Destin Boasts Unique Community Set27 1968 page 1

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Destin Boasts Unique Community Set27 1968 page 1 - Destin Boasts Unique Community By WALT MURPHY...
Destin Boasts Unique Community By WALT MURPHY The call it the luckiest fish ing village in the world, this place called Destin, Florida There are those who would question the use of the word "village" and prefer that it be called a town, but in its inception it was but a village and the word has clung through the years This spot on the Northwest coast of Florida with its easy access to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, has become the mecca of fishermen of all caliber Destin today is and always has been a rare combination of a state of mind, a way of life, a profession and a liveli hood to its residents It has never been incorporated Its only local governing body is a group of citizens, banded to gether under the title of officers and members of the board of the Destin Community Center Inc Their meetings are held, not in a town hall, but in a community center building that their own efforts promoted and built many years ago Destin's original founders were hearty New Englanders who came from the sea and the farms to settle here and reap the rich harvest at hand, from the Gulf Waters The hearty pioneers, from down east, who first settled on these shores were the Marlers, the Melvins and the Destins Later came the Williams boys, the Brunsons, and the others. Uncle Willie Marler, or to be precise, Capt William T Marler, was the second family to settle in the area At its founding, it was called East Pass after the waterway to the Gulf. Later, when the first post office was installed in a general store along the dock, a meeting was held and it was decided that the name should be Destin after one of the pioneer founders, Capt. John Destm In the early days it was strictly commercial fishing with sailing smacks that somehow resembled the craft that sailed the Grand Banks out of Gloucester, Mass, and many other New England ports Time has c h a n g e d many things in Destin. The old East Pass has long since been closed by sand dunes which now por- tect the beautiful inner harbor where once stawart men put to sea through the breaking swells. Today a modern water front sub-division is springing up from the erasing sands. . .sands that have in recent months given up some of their treasures that date back to the days of the swashbuckling freebooters who preyed upon the gold laden vessels bound for the Spanish Main. The present East Pass has been in use for many years and is now undergoing a multimillion dollar face lifting A set of jetties that will afford a year round, constant deep-water en- CHOCTAWHATCHEE BAY ,-,, ""· " r - ·---·' -- i"lTi|a_Jn~ Panama City 54 nuPS EAST PASS CHANNEL FLORIDA trance to the port, and remove the long existant hazard of shoaling up after a series of heavy off shore storms, are almost completed. Despite the a d v a n c e that progress decrees as a part of survival of any hamlet, Destin have never lost that certain charm of a fishing village which has a l w a y s been its birthright. Here, there is, still a happy release from the cares of everyday life for Its visitors, who are legion and come from all parts of the nation. Here at the junction of Choctawhat- chee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, a tiny gathering of commercial fishing folks has grown and prospered through the years into a spirited community that yearly plays host to the nation and its fishing devotees. Not content with the title of "The Luckiest Fishing Village In the World", the fishermen now seek the big ones In the deep blue waters offshore from the fifty fathom curve outward to the hundred fathom curve. In the past two years they ranged out into the DeSoto Canyon to explore the possibilities' of opening newer sports fishing grounds for the great black marlin and the husky blue Destin Boasts (cont'd on page 11)

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  1. Playground Daily News,
  2. 27 Sep 1968, Fri,
  3. Page 34

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