in state law that gives Walton County commissioners the right to bestow arrest powers and authority to carry firearms.
Destin residents Tim and Sandy White opened Liliana’s Italian Restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach.
Justin Gaffrey, executive chef at Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club, won three first and the overall Culinary Classic Gastronomique Award at the Culinary Classic Gastronominique Awards in Panama City.
South Walton was announced as location of a new fall festival in 1994, the Monarch Butterfly Festival.
10 years ago — 2003
Walton County School District Superintendent Coy Yates and South Walton High School Principal Marissa Benton were named in a federal lawsuit that claimed they discharged two Bay Middle School employees for supporting a charter conversion school application.
Approximately 40 people gathered on the lawn by the Seaside Neighborhood School to dedicate school building No. 3 in honor of Billy Buzzett, one of the guiding forces of the school.
The Rosemary Beach home of Rule and Bob Brand was featured in the September issue of Southern Living magazine as a 2003 Southern Home Award winner.