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Winners & Losers 7/4/13

WINNERS

Fred Levin
The 1955 UF Ping Pong champion hosted with his law firm the City of Champions Gala honoring the city’s other fine athletes, including Trent Richardson, Don Sutton, Emmitt Smith, Alfred Morris and Doug Baldwin. The charity dinner and auction raised funds for the Southern Youth Sports Association and the Pensacola Sports Museum.

Grover Robinson
The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson with the Presidential Advocacy Award during the 2013 FAC Annual Conference & Exposition. The award is given annually to those county commissioners from around the state who have shown exceptional leadership in partnering with FAC to advance the counties’ legislative agenda.

During the 2013 Legislative Session, Robinson educated lawmakers on FAC’s priority issues, specifically the State-County Cost Share of Medicaid.

Pen Air Federal Credit Union
The credit union recently presented $10,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida. Pen Air FCU and its employees raised the funds throughout the year by donating a percentage of their paycheck in exchange for additional casual dress days as part of their, “Jeans for Generosity” employee charitable giving program that was formed so that Pen Air FCU could expand its support in the community for worthwhile charitable organizations.

LOSERS

City Consultants
When is a consultant not independent? When they are hired by the city of Pensacola. Public records show that the city’s last consultant, Randy Oliver, was actually told that his last day was to be April 19. Instead he was kept to rework—we mean update—his “final report” to include a recommendation that blamed the maritime park on the structure of the Community Maritime Park Associates. We guess you get what you pay for.

Pensacola City Charter
Four years after its residents passed a new city charter that vested its government’s executive powers in the hands of a strong mayor, city hall is in shambles. Operations have been carved off for various profit and non-profit organizations. Veteran employees have begun checking their retirement packages, and the city’s public records system has completely fallen apart.

Functional Consolidation
The urban legend of 2010 has quietly faded away. Crazy Uncle Wilson touted it when he helped defeat city-county consolidation, but has done little to consolidate functions. Interim County Administrator George Touart has offered few suggestions. City Administrator Bill Reynolds simply doesn’t understand local government. Both governments are struggling to balance their budgets. Few functions have a chance to be consolidated.