The Lists

10 Places we couldn’t go 10 years ago

1. Grand Boulevard at Sandestin
2. Destin Commons
3. Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
4. Wyland Whaling Wall at Legendary Marina
5. Emerald Coast Conference Center
6. Uptown Station
7. The Village of Baytowne Wharf
8. WaterSound, Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach
9. Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast
10. Northwest Florida State College South Walton Center


10 things we did without 10 years ago1. iPods, iPads, iPhones & iTunes
2. Texting
3. Instant re-play in sports
4. High-def flatscreen TVs
5. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
6. Google, Craigslist & YouTube
7. Crocs
8. American Idol
9.  Facebook & Twitter
10. Florida’s smoke-free law

Top Films in the 2000sBased on unadjusted domestic gross totals. Source:

2000 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
2001 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
2002 – Spider-Man
2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004 – Shrek 2
2005 – Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith
2006 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
2007 – Spider-Man 3
2008 – The Dark Knight
2009 – Avatar

Major Hurricanes

There were 53 major storms reported between 2000 and 2009. These were the hurricanes designated a Category 3 or higher that made landfall in or near Florida:

Cat. 4    Aug. 13, 2004    Cayo Costa, Fla.

Cat. 3    Sept. 16, 2004    Gulf Shores, Ala.

Cat. 3    Sept. 26, 2004    Hutchison Island, Fla.

Cat. 3    July 10, 2005    Santa Rosa Island, Fla.

Cat. 3    Oct. 24, 2005    Cape Romano, Fla.

Gas PricesRegular unleaded, as of the first week of February each year listed.

Source: Energy Information Administration

2000    $1.28    
2001    $1.39    up
2002    $1.05    down
2003    $1.47    up
2004    $1.54    up
2005    $1.84    up
2006    $2.26    up
2007    $2.05    down
2008    $2.88    up
2009    $1.81    down
2010    $2.55    up

The Next 10


Great ideas for the Emerald Coast in the decades to come

“A monorail system.”
— David Goldflies, Panama City Beach

“Reopen the Navarre Pass.”
— Otmar Yakaboski, Fort Walton Beach

“A cosmetic mirror app for BlackBerrys and iPhones.”
— Michelle Evans, Shalimar

“A greater emphasis on establishing public beachfront parks along our coastline.”
— Gary Wise, Miramar Beach

“A shark-detection grid system. Unmanned aerial vehicles flying over the beach could report shark surveillance to a computer system
in the lifeguard stations.”
— Chase Alexander, Mary Esther

“Imagine a boardwalk in Fort Walton Beach, from Bay Café all the way to Liza Jackson Park! Our area simply has not taken advantage of our waterways the way other cities have.”
— Ted Corcoran, Destin

“An art festival that uses the great green spaces in Fort Walton Beach.”
— Maya Schilder, Fort Walton Beach

“A stand-alone center for the performing arts that would serve
the entire community.”
— Demetrius Fuller, Santa Rosa Beach

“I think it would be cool to see a planned development that focused on using as many local materials as possible, such as solar panels, water recapture/recycling, etc. Kind of like Seaside was a “vision of the future” when it was first planned in the 1980s, but this would be an affordable ideal for the next century.”
— Becky Fowler, Nashville, Tenn.

“A monument dedicated to Native Americans.”
— Oscar Getty, Freeport