Pensacola, Florida
Monday August 20th 2018


Winners & Losers 9/19/13

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival
One of Pensacola’s long-standing events has been named to the 2014 American Bus Association’s (ABA) Top 100 Events, an annual compilation of the best events for group travel in the United States and Canada. The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, which was established in 1971, has become one of the largest juried art shows in the Southeast. The festival has been included in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s list of top 100 arts festivals in the country for nearly a decade.

Colleen Castille
Following on the heels of the Greater Pensacola Chamber, Mayor Ashton Hayward has also named his interim city administrator to a more permanent position. Castille stepped in mid-July when Hayward fired his first administrator for leaking confidential information to the mayor’s political opponent. She is a former secretary of both the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Community Affairs under Gov. Jeb Bush. That leaves one interim remaining.

Carl Hixon
Annually on the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, Carl Hixon hosts at his restaurant, Georgio’s Pizza, a “First Responder’s Day” that recognizes the contributions of all first responders. This year, he held a First Responders Pizza Eating Competition, which was won by Escambia Sheriff’s Investigator Scott Mashburn. Hixon donated $1,500 to the sheriff’s office in Mashburn’s honor to benefit law enforcement and the community.

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