Possible Change in Destin Electric Utilities Provider

Destin, Fla. - Destin residents might soon see a change in their electric utilities provider. Destin City Council members are looking at the option and benefits of purchasing the utilities. 

Currently, the City of Destin uses Gulf Power as their electric utility provider. Since May of 1986, Destin has been in a 30-year franchise agreement. But, May 19th, that contract ends. 

It would cost roughly $71 million to purchase their own utilities and allow the contract with Gulf Power to expire. Some City officials say their would be benefits to this option. 

"It's an obligation of the City Council to study that and decide if they're getting the best bang for their dollar. We also have many people in this market that would love to see underground utilities. I, frankly, think that Highway 98 could be beautified. There are particular sections of the City that really ought to be underground," shared Mayor Scott Fischer, City of Destin.

Mayor Fischer says during their first workshop, no decision was made but, at their next regular meeting there is a possibility it will be on their agenda for discussion. The next City Council meeting is Monday the 16th at 6:00 P.M.


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