In her memory: Susan Myers Historic Walking Trail opens in downtown Fort Walton Beach

Michael Snyder
Northwest Florida Daily News

FORT WALTON BEACH — The Susan Myers Historic Walking Trail downtown was formally opened Thursday evening with a dedication and ribbon-cutting at the Gulfview Hotel on Miracle Strip Parkway. 

"It’s a honor to be here today as we remember Susan Myers and dedicate this Walking

Trail in her memory," Magnolia Grill owner Tom Rice told guests gathered at the hotel. "We are on solid ground historically with what we are about to dedicate. The paths being suggested in this unique effort would have been very familiar to Susan."

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Guests set off on a short walk Thursday after the ribbon-cutting for the Susan Myers Historic Walking Trail in downtown Fort Walton Beach.

Sixteen locations will have informational plaques highlighted on a self-guided tour map available at the hotel.

The trail will be anchored by the Visitor Center in the Gulfview Hotel, the oldest remaining original structure in downtown Fort Walton Beach. Among other sites, the trail will include the Native American Indian Temple Mound, the Civil War Camp Walton and Brooks Landing.

Ted Corcoran, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, hinted at a possible historic trail walk and restaurant tour event in the near future.

Susan Myers is seen in  January 2017 shortly after she made a $1 million endowment bequest to the Northwest Florida State College Foundation to benefit the school's Learning Resources Center.

Myers, who passed away in 2019 at the age of 74, is credited with helping revitalize downtown.

A descendant of John and Harriet Brooks, who were original settlers of Fort Walton Beach, Myers redeveloped the area originally known as Camp Walton.

Among her projects were the Camp Walton Condominiums, the old grocery next door, the Miramar Office and Condominiums, the old Harbor Light Restaurant, the French Quarter Condominiums and Magnolia Grill, to name a few. Myers also planted trees and helped preserve historic ones.

Tom Rice cuts the ribbon Thursday to officially open the Susan Myers Historic Walking Trail in downtown Fort Walton Beach.

The Susan Myers Fort Walton Beach Historic Walking Trail was a project of the chamber. It is sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources and the state of Florida.

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