By L. Smith Seven Rip Current deaths have occurred in Florida so far in 2021—three of those occurring in our area, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). In March, Miramar Beach was open, but with red-flag warnings about dangerous surf. Pete Rosengren, 42, a father of three from Illinois died...

Leave No Trace

By Catherine Card, City of Destin PIO In 2017, the City of Destin started its Leave No Trace initiative to promote environmental awareness and pride in our city. We love Destin and we all play a vital role and must be conscious of our actions and how they can impact...
By Kay Phelan The DHS Governing Board and Principal Christine Cruickshank have hired Courtney Murie Noe as their Music Program and Band Director. Courtney is a familiar and respected face as a lifelong Destin resident, and as the former Destin Middle School Band Director, including being named its Teacher of...
Chris showed up to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center (MKAC) with a gleam in his eye. It was his second time to train as an usher for a ballet recital, and he already knew what to do. “I got my jacket. I need a nametag. I’m ready!” said the 15-year-old...
By Eddie Bird Every year, graduating seniors of Northwest Florida apply for six prestigious scholarships across four counties to honor Taylor Haugen. The Taylor Haugen Foundation originally offered a scholarship to a Niceville High School senior after Taylor Haugen passed away from an abdominal injury sustained while playing football for...
Destin Harbor Capacity Study The City of Destin has partnered with the Army Corps of Engineers to undertake a Carrying Capacity Study through the Corps of Engineers’ Planning Assistance to States Program. The Harbor Capacity Study will, among other things, focus on the following three goals: - Protect the environmental health...
Load up your boats, make history and join Boaters for America 1st as it hosts a Patriot Boat Parade on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, in an attempt to break the world record for largest boat parade. Powered by Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN), staging will begin from 9:15-9:45 at...
Jim Bagby has a personal vision for Destin of balance and quality. As a Destin local, that comes from experience—living in Destin for over 20 years and having served two terms on the Destin City Council. As an avid believer in faith and family, he also strongly believes in...
Now known as Paddle at the Park, Destin’s favorite annual standup paddleboard event is moving to Henderson Beach State Park and welcoming two new categories – kayaks and inflatables! Now in its 9th year, Paddle at the Park Sponsored by Destin ER is set for Saturday, Aug. 21 at...
By Lori Leath Smith More than three decades ago, Hometown Heroes Jerry and Claire Ogle saw a need to supply food and clothing to those needing it in our community. As a result, Harvest House was founded. Fast forward 35 years and Harvest House, two thrift shops and food pantry located...

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