NWF Daily News/City of Destin

Destin continues pursuit of more public beach land

DESTIN — With the goal of acquiring more public beach property, city officials hope to have appraisals of eight Gulf-front parcels completed within about the next two to three months.

According to city information, there are 13 beach access points within the city limits: 11 are city-owned, one is owned by Okaloosa County and one is owned by the state.

However, parking is limited at the city beach access points and many of them only provide entry to limited public beach frontage. Destin officials often receive complaints from both local and visiting beachgoers about public beach areas not being clearly marked from private ones, and vendors setting up rows of beach chairs on large swaths of sand.

“We’re trying to address beach access all along Crystal Beach,” Mayor Gary Jarvis said at a recent City Council meeting.

Destin’s initiative of trying to acquire more public beach goes back to at least last summer, when the council authorized Jarvis to have preliminary discussions with various land owners.

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