Pensacola, Florida
Friday April 20th 2018


Winners & Losers 6/6/13


National Flight Academy
The academy is offering more than 100 scholarships for its Ambition Boost program this summer. The five-and-a-half-day program is available to 11 to 17-year-olds who have completed the sixth-grade but have not yet graduated high school. The scholarships cover the full tuition cost of $1,250 and at least 50 of the scholarships available are specifically for girls. The scholarships are based on students’ application essays and grade point averages.

Visit Tampa
The City of Tampa has launched a new logo and slogan for its tourism efforts—Unlock Tampa. They paid only $147,000 for it. Mayor Ashton Hayward spent over a million dollars for the city’s new logo and rebranding efforts. We guess things are cheaper in the big city.

Lakeview Center
The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence has awarded the Lakeview Rape Crisis/Trauma Recovery program a two-year, $108,970 grant to combat stalking by raising awareness of this increasingly frequent crime and addressing gaps in services for victims in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Under the grant, an Anti-Stalking Multidisciplinary Collaborative Team also will be created to develop policies and protocols that will enable law enforcement to better identify stalking victims, refer them to needed services and more appropriately serve them.


Greater Pensacola Chamber
When it comes to managing its employees, the chamber’s executive committee continues to botch the process. The chamber established an objective measurement system for its leadership. However, the executive committee ignored those measurements and surprised its board of directors by not renewing the chamber’s CEO’s contract. Compounding the issue, someone on the executive committee leaked the decision to the press before telling the board.

Port of Pensacola
Last fall Pensacola was poised to sign a lease agreement with Offshore Inland Marine & Oilfield Services to use the port. Mayor Ashton Hayward rejected the lease presented by the Greater Pensacola Chamber after the members of his “kitchen cabinet” objected. When the mayor finally reconsidered, Offshore Inland was no longer interested. Could that lease have saved Chamber CEO Jim Hizer’s job?

Gene Valentino
On May 29, the Escambia County Commission voted for chairman Gene Valentino to head negotiations with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office on how to fund the much-needed additional detention deputies at the county’s jail. Minutes after the commission meeting adjourned, Valentino was interviewed by a local television station attacking detention deputies for “sitting there playing computer games on their laptops and not even addressing prisoners.” Interesting negotiation strategy.