GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - The owner of two Gautier businesses has been awarded the 2015 Larry Moran Excellence Award by the city's planning commission.
According to the city, Etta Saxton was presented the award for her support of economic development and her impressive civic service.
The award was presented to Saxton during a recent meeting of the planning commission.
"Everybody likes to get a 'thank you,'" Saxton said of the award. "It gives me a little bit of appreciation for all of the years I've helped in the process of the growth of Gautier."
Saxton, who owns the Flower Patch Florist and Sweet Tooth Bakery, said everyone should do their part to support Gautier.
"You've got to promote Gautier because you want a place for your family to have fun and retire and a place for visitors to come and want to stay here," she said. "When they come in to the shop, they always say, 'We just love the friendly people here,' and I always give them that southern hospitality."
A charter member and past president of Gautier Garden Club, Saxton has also served as past queen of the Gautier Mullet Festival. She is a past-president of Gautier Civitan Club, Jackson County Humane Society, Business Networking International, and Gautier Business Association.
She is currently an executive board member for Gautier Business Association, as well as a member of Gautier Pride, Jackson County Republican Women, and American Business Woman's Association.
The Larry Moran Excellence Award is presented annually to a deserving Gautier business or business leader who has exhibited excellence in planning or zoning.