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Winners & Losers 2/21/13


Winners

Saenger Theatre

The SMG-Managed Pensacola theatre was listed as a #4 Top Spot Nationwide by Venues Today, an international trade magazine. The ranking was based on concert and event grosses for venues with a 2,000 or fewer capacity for the period of Dec. 16, 2012 through Jan. 15, 2013. Shows that appeared at the Saenger Theatre during the period included Ballet Pensacola’s “Nutcracker,” Pensacola Symphony’s “Celebrate The New Year” concert, Broadway in Pensacola’s  “West Side Story” and B.B. King in concert.

Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola

Rotarians from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will join together with MANNA Food Pantries on Saturday, Feb. 23 to fight hunger in Northwest Florida. The Rotary Against Hunger service project involved all 13 Rotary Clubs have committed financial support and volunteer participation to create over 16,000 food packets for those in need. Approximately 100,000 meals have been donated to MANNA for distribution to over 17 partner pantries in the two-county area.

Escambia County Schools

Oakcrest Elementary, Warrington Elementary, Blue Angels Elementary and Washington High have earned distinction from the Florida Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Project for their efforts last school year. Some of the characteristics of PBS Model Schools include utilizing data to better serve students and staff, teaching PBS to students throughout the school year, and developing creative and engaging reward systems.

Losers

Carnival Triumph

Passengers on the luxury liner were stranded for days in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine fire crippled the ship. The vessel was eventually towed to the Port of Mobile. Instead of putting the more than 4,000 people on board in hotels in the Mobile, Ala. area, Carnival treated them to a two-hour bus ride to hotels in New Orleans, where the company had booked 1,500 rooms.

Gulf Coast Treatment Center

The Fort Walton Beach-based company that ran the Milton Girls Juvenile Residential Facility lost its $21 million contract with the Department of Juvenile Justice following allegations of abuse and wrongdoing at the facility that housed teenage delinquents. On Feb. 11, a former mental health technician was arrested on charges of sexually molesting at least six detainees. Another employee was charged late last year with child abuse after a video showed her slamming a teen into the wall and onto the ground.

Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council

Several current and former TDC members failed to attend the Feb. 11 hearing by the state’s Joint Legislative Auditing Committee, earning them subpoenas to testify on the mishandling of bed tax revenues and BP marketing funds after the 2010 oil spill. They believe they are being unfairly blamed for the misuse of public money under former executive director Mark Bellinger.