Friday, May 21, 2010


Destin is known as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village" and
is home to the largest commercial fishing fleet in the state of Florida.
Our fishing fleet is the heartbeat of our community.

Last week the Destin Harbor was teeming with boats of all types for the 53rd Annual Blessing of the Fleet.  Over 130 boats lined up to receive their blessings from 13 clergy who participated in the blessing.  As they paraded by, blessings for safety, prosperity and future success were spoken over the boat and the crew.

Crowds lined the docks to watch more than a 100 boats receive blessings from ministers who prayed for safe & bountiful harvests for the fishermen.  One of the first boats was a Coast Guard vessel, which they blessed for standing between local shores and the oil slick.

The senior pastor of Immanuel Anglican Church,  Rev. Mike Hesse, has blessed more than 1,980 boats in the last 18 years.

Ship ahoy!

There were boats of all sizes & shapes, including majestic sailboats, dive boats, parasail boats, family pleasure & fishing boats, pirate ships and fishing charter boats.

Many of the boats were festive with decorations.

Some even brought their 'best friend'.

Decked out!

Lining up for the blessing

Feathered local

Gotta have some bling!


The grand finale of the day was a delicious fish fry complete with all the trimmings.

Charter boats

Another heart-stopping Destin sunset!

We join the clergy & locals in wishing our fishing fleet a safe & prosperous 2010!

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