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Winners & Losers 7/12/12

WINNERS

Andreas Dias
The Pensacola High student has created the first-ever Pensacola Kickstart Soccer Summer Soccer Program to expose children from low-income families to soccer. Dias, a midfielder for the Gulf Coast Texans, and other area players have volunteered as instructors for the camp which will be held July 24-26 at Lexington Terrace Park. Following on the heels of the Kids Unlimited camp held at A. A. Dixon charter school, area teenagers continue to show us adults how to make a difference.

Pensacola State College
For the fourth straight year, Community College Week has named the college to its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. The college ranked No. 33 for degrees awarded in Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities and No. 40 in the nursing fields. Overall, the college ranked No. 88 for associate degrees awarded in all disciplines.

Janet Etheridge
The Certified Business Analyst (CBA) at the University of West Florida has been honored by the Florida Small Business Development Center Network as Florida Certified Business Analyst of the Year. In 2011, Etheridge provided consulting to 668 clients who generated considerable economic impact: 165 jobs created and saved; $1.6 million in loans; $4.7 million in capital formation; 79 business start ups; and $1.4 million in sales growth.

LOSERS

Pensacola Interstellar Airport
Fitch Ratings has downgraded the City of Pensacola’s series 2008 airport capital improvement revenue bonds ($35.2 million) to ‘BBB’ from ‘BBB+.’ Fitch, in a press release, stated the Rating Outlook remains Negative. Last month, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the rating of Pensacola Airport Enterprise’s outstanding revenue bonds from A3 to Baa1. Fitch is concerned that the City needs to use fund balance transfers to meet its covenanted debt service coverage requirement level.

Daily Newspaper Subscribers
We all knew it was coming. The News Journal will begin charging for online access to its articles and bikini photos on August 1. The paper will also raise its print subscription rates, the first such increase in four years according to publisher Kevin Doyle. In a letter to his subscribers, Doyle stated the increase was inevitable to “sustain and enhance the unique local content you expect.” The IN staff has agreed to forgo desserts so that we can remain the same price—free.

Complete Streets Workshop
What’s really going on with these public forums? Has the city gotten too cute with its doublespeak? It looks like the city wants to open Government Street and needs some lipstick on the pig to make it attractive—not that we have anything against pigs.