By Samantha Joseph
HOBE SOUND - A former state legislator's love of a local landmark has led to its renaming in his honor.
William G. "Doc" Myers, a longtime Hobe Sound resident, was a frequent visitor to the South County Ball Park.
And this month, following a vote last July, county commissioners officially renamed the recreational site the William G. "Doc" Myers Park.
Mr. Myers and his family frequented the park, attending several sporting and social events at the 25-acre site, located at 10000 S. Dixie Highway, said county spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro.
This month, county commissioners led a dedication ceremony to rename the park in honor of Mr. Myers, who died in 2010 at age 79.
Mr. Myers was a fixture in the community, and one widely recognized for his contributions to the region. He was an area physician, and served as a Martin County commissioner in the 1960s and '70s. He later served in the state house from 1978 to 1982 and in the state senate from 1982 to 2000.
District 3 Commissioner Patrick Hayes called the renaming a "fitting tribute" to the Hobe Sound native who demonstrated "steady leadership."
He is credited with helping to craft the county's comprehensive growth plan.
"Those of us who have grown up in Martin County, particularly in Hobe Sound, will always be grateful to Doc Myers for his contributions to our community," State Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said in a press release.