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Winners & Losers 6/28/12

WINNERS

Grover Robinson
The Escambia County commissioner is the new second vice president of the Florida Association of Counties, which puts him in line to eventually become the FAC president. Robinson has coordinated lobbying efforts with other Gulf Coast communities in support of the RESTORE Act so that a bulk of BP fine money would be allocated to the communities most affected by the 2010 oil spill.

Emerald Coast Utility Authority
The utility has earned the Gold Award in the Public Education category and the Bronze Award in the Collection Systems category in 2012 Excellence Awards program of the Solid Waste Association of North America. The Gold Award honors the outstanding public education campaign that ECUA developed and utilized in the start-up and subsequent enhancements of its curbside recycling program. The Bronze Award recognizes ECUA’s comprehensive automated collection program that serves 74,000 residential and 1,100 commercial customers in our community.

City of Pensacola
Admiral Mason Park has received the Florida Stormwater Association (FSA) 2012 Project Excellence Award. The FSA presents the award annually to stormwater projects that demonstrate creativity, innovation and excellence. Admiral Mason Park, opened last fall, was transformed from a passive recreational field into a beautiful 2.35-acre pond, with two fountains, walkways, and benches.

LOSERS

George LeMieux
The former senator dropped out of Florida’s Republican Senate primary clearing the path for Congressman Connie Mack. LeMieux lacked the financing, name recognition, and never developed a strong base of support.  The Tea Party faction had little use for him because of his ties with former Gov. Charlie Crist. GOP leaders clearly favor Mack, whose dad served two terms in the Senate.  Congressman Jeff Miller picked the right one in this race.

Save Our City
A tenet of the political action committee that opposed the maritime park was that no one in Pensacola cared about baseball. No one would attend the games at the new park. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos closed out the first half of the Southern League 2011-12 season with the highest attendance and best attendance per home game in the league. The Wahoos will be writing the city a check for a bonus of more than $200,000 if the crowds continue through the second half. Oops, looks like the naysayers miscalled that one.

FCAT
The Florida Board of Education announced last month that no public school will have its grade dropped one level regardless of its test scores. More evidence the test isn’t a valid measurement of teachers.