Land near Crab Island, Marler Bridge purchased by Joe Bruner

DESTINY – Overlooking sunsets and Crab Island in Choctawhatchee Bay, a mostly vacant property just north of the east foot of the Marler Bridge was recently purchased by a man-led entity. local businessman Joe Bruner.

The 2-acre property, which consists of five parcels, is bounded by Sides Moreno Point West Condominiums to the north, US Highway 98/Harbor Boulevard to the south, the bay to the west, and Calhoun Avenue to the east.

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The plot closest to US 98 has a building that houses Custom Concepts Tattoo and Design, across from the Emerald Grande. The parcel closest to Sides Moreno Point West condos contains the vacant, graffiti-covered remains of a one-story building that at one time may have been a home.

On June 17, the entire site was purchased for $5.5 million by a Mary Esther entity named BK of Destin Inc. of Sandman Development LLC of Madison, Georgia.

According to State Corporations Division records, Bruner is the director of BK of Destin Inc. Bruner could not be reached Friday to comment on his plans for the property.

Destin officials have not received any development applications for the property, city spokeswoman Catherine Card said.

According to Destin’s senior planner, Daniel Butler, there is no mention in the city’s historical records of a business ever being located at 1 Calhoun Ave.

In early 2018, the city rejected a proposal from Sandman Development to develop a condominium complex and mixed-use development project at this address because it did not meet the city’s requirements. Among other issues, the proposed 13-story condo complex had more floors than allowed by the overall city plan.

Several years ago, Bruner had considered opening a military-themed amusement park called GI Joe’s on a 10.25-acre parcel along US 98 and directly west of the water park and Big Kahuna adventure. Bruner had opened Big Kahuna’s, which is currently owned by a Boca Raton-based company, in 1985.

In mid-2015, Bruner said he was reevaluating his proposal for GI Joe’s, largely because the city and state’s pushback had made it difficult to obtain building permits. The project never moved forward.

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