Pensacola, Florida
Sunday May 27th 2018


Winners & Losers 2/28/13


Ken Ford

The CEO of the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition has joined a select group of innovators in being named a 2012 Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The members of the select group in this NAI Charter class, totaling 98 inductees, represent 54 top research universities and research institutes across the country. Together, they hold more than 3,200 U.S. patents.

Steve Goione
The artist who executed the spectacular murals at The Grand Marlin Restaurant and Oyster Bar has been selected as The Billfish Foundation’s 2013 “Artist of the Year.”
In celebration of his selection, the Tournament Billfish Foundation (TBF) and Goione will unveil the 2013 “Print of the Year” during the Miami Boat Show at The Billfish Foundation’s display in the Big Game Room at the Miami Convention Center.

Seville Quarter
For the fourth consecutive year, Pensacola’s downtown entertainment complex has been named to Nightclub & Bar Top 100, the industry’s premier trade show and media outlet. Developed in partnership with Chicago-based hospitality market research firm Technomic Inc., the 2013 Nightclub & Bar Top 100 is the only revenue-based ranking of nightlife venues. Seville Quarter is ranked #84 for the entire country.


City Hall
Somebody is using the Pensacola City Hall’s server to promote Mayor Ashton Hayward’s political agenda on Rick’s Blog. Some of names used are clearly fake. Some of the comments attack the Pensacola police and the city council.
Derek Cosson, the mayor’s public information officer, says it isn’t him, but the IP address is the same one used by Cosson. All the comments are pro-Hayward and never on anything by city issues. Coincidence?

City Dysfunction

At its last regular meeting, the Pensacola City Council voted to have placed on its Feb. 25 agenda discussions of The Zimmerman Agency and the use of the new gas tax to fund Escambia County Area Transit. When the agenda was released on Feb. 19, neither issue was on the Committee of the Whole. Who’s at fault? City Administrator Bill Reynolds? Council President P.C. Wu? Or the council executive?

Tea Party

Gov. Rick Scott is pulling away from the movement that got him and other ultra-conservative Republicans elected in 2010. He proposed a bigger state budget and non-merit pay raises for public school teachers last month. Last week, Scott said he would now take federal funding through President Barack Obama’s health reform program to expand Medicaid.