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Winners & Losers 9/20/12

Winners

Ashley Garrett

The Pensacola resident is running in the 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon on Saturday, September 22, to raise money for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in honor of her best friend who lives with the disease. The avid runner was motivated to take on the challenge to raise awareness about Parkinson’s after her friend, Randi Schultz of Denver, Colo., was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 36.

Escambia County
The county is among 11 Florida communities with military installations that Gov. Rick Scott announced as 2012-13 recipients of Defense Reinvestment Grants collectively totaling $850,000. The grants support base retention and economic diversification efforts. The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce has been awarded $70,000. The state awards Defense Reinvestment Grants annually on a project priority basis to organizations in military communities.

Council on Aging of West Florida
The non-profit earned three awards in the 21st Annual National Mature Media Awards Program. The Council on Aging won a Silver Award for its 2011 Rat Pack Reunion in the special event marketing category, a Merit Award for the Winter 2011 issue of its Coming of Age Magazine in the publications/editorial category and a Merit Award for its YouTube channel.

Loseres

James F. Campbell
The Okaloosa County commissioner has been arrested and charged with four counts of official misconduct and four counts of perjury. According to the arrest report, Campbell, who was elected in 2004, received more than $10,000 in payments from the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival under an agreement by which Campbell would solicit sponsorships for the event and be paid a commission. Okaloosa County has become the new Escambia County when it comes to ethics.

Zimmerman Agency
The City of Pensacola’s marketing firm blew its chance to redeem itself to the Pensacola City Council when Carrie Zimmerman, the agency’s head, appeared at the Sept. 10 Committee of the Whole meeting. She appeared to be completely unprepared for the council’s venom. City Administrator Bill Reynolds, who guided the selection process, should have better prepared the firm for the meeting.

Emerald Coastkeeper, Inc. Board of Directors
The good news is the organization has a new coastkeeper, Sava Varazo who recently retired in late 2011 from Escambia County after serving as its Water Quality Manager for four years. The bad news is the environmental watchdog has only been without a coastkeeper for nearly a year and Varazo was only hired after the IN began making inquires.