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Winners & Losers 7/26/12

Winners
Larry B. Johnson
The Pensacola city councilman has been voted by his fellow members to be its lead negotiator in the contract with Quint Studer for his office building to be built at the Community Maritime Park. Under the old charter, contract negotiations were done by the city manager and his staff. This may be the first time the city council has inserted itself into the negotiation process.

O.J. Semmes Elementary
The Florida Department of Education miscalculated the school grades for 213 schools across the state. In Escambia County, O.J. Semmes was upgraded to a “B” from a “C.” This is the highest grade for the school, which has all of its students on free or reduced lunches, since the DOE began issuing grades in 1999. Well done, teachers, parents and students!

Brian Hooper
The chairman of Mayor Hayward’s Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee has been awarded the William Meador award by the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association. The award is given annually to an attorney who practices law with integrity, sincerity and courtesy and is committed to our community through charitable and civil service. Hooper practices law at Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon.

Losers

BP America
The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement assessed BP America Inc. a civil penalty of $5.2 million for submitting “false, inaccurate, or misleading” reports for energy production that occurred on Southern Ute Indian tribal lands in southwestern Colorado. Auditors found that BP reported incorrect royalty rates and prices for royalty purposes, and reported well production on leases other than those to which the production is attributable.

Gulf Power Company
The Florida Public Service Commission has denied Gulf Power Company’s reconsideration request to include the acquisition and evaluation costs for its North Escambia County Site in base rate charges. The PSC had denied Gulf’s original request in February. The utility owns 2,728 acres in north Escambia County and it has been rumored the land was for a nuclear plant. Without the rate approval, it’s doubtful the plant will be built.

City Life
Cows, poultry and golf carts were once seen as benefits of living in the country away from the city. No more, thanks to the Pensacola City Council. Pretty soon, the only difference between living inside or outside the Pensacola city limits will be the higher taxes.