Three Generations Strong
Meet the Boys
William “Bill” Ming, Jr. (a.k.a. Grandpa, a.k.a Quite a Character) moved to the Destin area in 1953 to work for Eglin Air Force Base and purchased Destin Marina in 1970 after owning Tastee-Freeze and aquarium businesses. His entrepreneurial spirit thrived with the purchase of Destin Marina, which included Miss Destin, the Marina’s first charter boat. A couple of local chums, Butch Wells and Bobby Ratcliff, operated the charter while Bill stayed back to run the shop.
Meanwhile, Bill’s son Terry “Skip” White was active in the military. At the time, Destin Marina was a small shack built out over the dock with a launch ramp and a small amount of bait and tackle. The bait was typically brought in by seine fisherman to the north side of the marina (currently Dewey Destin Seafood). In fact, Dewey’s father and a few other guys owned and operated the seine boats. As Destin Marina grew, Skip returned home to help his father run it and the charter boats, which grew to include Miss Destin II and Miss Destin III.
We all know how living and owning a business on the coast keeps you on your toes! After 31 years of launches, dodging storms, and making people smile, Bill invited Skip to take over as owner of Destin Marina in 2001. The buck didn’t stop there! His son Chris, having grown up in the family business — usually biking around town with his fishing rod in tow — was named manager and continues to oversee Destin Marina’s daily operations. Chris had dabbled in construction and restaurants, but ask any of the boys — you can’t beat the scenery of their “office”! Every day they get to take in beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the crisp emerald green waters of Choctawhatchee Bay, they enjoy the comradery of meeting and talking with locals and visitors alike… and they invite you to do the same. It’s quite simply THE PLACE to be.
All three are experts in the region and can assist in finding the perfect spot for that days catch, choosing the right tackle, and more. Just ask them or one of our knowledgeable employees. Or just come in to say, “Hello!”