They say that only two things in life are inevitable, and we all know what they are. I always thought the popular saying should include a third inevitability; with time, things will change. There’s no denying that today, we go through life at a pace that’s unlike any other in our history, and unlike many others in the world. That is, except two weeks out of every year, when we can slow down, relax and enjoy…. Enjoy family. Enjoy friends. Enjoy a cold drink on a beach, or topside.
Even when we have the chance to get away from it all to our favorite beach, moments of zen are interspersed with bumper to bumper traffic on the way to dinner, mega-entertainment complexes and beach front high rise condos. Don’t get me wrong, I’d take sitting in traffic on the way to dinner at the beach any day over a typical evening commute! Every once in awhile we get a glimpse into (or reminder of if you’re experienced enough) the ‘glory days’. Even less often, we are lucky enough to catch such a glimpse of the coastal life of yesteryear’s.
Destin and Fort Walton Beach, FL are known for some of the most beautiful beaches in America. Today, the once quiet fishing village is full of your typical beach activities, such as waterparks, putt-putt, restaurants and more. We stumbled across a little gem of 8mm videos from the 1950’s and 1960’s depicting a ‘simpler’ coastal community. Check it out:
Courtesy of longtime Fort Walton Beach resident Debbie Wilson Ronte and Gareth Stearns