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Destin Log (Newspaper) - February 2, 1983, Destin, Florida Reference do Mot Check jct 473 Box . A p. 32 Destin vol. To no. 9 Destin log amp twi i amp raft i a published twice a week fur the world s Luckiest fishing Village two sections 20 pages february 2,1983 Destin. Florida we lust sos try m v 25 cent resorts beat Drums for Destin conventions we by Vanita Trippe the Selling of Destin As a corporate getaway is More often hindered by the unfamiliarity with the area than with the nations economic woes according to those who make their living Selling the areas resorts to groups for conventions and meetings. A the recession Hasni to Hurt us much As far As the convention business goes Quot said Teresa Corbin sales manager at san Destin. A people Are just discovering the area and Are really excited about Brenda Hilliard who travels around the country urging firms to choose the Seascape resort says the people who Haven t yet discovered Destin Are her biggest Challenge when trying to Book a group in. A when i started Here in 1979, i spoke to one person who thought Destin was on an Island off of Miami because of the Way the maps of the Panhandle Are done Quot Hilliard said. A but i think now we re becoming much More widely Lee Lohr head of the convention sales Section of the state division of tourism said the nation s economic downturn has actually been a Boon to the Panhandle s convention Industry. A a the Economy is really a positive influence not a negative Lohr said. A now More than Ever businesses find that meeting somewhere Neutral in a relaxed atmosphere allows them to teach maintain Progress better. They do their work better when they can get out of the office for a Lohr says the meeting planners a people who plan conventions or meetings for companies and other groups a Are looking for a place like the Panhandle. She says they re looking for a Quot quiet place where business and pleasure can be combined a something the Panhandle definitely has to but Hilliard and Corbin say that letting the general Public know that Destin has what they want can be a trial. A your biggest problem is compared to hotels and resorts in Orlando or Miami their first response is a where the hell is Destin a then you continued on Page 3a a Wjk to utilities make Waves water plan questioned almost Spring Beac goers found the weekend s Spring like temperatures made to order for feeding gulls along Henderson Beach. By Vanita Trippe a water Supply plan encompassing the Destin South Walton area is causing grumbling from local water companies but a spokesman for the Agency which commissioned the study Hopes the Waters can be calmed. A we recognize the importance of working with South Walton Utility company and Destin water users Quot said Bill Mccartney of Northwest Florida water management District. A but we have to wait on the final word from Eglin. We never intended to alienate individual systems it s just a matter of Mccartney s comments were in response to allegations from a spokesman for Duru who said the water management District halt a virtually ignored the Utility when drawing up its plan. The plan which was revealed at a meeting last month cites serious water shortage problems in this area in the near future and says the Best solution is for new fwd to get in the water Supply business i.e., build a Well Field on Eglin air Force base and wholesale water to All the suppliers who will face the problems. A no one from there new fwd had Ever attended one of our meetings As far As i know Quot said dwt s George French. A no one from the water department was in on the plan either. French said he has never been pleased with the water management districts work and says he has definite problems with some of the claims in the new study. A everything we have is contradictory to that he said. Among other things the report states that Destin a will shortly run out of readily available Freshwater a they be never consulted us with any of their plans Quot French said. A was Long As i can remember they be been talking about Saltwater intrusion but it has t happened when asked what dwt would with Splan. French replied a i done to know that they can make us buy their water. Well just let it the plan lie. Period. A we re already figuring for another Well in Destin. Their plan might be 25 years in the Mccartney said the slight if there was one to dwt was unintentional. A we anticipated there were two necessary ingredients to the plan a Eglin air Force base and the individual systems he said. A a we be already had two major meetings with the people and during the course of the study we invited the systems to give us any information they had. A we Abo intend to have a meeting soon to talk about the plan and any problems they might have with it. The Only thing holding that up is Eglin. If they say no to the plan it s no go if they agree then the next step continued on Page 8adestin crime Rise expected in 1983 by Ingrid Kreis bustling shopping centers store parking lots and unsupervised Homes in Destin Are Likely to be the targets of criminals in 1983, according to the county a crime prevention officer. Deputy John Mcdowell of the Okaloosa county sheriffs department said that the combined communities of Destin and Okaloosa Island comprise the no. 2 High crime area in the county surpassed Only by Ocean City Wright. Quot the forecast for 1983 is that an increase in the jobless rate will Lead to an increase in crime Quot Mcdowell said. Quot this Means crime is expected to surge., every in when compared with communities of nearly identical population Destin has boasted fewer burglaries to businesses and establishments Mcdowell said. Because of an influx in development however the picture could change in 1983. A your new shopping