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Winners & Losers 9/6/12

Winners
Andy Terhaar
The political newcomer will be the new Pensacola City Councilman for District 3 thanks to incumbent Maren DeWeese withdrawing from the race on Monday, August 27. Terhaar, age 31, will be the youngest council member in recent years.  He has already knocked on the doors of the residents in his district and has told the media that he plans to continue to do so in the weeks leading up to him taking office.

Courtney Foote Fell
The Gulf Breeze native is spearheading a Dare-A-Thon to help raise money for Pensacola native Michael Stolfi who has been diagnosed with Grade 4 Astrocytoma brain cancer. Courtney’s mission is to raise funds to help offset medical and other expenses with Stolfi’s treatments. Courtney is required to perform daring random acts out in the community for donations raised through the campaign. You can track her efforts at giveforward.com/teamstolfi.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
The Delta Iota Omega Chapter of Pensacola of this national sorority had its first graduation class of its Emerging Young Leaders, a program for middle school girls that encourages leadership and educational achievement. The sorority launched its EYL program during the summer of 2011 with 27 girls, seven of which graduated the program upon their completion of eighth grade.

Losers
Michael Berkland
The former assistant medical examiner has a lot of explaining to do. Berkland made a living performing private autopsies after he was fired by the Medical Examiner’s Office in 2003. A family recently bought the contents of a storage unit at Uncle Bob’s Storage that Berkland had rented. Instead of treasure, the family found boxes, jars and garbage bags of body parts. Only in Pensacola. Sigh.

Dorothy Slye
Her company, Pier, Inc., manages the Navarre Beach Pier. While Navarre Beach was under evacuation orders, Slye kept the pier open for paying customers who wanted to gawk at the gulf. She told the media that she made the decision after inspecting the structure. The pier stayed open until the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies closed it at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority
When ECUA made the decision to relocate the Main Street plant, it demanded that over $20 million from the city and county so that it wouldn’t have to raise rates. The sewer and water rate will go up 4.5 percent this fiscal year due to a 2010 vote that set a schedule of rate hikes through 2013. The impact for the average ECUA customer is about $31 a year.