Dewey "Parker" Destin is a sixth-generation Okaloosa native, restaurateur, Destin City Councilman, husband, and family man. He has dedicated his years in public service to truth and fair play. As our commissioner, he will stand with ordinary people, not powerful special interests.
In 2021, deep cuts to services, programs and projects are inevitable in Okaloosa County as a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on county revenues. While taxpayers are sacrificing county services during these troubled times, and many are out of work, Parker Destin continues leading from the front: He is returning his 2021 commissioner salary to the people of Okaloosa County.
Parker has earmarked 50% of his annual salary to go to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, and 50% towards paving dirt roads in north Okaloosa County.
Dewey “Parker” Destin is a different kind of public servant. He puts the power in the hands of the people he serves. As a Destin councilman, Parker first won support to limit the height of new buildings in the city to six floors. Next, he made certain the final word on any exemption belongs to ordinary people, not the politicians: Going any higher requires the approval of 60% of the voters in a city-wide referendum.
Never bends under pressure by special interests or political powerbrokers.
Grew up working long days in commercial fishing and operating restaurants with his family, went on to earn degrees in both business and environmental law.
Shares our traditional values and conservative principles; defender of our Second Amendment Rights.
Dedicated to full transparency in government, oversight of development, engaging the public, and putting people before politics.
While others were saying it could not be done, Parker stood strong and as the newest appointee to the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority successfully fought to lower the toll for daily commuters using the bridge. It's the first- and only-time bridge tolls have been lowered in the 27-year history of the bridge.
When county commissioners voted to dump household recyclables in a landfill instead of recycling them, Parker alerted thousands of residents and led a drive that culminated in commissioners reversing their decision and continuing curbside recycling to protect our environment.
Parker collected and distributed hard-to-find personal protective equipment to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and Health Department.
When PAWS needed food for the homeless pets sheltered there, Parker was quick to contribute and deliver a truckload.
Calling upon his experience from hurricane recovery efforts, Parker is helping with food distribution throughout Okaloosa.
Parker Destin is an everyman with a strong work ethic and commitment to family and community.
Parker Destin is an experienced leader with a lifetime of local insight.
Parker Destin has a record of service to our community that puts people before politics.
Parker announces his candidacy and discusses important issues on "Get the Coast" (BELOW)