Center and the new establishments opening every Day could be prime targets for the person wanting to break into a building or a car in a parking lot filled with Mcdowell stud. The chances of shoplifting also increase when you have major Mcdowell said vehicle theft is another category in which Destin has ranked Low in the past. He attributes this fact to a the Type people Quot who reside in the Village. A in talking to communities about our neighbourhood crime watch program i be noticed that Destin people May be More protective of their property than residents in other parts of the county Quot Mcdowell said. A really they seemed to know More common sense tactics about protecting their personal local residents Are More conscientious of what Mcdowell Calls the a out of sight out of mind approach in that More care has been taken to lock Homes and vehicles and to store belongings which often Are left outside. Mcdowell said Destin residents seem to be More prone to Locking away Garden furniture bicycles and tools All of which Are common items stolen because of their accessibility. He cautioned however that citizens must continue to exercise precautions. A the prevailing thought seems to lie that people Are not going to let their families go hungry in 1983, so they May resort to crime of any sort. Mcdowell said. The warning has been sent from the National sheriff s association and the National association of chiefs of police he said. While acknowledging Destin ranks Low in the number of reported burglaries and Auto thefts Mcdowell said the Village has earned it s notorious a High crime ranking through a High number of larceny to boat and major crimes committed. Quot As is to be expected larceny to boats a the theft of navigational Ger fishing equipment and radio equipment a is higher in Destin because of the Large number of boats. Mcdowell said. Quot As for major crime a the murders the robberies to larger stores and the kidnappings a the Only thing we can figure out is that your population is High and it s so concentrated. Quot statistically though Destin Rio est t have any More crime than other heavily populated areas of comparable Mcdowell said the Only salvation to combating crime exists through the formation of crime watch groups. Statistics from the neighbourhood crime watch program instituted in october 1981 indicate such organizations Are effective he said. In 1981, before the establishment of the program. The county recorded $1,300,000 in property losses. Because of neighbourhood crime watch Mcdowell said the Dollar value of property loss was reduced to one third that number. Or $760,000, in 1982. Destin currently has five of the 52 Community locations involved in the county wide program. Requests for training in Community y crime watch has been so High that Mcdowell said he has engaged the help of civic organizations to hold informational meetings regarding the program. Quot More than Ever before people Are asking for Law enforcement help. This assistance has extended into All crime areas Quot he said. Quot the 1983 forecast for increased crime has put people on Dunlap to head Center by Karen Macgrogan calling for increased Community involvement and improved recreational facilities Destin Community Center s incoming president Joy Dunlap put Forth some objectives he Hopes the organization can accomplish. Dunlap was elected president for 1983 at a special Board meeting Friday. Other officers will be vice president Danny Woodward Secretary Laurie Kelly and treasurer Maggie Flanagan. Dunlap said he has a number of objectives he would like the Board to consider this year but emphasized the he is Only one of the 12 directors and what is accomplished will be up to the rest of the Board and the people of the Community. A the Community Center needs to continue its support of the cemetery and the Library Dunlap said. A we need to get the old Post office museum off the ground and Start doing something with the boat Primrose on the grounds. Quot i Hope to see a joint recreation committee set up with representatives of the different sports interests in Destin a football softball soccer and All. A these Are the directions i d Uke to see the Center go but it s up to the people Here. The Board May want to work on getting More Destin input at the county level or it can concentrate on maintaining a building for people Here to one thing the Board needs to discuss Dunlap said is How to encourage More residents to attend Board meetings and participate in Center projects. A we need committee people from outside the Board he said. A the chairman could be a Board member but i d like to see More residents working on comm unit it has been suggested Dunlap said that a weekly report or column in the log might be one Way to keep residents informed of what the Center is planning and the activities available to take part in. The Community Center Board presently meets on the first tuesday of each month at 7 30 . All Destin residents of at least one year who Are 18 years old or More Are automatically eligible for Center membership there Are no membership dues and the opinions and ideas of the entire Community Are Welcome As Well As their help. In addition to the four officers Community Center directors this year Are Jim Nielson. Malcolm Patterson Tommy Green Peggy Davis Lloyd Taylor Kenn Taylor. Houston Beaumont and Bob Millroy. Fog bound thick Blanket of fog filled Destin Harbor monday forcing boats to stay in port. Now hear this i Arn eau a always volunteering Slack pass flood 0232 1957 1830 1855 Sunrise Sunset feb. Sunrise Sunset 2nd 0637 1723 3rd 0635 1724 4th 0636 1725 temperatures Jan High Low 28th 53 38 29th 64 42 30th 65 49 31st 63 48 Beach tides Beach High 1506 Hgt. Low .4 0835 1437 .7 0559 1502 .9 0231

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