Members of the Wiggins community gathered at the intersection of County Road P and Main Street to honor former Mayor Phyllis B. Forsha.
As part of the July 4th celebrations on Sunday July 4th at 1 p.m., the city dedicated the Phyllis B. Forsha Memorial Levee Trail with a plaque. Mayor Pro-Tem David Herbstman delivered a speech and spoke about the work Forsha has done to help the Town of Wiggins.
“She was mayor for fourteen years and around that time she really paved the way for Wiggins,” Herbstman said. “She always had a forward-looking vision and cared very deeply about this city. I am truly honored to be able to share this moment with all of you and to celebrate Phyllis.
Forsha was mayor from 1976 to 1990 and one of his main goals was the construction of the sea wall to help protect the citizens of Wiggins from flooding. This dike now exists and the location of the dedication was important because it overlooked the dike and the watershed.
Mayor Jeffrey Palmer, board member Mark Strickland and general manager Tom Acre were among the crowd gathered for the dedication, along with members of Forsha’s family. Her eldest daughter Virginia Olson gave a short speech in honor of her mother.
“She often put Wiggins ahead of her family,” Olson joked. “She knew that if she was motivated enough she could make a difference and she did.”
After the speeches, families gathered around the plaque to take photos. It was a beautiful afternoon with only a few clouds in the sky as citizens gathered to comment on the work Forsha has done for the city and to share old stories.