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Winners & Losers 9/13/12

WINNERS

P.C. Wu

The Pensacola councilman is the 1st vice president of the Florida League of Cities for 2012-13. Wu took the leadership post during the recent Florida League of Cities 86th Annual Conference. Wu is a past president of the Northwest Florida League of Cities and will assume the presidency of the Florida League of Cities next year. The last state president from this area was Clay Ford in 2004.

Guardian Ad Litem
The Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program is a recipient of an Angels in Adoption Award. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute Angels in Adoption honors more than 150 Angels nationwide for excellence in finding forever families for children in the foster care system.  U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio selected the Florida program for the prestigious award.

University of West Florida
The university officially opened its doors this fall to a record breaking 12,823 students. With an overall increase of 6.6 percent, the university is now home to more than 800 additional students from last year’s 12,000 students. The total freshman population is 1,847, showing an increase of 26 percent (384 students). Additionally, 40 percent of the freshman class is ethnically diverse, which is a 50-percent increase from last year.

LOSERS

Beaches
Hurricane Isaac swept sand off our beaches and caused more than $10 million in damage to Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key, according to Escambia officials. A preliminary damage assessment found that Pensacola Beach suffered an estimated $7 million in damage with an estimated 250,000 cubic yards of sand lost. Perdido key had 180,000 cubic yards of sand washed away and suffered about $6.3 million in damage.

Disabled Children
A civil rights investigation by the Justice Department has charged that the State of Florida has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by unnecessarily institutionalizing hundreds of children with disabilities in nursing facilities designed for elderly patients. In 2011, the state rejected nearly $40 million in federal dollars designated specifically to support disabled children and others transitioning from nursing facilities to the community.

Convention Bumps
The jumps in the polls that the Republicans and Democrats may have expected from their national conventions for their nominees were nearly non-existent. President Obama and Mitt Romney did get small leads in wake of the party fanfare, but neither has lasted. Rasmussen’s tracking poll gave the president a two-point lead—Obama 46, Romney 44. Last week, the same poll had Romney up 47 to 44.