The Cutler Bay Town Council presented a proclamation to longtime resident and community activist Louise Lockwood on Feb. 20 in the council chambers at Town Hall.
With her husband, Jay Lockwood, by her side, she listened as the proclamation was read aloud, acknowledging her many accomplishments over decades of the area’s history.
“Louise has always strived for a better community, was a member of the steering committee which led to incorporation of the town, is a longtime member of the Whispering Pines Civic Association and the Women’s Club,” the proclamation stated in part. “She has served as chair of the town’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and as a member of the Education Advisory Committee.”
Lockwood also is credited with beginning the town’s Fourth of July celebration more than 40 years ago. It is a hugely popular event that continues making an impact in the
Cutler Bay Community. Until recent years she continued to help organize the parade and picnic as well as participating in the events. Also acknowledged was the fact that because of her efforts over the years Whispering Pines Park is one of the most pleasant parks in the community. Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall had high praise for Louise Lockwood.
“From my perspective as mayor, a city or town is the sum total of its citizen involvement,” said MacDougall during an interview on Feb. 22. “Elected officials can only do as much as the help they get from those they serve. Louise Lockwood has been the cornerstone of what built this community.”