'Making a difference for kids': County commissioners approve lease for center in DeFuniak Springs


ECCAC Executive Director Julie Hurst and Walton County Commissioner Chairman William Chapman with the signed resolution for the 99-year lease for the DeFuniak Springs office.

Jennie McKeon | The Sun
Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 04:54 PM.

The Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center has received a 99-year lease after a unanimous vote from Walton County Commissioners at Tuesday night's board meeting.

The commissioners approved a lease of $1 per year for the non-profit to build a satellite office in DeFuniak Springs.

"We asked for a 50-year lease, and lo and behold, we got 99 years," said ECCAC Executive Director Julie Hurst. "It's unusual you get more than you ask for."

Hurst , along with a handful of ECCAC Board of Directors, were present at the board meeting. Stepping up to the podium, Hurst said a few words to the packed room before signing the resolution for the lease with Chairman William Chapman.

"With the stroke of this pen, we are making a difference for the kids in Walton County ," she said.

Hurst even signed the resolution with her lucky pen, given to her by Art Miller and Bill Fletcher, two ECCAC board members.

"Art, Bill, Tom Copper and the rest of the board have been very instrumental in making this a reality," Hurst said.

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