Q: Are dogs allowed on the beaches in Destin?
A: No. Dogs are not allowed on Okaloosa County or City of Destin beaches. Walton County (Sandestin area) allows “registered and leashed” dogs on their beaches. Please check with Walton County officials at www.co.walton.fl.us to obtain registration information.
Q: My neighbor has piles of old lumber, buckets, and non-working lawn equipment piled up next to the privacy fence that we share. Is this a code violation?
A: City ordinance prohibits, “rubbish, trash, debris, dead trees, or other unsightly, or unsanitary matters to accumulate on any lot, tract, or parcel of land which may reasonably become infested, inhabited by, or a breeding place for rodents, vermin, reptiles or wild animals which threaten or endanger the public health, safety and welfare.” If an investigation of the property reveals that a code violation exists and is a threat to the public, removal and proper disposal would be required.
Q: Can I attend the meeting of ________________?
A: Absolutely! All meetings of the standing boards, committees, and commissions are open to the public.
Q: Do you offer Notary Public services?
A: The City of Destin does provide Notary Public services at no charge to persons with proper and valid identification.
Q: How can I apply for a committee or board position?
A: Volunteer committee applications are available on the city’s website, or by mail or fax. Please contact the City Clerk’s office for an application or to learn what openings are available.
Q: How can I get a copy of the minutes for one of the City’s boards or committees?
A: Minutes are posted to the City’s website, once approved by the authoritative board or committee. Or as with any other public record, you should contact the City Clerk’s office for any copies you would like.
Q: How can I get a copy of __________________?
A: The majority of documents received, created and maintained by the City are available to the public upon request. A person wishing to obtain a copy or merely review a public document should contact the City Clerk’s office during normal business hours. You do not have to provide your name or your reason for desiring the documents. However, Florida Statutes does allow us to charge for copies, certification of copies, and extensive administrative time. Please note we are not required to create or manipulate data in any format or medium which does not currently exist.
Q: Who do I contact and how can I purchase a cemetery lot in the Destin Memorial Cemetery? Also, what does a lot cost?
A: Cemetery administration for both the Destin Memorial Cemetery Phase I (facing Stahlman Avenue) and Phase II (facing Sibert Avenue) is handled through the City Clerk’s office. The majority of grave spaces in Phase I are sold; however from time to time, spaces are returned to the City and available for resale and there are many available spaces in Phase II. For those who chose cremation, two columbariums are available in Phase II, each offering 48 niches for the placement of urns. Fees for both cemetery plots and columbarium niches are established by resolution of the City Council. Current pricing for burial spaces are $1,000 for residents and $1,500 for non-residents; and for mausoleum niches, $600 for residents and $850 for non-residents.
Q: What is the procedure for addressing the Council at one of their meetings?
A: There are several ways to be heard during a council meeting. First, if the topic you wish to address is scheduled as a public hearing, the Mayor will ask for public participation by persons with a general or vested interest. If your topic is not scheduled as an agenda item, you can complete a “speaker’s request” form and provide it to the City Clerk by 12 Noon on Wednesday prior to the meeting. It will then be included on the agenda under “Scheduled Presentations”. Finally, if you don’t prearrange your item, there is an opportunity for “Comments from the audience” at the end of each regular meeting.
Q: Which Councilmember represents my district?
A: All of the Destin City Councilmembers are elected at-large rather than by districts.
Q: How do I contact a Councilmember or Mayor?
A: Each of the Mayor and Council’s home telephone number is listed in the local directory. If you prefer email, please do so to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Q: Is there a place to go to get simple answers about transportation issues?
A: Yes. The Florida Institute of Transportation Engineers have produced a document that addresses the common questions about traffic planning, traffic operations and traffic control. Please click here to view.
Q: When are the Council agenda and meeting materials ready?
A: Council meeting agendas are finalized by noon on the Thursday prior to the Monday meeting. Packet compilation and distribution is done that same afternoon whenever possible.
Q: What is the city’s policy regarding golf carts on streets?
A: The Destin Golf Cart Policy was adopted by the City Council in January 2007 and contains nine policy statements. Please click here to read the document.
Q: What is the nearest airport serving Destin?
A: The Northwest Florida Regional Airport (FAA Code: VPS), 1701 State Road 85N, is situated on Eglin Air Force Base, FL. It provides essential scheduled commercial air passenger service for a large portion of the Northwest Florida area. Check out their website: http://www.flyvps.com. Please note: The Destin/Ft. Walton Beach Airport (FAA code: DTS) at 1001 Airport Road, Destin, FL, is a general aviation public use facility owned and operated by Okaloosa County. It does not provide service to commercial airlines.
Q: What are the average high and low temperatures for each month in Destin?
A: January 60 – 42; February 63 – 45; March 69 – 51; April 76 – 58; May 83 – 65; June 88 – 72; July 89 – 74; August 89 – 74; September 86 – 70; October 79 – 59; November 70 – 50; December 63 – 44;
Q: How can I register to vote?
A: Voter registration can be done at the time you obtain or renew a Florida driver’s license or by contacting the Supervisor of Elections for the County in which you reside. For example, if you live in Destin, you should contact Patricia Hollarn’s office at http://www.govote-okaloosa.com or by calling 850-651-7272.
Q: Where can I get a copy of the City’s Code of Ordinances, Land Development Code, or Comprehensive Plan?
A: Our codes are available for viewing on-line at:
Destin Code of Ordinances
Destin Comprehensive Plan
Destin Land Development Code
or for purchase through Municipal Code Corporation at www.municode.com
Q: Where do I get a marriage license or driver’s license?
A: Marriage and Driver’s licenses come under the jurisdiction of the County and State respectively. For marriage license information, please contact the Clerk of Circuit Court at www.clerkofcourts.cc or Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex, 1250 N. Eglin Pkwy, Shalimar, FL 32579, (850) 651-7200.
For driver’s license information, contact the State at www.hsmv.state.fl.us/html/dlnew.html
Q: I purchased a new appliance and want to get rid of the old one. How do I do that?
A: Okaloosa County Transfer Facility can be contacted for disposal of appliances, tires and hazardous waste. For more Information call 689-5774 or 651-7394. Or, you can visit them online at http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/pub_rec_specwaste.html
Q: Most of the grants the City of Destin receives are State grants. Why doesn’t the City of Destin apply for more Federal grants?
A: The City of Destin explores every grant opportunity it becomes aware of; to keep the workload manageable, however, the City only applies to those funding sources whose eligibility criteria match Destin’s “profile.” Unfortunately, the majority of Federal grants require a certain percentage of the City’s population or the project area to be documented as “low to moderate income” per HUD standards. Destin cannot satisfy that requirement and therefore remains ineligible for most Federal grant programs.
Q: Why is all of Destin designated by Okaloosa County Emergency Management as an evacuation zone for hurricanes, categories 1-5?
A: Citizens are encouraged to evacuate further inland when a hurricane of any category threatens the City because of the very real possibility of Destin becoming “cut off” from all adjoining Okaloosa County communities and resources should bridges and/or roads become impassable. Being “stuck” with no way of getting out and no supplies coming in can create deplorable living conditions in a very short time. Hurricane cleanup and recovery activities are stressful enough on Destin residents without adding several days of “primitive camping” to the equation! Evacuate to friends or relatives’ homes in Okaloosa County away from the water, and evacuate early!
Q: Does the Library have Internet Access?
A: There are 26 public access terminals and printing is 15 cents per page. The Library also provides free wireless access for those who bring their own laptop. Micardis
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