Logo on beach signs isn’t Destin’s

DESTIN — Misleading signs posted on a local beach and topped by a logo that resembles the city’s official emblem are being investigated by the city’s Code Compliance Department.


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Two of the four signs stand in front of the Signature Beach Condominiums at 1816 Scenic Highway 98, while the other two stand in front of the 1900 Ninety Eight Condominiums just to the east. The city’s Calhoun public beach access runs between the two condo properties.


Each sign includes the warnings that the beach in front of the condos is "private property" with "no" public beach access. Representatives of the two condo properties are known to rope off the beach from the signs to the shoreline during warmer, busier months.


On the bottom of each sign is information on the Calhoun access and the city’s adjacent June White Decker public beach access, as well as a "pedestrian zone" that "extends 20 feet from the water" and allegedly is for "transient use only."


Beachgoers, however, are permitted to sit or lie down on the area of beach the signs warn is only for "transient" use.


Questions from the Daily News about the signs to City Manager Lance Johnson were referred to city spokeswoman Catherine Card.


Destin officials are "absolutely aware of the signs," Card said Wednesday.


She said the signs, their logo and information, and the signposts and their location are being investigated by a city code compliance officer.


The investigation "is on-going right now but I do not have a time frame that I can give at this time," Card said.


The signs’ logo that resembles the city’s official logo shows a leaping marlin under the word "Destin" and within a gold circle. A square at the bottom of the circle contains "Est. 1984," which is the year Destin was incorporated.


That combo, however, is "a misrepresentation of our official city logo," Card said. "It is not something that has been approved by the city, nor does it represent the city."


A photo of one of the signs was posted on Facebook on Jan. 6. This sign stands on the western edge of the Signature Beach Condominiums, next to The Back Porch restaurant.


As of Wednesday, it was the only one of the four signs that revealed the misleading logo. The logos on each of the other three were covered with blue tape.


Card said city officials do not know who put up the tape.


Results of an online search of the Signature Beach Condominiums include a late 2017 photo of the sign that as of Wednesday revealed the misleading logo.


Sometime in 2018, the logos on the two private beach signs at the Signature Beach site were covered after a city code officer spoke with an affiliate of that property, Card said.


Representatives of the Signature Beach and 1900 Ninety Eight condos could not be reached for comment Wednesday.