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Winners & Losers 3/7/13


Winners

Julian & Kim MacQueen
The founders of Innisfree Hotels donated $250,000 to the University of West Florida for the creation of “The MacQueen Hospitality, Recreation and Resort Management Program,” the first named academic program in university history. The partnership provides the opportunity for current UWF students to work with one of the Southeast region’s leading hospitality industry companies and supports the program in producing highly qualified graduates.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1395
The union for Escambia County Area Transit bus drivers won a major victory when the Pensacola City Council voted to have the city’s share of the fourth-cent of the gas tax go to funding mass transit.

Power of Service Awards
Gulf Power Company recently recognized four community service organizations at its second annual “Power of Service” awards ceremony. This year’s honorees were Sickle Cell Disease Association of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, A Will & Way, Inc., Carver Community Center Association, Inc. and Community Enterprise Investments, Inc. The company started the “Power of Service” awards in 2012 as a way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of service and recognizes organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of others.

Losers

Florida Department of Corrections
When the state agency created requests for proposals to privatize their health care service, the RFP’s originally included liquidated damages as required by Florida statutes so that the state could enforce basic standards of care, but liquidated damages were later deleted from the RFPs. The state’s only recourse for failure to deliver is to revoke their contract, which is difficult to do once the health care infrastructure has been handed over to the contractor. The contracts were awarded to Wexford and Corizon.

Mike Haridopolos
The former Florida Senate President is now an executive vice president for Stronach Group, the parent company of Hallandale Beach-based horse track/casino Gulfstream Park. The Stronach Group fared well in the last session where Haridopolos presided. The company proposed building a slaughterhouse in Marion County and was given a tax break worth $1.2 million per year.

Eric Cantor
House Majority Leader Cantor claimed in a recent press release that Washington’s spending habits are so bad that the National Science Foundation spent $1.2 million paying seniors to play World of Warcraft to study the impact it had on their brain. The website Politifact proved that Cantor’s claim was fantasy.