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Winners & Losers 3/28/13


Winners

Fred Gunther

The Community Maritime Park Associates board member has been declared a “Hero of the City” for stopping the YMCA from building its new $10-million downtown facility on parcel 8 at Community Maritime Park. During the council debate the prior week, Councilman Charles Bare said the land could possibly explode if anyone dug into it. Gunther’s courageous act may have saved the lives of hundreds of Zumba enthusiasts.

Bill Reynolds

The Pensacola City Administrator has taken full control of city government. The county has balked at his demands for the county to pay $650,000 for the furnishings in the city libraries, pay rent and take care of all future maintenance and improvements. Looks like functional consolidation won’t be happening any time soon. And chances of Reynolds ever being hired as the new county administrator have evaporated.

Sherri Myers
The Pensacola City Councilwoman caught her fellow council members and Mayor Ashton Hayward sleeping when it came time to appoint representatives to the Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Trustees. When Megan Pratt, Dick Baker and Brian Spencer rolled off the board, few paid attention to their replacements. Myers got her people in place. Kudos to Myers for understanding the fundamentals of politics. Mayor Hayward?

Losers

Jacksonville
The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast announced in October its plan to build a $21 million, three-story downtown facility on the St. John’s River. The 80,000-square-foot, glass-fronted complex will replace the old facility. Its programs will address major risk factors associated with the area’s leading causes of death, including cancer, heart disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke and diabetes. Don’t they know that downtown Y’s are losers? People die every day, so what? More Dollar General stores are the keys to prosperity. What idiots!

Bob Chilton
In November, philanthropist and Rockwall resident J.E.R. “Bob” Chilton gave $2.5 million to the Rockwall Family YMCA in the Dallas, Texas area. The donation is half of what the YMCA hopes to raise to improve its 42-year-old Rockwall Y. It’s the second-largest gift in the YMCA’s 127-year history in the Dallas area and the largest ever made to a community branch. In 2008, T. Boone Pickens ponied up $5 million for a major renovation of the downtown Dallas YMCA. What idiots!

Bill and Melinda Gates
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested more than $250 million in grants to create new small schools, reduce student-to-teacher ratios, and to divide up large high schools through the schools-within-a-school model. What idiots!