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Winners & Losers 10/17/13

Winners

Live Well Northwest Florida Community leaders in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties have joined forces to promote solutions to long-standing health problems plaguing this community.

The website LiveWellNWFL.org has been established to provide health care information and encourage communication about health issues. Work groups have been formed to tackle tobacco use, reduce obesity and encourage more efficient use of health facilities. All three problem-areas have been identified as costly deterrents to our economic development.

Ron Roston The former head of the University of West Florida theater department and artistic director for the Pensacola Little Theatre passed away in August. Roston left an indelible mark on the acting community in Northwest Florida. His passion for theater raised the professional level of our community theater, inspired many to participate and attracted loyal patrons.

Soul Bowl On Oct. 12, over 3,000 parents, kids and friends celebrated youth sports at the “Soul Bowl,” the annual cross-town youth football rivalry played for the second year in a row at the Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. Hosted by the Southern Youth Sports Association, the event featured soul food, entertainment and youth football matchups between the Pensacola Tigers, East Pensacola Rattlers and the Navarre Raiders. The event raised thousands of dollars for inner-city children to have equipment, uniforms, and other necessary items.

Losers

Florida Casinos The statistics aren’t looking good for those wanting to make Florida the next gambling mecca. The Spectrum Gaming Group has released its report on the potential effects of expanded gambling in the state. The researchers found that 93 percent of Florida’s current gambling revenues come from people living in the state, not tourists. Nonetheless, we expect the state legislature to still consider the idea.

Rainbow Environmental Services Emerald Coast Utilities Authority voted last summer to work with a local group, which included this California-based company, in building a “green” waste disposal facility that would have diverted its waste from the Escambia County-owned Perdido Landfill. Now it appears Rainbow is bailing and ECUA may be left with egg on its face for the second time. The first “egg” was the botched sale of its Main Street property to an unknown Houston developer Aaron Wiese.

Bob Dudley The BP Group Chief Executive made a promise to all of us living along the Gulf of Mexico that he would make things right after the 2010 BP oil disaster. We were led to believe that he would be more sensitive to our issues because he grew up in Mississippi. That hasn’t happened. A grassroots effort has begun to get Dudley fired—Dump Dudley. Watch it gain momentum over the next few weeks.