Dewey “Parker” Destin is a sixth-generation native of Okaloosa County and a lifelong resident of Destin. Parker grew up commercial fishing and operating restaurants with his family before earning a business degree from the University of Tampa in 2007, and a law degree in 2012 from Florida Coastal University. Parker lives in Destin with his wife, Tarra. He currently owns and operates Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant in Navarre, as well as a food truck. Public service has always been a part of life in the Destin family. Parker's father, Dewey Destin, is a founding member of the Destin City Council where he served for 25 years, 1984-2010. Following in the footsteps of his parents, Parker is a member of the Destin City Council, a gubernatorial appointee to the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority, and member of the Northwest Florida Regional Transportation Planning Organization, among other things. He is also active in local environmental organizations as a member of the Emerald Coast Reef Association. Parker has blocked irresponsible development, successfully fought to lower the bridge toll for daily commuters using the Mid-Bay Bridge, and led a grassroots initiative to keep curbside recycling and stop the county from dumping recyclables in a landfill. He has sought transparency in government by creating more elected oversight of development and refusing to bend under the pressure of special interest.
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