BAKER — A portion of State Road 4 next week will be named after former state Sen. Robert G. “Greg” Evers, who died last year.
The Northwest Florida legislative delegation has partnered with Evers' family to host the road designation sign unveiling ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday at the Baker Community Center.
The signs will be placed at both ends of SR 4 between Munson Highway and State Road 189 in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties to designate that portion “Senator Greg Evers Memorial Highway.”
"Having grown up in Baker, Senator Evers was a fixture in the community long before he was a senator," Okaloosa County Commissioner Nathan Boyles said. "Most folks around here have fond memories of family time spent at Akers of Strawberries.
"Being from the same community and following Greg into public service, I was always impressed with his personal touch and the way in which he made every issue presented to him by his constituents an important one."
Evers, 62, died Aug. 22, 2017, when he lost control of his pickup truck and plunged off a bridge on Griffith Mill Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He was found the next morning in a roadside creek about 1.5 miles from his farm in Baker.
The Medical Examiner's Office said an unknown heart issue may have caused the accident. An autopsy report released last November lists arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease as contributing to Evers’ death. Drowning is listed as the actual cause of death.
Evers purchased 10 acres in Baker in the summer of 1990 and opened a farm he called Akers of Strawberries the next year. The farm closed shortly after his death and has yet to reopen.
Evers was a fifth-generation Northwest Floridian whose primary career was in agriculture, according to a press release from the office of District 3 state Rep. Jayer Williamson. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2001-10 and in the Florida Senate from 2010-16.
Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 382 into law on March 23 to memorialize Evers and 37 other honorary designations on Florida’s roads and bridges. Williamson, District 5 State Rep. Brad Drake and District 1 state Sen. Doug Broxson sponsored the road designation for Evers, the release said.
“Senator Evers was a dedicated public servant that believed in protecting the citizens of our great state,” Williamson said in the release. “Renaming a portion of Highway 4 in his honor will ensure that his legacy and patriotism are not forgotten.”