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The City of Destin follows all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and guidelines.
When it comes to flying a drone you must be aware of the FAA rules and regulations. As technology constantly changes please be sure to stay up-to-date on drone operations
For more information please visit the following websites:
FAA Fact Sheet - Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (Part 107)
Alabama Northwest Florida Flight Standards District Office
1500 Urban Center Drive, Suite 250
Birmingham, Alabama 35242
AFG-600 BHM FSDO-09
Additional Info: https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/where_can_i_fly/
ArcGis Map from FAA: https://faa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2e4406710048e19806ebf6a06754ad
For aircraft operations that you believe to be dangerous, low flying (acrobatic) or erratic in nature, please visit https://www.faa.gov/noise/inquiries/#other to review the FAA’s complaint and inquiry policy.
Below are directions from the Alabama/NWF FAA – Flight Standards District Office. The directions provide you with exactly what the FAA needs to investigate your concern.
The following link provides information about who to contact if you’re impacted by aircraft noise.
There are several city-owned parking lots available to the public. Most public parking options in the city are pay-to-park. For more information, visit the city's Parking Page.
Dogs are NOT ALLOWED on the beaches in Destin/Okaloosa County. We encourage you to visit the City of Destin's Nancy Weidenhamer Dog Park located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail.
Beach wedding permits are only available for The Shore at Crystal Beach Park and June White Decker Beach Park - maximum of 25 people. Beach access points are not available for permits. For more information about City of Destin event permits, please call the City of Destin Parks & Recreation Department at (850) 837-4242.
The City of Destin contracts with PAWS for animal control. To report an aggressive animal, call (850) 244-0196 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nights and weekends, call (850) 685-6003.
The City of Destin contracts with Waste Management, Inc., for all solid waste services within the city limits, including recycling. Single-family, residential recycling is available curbside. Visit our solid waste page for details.
A. Signs are prohibited from being placed in the city's rights-of-way or medians.B. Signs must be located on private property.C. Placement of signs on utility poles, trees or fences is prohibited.D. Signs must not obstruct the visibility of pedestrians, cyclists or motorists traveling or entering public streets.E. Signs must not block the visibility triangle of intersections.* Signs in violation of these provisions can be collected by the Code Enforcement Division and may be disposed of. Destin Land Development Code, Article 16
A quick and easy way for residents to report a street light outage is by clicking the Gulf Power link below.
We encourage Leave No Trace. Items left on the beach overnight will be removed by City staff and kept for approximately one week at the City of Destin’s Public Services Maintenance Yard. Appointments can be made to retrieve items by calling (850) 837-4242.
Yes. Please observe the Beach Flag Warning System and do not go into the water on a double red flag. If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until the current weakens, then swim in. The Beach Safety Division focuses daily on making contact with the public on the beach to educate as many people as possible on the flag warning system, rip currents, ordinances, and general beach safety. For more information please visit http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/ps/beach-safety
No one should block or impede in any manner the right of pedestrian access within 20 feet of the water’s edge.
June White Decker Beach Park (approximately .29 acres, over 70 parking spaces, showers and restrooms)
The closest beach trails are Silver Shells and Calhoun
Norreigo Point Beach Park (approximately 9.27 acres, 27 parking spaces, shower and overlooks the east pass, restrooms coming soon)
The closest beach trails are Norriego Point and O’Steen
Shore at Crystal Beach Park (approximately 65 feet, 9 parking spaces, restrooms, showers and covered picnic area)
The closest beach trails are Shirah and Crystal Beach
Henderson Beach is a state park that boasts over a mile of beach that charges a daily admission fee. The park has over 300 parking spaces, beach wheelchairs, covered picnic pavilions, restroom facilities, grills, accessible campsites and parking. Call 850.837.7550 for more information.
James Lee Park is a county beach park with over a quarter of a mile of beach near the Walton/Okaloosa County line. This park has 3 pavilions, 41 picnic tables, 9 dune walkovers, a playground, restrooms with changing rooms, showers and over 100 parking spaces. Call 850.689.5772 for more information.
Per city ordinance, vehicles are not allowed on the beach.
Per city ordinance, glass is not allowed on the beach.
In 2017, the City of Destin started our Leave No Trace initiative to promote environmental awareness and pride in our city. We love Destin and we all play a vital role and must be conscious of our actions and how they can impact our environment and city.
Through a partnership between the City of Destin, Okaloosa County and the Okaloosa Tourist Development Department, our beaches and beach trash cans are cleaned and emptied on a regular basis. In 2019, more than 1.3 million pounds of trash was collected from Destin and Okaloosa Island beaches. In 2020, about 900,000 pounds of trash was collected off the same beaches in a year of COVID-19 related travel impacts. It is our hope that residents and visitors will take individual pride and initiative to ensure that our emerald waters and sugar white beaches remains beautiful.
Our Leave no Trace initiative goes beyond our beaches and waterways. We want our residents, businesses, and visitors to take pride in our roadways, front yards, our parks as well as our entire city.
The Destin City Council, Mayor, and staff hope residents, local businesses and visitors will join the effort and support the Leave No Trace initiative, and here is how you can participate! Businesses can promote the initiative by displaying the Leave No Trace logo on their digital billboards or simply post “Leave No Trace” on their marquee sign. We kindly ask all residents and visitors to remove all the items that they bring with them. We ask they take pride in Destin and keep our beautiful city clean. It is that simple.
The city works with many partners to collaborate on various clean-ups throughout the year and operates an Adopt-A-Street Program which allows local families, businesses, and community groups to perform a valuable community service by adopting sections of a street to keep clear of litter and debris.
Okaloosa County supports and has expanded the Leave No Trace initiative. For more information on their efforts please visit http://myokaloosa.com/bcc/leavenotrace.
Our beaches are a nesting ground for sea turtles from May through October. Here is how to help:
Prevent all lights from illuminating the beach.
Look but don't touch. Disturbing is a federal and state violation.
Please fill holes in the sand.
Remove any litter.
NON-ENTITLEMENT TO HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION HURTS ALL OF US
Pursuant to Florida Statutes 193.155 (9) and 196.161(1) (b), when a property owner receives but is no longer entitled to a homestead exemption or agricultural classification, it is deemed to be non-compliant, an abuse of the law, and which affects all taxpayers.
To report homestead exemption abuse please visit: https://okaloosapa.com/report-exemption-abuse/
Examples of homestead fraud:
The owner(s) claim homestead exemption, but their permanent residence is elsewhere.
The owner(s) claim homestead exemption, but they rent the property to others for any portion of the year. (The exception is active military personnel away on orders can rent their homestead until returning).
The individual or family unit claim homestead exemption on more than one property (including a homestead exemption filed in another state).
If you know of a property in Okaloosa County currently receiving a tax reduction from a homestead exemption or agricultural classification which you believe should not be receiving, you are urged to report the activity by calling our Exemption Abuse Hotline or use the below form. If calling the hotline, our fraud investigator will speak with you, and you may remain completely anonymous if you desire.
When you call our Hotline, please provide as much of the following information:
For Homestead Exemption Abuse:
The address of the property in question.
Whether the property is vacant, a rental, or a vacation home.
The length of time since the owner has lived at the property.
The address where you believe the owner may be living now (if known).
Any other information relative to the fraudulent exemption.
For Agricultural Classification Abuse:
The address or location of the property.
The nature of the abuse.
Any other available information such as owner name or parcel ID number. (This can be found by conducting a property search from our homepage)
Thank you for your assistance in reporting suspected fraud. Your report will be promptly investigated and action taken if warranted.
Mack Busbee, CFA
Okaloosa County Property Appraiser