March 9 – 15: Pain at the pump
20 years ago — 1994
More than one year after construction on a ball field in South Walton came to a halt, County Commissioner Ro Cuchens said the county is finishing the park, but gave no indication of completion date.
South Walton TDC announced that conceptual plans to build a Gulf fishing pier in Inlet Beach are no longer viable.
Emerald Coast Motorsports was given one month to clean up its noise issue or cease operations.
A severely eroded beachside parking lot on Old U.S. 98 at Wayside Park near Miramar Beach may not be renovated in part because of unacceptable materials placed beneath pavement.
10 years ago — 2004
High gas costs could affect local economy as prices at the pump continue their upward spiral to $1.69 a gallon by Silver Sands Outlet Mall.
Local resort officials stand by 25-and-up rule for renting rooms, saying they prefer to attract families, not college students.
Snowbirds, roosting at Topsail RV Park for several years, are upset over new maximum stay of 60 days and a rent increase.
Moe’s Southwest Grill opened the first restaurant in the ‘community’ phase of Grand Boulevard.
Fudpucker’s Properties of South Walton purchased Tib’s Seafood Café, now YOLO, on Emerald Coast Parkway for an undisclosed amount.