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Winners & Losers 8/16/12

WINNERS

East Hill Honey
Congratulations to the Van Horn family for successfully raising funds for their company using Kickstarter.com. The funds will purchase beekeeping equipment, expand their hives from 20 to 100, and build a “honey house.”  Kickstarter is a website that allows entrepreneurs to raise capital for their businesses. The Van Horns raised $22,701 from 329 supporters in only five weeks.

Community Maritime Park Associates
The group in charge of developing the City of Pensacola’s waterfront park has a tentative agreement with Quint Studer for a land lease that will allow him to build his office building at the park. Studer is expected to pay annually about $101,000 for the land lease, which will increase by seven percent at five-year intervals during the 55-year life of the lease. The agreement needs to be approved by the CMPA board of trustees and the Pensacola City Council before it’s finalized.

East Hill Christian School
In challenging times, the school undertook an investment in the future of its students and is now the only VPK—12th grade Microsoft IT Academy in Pensacola. Sponsored by an anonymous donor, the program allows students to gain the technology skills necessary to acquire certification and be competitive in today’s rapidly evolving workplace.

LOSERS

Maritime Park Development Partners
The fired developer of Pensacola’s maritime park lost its court battle with
Community Maritime Park Associates when U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers issued her decision on the lawsuit over the remaining money due Maritime Park Development Partners. Judge Rodgers found the developer was unqualified to receive the construction contract and had violated the state’s competitive bidding laws.

Escambia County School District
The Southern Poverty Law Center filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights against the school district and four others in the state. The complaints alleged racially discriminatory disciplinarian practices in the public schools. According to the complaints, African-American students in the Escambia, Bay, Okaloosa, Flagler and Suwannee school districts are suspended, expelled and arrested at school for minor infractions and punished “more harshly and frequently.”

College Recruiting
The media reported last week that a University of Alabama commitment was transferring from Washington High to a high school in Foley, Ala. His coach claimed that the student made the move because an Alabama assistant football coach had said the Foley school would take care of him academically. If it happened, the NCAA won’t investigate since it has no rules against a coach advising a player.