New county extension office dedicated

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 04:56 PM.

The new building rose on Airport Road in just seven months, though the journey to Monday’s ribbon cutting and dedication began in the 1990s under Edmondson’s guidance.

Edmondson said much of the credit should go to area legislators, including former state senator, Dr. Durrell Peaden, and his successor, Evers. Evers, a local farmer, was on a late-1990s advisory committee researching construction of the new facility prior to his election to office.

“He’s been a strong advocate for us, he and Sen. Peaden,” Edmondson said.

The new facility cost nearly $1 million, most of which a $750,000 Florida Department of Agriculture Consumer Services grant paid for by matching county funds, donated land and in-kind services. Larry Williams, Edmondson’s successor, served as project manager.

During the dedication ceremony, Evers read a state proclamation formally naming the Gerald Edmondson Okaloosa County Extension Office.

“This is something I never in my wildest dreams ever expected,” Edmondson said.

“Even though Gerald is retired … he keeps a close touch with the farmers in our area seeking advice on farming issues, and just to keep in touch with an old, dear friend,” the proclamation stated.

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