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Winners & Losers 11/1/12

Winners

TEAM Santa Rosa
A Santa Rosa County Grand Jury has completed its review of numerous allegations involving TEAM Santa Rosa, which handled the county’s economic development efforts until this year. The grand jury returned a No True Bill, meaning it found insufficient evidence for filing any criminal charges. According to State Attorney Bill Eddins, the grand jury had more than 16 hours of testimony and deliberations over a two-day period.

Rev. John Henry Powell, Jr.
The Florida Education Association recently presented Rev. Powell its Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for community service work on the Florida panhandle through his nonprofit organization, Truth For Youth, Inc.  The criteria for his nomination was displaying a positive, widespread and significant social educational, economical, or political impact while establishing an ongoing program for the improvement of human relations and civil rights, exemplifying the nonviolent philosophy of Dr. King.

Studer Group
Great Place to Work named Studer Group as one of the best small and medium workplaces in the United States on their annual 2012 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, published today in FORTUNE magazine. Ranked #4, the list recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures. Rankings are based on five dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.

Losers

Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park Foundation
The non-profit took money that was raised to build and maintain the Wall South Memorial and spent it to buy a lodge for a VFW post. The post only pays on average $500 a month to rent the 6,000-plus square ft. building.  Tax returns show the foundation no longer has the funds to maintain the park on Bayfront Parkway.  This looks like another mess the City of Pensacola will have to clean up.

Ashton Hayward
Locked into union contract negotiations with the Pensacola Police, the Mayor of Pensacola has found himself under public scrutiny and a possible city council investigation over how he confronted a police officer trying to re-open Palafox Street at the end of Gallery Night. No one knows what the council can do when it finishes its investigation. Put him in timeout?

Florida Infrastructure
A new report from the American Society of Civil Engineers Florida Section shows that Florida’s infrastructure has not improved over the last four years.  Its 2012 Report Card for Florida’s Infrastructure revealed Coastal Areas dropped from a C+ to a D-. The other category grades include: Aviation (B-), Bridges (B), Energy (D), Flood Control (D+), Ports (C), Roads (C), Schools (D+), Stormwater (C+), and Transit (C).