Destin, Florida

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Destin is a city located on the Emerald Coast of Florida, in Okaloosa County. The city styles itself "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village",[3] and claims to have the largest fishing vessel fleet in the state of Florida.[4] Destin is known for its white beaches and emerald-colored waters. Originating as a small fishing village, it is now a popular tourist destination – according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, over 80 percent of the Emerald Coast's 4.5 million visitors each year visit Destin.[5]

Destin is named after Captain Leonard Destin, a New London, Connecticut fishing master, who settled in the area c. 1845 or 1850. He built a New England colonial home at the location of the Monroe Point military reservation. Destin and his descendants fished the area for decades.[citation needed] The first condominiums were built in the 1970s, although Destin was not incorporated as a municipality until 1984. The city has experienced rapid growth since the 1980s. Destin is a principal city of the Fort Walton BeachCrestview–Destin Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The city is located on a peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from Choctawhatchee Bay. The peninsula was originally an island; hurricanes and sea level changes gradually connected the island to the mainland. As of the 1940’s it technically became an island again with the completion of the Choctawhatchee-west bay canal. Destin has a total area of 8.2 mi². 17.5 mi² of it is land and 0.6 mi² of it (7.95%) is water.

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Geography

The city is located on a peninsula[5] separating the Gulf of Mexico from Choctawhatchee Bay. The peninsula was originally an island; hurricanes and sea level changes gradually connected the island to the mainland.[5]

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