The Log's own Tina Harbuck leads this year's Christmas parade

Published: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 02:26 PM.

"I kind of picked it up and ran with it," Tina said of her regular “Fish Flash” column. "I grew up fishing in the river and have learned a lot about fishing in the Gulf from the captains."

Being selected at the 2013 Grand Marshal is not the first honor Tina has received from the City of Destin. In 2008, commemorating her 25 years at The Log, former mayor Craig Barker proclaimed November 16 Tina Harbuck Day. She usually celebrates the day by working, she said with a laugh.

"My family and close friends have it marked on their calendar. They'll send me texts saying 'Happy Tina Harbuck Day,' " she said.

Beyond reporting, Tina has contributed to the community she lives and works in by coaching Little League, getting involved with her church and serving on both the Destin Fishing Rodeo and Fishing Museum boards. 

"I absolutely love Tina — I call her Teener," said Helen Donaldson, executive director of Destin Fishing Rodeo, Inc and chair of the parade committee, which chose the grand marshal.  "She is the most genuine person I think I have ever met.  Her passion for her work, her community, fishing, her belief, and I hate to say it… her school, is second to none. I've had the pleasure of knowing her for at least 25 years and I've never heard of or seen her say anything negative. She is a wonderful representative for Destin and deserves the title of grand marshal as much or more than anyone who has come before her in the same role."

Three decades into the job, Tina says her favorite part is still meeting new people. Some have become friends, and some she has watched grow up from Little League games to playing ball in college.

"I like that my job takes me outside," she said. "I consider myself very blessed to get to write about the kids — something for them to cut out and put in their memory book."

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