Councilman John Stephens

Current Term

Present - November 2024


Biographical Information

John Stephens, born on Eglin AFB, graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1998. He graduated from the University of West Florida with a bachelor's degree in computer science in 2002. 


He previously traveled the world as a contractor for the military, then he and his parents took on a watersports company in 2005. He still uses his IT background today in developing features for the Online Reservation System of his business.


John and his wife Ali have been residents in Destin since 2010 and have three daughters:  Savannah, Delaney and Leilani. He has coached youth sports and volunteered at several schools. He enjoys helping the City of Destin continue to move forward in a positive fashion.


Community Involvement

·      Florida Boating Advisory Council Member

·      Destin Area Chamber of Commerce Member

·      Okaloosa County Watersport Operator Coalition Officer

·      Water Quality Monitoring Citizen Scientist for Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

·      Volunteer Oyster Gardener for Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

·      City of Destin Harbor Capacity Steering Committee Member

·      City of Destin Harbor & Waterways Board Chairman

·      City of Destin Public Works/Public Safety Committee Member

·      Okaloosa County Waterway Rental Safety Committee Member

·      City of Destin Equity Study Commission for Business Tax Ordinance Member

·      Odyssey of the Mind