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Winners & Losers 1/31/13

Winners

Jerry Maygarden
The former Pensacola mayor and state representative has been elected by the West Florida Historic Preservation Board to be its new chairman. University of West Florida President Dr. Judy Bense has asked Maygarden to specifically champion historic tourism and serve as Special Liaison to the President for Historic Preservation. WFHP board also established a Board of Governors that will be led by WFHP Chairman Emeritus, Earle Bowden.

Grover Robinson
The Escambia County Commissioner for District 4 has been selected to serve as chairman of the Florida’s Gulf Consortium, which represents the interests of 22 of Florida’s 23 counties affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and is working to develop a responsible realistic plan to use RESTORE Act money to provide reparations to the counties hardest hit by the tragedy. The Consortium is currently waiting for the federal rules for distribution of the RESTORE Act funds.

Booker T. Washington Students
Due to the perseverance of student leaders at the school, students will be able to form a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). The organization is the first of its kind at a high school in the Escambia County School District. ACLU attorney Benjamin Stevenson worked with the students and the district to facilitate district approval.

LOSERS

Cove Landfill
For five days the landfill near Pine Meadow Elementary School burned. Escambia County Solid Waste officials declared on the evening of Jan. 23 that the fire was completely out with no smoke or ashes, only to have it reignite the following morning. Residents have started a petition asking the county to shutdown the landfill. They claim it has frequent fires that are kept secret to the public.

Jay Odom
The Okaloosa County developer has been charged with breaking federal campaign finance laws by reimbursing numerous people who made the maximum legal donation of $2,300 to a presidential candidate. The indictment alleges Odom reimbursed some people who made contributions of $2,300 to a presidential candidate, but does not mention the specific candidate. Federal records show that Odom and his wife made contributions in late 2007 to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

Pensacola Homeowners
The city of Pensacola had 526 residential burglaries inside its city limits in 2012—300 in last nine months of the year, according to the Pensacola Police Department. This is a 15-percent increase up from 455 burglaries reported in 2011. Based on emails and phone calls to the Independent News, January 2013 hasn’t been much better.