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Posted on: May 7, 2021

[ARCHIVED] May 2021 Council Updates

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May 3rd Council Meeting Recap

Proclamation - Food For Thought Day: The Mayor Pro Tem read the Proclamation recognizing May 18, 2021 as Food for Thought Day, and then presented it to Ms. Jessica Roberts, Director of Food For Thought Outreach.

Proclamation – Drinking Water Week: The Mayor read the Proclamation proclaiming May 2-8, 2021 as Drinking Water Week and then presented it to Mr. Lockwood Wernet, General Manager of the Destin Water Users.

City Manager Report:

September Meeting Schedule: 6-0, motion passed to approve the FY 2022 Budget Calendar and to set the Budget and Millage Adoption Public Hearing #1 for September 9, 2021 at 5:30 PM in the City Hall Annex Council Chambers at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail.

RFP 21-03-FIN Tax Exempt Loan Financing: 6-0, motion passed to accept the proposal of Key Government Finance, Inc. in response to RFP 21-03-FIN and authorize and direct the City Manager and Mayor to execute all documentation necessary to consummate the transaction.

Fill Vacated Council Seat: 6-0, motion to schedule the appointment of an interim councilmember at the next City Council meeting.


  • Crosstown Connector Workshop is scheduled for May 10th at 5:30 PM.
  • CRA Board Meeting is scheduled for May 17th at 5:30 PM.
  • The building that was located on the far eastern parcel in the Shores at Crystal Beach Park was demolished. The debris will be removed, and the work will be completed shortly.
  • Lauren Witt, the City’s Principal Planner for 2½ years will be leaving the City shortly. She will be sorely missed.
  • The City has recently hired a new planner and a building inspector.
  • The Community Development Department is now open 5 days a week, from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Council Comments:

Councilmember Ramswell/Water Quality Study: 
Councilmember Ramswell noted a concern by many that water quality in many areas of the harbor is so horrible people do not want to swim in it. Different elements (mineral, metals) that are currently being tested are not the same as those that have been tested in the past. Past findings were so concerning there was actually a moratorium on building slips and any sorts of development along the harbor. Councilmember Ramswell asked staff to investigate the following:
• A comparison between what elements were tested back in 1999, what elements were tested in 2009, and what elements are being tested today. What is actually included in the water quality study being conducted periodically.
• What is the difference in terms of the elements? Why those elements tested in the past are no longer being tested?

Councilmember Destin: Time Saver Oil Change on Mountain Drive has closed. They were under contract with the City to take used oil from people who change oil on boats. He asked staff to come up with a course of action to provide a safe and environmentally safe and lawful place for people to dispose their used oil and advertise accordingly.

Councilmember Schmidt/Nomination of Mr. Alexander Santos to the Town Center CRA Advisory Committee: 6-0, motion to appoint Mr. Alexander Santos to the Town Center CRA Advisory Committee passed.

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