Bay’s Jolynne Trapani first woman ever named to state’s CMR board
By Geoff Belcher
Oct 14, 2016, 21:08
Bay St. Louis resident Jolynne Trapani is scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday as the first-ever female member of the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources (CMR).
"I feel honored and I thank Gov. Phil Bryant for appointing me to this commission," Trapani said Thursday. "I'm looking forward to working with our director Jaime Miller and his staff and also my fellow commissioners. I understand the importance of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to our environment, recreation and commerce as it relates to the entire state, not only the Gulf Coast."
As the first female appointee to the CMR, Trapani said, "I'm making passage for other women one day."
Trapani was appointed to fulfill the remainder of the unexpired term of long-time CMR Commissioner Ernie Zimmerman, who died in July.
CMR said in a press release that the appointment is effective immediately and will expire on June 30, 2018.
The CMR is composed of five members appointed by the governor for four-year terms to represent commercial seafood processors, nonprofit environmental organizations, charter boat operators, recreational fishermen and commercial fishermen. Trapani has been appointed to the seat representing non-profit environmental organizations.
She has been the co-owner of Trapani's Eatery for the past 21 years; is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association—Bay Chapter; and also a member of the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain.
She was a founding member of BART (Bay Area Recovery Team), responsible for bringing the Bay St. Louis Harbor into existence. She also has served as a commissioner on the Bay St. Louis Historic Preservation Commission, chairing a number of events.
“Jolynne’s decades of experience and knowledge as a Gulf Coast business owner will serve her well on the Commission on Marine Resources,” Gov. Bryant said in the press release.
“Her restaurant has been a staple in the community for many years, and I know she is well-suited to fill this unexpired term.”
“Jolynne Trapani is a great addition to the Commission on Marine Resources, and I look forward to working with her to continue the important work of our agency,” Jamie Miller, Department of Marine Resources executive director, said in the press release.
Trapani is also actively involved in the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce. Trapani's Eatery was named the Business of the Year for 2011. She has also been recognized by Coast Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 as a nominee.
Trapani received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from William Carey College.