City of Destin


Destin beaches will also be open May 1. 

City Council members deliberated the issue Wednesday night for more than two hours before voting unanimously to open beaches from dawn to dusk. Beachgoers are to practice social distancing and keep groups to 10 people or fewer. 

Across the Panhandle, county commissions and city councils have had similar discussions. Each have their own hours of operation and restrictions, which the council considered. 

“It makes my head hurt reading it,” said Councilmember Chatham Morgan. 

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Destin City Council met for a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss and vote on how the council will conduct business during the coronavirus pandemic. 

It’s a conversation many local governments are having amid social distancing practices and the stay-at-home order Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Wednesday. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday. 


Following moves from Okaloosa and Walton counties, the city of Destin voted unanimously Friday morning to close beaches in city limits from March 21 through April 30 to prevent spread of coronavirus. 

Ninety percent of Destin’s beaches are privately owned, but City Council members decided an all-or-nothing approach would be the best option.

“If we’re only closing 10% of the beaches, what is that going to affect,” asked Councilman Skip Overdier. “That’s like putting a three-alarm fire out with a garden hose.” 

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Talks about a possible high school in Destin have been going on for years.

Now, the city is closer than ever to establishing a high school for the first time.

In 2016, Destin City Council voted to establish a Destin High School committee. For the past two years, the group of local leaders and parents have been working with that goal in mind. At Monday’s city council meeting, the committee — which includes Councilwoman Prebble Ramswell — announced they could open a school by August 2020.

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Destin’s Harbor District is a hotspot for entertainment, but finding a parking spot is a bit of a headache.

The city has four public parking lots, but not enough spaces to accommodate the growing number of visitors each year.  There are approximately 300 spots available between the city’s three public parking lots. The Destin Library parking lot is also available after hours.

“It’s a challenge to say the least,” said Mayor Gary Jarvis.

The city’s parking woes are not a new issue. Jarvis said he believes it stems from not enough planning and rapid growth.

The City Of Destin Has A New Mayor

Apr 7, 2016
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Known as the “luckiest” fishing village in the world, the city of Destin has a new mayor: Scott Fischer. A week into his term wes poke about his path his path to city hall and the challenges facing the town.

This stint as mayor is just the latest turn for Fischer. He spent 40 years in the newspaper busine beginning in his hometown of Clovis, New Mexico and including stops locally, “I think I was about 27-28 year old, when I became publisher of the Playground Daily News in Fort Walton Beach.”

Today, that paper is called the Northwest Florida Daily News.

Extra Spring Break Security For Okaloosa County In 2016

Jan 7, 2016
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An interlocal agreement was made this week between the city of Destin and Okaloosa County to fund the sheriff office’s enhanced law enforcement plan for Spring Break 2016. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman reports, although the cost will be shared by both parties and the measure is just a contingency plan, the source of the funding is still uncertain.

Destin Mayor Resigns Next Month

Dec 10, 2015
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The mayor of Destin is resigning his post a little earlier than initially thought in order to make a run for the state House of Representatives. He plans to step down in about a month.

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sustainable uses of local water ways since 1996. They’re working to fulfill their mission and grow a community of stewards that will help preserve those resources for future generations. 

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is focused on the Choctawhatchee River and Bay Watershed, which stretches to the north of Troy, Alabama and includes the Pea River and numerous creeks.

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The City of Destin is now considering the possible annexation of Crab Island. Residents and city officials gathered recently to discuss that and to brainstorm ideas on how to better manage the local underwater hot spot.