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Winners & Losers 7/11/13

Winners
Footprints in the Sand Eco Trail
The Santa Rosa Island Authority is nearing completion of this trail. Supported by a Promotional Tourism Grant awarded by BP, the Eco Trail’s purpose is to establish Pensacola Beach as a premier ecotourism destination, in addition to making learning about local plant and animal life easier and more fun than ever. It will utilize educational signs posted at 29 key locations across the beach, each exploring a different ecological topic.

Greg Marcille
The chief assistant state attorney worked three months investigating the public record issues at the City of Pensacola. The investigation led to City Administrator Bill Reynolds and the Mayor’s Press Secretary Derek Cosson being charged. Marcille’s final report read like the script for a Lifetime movie with Reynolds covertly delivering confidential city documents to the mayor’s political rival at a downtown bar.

Mary Ellen O’Hare
The information specialist for the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce has received the Better Business Bureau Foundation of Northwest Florida’s 2013 Customer Service Excellence Award for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. O’Hare is responsible for carrying out the chamber’s day-to-day administrative services, as well as for providing visitor information services at the Perdido Key Visitor Center. The award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond in their customer service activities.

Losers
Pamela Long Wiggins
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced on July 1 the First District Court of Appeals affirmed her conviction and sentence for her role in the murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings. Wiggins was charged with two counts of Accessory After the Fact, and was found guilty by an Escambia County Jury on July 28, 2011. On Sept. 2, 2011, Wiggins was adjudicated guilty and sentenced by Judge Nicholas Geeker to serve a term of 28 years in state prison.

City Code Of Ethics
The Pensacola City Council should just scrap its ethics policies. First, the city PIO blasts on the web council members using a series of fake identities. Then he creates the email heatherc115@yahoo.com to pressure Mayor Ashton Hayward to force his chief of staff out and leaks confidential documents to the mayor’s political enemies. The city administrator even delivers other confidential documents at a downtown bar. We also have a CMPA board member fighting leases at the maritime park, but then presenting one for his client. Who can the public trust at city hall?

Escambia County Commission
Their interim county administrator is boxing them in on the Escambia County Jail. Promised weekly reports were not delivered last week. At some point, George Touart has to deliver a transfer plan. It won’t be pretty.