Nov. 10 - 16
30 years ago — 1983
The state Department of Environmental Regulation recommended a fine of $10,000 for Sandestin Resort’s uncontrolled spill of dark lake water into the Gulf of Mexico.
The newly formed Tourism Task Force finalized plans for spring advertising for area condominiums. The cost of up to $200,000 was to share among Destin’s 86 condos and South Walton’s 26 projects, plus restaurants in both areas.
The Destin Log opened a branch office in South Walton.
25 years ago — 1988
District 5 Commissioner Bob Fleet retained his seat on the Walton County Commission.
A 12:45 a.m., a tornado touched down in Santa Rosa Beach, uprooting trees and damaging structures.
Walton County Commissioners were considering establishing the county’s first recycling center at Blue Mountain Beach.
20 years ago — 1993
Judson Cole, management consultant and former chief executive officer of a Fortune 500 company, was named executive director of the South Walton Conservation and Development Trust.
Four commercial fishermen, one from Santa Rosa Beach, two from Destin and one from Fort Walton Beach, were arrested following an investigation into illegal live-rock harvesting in which the men had 1.046 pounds of the rock in their possession.
State unemployment figures released for the month of September show decreases in the jobless rates in Okaloosa and Walton counties compared to a year ago.
10 years ago — 2003
Information released by The Haas Center at UWF shows that Walton County continues to grow at a phenomenal rate due primarily to tourism. Tourism supports more than 7,000 jobs and generates wages of approximately $171 million annually and contributes approximately $488 million in total sales.
Thanks to 80 full-time volunteers and the more than 6,500 hours they contributed, Butler Elementary reached the state highest ranking for the fourth year.
Gov. Jeb Bush announced that Robert Beasley, the husband of recently deceased Melissa Beasley, would follow his wife as the Walton County supervisor of elections.
Freeport was officially recognized as the “Community of the Year” by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, due mainly to its successes in expanding its water system.