Parker and Tarra Destin
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 is a businessman, restaurateur, husband, and family man who shares our conservative values. He 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. He was elected to serve on the Okaloosa County School Board in 2012 and reelected in 2016. Parker’s mother, Rebecca Destin, was an Okaloosa County school teacher where she taught first grade at Destin Elementary School for 33 years.
Following in the footsteps of his parents, Parker is proud to serve our community in many ways. He 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. Also, he is active in local environmental organizations as a member of the Emerald Coast Reef Association.
Parker leads by listening to others and putting people before politics. He has dedicated his years in public service to the principles of truth and fair play.
And he’s making a difference.
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.
In order to end confusion and increase voter turnout in Destin’s municipal elections, Parker proposed and led the successful effort to move Destin’s municipal election day from March to November, commensurate with the Florida General Election.
Parker knows the freedom we enjoy in Okaloosa County and across our nation is due to the heroic efforts and personal sacrifices made by the men and women serving in our armed forces. He has fought to protect Eglin's military mission, and is honored to serve the active-duty and retired military members living here.
Parker is a Republican candidate for Okaloosa County Commissioner District 5. District 5 includes Destin and most of Niceville, Rocky Bayou, Bluewater Bay, and Seminole.