This week in Walton history:
Aug. 17 - 23
40 years ago — 1974
Sandestin Beach Resort filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
30 years ago — 1984
South Walton Utility Co. had only 168 sewer tps left until an expansion of the system was due in 1986. The utility had issued 368 taps in one day.
The Walton County Planning Committee was swamped with developers seeking to have projects “grandfathered” in before the zoning restrictions were imposed.
25 years ago — 1989
A group of south Walton residents planned a petition drive to stop the cleaning of seaweed from the beaches on the grounds saying that disturbing the seaweed would hurt the beaches.
20 years ago — 1994
Freeport High School Academy at Sandestin opened, the only academy of its kind in the state.
Bud & Alley’s in Seaside, with its ringing of an antique bell at sunset, was named one of the Top 200 restaurants in Florida.
Plans for two South Walton subdivisions on what was known as the Barber Tract received the Walton County Planning Commission’s blessing.
10 years ago — 2004
Seven warnings have advised residents not to swim in the water at Choctaw Beach County Park so far this year.
Neighbors in Inlet Beach and Big Daddy’s Bike Shop manager Joe Morgan helped replace Johnny Logan’s bicycle, which had been stolen for a neighbor’s yard.
The Walton County School Board approved Rinota Hinote as principal at Bay Early Education Center and a teacher on special assignment at Freeport High School.
Rock star Cheryl Crow and Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong were spotted in south Walton and Destin.
Traffic signals were planned at Walton County Road 395 and U.S. Hwy. 98 and at County Road 283 and U.S. 98.
The Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood Foundation began fundraising to restore and recreate the grandeur of the Hell in DeFuniak Springs.
The grand opening celebration of the Wee Care Park was held on Walton Road in DeFuniak Springs.
Seagrove Beach resident Tom Kennell, 83, won four medals at the National Track and Field Masters Championship in Decatur, Ill.
The Walton County Chamber of Commerce was awarded the national Award for Excellence by the National Alliance for Membership Development, division of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.