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Destin History

Located in the Florida Panhandle along the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the City of Destin has a rich history dating back to American Indian inhabitants. Spanish explorers surveyed Florida in 1538. Don Francisco Tapia was commissioned to survey the Florida coast and in 1693, drew the first known map of Destin's East Pass and its shores. Destin modern history is attributed to a fisherman, Captain Leonard Destin, who moved here from New London, Connecticut, and settled in Northwest Florida in about 1845. Captain Destin began the fishing industry and Destin has maintained its successfull fishing activities to the present. Known as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village", the largest and most elaborately equipped fishing fleet in the State of Florida docks at the Destin Harbor. In addition to fishing, recreational opportunities include golf, tennis and watersports, including diving and snorkeling. The 100 Fathom curve draws closer to Destin than any other spot in Florida providing the speediest deep-water access on the Gulf.

East Pass, Destin, Florida circa 1950

With the growth and development of Destin from a small fishing village to a major tourist resort the need arose for a local government structure. The City of Destin was originally chartered as a municipality in 1984. The City of Destin is home to 11,068 full-time residents (1998 Official Estimate of Population, State of Florida). However, the Destin area swells to hundreds of thousands during the summer months. And, this population renews itself three to four times a month! Destin is also attracting many "snowbirds" in the fall and winter months. Our northern visitors are learning that the Florida Panhandle area can offer a pleasent and comfortable retreat from the harsh climate of northern winters.

East Pass, Destin, Florida circa 2000

Destin is now a modern city/resort area. While fishing is still a major draw of sports enthusiasts from around the world, the beaches of Destin offer much more. Amusement parks, watersports and a family oriented atmosphere attract a wide variety of tourists. The Destin area also boasts a huge selection of golf courses both public and private. Regardless of interests, Destin provides a well rounded selection of vacation possibilities.