Okaloosa County Sinks Retired US Air Force Vessel A large 93-foot U.S. Air Force steel-hull water training vessel, BIG DAWG, was sunk to the seafloor in 104 feet of water, 14 miles southwest of the Destin Pass on May 7. The vessel was offered to Okaloosa County Staff in June...
By Susan Benton, 30Aeats.com Lionfish is a sweet, light, white, flaky fish that has a firm texture and has a taste somewhere between grouper and mahi mahi. The fish itself has venomous spines, but the meat is not poisonous. I really enjoy it lightly fried; its incredible flavor is ideal...
In May, the Emerald Coast Open, the world’s largest lionfish tournament, saw 10,250 lionfish removed—a nearly 8,000 lionfish in the tournament’s two-day period and 2,505 lionfish removed during the pre-tournament competition. Locally-based scuba divers, as well as those throughout the country, descended on Destin for the tournament, which is...
In April, Destin Snorkel held a food drive and offered free Dolphin Cruises for locals to help Harvest House’s food pantry as well as give back to our locals with a free Dolphin Tour weekend. “We at Destin Snorkel realize that our local neighbors work hard and rarely get...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do in Destin As one of Destin’s long-standing traditions, the Blessing of the Fleet brings out locals and tourists each year for a ceremony unlike any other on the Destin Harbor. It has become one that many locals and visitors look forward to attending this time...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do in Destin If you have interest in any type of fishing as a passion or a hobby, then you’ve probably been exposed to fly fishing on some level over the years. Fly fishing has been around for decades, but has recently expanded to include more...
Area law enforcement officers from four local and state agencies braved bad weather and rough seas in March completing special maritime training. Florida’s Northwest Regional Domestic Security Task Force Waterborne Response Teams came together for the class hosted by the United States Coast Guard Station Destin. The teams were...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do in Destin Spring has officially arrived and so has Spring fishing season! While many fish bite year-round in our lucky fishing village, three of the most prominent this time of year are Triggerfish, Sheepshead and bull Redfish. March 1st kicked off Triggerfish season, which many offshore...
Many readers might know of The Ships Chandler location in Destin—an icon on the Destin Harbor. Now, the marine and service center has broken ground on its second center as of Thursday, February 18 in Freeport! Located at 17309 U.S. Hwy. 331, constructed by Chapman Building and Consulting and designed...
By Rita L. Sherwood According to National Geographic, up to 8 million tons of plastic and waste enter our ocean waters every single year. More than 250 million tons of plastic are estimated to make its way into our oceans by 2025, according to projectaware.org. Everyday trash is entering the sea...

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