Destin Estate Fight

For the seventh time, the courts have cleared the way the way for Okaloosa-Walton College to sell most of the Mattie Kelly estate to a developer.

The latest and perhaps final legal ruling for Mrs. Kelly’s heirs came in federal court.

Federal Judge Richard Smoak rejected a lawsuit filed by Kelly’s Grandson. He ruled Lowell Kelly couldn’t come back to federal court with the case.

Mattie Kelly, who was one of the founders of Destin, had willed the 13-acre estate of the college, but her heirs had sued to keep the college from selling most of the property to developers.

The college wants to use the money to expand the Mattie Kelly Cultural and Environmental Institute.


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