Florida lawmakers want to rename road after WWII hero

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Senator George Gainer and Representative Brad Drake want lawmakers to rename part of Highway 90 in Walton County to honor a local World War II hero from DeFuniak Springs.

Senator Gainer (R-Panama City) and Representative Drake (R-Eucheeanna) want part of Highway 90 to be named Lieutenant Ewart T. Sconier Highway. Lieutenant Sconiers, U.S. Army Air Corps, 97th Bomb Group, 414th Bomb Squadron, was part of the Johnny Reb, Jr. crew shot down and taken captive by Germans. About 14 months after he was captured, he died and his remains have been missing.

After 73 years, Scoiners' remains will be returned to his family in DeFuniak Springs next year. Many of his family members live along the portion of Highway 90 the lawmakers want to rename in honor of the WWII veteran.

“I am so proud to introduce this legislation in honor of this American hero. This is the very least we can do to ensure the valiant service of Lt. Sconiers is given the recognition it deserves," Senator Gainer said.

“Ewart Sconiers was a true American hero. And I am proud to memorialize this noble man’s service in a way that our community will show honor to his heroism for years and years,” Representative Drake said.

The Lieutenant Ewart T. Sconiers Highway Bill will be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday. The bill unanimously passed the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee in the House of Representatives on October 18th and will be heard in the House Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday.