Salty Memories…Along the Coastal Highway is a gorgeously illustrated celebration of the places and people of Destin and the Emerald Coast. Tony Mennillo presents a wealth of folklore, oral history, and historic photographs that bring to life the people and events that shaped this section of the Gulf Coast.
Professor Brian R. Rucker,
author of Treasures of thePanhandle:
A Journey Through West Florida.
With a rich bloodline and a vast photographic archive to draw on, Destin historian Tony Mennillo has done it again.
In his third book on the history of the Northwest Florida, Mennillo takes readers on a journey through Destin’s rich heritage. He begins by opening up the journal of his grandfather, Capt. Reddin “Salty” Brunson, who tells the tale of gangsters in paradise and captains of yore. While Salty passed away in April at the age of 97, Mennillo’s work is a fitting tribute to a man who in life was Destin’s walking history book.
Salty Memories also reveals the untold stories of Leonard Destin and how his ill-fated journey ultimately gave birth to the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” The book, which showcases the photos of Tony’s father Arturo, brings us back to a simpler time when we were captains of our own destiny. A time before highways and condos. A time when the fisherman rather than the tourist was king.