State preservationists honor Mayor Gulotta

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MAYOR HONORED...Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation Board Member Paul Smith, left, presents Plaquemine Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta the organization’s Legislative Award, given to a public official instrumental in preservation efforts. Gulotta received the award last week at the 30th Annual Louisiana Preservation Conference in Alexandria.

Plaquemine Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta received the “Legislative Award” from the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation at an awards luncheon last week in Alexandria.

The award, given to public officials active in preservation, was given to Gulotta for his extensive work on historic preservation and downtown development over his 16 years as mayor.

Gulotta has spearheaded the development of Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park and the Plaquemine Depot Market; the renovation of Old City Hall, now used as the Iberville Museum, and the restoration of numerous sites throughout the historic city, including the Railroad Avenue building now used as the Plaquemine Police Headquarters.

The mayor was among preservationists from across the state that was honored at the 30th Annual Louisiana Preservation Conference.

Also attending were Louisiana Main Street Managers, led by Plaquemine Main Street Manager Kristine Hebert, who has been president of the organization for two years. The managers attended their state program quarterly training at the conference.